Natalie Gomez-Velez is a Professor of Law at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, where she served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2007- 2010. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Fellow. Following three years of private law firm practice in New York City, Professor Gomez-Velez became General Counsel/Agency Chief Contracting Officer at the New York City Department of Youth Services. She has served as a staff attorney at the national ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and at NYU School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice. Professor Gomez-Velez has served as Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Public Advocacy in the New York State Attorney General's Office, and as Special Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Unified Court System. She also has taught at NYU School of Law.
Professor Gomez-Velez has served on the New York State Board of Regents as the Regent representing the Twelfth Judicial District. She also has served as the Bronx Representative on the New York City Panel for Educational Policy. She currently serves on New York's Statewide Judicial Screening Committee and on the Committee on Non-Lawyers and the Justice Gap appointed by New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. She also serves as a Trustee of the City Parks Foundation and as Chair of its Education Committee.
Professor Gomez-Velez received the Academic Leadership Award from the Hispanic National Bar Foundation in 2010. A summa cum laude graduate of Hunter College/CUNY, where she was a Public Service Scholar, Professor Gomez-Velez was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame in 2005. She also was named an Outstanding Latina of 2003 by El Diario/La Prensa.
Law Review Articles
Can Universal Pre-K Overcome Extreme Race and Income Segregation to Reach New York’s Neediest Children? The Importance of Legal Infrastructure and the Limits of the Law, Cleveland State Law Review (forthcoming 2015).
Urban Public Education Reform: Governance, Accountability, Outsourcing, 45 Urb. Lawyer 51 (2013).
Launch Pad for Justice: Public Interest Legal Apprenticeship Serving Urgent Legal Needs, 16 CUNY Law Review 21 (2012).
Public School Governance and Democracy: Does Public Participation Matter? 53 Villanova L. Rev. 297 (2008) (funded by a grant from the Research Foundation CUNY).
Proactive Procurement: Using New York City's Procurement Rules to Foster Positive Human Services Policies, 9 New York City Law Review 331 (2006).
Internet Access to Court Records: Balancing Public Access and Privacy, 51 Loyola Law Review 365 (2005).
Chapters In Books
CUNY Law School's Community-Based and Community Empowering Clinics (forthcoming in ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WORKING AMERICANS, Samuel Estreicher & Joy Radice Eds., Cambridge 2014).
Culturing the Pearls of Wisdom: Considering the Role of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Educational Experience, in Nurturing Success: Successful Women of Color and Their Daughters (2000).
Panelist, Modest Proposals 4.0 – Elimination of Fees for Public Access to Federal Court Records, Cardozo IP & Information Law Program, Cardozo Law School (April 8, 2011, New York, NY).
Panelist, Education is a Human Right, Regional Latino Law Students Association, New York Law School (April 2, 2011, New York, NY).
Panelist, Nudging Toward Learning Outcomes, ABA Associate Deans Conference (Jan. 2010, Minneapolis, MN).
Panelist, Retention Best Practices Review (with Provost Lucinda Zoe), CUNY Chief Academic Officers Retreat, (November 6, 2009, Staten Island, NY).
Panelist, How to Become a Judge: Family Court /Criminal Court /Court of Claims, New York City Bar (December 6, 2008, New York, NY).
Presenter, NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus Education Workshop: How Do We Build Reliable Capacity For Universal Pre-K? (Feb. 15, 2014).
Presenter, Center for Latino/a Rights and Equality, Puerto Rican Bar Association, and LatnioJusticePRLDEF, Latinos in Legal Academia, (Jan. 6, 2014, New York, NY).
Organizer and Presenter, Center for Latino/a Rights and Equality, Puerto Rican Bar Association, and Hispanic National Bar Association Supreme Court Roundup (Sept. 24, 2013, New York, NY).
Panelist, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia 2013 Symposium: Privatization – Looking Out for the Public Good: Education, University of Pennsylvania Law School (Sept. 12, 2013, Philadelphia, PA).
Panelist, ABA Webinar: Outsourcing K-12 Education: The Re-Shaping of School Governance and Its Impact on Your Practice, (August 1, 2013).
Presenter, Seeking Constructive Approaches to Address Retention Failure Involving Faculty and Staff of Color, CUNY Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Conference, CUNY Graduate Center (March 8, 2013).
Panelist, Urban Public Education Reform in New York City for Education and the Law Symposium sponsored by the ABA Section of State and Local Government and UMKC School of Law (Oct. 5, 2012 Kansas City, MO).
The Changing Role of the Associate Dean: Working with Students: Non-Classroom Learning , with Stacy Brustin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and Jill Miller, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Duke University School of Law, presentation at the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Associate Deans' Conference (June 12-15, 2008).
Enhancing Judicial Independence, Accountability, and Selection for the State Court Judiciary: A Program for Reform (Conference sponsored by Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer and Fordham Law School's Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics) (April 8, 2008).
Administrative Law Update for Lawyers Public Service Workshop, Rockefeller College, University at Albany and Pace Law School Continuing Legal Education Program (March 6, 2007).
Current Topics in Government Law Professional Development Program, Rockefeller College, University at Albany and Pace Law School Continuing Legal Education Program (February 6, 2007).
Testimony, New York State Senate Public Forum: A Lasting Blueprint for Judicial Diversity (January 18, 2007).
New York City Law Review, 2006 Who Is Profiting from Non-Profits? Panelist, The Regulatory Scheme and Its Enforcement, (March 3, 2006).
National Center for State Courts, Public Access to Court Records: Implementing the CCJ/COSCA Guidelines , Advisory Committee Meeting Participant, January 21-22, 2005, New York, NY.
Association of American Law Schools 2005 Annual Convention, Panelist, "Private Matters, Public Cases: Privacy Implications of Electronic Court Filings" January 5, 2005, San Francisco, CA.
A Government Lawyer's Guide to SAPA and Article 78 Office of the New York State Attorney General, Continuing Legal Education Program - September 27, 2005, Albany, NY.
Administrative Law: the Basics for New York State and New York City Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Continuing Legal Education Program - October 28, 2004, New York, NY.
2013 PILCOP Symposium on Equality Privatization: Looking Out for the Public Good, 11 Rutgers J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 323 (2014).
Why I Teach at CUNY Law?
"CUNY Law's commitment to excellence, access, and social justice drew me to teach here. CUNY Law's public engagement locally, nationally, and globally keeps that commitment fresh and exciting."