Spring 2012 Issue

Feature Stories

SEVA Wins Union Square Award

SEVA Immigrant Community Advocacy Project, a nonprofit, community- based organization cofounded by Gurpal Singh (’08), won a prestigious Union Square Award in December for its work mobilizing and training residents of under-resourced immigrant communities as community organizers.


Advocating for Environmental Justice: CUNY Law Launches Center for Urban Environmental Reform

Growing up in a polluted steel town in the 1970s had a big impact on the director of CUNY Law’s new Center for Urban Environmental Reform (CUER).

15 Years Striving for Economic Justice: A Look Back

In 1996, when Congress enacted federal welfare reform, “CUNY began hemorrhaging thousands of students,” according to Stephen Loffredo, director of the Economic Justice Project (EJP) at CUNY Law.


Safeguarding Benefits for Students: Kelly Marie Fay Rodríguez (’12)

Kelly Marie Fay Rodríguez (’12) recalled one of her most memorable clients from the Economic Justice Project (EJP) as a “brilliant Latina student at LaGuardia Community College.


Supporting CUNY Students Through School: Richard Bailey (’12)

Richard Bailey (’12) was in the right place at the right time the afternoon he overheard some students talking about their work in the Economic Justice Project (EJP).

Bringing Justice to the Underserved through MFY

A client had to travel to Egypt because his mother had died. When he returned to New York City, he was on the verge of losing his home. MFY Legal Services, where several CUNY Law and Economic Justice Project alumni are staff attorneys, took on his case.


Drawing on Clients’ Strengths: Nate Treadwell (’09)

Nate Treadwell (’09) had a client who was severely mentally ill and couldn’t write checks or mail them.


Supporting CUNY Law Grads in Solo Practice

When lawyers launch their own practice, these kinds of questions can prove the most difficult to address—and they can make the difference in whether a practice succeeds or fails.


Helping Small Businesses Succeed: Yogi Patel (’06)

When clients visit Yogi Patel (’06), they’re treated to a view of the Flatiron Building from the conference room.


Launching A New Practice: Rosanna Roizin (’08)

Rosanna Roizin (’08) had only to look at her own life to find inspiration for starting a small law practice.


Defending People In Need: Andrew Lisko (’10)

Andrew Lisko (’10) had been pulling some late hours at the Law Office of Andrew Lisko, working on a client’s felony DWI case, when the judge declared a mistrial. The arresting officer had to take bereavement leave because his mother had died.


Supporting Muslim Communities in New York City: Amna Akbar

Amna Akbar joined the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) project of the Immigrant & Refugee Rights Clinic in fall 2011 as a supervising attorney and adjunct professor.


Diala Shamas: Liman Fellow with the CLEAR Project

Diala Shamas is one of only seven recipients of Yale Law School’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship this year.


30 Years at 65-21 Main Street

As CUNY Law prepares for its historic move to Long Island City, three longtime staff members reflect on their time at the Law School and share some of their favorite memories.


John Whitlow (’03) Joins CED Clinic

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1980s, John Whitlow (’03) spent a lot of his childhood at the home of a friend whose father had been exiled from Spain by Francisco Franco because of his political activities.


From Kansas to New York City: Sarah Lamdan

Slinging coffee at a café in Lawrence, Kansas, might not be the typical experience that inspires someone to become a lawyer, but it was for Sarah Lamdan.


Dean's Letter

We now own a building that does justice to the importance of the work we do. Law in the service of human needs is a vital mission, worthy of a beautiful place in which to work and flourish.


Alumni Notes

You've seen Alumni Notes in the CUNY Law magazine. Now you can view expanded notes about your classmates — including e-mail and web addresses and photos — online!


Faculty Notes

View the latest research and publications, scholarship, speaking engagements and more from our esteemed public interest faculty.

On the Cover: Rosanna Roizin ('08)


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Abbi Leman
Manager of Alumni Relations & Communications

Paul Lin

Dana Ramos
Executive Assistant to
Dean Michelle J. Anderson

Hope Forstenzer

Compiled by Kim Lashley
Development and Communications Assistant

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Victoria Beliveau