Shelby County and the Forgotten Promise of the Voting Rights Act. Co-sponsors: Stein Scholars: American Constitutional Society, Fordham Law Democrats.
All law school community invited. "In Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court struck down a coverage formula in the Voting Rights Act that required nine states to pre-clear changes with a court or the federal government as outmoded and violative of the principle that states enjoy equal sovereignty. Please join our panel of experts to discuss how the decision affects racial minority voters, recent voting rights litigation in a post-Shelby world, and what Congress should do about it. Panelists: Leah C. Aden, Fried Frank Fellow, NAACP-Legal Defense and Education Fund; Vishal Agraharkar, Counsel, Brennan Center; Julie Ebenstein, Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union; Moderated by Jerry H. Goldfeder, Special Counsel, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
Welcome to Fear City - a survival guide for visitors fo the City of New York.
A panel discussion on the future of crime and criminal justice in NYC with: Bob Gangi - Director, Police Reform Organizing Project at the Urban Justice Center. Martha Rayner - Criminal Defense Attorney, Clinical Professor, Fordham Law, founding member of Neighborhood Defender Services. Walter Mack - Partner at Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack, Former Deputy Director of Internal Affairs, NYPD, former Assistant District Attorney, SDNY.
Report-back about the successful Stein Service Project this weekend. Then we will be joined by three people whoare working in the field right now who can talk to us about what we as law students can do to be helpful as legalissues continue to emerge for people affected by Sandy. Tracy McGaugh of Touro Law School & Adriene Holderof Legal Aid Society discuss
A Call to Arms?
On December 14, 2012, in what was reportedly the second-deadliest mass shooting in United States’ history, 20 children and 6 school administrators were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Over the past few months, the tragic events of Newtown have fueled highly contentious legislative debate across the nation over tightening gun control laws to prevent future mass shootings. Leading thecharge, Governor Cuomo has just recently signed into law the New York Safe Act, restricting ownership of assault rifles. While gun control supporters may consider this bill a win, the NRA has expressed that law-abiding gun owners did not get a fair chance to weigh-in on the bill’s provisions. In acknowledging the challenges faced by both sides, Fordham School of Law's Stein Scholars seek to hold an open moderated discussion attended by well-informed guests who might speak in depth regarding the merits and effectiveness of the New York Safe Act, in addition to the concerns others have raised. Confirmed Speakers: Professor Saul Cornell, Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History at Fordham University; Carmine Guiga, New York City Council, Division of Governmental Affairs; also worked on 2011 -2012 NYC Task Force to Combat Gun Violence; Ankur Saraiya, Bellevue Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Clinician; Thomas Smith, Clinical Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University; Jesse Loffler, Fried Frank; David Yiffin, Fried Frank.
Women and Minorities in Public Interest Law
Women outnumber men substantially in publicinterest law and minority groups are underrepresented. Join us as we explore the issues women and persons of color face in their public interest work, as well as potential ways gender and ethnic diversity can be increased within the field. Speakers: Hon. Carmen R. Velasquez, Queens County Civil Court Judge; Caroline Hsu, StaffAttorney, Legal Aid; Afua Atta-Mensah, Supervising Attorney, Urban Justice Center. Moderated by: Professor Tanya Hernandez. Sponsored by Stein Scholars, LALSA, APALSA, & BLSA.
Crucial Conversations produced by Stein Council, a discussion about talking about controversial and sensitive issues while maintaining respect for various opposing perspectives and communities.
Stop & Frisk moderated by our own Professor Bruce Green. Our co-sponsor groups include: Urban Law Journal, Urban Law Center, National Lawyers Guild, BLSA, MLSA.
Panelists: Eugene O’Donnell is an Associate Adjunct professor of police studies and criminal justice administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has served as a police officer with the New York City Police Department, receiving 14 department awards for outstanding police service while working in Brooklyn. He has also investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases as an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens District Attorneys Office and a senior prosecutor and supervisory prosecutor in the Brooklyn DA’s office. He has been a police academy instructor, and a certified New York state police trainer. He is a frequent op-ed writer and his pieces have appeared in the New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. He has also written textbook chapters on police civilian review and minority-police relationships and is currently finishing a book on street policing.
Maura R. O’Connor covers the justice beat for the World. Previously, she covered breaking news in New York City for theNew York Post and Wall Street Journal and worked as a freelance foreign correspondent from South Africa, Tanzania, Haiti, Ireland and Afghanistan. In 2008/2009, she was a reporter for The Sunday Times, an English-language newspaper in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her investigative work on disappearances in Sri Lanka's civil war, American foreign aid and global agriculture trade has been funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Phillips Foundation, Nation Institute Investigative Fund and other institutions. She lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn and is a book addict. Some of her stories and photographs can be seen at www.mauraroconnor.com.
Johnathan Smith joined LDF's staff as Assistant Counsel in the Economic Justice Group in October 2010. Prior to joining LDF, Smith spent two years as a litigation associate with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP where he was the NAACP LDF fellow. At Fried Frank, Smith represented clients in a variety of complexcommercial and civil rights matters before federal courts. Smith also previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carl E. Stewart on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He received his J.D. from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern public interest scholar and an editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. Smith graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Sociology and African-American Studies and also holds an M.Ed in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Glenn E. Martin is the Vice President of Development and Public Affairs and Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society, a social service and advocacy organization devoted to the successful reentry and reintegration of individuals with criminal histories. Formally incarcerated himself, Martin is responsible for developing and advancing the Fortune Society’s criminal justice policy advocacy agenda. After exiting prison in 2000, he began working at the Legal Action Center (LAC), eventually serving as the co-director of LAC’s National H.I.R.E Network, a project dedicating to eliminating barriers to employment for jobseekers with criminal records. In his present position as Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy, Martin has continued his work advocating for criminal justice reform, having drafted and advanced legislation and policy proposals directed at removing barriers to employment, housing, education and voting for formerly incarcerated people.
Food Stamps & Finger Imaging
Repealing the Food Stamp Finger Imaging Requirement....what next?
In May of 2012, Governor Cuomo announced the end of the Food Stamp Imaging requirement. While Cuomo's efforts were lauded by poverty advocates, some have resisted the decision. Those in favor of the requirement maintain that it deterred fraud and duplicate benefit dispersals, thus saving the City from substantial losses. The requirement ceased on November 1, 2012, but questions remain: Was Cuomo's decision the right move? What are the potential drawbacks or benefits of such a policy decision? In acknowledging the challenges faced by both sides, Fordham School of Law's Stein Scholars seek to hold an open moderated discussion attended bywell-informed guests who might speak in depth regarding the requirement's merits and effectiveness, in addition toits shortcomings.
Moderated by Professor Clare Huntington. Panelists: Mark Dunlea, Hunger Action Network; Heather MacDonald, Manhattan Institute; Robert Doar HRA Commissioner; Lawrence Mead, NYU; and Nicholas Freudenberg CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. Co-sponsors: Domestic Violence Aaction Coalition