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Supreme Court Roundup: Key Civil Rights and Equality Cases of the 2013 Term (CLE)

September 24, 2013
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Orrick
51 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019

Presented by:

The Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE), The Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA), The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), CUNY School of Law's Community Legal Resource Network, & Orrick

CLE Faculty - Presenters:

  • Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Elba Galvan, President, Puerto Rican Bar Association
  • Julie Goldscheid, Professor, CUNY School of Law
  • Daniel Habib, Managing Associate, Orrick
  • Natalie Gomez-Velez, Professor, CUNY School of Law

With greetings from CUNY Trustee Freida Foster and HNBA President Robert Maldonado

***CLE Registration, refreshments and networking will begin at 5:30 pm.***

The CLE Portion begins promptly at 6:20 and continues until 8:20 pm.

Please note: Our CLE seminars are appropriate for both newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys. Two (2) CLE credits on Professional Practice will be provided.

*Under Continuing Legal Education regulations, CLE credit will be offered only to those attorneys completing entire sessions; attorneys attending only part of a session are not eligible for partial credit for a session. Attorneys arriving late are welcome to attend the program but will not be eligible for CLE credit. Attorneys wishing to receive CLE credit must sign in the program's attendance register prior to and following the CLE program; once a speaker begins the program, the sign in sheet will be removed. Similarly, attorneys leaving the session early are also ineligible for CLE credit. While in NYS 50 minutes of CLE training provides 1 hour of credit, all CLEs sponsored by CUNY School of Law run a full 60 minutes, not including introductory remarks or breaks, but including questions and answer periods.

 

Program Materials to Download

Supreme Court Case Documents PDF Link
ADOPTIVE COUPLE v. BABY GIRL, A MINOR CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF FOURTEEN YEARS, ET AL. Download
ADOPTIVE COUPLE v. BABY GIRL, A MINOR CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF FOURTEEN YEARS, ET AL. Download <pdf>
ARIZONA ET AL. v. INTER TRIBAL COUNCIL OF ARIZONA, INC., ET AL. Download <pdf>
FISHER v. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN ET AL. Download <pdf>
HOLLINGSWORTH ET AL. v. PERRY ET AL. Download <pdf>
MONCRIEFFE v. HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL Download <pdf>
CHARLES L. RYAN, DIRECTOR, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, PETITIONER v. EDWARD HAROLD SCHAD Download <pdf>
SALINAS v. TEXAS Download <pdf>
SHELBY COUNTY, ALABAMA v. HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL, ET AL. Download <pdf>
UNITED STATES v. KEBODEAUX Download <pdf>
UNITED STATES v. WINDSOR, EXECUTOR OF THE ESTATE OF SPYER, ET AL. Download <pdf>
Fact Sheets regarding the implications of the Supreme Court's decision in Windsor (DOMA).
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER v. NASSAR Download <pdf>
 

Puerto Rico's Constitutional Crisis: The Disappearance of Civil Liberties and Human Rights?

Thursday, November 29, 2012
6:30 - 8:30pm

Program Materials:

CLE: THIRD ANNUAL SUPREME COURT REVIEW: The 2011-2012 Supreme Court Term and its Impact on the Latino Community and Practitioners

Thursday, September 20, 2012
6:30 - 8:30pm

Kelley, Drye & Warren, LLP
101 Park Avenue
New York, NY

Program Materials:

Download the CLE Program <pdf>

Supreme Court Case Documents PDF Link
Taniguchi v. Kan Pacific Saipan, Ltd., 566 U.S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 1997 (2012) Download <pdf>
Florence v. Burlington, 566 U.S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 1510 (2012). Download <pdf>
Lafler v. Cooper, 566 U.S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 1376 (2012) Download <pdf>
Miller v. Alabama, 567 U.S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 2455 (2012) Download <pdf>
Missouri v. Frye, 566 U.S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 1399 (2012) Download <pdf>
U.S. v. Jones, 565 U. S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 945 (2012) Download <pdf>
Smith v. Cain, 565 U. S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 627 (2012) Download <pdf>
Williams v. Illinois, 567 U.S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 2221 (2012) Download <pdf>
Nat'l Fed'n of Indep. Bus. v. Sebelius, 567 U.S. ___, 132 S.Ct. 1161 (2012) Download <pdf>
Arizona v. United States, 565 U.S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 2492 (2012) Download <pdf>
Kappos v. Hyatt, 566 U.S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 1690 (2012) Download <pdf>
Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc., 132 S.Ct. 1289 (2012) Download <pdf>
Perry v. Perez, 565 U.S. ____, 132 S.Ct. 934 (2012) Download <pdf>

 


Toward Equality in Our Schools: Mendez v. Westminster 1947
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Fordham University School of Law
McNally Amphitheatre
160 West 62nd Street
New York, NY


The Future of Progressive Lawyering

March 22, 2012
5:00 - 8:00pm

Brennan Center
161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th Fl.
New York, NY

Presented by CUNY Law School's Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality

A discussion with several distinguished members of the legal profession and activists concerning current and future social justice lawyering strategies. CLE Credit available.

5:15pm - 6:30pm
Panel 1: Public Interest Lawyering Challenges and Successes
Download CLE Package <pdf> (5 MB)


6:40pm - 7:55pm
Panel 2: Recent Litigation and Policy Strategies
Download CLE Package <pdf> (11.2 MB)


Panelists include:

  • Jane S. Bock, Homeless Rights Project, Legal Aid Society
  • Juan Cartagena, Esq., President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
  • Francisco Dueñas, Proyecto Igualdad Coordinator, Lambda Legal
  • David Galarza, Communications Specialist, CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME
  • Jessica Gonzalez (via Skype), Vice President, Policy & Legal Affairs, National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • Jay L. Himes, Partner, Labaton Sucharow LLP
  • Yumari L. Martinez, Associate Director, Center on Youth Justice, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Laura M. Miranda, Criminal Defense Lawyer
  • Mark T. Morodomi, Supervising Deputy City Attorney, Office of the City Attorney for the City of Oakland, California
  • Silda Palerm, Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Legal Momentu
  • Dave Palmer, Executive Director, Center for Working Families
  • Lewis O. Papenfuse, Co-Executive Director, Worker Justice Center of New York
  • Myrna Perez, Senior Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF
  • Michael Scurato, Policy Counsel, National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • Edwin Vega, Esq., Legal Aid Society Community Law Offices, East Harlem
  • Vincent Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

Please note our CLE Seminars are appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Under Continuing Legal Education regulations, CLE credit will be offered only to those attorneys completing entire sessions; attorneys attending only part of a session are not eligible for partial credit for a session. Attorneys arriving late are welcome to attend the program but will not be eligible for CLE credit. Attorneys wishing to receive CLE credit must sign the program's attendance register prior to and following the CLE program; once a speaker begins the program, the sign-in sheets will be removed. Similarly, attorneys leaving the session early are also ineligible for CLE credit. While in NYS 50 minutes of CLE training provides 1 hour of credit, all CLEs sponsored by CUNY School of law run a full 60 minutes, not including introductory remarks or breaks, but including question and answer periods.


Reportero: Film Screening with Q&A

March 1, 2012
CUNY School of Law Auditorium

A veteran reporter and his colleagues at an embattled news weekly challenge the drug cartels and corrupt local officials during a wave of unprecedented violence against journalists in Mexico.

Mr. Ruiz has directed programs for PBS, MTV, the Discovery Networks, Travel Channel, Planet Green and the National Geographic Channel. He is a recipient of a New York Foundation on the Arts fellowship in film and his work has been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, Sundance, Cinereach and ITVS, among others. Sponsored by LALSA and CLORE


Future of the LGBT Movement: Social Justice Across Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration Status

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
CUNY Law School, Room 135
12:15-1:15 p.m.

SPEAKERS:

  • Karina Claudio, Make the Road by Walking
  • Anjela Jenkins, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • Robert T. Maldonado, Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Pedro Julio Serrano, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

The Puerto Rican Bar Association, CUNY's Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) and the National Lawyers Guild International Committee invite you to a panel discussion on:

Puerto Rico's Police Department Practices: A Closer Look at the U.S. Department of Justice's Report

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

New York County Surrogate's Court
5th Floor, Room 503
31 Chambers Street, New York, NY

Panelists:

  • Judith Berkan, Civil Rights Attorney at Berkan/Mendez
  • Prof. Jodie Roure, Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
  • Jennifer Turner, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Jonathan M. Smith, Chief, Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Prof. Jenny Rivera, Professor at CUNY Law and CLORE Director (Moderator)

CLE Pending

Additional information and to access the DOJ Report here »

View the Abbreviated Program here <pdf>


SECOND ANNUAL SUPREME COURT REVIEW

The 2010-11 Supreme Court Term: Impact on the Latino Community and Practitioners

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
6:30 - 8:30pm

Reception to Follow

Linklaters LLP
1345 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10105

Panelists will discuss select cases from the 2010-2011 US Supreme Court Term on bankruptcy, campaign finance, civil rights, class actions, criminal law/criminal procedure, federal preemption, immigrants rights and intellectual property.

Panelists:

  • Prof. Jenny Rivera, Moderator (CLORE Director, CUNY Law)
  • Sabrina Shroff (Federal Defenders, New York)
  • Oren Warshavsky (Partner, Baker Hostetler)
  • Natacha Carbajal (Associate, Baker Hostetler)
  • Myrna Perez (Senior Counsel, Democracy Program, Brennan Center)

Co-hosted by CUNY School of Law, Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE), the Hispanic National Bar Association - New York Region and the Puerto Rican Bar Association.

*Two CLE credits available for this program*

This event was a huge success last year and we hope that you consider joining us for this informative and timely panel discussion this year.

List of Supreme Court decisions to be discussed:
Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, 564 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 2806 (2011) Download <pdf>
Ashcroft v. al-Kidd, 563 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 2074 (2011) Download <pdf>
Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., 563 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 2188 (2011) Download <pdf>
Chamber of Commerce of United States of America v. Whiting, 563 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 1968 (2011) Download <pdf>
Connick v. Thompson, 563 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 1350 (2011) Download <pdf>
Davis v. United States, 564 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 2419 (2011) (concurring opinion) Download <pdf>
AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 563 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011) Download <pdf>
J.D.B. v. North Carolina, 564 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 2394 (2011) Download <pdf>
Kentucky v. King, 563 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 1849 (2011) Download <pdf>
Los Angeles County v. Humphries, 562 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 447 (2010) Download <pdf>
Michigan v. Bryant, 562 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 1143 (2011) Download <pdf>
Microsoft Corporation v. i4i Limited Partnership, 564 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 2238 (2011) Download <pdf>
Nevada Comm. on Ethics v. Carrigan, 564 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 2343 (2011) Download <pdf>
Stern v. Marshall, 564 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 63 (2011) Download <pdf>
Thompson v. North American Stainless LP, 562 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 863 (2011) Download <pdf>
Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 564 U.S. ____, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) Download <pdf>

Breaking In: New Law Teachers Pipeline Project <pdf>

May 20, 2011

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Sponsored by CUNY School of Law and the Society of American Law Teachers SALT


Thurgood Marshall Program/ Student Legal Education

January 5, 2011, 4:00 PM

Association of the Bar of the City of New York


Society of Law Teachers (SALT) Annual Conference <pdf>

December 11, 2010, 4:20 - 5:40 PM

University of Hawaii

Panel: The Law School for Students of Color in the 21st Century - Admissions, Curriculum, Academic Support and the Mission Statement of a Law School: Taking Action to Increase Opportunities for Students of Color


Ronald H. Brown Conference: Diversity Issues

November 13, 2010
St. John's School of Law


Access to Affordable Housing and Housing Discrimination in New York State: A Discussion of Cases by The New York State Attorney General with The Civil Rights Bureau

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CUNY Law School Room 135

Join us for a discussion with Brooke Davis (Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Bureau, NYS Office of the Attorney General, and CUNY Law alum), Alphonso David and Elizabeth DeLeon on housing rights and housing discrimination by the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General's Office.

Sponsored by the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality. Free and open to the law school community.


Clore Fall Film Series: Dinner and a Movie Screening "Congratulations Mr. Gonzalez" & "La Operacion"

Monday, November 8, 2010
6:00 - 8:00 PM
CUNY Law School Auditorium

Join us for the screening of two short films by director Victor Cruz, Congratulations Mr. Gonzalez which explores issue of Latino identity and assimilation, and La Operacion which describes government-sanctioned sterilization of Puerto Rican women. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with:

Dinner immediately following the program.

Sponsored by the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality. Free and open to the public.


Faculty Series: Gender, Ethnicity, Race and the Recent Supreme Court Appointments

November 3, 2010, 12:00 PM

Texas/Wesleyan School of Law
Fort Worth, TX
Conference Center


Gendered Human Rights: Women of Color Feminism Domestically and Internationally

Thursday, October 28, 2010
1:00 - 3:00 PM
CUNY Law School Room 135

Join us for a discussion on human rights issues impacting women domestically and internationally.

Sponsored by the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality. Free and open to the public.

Speakers:


Challenges and Obstacles Faced by Latina Domestic Violence Survivors

October 19, 2010, 6:00 PM

University of Connecticut, Stamford


St. John's Law School Faculty Colloquium

October 18, 2010, 12:30 PM

Not open to the general public


Latinos and the Law: The Struggle for Civil Rights

October 13, 2010
Chadbourne & Parke LLP, New York, NY
Guest CLE Lecturer


Arizona Immigration Legislation and Illegal Immigration Panel

Tuesday October 12, 2010
5:30pm-8:30pm

St. John's University
D'Angelo Center Ballroom, 4th Floor

Panelists:

  • Moderator: Father Jean Pierre Ruiz Director, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies; Senior Research Fellow, Vincentian Center for Church and Society; Associate Professor, Department of Theology & Religious Studies
  • Michael Cutler, Former Criminal Investigator for the INS an a Fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies
  • Carlos E. Sandoval, Immigration lawyer and writer of the award winning documentary Farmingville
  • A representative from Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Washington, D.C.-based group that seeks to reduce illegal immigration
  • Roberta Villalon, St. John's University professor, author of, Violence Against Latina Immigrants, social activist
  • Jenny Rivera, A professor at CUNY Law School and the Founder and Director of the Law School's Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE).

View the PDF flyer » <pdf>


The Age of Obama: Color Blind and Gender Neutral?

October 4, 2010
2:00 - 5:00PM

Legal Services NYC
350 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Presented by Legal Services NYC Diversity Committee

This workshop will scrutinize the current status of color blindness and gender neutrality in the United States as seen through the nomination and Senate confirmation process of the two new female Justices to the Supreme Court and 2008 presidential election. The Panelists will address the following questions:

  • Did the candidacies of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin signal a post-racial era and a heightened commitment to gender parity?
  • Did the diversity of these candidacies establish a higher bar against race and gender discrimination in America?
  • Have American institutions, above all the legal system, embraced a deeper commitment to diversity? And how have these recent historic events influenced the legacy of institutionalized racism and gender bias in our laws and the overall US justice system?
  • Further, how should race and gender inform our approach as Legal Services advocates to legal strategies and remedies in a broader sense in order to effectuate social justice for clients?

With Panelists:

  • Jenny Rivera, Director of CLORE at CUNY Law and former clerk to Honorable Sonia Sotomayor
  • Theodore M. Shaw, Professor at Professional Practice at Columbia School of Law and former Director-Counsel and President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)
  • Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)

The 2009-2010 Supreme Court Term: Impact on the Latino Community and Practitioners - A discussion of select cases from the Supreme Court's 2009-2010 term.

View the full panel on CUNYLaw YouTube channel »

Thursday, September 23, 2010
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
4 Times Square
New York, NY

Presented by CUNY School of Law's Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) along with The Hispanic National Bar Association NY Region and The Puerto Rican Bar Association.

Panelists:

  • Elba Galvan, Principal Court Attorney, Supreme Court, New York County
  • Shayana Kadidal, Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Brennan Center
  • Manuel Vargas, Immigrant Defense Project
  • Jenny Rivera, CLORE, Moderator

Cases discussed:

Guantanamo & Security

Elections

Criminal Law & Procedure

Immigration and Immigrant Defense


En La Lucha: Latino and Asian Low-Wage Workers
April 22, 2010

View the full panel on CUNYLaw YouTube channel »

A vibrant discussion on the history of solidarity movements, organizing and activism between the Latino and Asian working class communities, particularly in New York City's garment industry.

Speakers include:

  • Shirley Lung, Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law
  • Peter Kwong, Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, as well as Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
  • JoAnn Lum, Executive Director of of the National Mobilization Against SweatShops (NMASS)
  • Moderated by Professor Jenny Rivera, CUNY School of Law

Complimentary dinner immediately following the panel.

Co-sponsored by the Asian and Pacific American Law Students Association, International Law Society, Labor Coalition, Latin American Law Students Association, Middle Eastern Law Students Association, Mississippi Project, Organization of Women Law Students, OUTLaws and Phi Alpha Delta.


No Vote, No Voice: Impact of Disenfranchisement on Communities of Color

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Room 135

Latinos are the largest ethnic group in the country and a growing demographic population.But do numbers translate to political power? The program speakers will address issues related to Latino voting rights, felony disenfranchisement, the 2010 Census and the status of current and future Latino political empowerment.

Speakers:

  • Juan Cartagena, General Counsel of the Community Service Society
  • Angelo Falcon, President and Founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy

Refreshments will be served. This program is supported by the Criminal Law Society, American Constitution Society and the Latin American law Students Association (LALSA).

View the program for this event » <pdf>


Crimes Against Identity: Hate Crimes and the Latino/a LGBTQ Community

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
12:25pm - 1:30pm

Sharon Stapel, Executive Director, New York City Anti-Violence Project
"Dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities through counseling, advocacy, organizing, and public education."

Karina Claudio, Organizer, Make the Road New York
"Promotes economic justice, equity and opportunity for all New Yorkers through community and electoral organizing, strategic policy advocacy, leadership development, youth and adult education, and high quality legal and support services."

Jenny Rivera (Moderator), Director, Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE)
"The Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) focuses on issues impacting the Latino community in the United States, with the goal of developing progressive strategies for legal reform. The Center seeks to educate lawyers, law students, scholars and the general public on the status of Latinos and Latinas, as well as to advocate for expanded civil rights in the areas that affect the growing Latino population."

The event is co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Courtroom Advocacy Project, CUNY Community Now, Domestic Violence Coalition, Latin American Law Students Association, Law Students for Reproductive Choice, and Outlaws.


CUNY Law's Third Annual Distinguished Conversation

November 6, 2009
11:00 AM

CUNY School of Law's third annual Distinguished Conversation will feature Translating Equality: Language, Law & Poetry, a lively discussion between Queens College Distinguished Professor and poet Kimiko Hahn and Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Latino & Latina Rights and Equality, Jenny Rivera. Moderated by Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson, the conversation will center on the nuances of cultural traditions, English only laws, accent discrimination, and the art of translation across languages, cultures, and academic disciplines.


Fall 2009 Film Event: Whose Barrio? The Gentrification of East Harlem

Monday, October 26
6:00 - 8:00pm

A Provocative New Film about Gentrification in East Harlem. Whose Barrio? is an emotionally charged look at the changes in Manhattan's Spanish Harlem as real estate speculation pushes rents and property values past the point of affordability for most area residents.

View the trailer »

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, Edwin Morales and Laura Rivera, and a distinguished panel of attorneys and activists.

Click the flyer image for a larger view.

Guest Speakers:

  • Aurora Anaya-Cerda, Community Resident, owner of La Casa Azul Bookstore and Manager of Family Programs, El Museo del Barrio
  • Professor Carmen Huertas, CUNY School of Law, Main Street Legal Services
  • Edwin Vega, Esq., The Legal Aid Society's Community Law Offices, East Harlem

The panel will be moderated by Professor Maria Arias, CUNY School of Law, Community Economic Development Clinic, Main Street Legal Services and Opening Welcome will be by Dean Michelle Anderson.

Followed by a reception, hosted by LALSA, in the Second Floor Lounge.

This event is free and open to the general public and co-sponsored by the CED clinic and LALSA, and supported by ACS, APALSA, DVC, the Green Coalition and OWLS.


Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 23rd Annual Conference

Sunday, November 1, 2009
Disney's Colorado Springs Resort
Walt Disney World, Florida

"Pathways to a Carrer in the Legal Profession"

  • Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco
    Dean of Admissions, CUNY School of Law
  • Pamela Edwards
    Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession, CUNY School of Law
  • Sonji Patrick
    Education Division Director, Latino Justice/PRLDEF
  • Jenny Rivera
    Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality, CUNY School of Law

Panel Discussion: "Obama and Sotomayor: The Age of Minority Leadership"

Thursday, October 22, 2009
Association of Latin American Law Students
Rutgers School of Law
Newark, NJ


Discussion: Reflections on the Appointment and Confirmation of US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz


Hispanic Heritage Month

"The Latino Struggle for Equality"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Essex Community College
Essex, NJ

Keynote Speaker, Professor Jenny Rivera, Director of the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality


Outsiders Inside: Critical Outsider Theory and Praxis in the Policymaking of the New American Regime

Friday, October 1, 2009
11:45am-1:45pm

LATCRIT XIV Annual Conference American University-Washington College of Law Washington, D.C.

Roundtable:

  • Jarrett Barrios, President, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and former Massachusetts State Senator
  • Caroline Fredrickson, Executive Director, American Constitution Society for Law & Policy
  • Christine M. Griffin, Commission and Acting Vice Chair, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); Deputy Director-designate of the US Office of Personnel Management
  • Robert Raben, President and Founder, The Raben Group; and former US Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs
  • Jenny Rivera, CUNY Law Professor and Director of the Center on Latino/a Rights and Equality

In Search of a Wise Latina: A Discussion on the Nomination and Confirmation of the First Latina Supreme Court Justice

Friday, October 1, 2009
3:35-5:00 pm

LATCRIT XIV Annual Conference American University-Washington College of Law Washington, D.C.

Moderator and Discussant: Jenny Rivera, CUNY School of Law

Roundtable:

  • Lauren Gilbert, St. Thomas U. School of Law
  • Solangel Maldonado, Seton Hall U. School of Law
  • Catherine Sandoval, Santa Clara U. School of Law
  • Adrien Wing, University of Iowa College of Law

Latino Heritage Month: Latinos and the Law

Monday, September 28, 2009
4:30pm

Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY

CLORE Director Jenny Rivera gave a keynote speech at this event. You can read a synopsis here »


So You've Figured Out Where the Bathroom is... Now What?: Understanding the Unwritten Rules of Legal Practice and Other Things Your Boss Expects You to Already Know

Monday May 4, 2009
6:00pm - 8:00pm


House of the Association of
The Bar of the City of New York
42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Have you spent a few months (or years!) learning "how things work" in your organization? Please join us for an interactive discussion on the unwritten rules of lawyering-those oft-unspoken socio-behavioral norms that lead to retention and promotion. Participants will discuss staying "relevant," getting the work you want, marketing yourself, building strategic relationships and avoiding being targeted for downsizing.

Speakers:

  • Jenny Rivera, Professor, CUNY School of Law; formerly Special NYS Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights

  • Kim Walker, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

  • William Malpica, Director and Associate General Counsel, ABN AMRO Inc.

  • Angelia Dickens, Corporate Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Human Trafficking, Interpersonal Violence, and the Power of Gender Violence as a Tool of Oppression

Wednesday, April 15
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Room 135


Panelists:

This panel will discuss violence, including sex and labor trafficking and interpersonal violence. Panelists will address the gendered aspects of violence and why certain gender-specific violence is promoted while some is prohibited and criminalized.


The American Constitution Society Presents a Film Screening of A Class Apart

Wednesday, April 1
4:30 - 6:30 PM
Auditorium

"A Class Apart : A documentary film chronicling the landmark 14th Amendment case, Hernandez v. Texas. In the landmark case, defense lawyers forged a daring legal strategy, arguing that Mexican-Americans were "a class apart" and did not neatly fit into a legal structure that recognized only blacks and whites. As legal skirmishes unfolded, the lawyers emerged as brilliant, dedicated, humorous and at times terribly flawed men. This film dramatically interweaves the story of its central characters -- activists and lawyers, returning veterans and ordinary citizens, murderer, and victim -- within the broader history of Latinos in America during a time of extraordinary change." - PBS.org

Discussion with Prof. Jenny Rivera following the screening.

View the trailer »


Health Disparities and the Benefits of Health Reforms for the Latino Community

Tuesday, March 31
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Room 260


Panelists:

  • Margaret Montoya, Haywood Burns Chair and Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law

  • Nisha Agarwal, Esq., New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

  • Dr. Neil Calman, M.D.,, Board Certified family physician who has been practicing in the Bronx and Manhattan for the past 30 years. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Family Health where he has served as President and CEO since 1983. In September 1999, Dr. Calman became the project director of Bronx Health REACH funded by the Centers for Disease Control to work towards eliminating racial and ethnic differences in health outcomes in the Bronx.

This event will describe various health disparities within the Latino community, current and proposed health reforms and how they impact on Latino and Latina health outcomes, access to health services for persons who speak languages other than English, cultural competence approaches and health justice issues facing Latinas. The panel will address community-based health justice initiatives.


The Campaign For Political Empowerment and Social Justice: A Conversation with Rosa Clemente, Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate

Thursday, March 26
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Room 260

Brought to you by CUNY School of Law's Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality

Please join us for a conversation with Green Party VP candidate, Community Organizer and Hip Hop Activist Rosa Alicia Clemente. Ms. Clemente is a well known activist and speaker, dedicated to issues of concern to young people of color. She will discuss the 2008 presidential campaign, her work on social justice issues, including media justice, gender equality, African-American and Latino/a relations, and Afro-Latino identity and politics.

Refreshments will be served.

Come to the program on your way to the BLSA Gala.


CLORE, LSRJ and LALSA Dinner and a Movie

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
6:30 PM
Room 135


CLORE, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and Latin American Law Students Association present...

Rosita
A heartbreaking true story about a 9-year-old Nicaraguan girl who was raped and impregnated but whose unwanted pregnancy . . . became a political football between abortion rights advocates and antiabortion forces in Costa Rica and Nicaragua." --The Washington Post


It's Only Skin Deep: Discrimination Based on Color and the Latino Color Diaspora

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Room 340


Speaker: Sheebani Patel, Organizer/Attorney, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY). Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) is a community organization that targets exploitative and abusive workplaces within New York City's restaurant industry. It engages in workplace justice campaigns to organize and empower workers through protests, litigation, and political pressure.

Discrimination based on color is prevalent and pervasive. This event will discuss employment discrimination cases involving different treatment based on skin color and dark skin pigmentation and the intersection of color-based discrimination and national origin discrimination in the restaurant industry.


Diversity in Law School: Enrollment Status and Admissions Trends of Latina and Latino Students

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
6:00 - 7:00 PM


LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY

Building E
Conference Room E-500

Panelists:

  • Margaret Montoya, Haywood Burns Chair and Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law
  • Nitza Milagros Escalera, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Fordham Law School
  • Jenny Rivera, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality, CUNY School of Law

This panel discussion is a joint program with the Puerto Rican Bar Association. The panel will discuss the status of Latino student enrollment in New York law schools and national trends in admissions. The panel will also discuss the impact of admissions trends on the Latino community and the legal profession.


Panel: "How Law Affects Community Health Outcomes and Impacts Dietary Choices"

November 13, 2008
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
CUNY School of Law Auditorium

Panel: "How Law Affects Community Health Outcomes and Impacts Dietary Choices," with a special screening of Bodega Down Bronx, a documentary produced through a collaboration between the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and high school students from New Settlement's Bronx Helpers. The film explores the role of bodegas in defining eating habits and dietary choices. Panel speakers will address how policy choices and regulatory and legislative efforts impact community health outcomes. Panelists will also discuss how lawyers can support social justice efforts to shape law, policy and public perception of social policy and health-related problems.

Panelists include:

Benjamin Thomases, Food Policy Coordinator for New York City, responsible for coordinating efforts of various City agencies to improve access to healthy food for low-income New Yorkers, and responsible for convening the Food Policy Task Force. Mr. Thomases will discuss various City initiatives to improve health outcomes for diverse communities.

Fernando Ramirez, Esq., practitioner specializing in entertainment law with a strong background in environmental justice issues and social justice causes. He will discuss the role of lawyers in facilitating the development of a progressive agenda on media and public constructions of social justice issues.

James Subudhi, Sustainability Coordinator, WEACT, a non-profit organization focusing on environmental justice issues and community empowerment on health-related matters. He will discuss current community-based work on environmental justice issues in New York City. www.WEACT.org

Moderator: Professor Jenny Rivera, Director, Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality.


Community Roundtable

November 7, 2008
11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
CUNY School of Law Auditorium

Community Roundtable: A conversation with CUNY Distinguished Professor Nicholas Freudenberg. Roundtable participants will discuss the role of community-based organizations in improving health outcomes in Latino communities and setting a Latino national health agenda.

Joining Professor Freudenberg are:

Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director of UPROSE, the oldest Latino community-based organization in Brooklyn. Ms. Yeampierre is part of the National Environmental Justice Movement and President of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. She is a member of the Mayor's Sustainability Advisory Board and New York City Energy Task Force. She is the recipient of several awards, and was named the 2007 NRDC Environmental Advocate of the Year. www.UPROSE.org

Omar Freilla, founder of Green Worker Cooperatives in the Bronx, which focuses on creating environmentally friendly jobs and business, and a former member of Sustainable South Bronx. He is a Jane Jacobs awardee, and in 2000 City Limits named him one of New York's 12 "savviest activists." www.greenworker.coop

Moderator: Professor Jenny Rivera, Director, Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality.