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Non-academic Components

In addition to their coursework and summer externships, the Stein Scholars are further exposed to public interest law through their opportunities to meet with academics, practitioners and public figures involved in various areas of public interest law and social policy and to engage in community work. As the program has evolved, the students have taken on greater responsibility in organizing the non-academic components of the program's work.



  • Alumni & Employer Networking
  • Trump: The New Administration-legal challenges & opportunities
  • Mock Interview Practice
  • Descalation Training
  • Women & Children in Immigration Detention
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Environmental Justice discussion

FALL 2016

  • National Lawyers Guilde style Disorientation
  • Affordable Housing discussion
  • Family Law - career paths
  • Alternatives to Incarceration
  • Women in the Workplace
  • Cultural Competency


  • Practice Interviews
  • Career Pathways (City Government) produced by Feerick Center
  • Discussion led by UDC Law Prof Jonathan Smith on Access to Justice
  • Restorative Justice discussion
  • Career Pathways on Housing produced by Feerick Center. 
  • Making a Murderer
  • Wrongful Convictions

FALL 2015

  • Stein Service Project @ Hunts Point Food Bank
  • Stein Scholars picnic in Central Park Sheep’s Meadow
  • What is Public Service Discussion
  • National Lawyers Guild & Stein Scholars present Disorientation
  • Tues Oct 6 Career Pathways produced by Feerick Center
  • Affordable Housing
  • Implicit Bias discussion
  • Stein Center event - Lawyering in the Regulatory State
  • Stein Employer Table Talk
  • Charter Schools discussion
  • Career Pathways (Children’s Advocacy) produced by Feerick Center


  • Stein sponsored Student Town Hall about Ferguson
  • Stein Event: Reproductive Rights in Texas
  • Stein discussion –Trying Juveniles as Adults in NYS
  • Stein Hot Topics Alumni discussion

FALL 2014

  • Stein sponsored National Lawyers Guild Disorientation
  • Stein Service Project panel – Domestic Violence
  • Stein sponsored Talking With Employers
  • Stein sponsored Disorientation Part Two (Jennifer Gordon)
  • “Alternatives to Incarceration” discussion
  • “Standards of Police Conduct” discussion


  • Stein sponsored Student Town Hall about Ferguson
  • Stein Event: Reproductive Rights in Texas
  • Stein discussion –Trying Juveniles as Adults in NYS
  • Stein Hot Topics Alumni discussion

Fall 2013

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 violates 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 of 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.

Spring 2013

Report-back about the successful Stein Service Project this weekend. Then we will be joined by three people who are working in the field right now who can talk to us about what we as law students can do to be helpful as legal issues 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 the charge, 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 public interest 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, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid; Afua Atta-Mensah, Supervising Attorney, Urban Justice Center. Moderated by: Professor Tanya Hernandez. Sponsored by Stein Scholars, LALSA, APALSA, & BLSA.

Fall 2012

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 the New 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

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 complex commercial 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 JD 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 MEd 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 job seekers 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 by well-informed guests who might speak in depth regarding the requirement's merits and effectiveness, in addition to its 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 Action Coalition

Typical Activities


  • Stein Council meetings – every 2-3 weeks
  • Stein Event & Service Project Proposals, voting, preferences & assignments. Stein Committee preferences & assignments.
  • “Stein This Week” email – every week first day of classes, 15 editions this semester.
  • Stein Evening Division, 1L & Evening Division Council Representatives election
  • Stein 1L Welcome Meeting –– 1L Stein Scholars & Stein Council
  • Stein student-to student Mentor Meeting – all 1L Stein Scholars and many 2L/3L Steins.
  • Stein Big Welcome Meeting 3L panel (4:30-5:30)– all Stein Scholars, Dean Martin, Stein Directors
  • Stein 2L/3L meeting (5:30-6)
  • Stein 2L speed networking –– all Stein Scholars
  • Stein Events & Committees Meeting; Prof Bruce Green
  • Stein Faculty Mentors Table Talk
  • Stein 1L Short Memo Workshop
  • Stein courses discussion
  • Stein Service Project –  Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project speaker.
  • Stein potluck dinner at Prof Marcella Silverman’s apartment – Stein students, faculty and their guests.
  • Stein Talking With Employers
  • Stein Talking with more Employers
  • Outlining, Research & Exam Workshop
  • Stein Event: “Voting Rights” discussion, Shelby County & the Forgotten Promise of the Voting Rights Act
  • Stein Event – “Attitudes Towards Crime” discussion, The End of Fear City? A Discussion on the future of crime and criminal justice in New York
  • Stein Prize Dinner honoring US District Judge Jack B. Weinstein for the Eastern District of New York
  • Stein 1L Long Memo Workshop
  • Stein discussion –a conversation with fellow Steins to exchange ideas that can affect our day-today lives as well as our legal practices. We provide context and understanding of topic areas, practical knowledge, and language how-to's. Fellow Steins will present on how to fight a healthcare claim,transgender 101, and sex worker rights. An interactive discussion, where all are welcome to attend and present their own ideas.
  • Stein End of Semester Meeting
  • Stein Thanksgiving Potluck lunch


  • Stein Council meetings - every 3-4 weeks
  • Stein Event & Service Project proposals, voting, preferences & assignments (via email).
  • Stein Social
  • Stein This Week email - first day of classes every week.
  • Stein Events, Service Projects & Committees meeting
  • Stein Council retreat
  • Stein Alumni/Student Mock Interviews
  • Stein 3Ls speak about summer job search/Stein 2L Course Discussion
  • 1L Brief Workshop
  • Stein Event - - screening of "The House I Live In" about the failure of the War on Drugs.
  • Public Interest and Small Firms (Stein alums)
  • Stein Event - “A Call To Arms" discussion about gun violence and safety.
  • Stein Service Project -- Sandy Relief Efforts in the field.
  • Stein Service Project  - Sandy Relief Efforts discussion.
  • Stein spring applications
  • Stein Event -- Women & Minorities in Public Interest.
  • Stein Event - - Council & Directors joint meeting about goals.
  • Stein Moot Court, Journal Competition
  • Stein Council 2L/3L 2013-14 Representative elections.
  • Stein Town Hall
  • Stein 2L Courses & Course Selection Discussion
  • Stein End of Semester Meeting

Public Service Projects

Rikers Island Training & visits: Know Your Rights - ongoing.

Stein Scholars produce and/or participate in community service projects through the Program's public service event committee to benefit the law school's local neighborhood and beyond. Students have worked with children from a local elementary school and represented low-income persons in the Law School's neighborhood in administrative proceedings. Some of these initiatives have become free-standing projects housed by the Public Interest Resource Center and open to the entire student body.

An Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project representative discussed how to get involved with refugees as law students and future lawyers. Becca Heller, IRAP National's director and co-founder, joined us.

IRAP Bio | Yale Law Bio | Video

Stein Scholars conceived an Immigration Advocacy Project advising undocumented immigrants about their rights and paths to legal immigration;unfortunately severe weather closed the school that day of the event and speakers and participating organizations were not able to reschedule during the remainder of Fall semester. A spring project brought Stein Scholars and other volunteers to areas hit by Hurricane Sandy where they participated in restoration, relief and clean up efforts.

Stein Scholars conceived and worked on Fall public service benefiting Citymeals-on-Wheels, performed as a group during Stein time. 500 original holiday cards were made to be delivered to clients of Citymeals. A spring project will be developed.

Stein Scholars conceived and worked on Fall public service projects: Green Start-Ups; Star Learning Center Tutoring; Pakistani Flood Relief Project; and Pipeline Project with the Association of the Bar of the City of New York – mentoring minority students. Spring public service projects: Star Learning Center Tutoring; Green Business Start-ups.