The Sorensen Center trains social justice lawyers to work from the local to the global levels, protecting rights of those affected by instability, conflict, and repression. We advance scholarship, intellectual exchange, and advocacy for international peace and justice.
Through seminars led by Scholars-in-Residence, an annual meeting on Communications for Peace, and global summer internship placements, the Sorensen Center equips students with international experience and expertise to become leaders in the field. We collaborate with other institutions around the world.
The Sorensen Center fosters the legacy of Ted Sorensen, long-time close advisor and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy, by nurturing students committed to practicing public interest law. Ted went on to help emerging democracies embrace and carry out the principles of freedom as a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison by continuing his desire to be a servant of international peace and justice.
As the first named center at CUNY Law, the Sorensen Center builds on and enhances the Law School's 30-year tradition of training lawyers to serve the underprivileged and disempowered and to make a difference in their communities.
"After Ted passed away, we were presented with a number of ideas for tributes to his life. One of Ted's former law partners impressed us with the idea of a center for international peace and justice at CUNY School of Law. Ted spent the majority of his professional life in New York City and thought of it as his home. I think he would have loved the idea of a center in his name at this particular school, with its singular focus on using law in the service of human needs. Through fellowships, conferences, scholars-in-residence, and annual retreats on communications for peace, the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice will teach future generations of lawyers to use their skills to serve the public good, allowing them to make an impact in communities around the world." -- Gillian Sorensen
"I knew that CUNY School of Law was the right place for a lasting tribute to Dad's life and work. He was a product of – and believed deeply in – public education. As New York City's public law school, CUNY advances public service and public interest law, civil rights, fairness, and the rule of law. Dad committed his life to these ideals, so we are thrilled that CUNY will be the permanent home for the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice." -- Juliet Sorensen
L. Camille Massey
Founding Executive Director