The purpose of CUNY-NLG is to enrich a community of radical, compassionate and visionary lawyers at CUNY through active initiatives to effect positive social change and put our skills as law students to use. CUNY-NLG focuses on projects that promote police and government accountability, legal education for members of the public, and building community leadership skills.

Specifically, CUNY-NLG provides law students with free legal observer and know your rights trainings that enable the students to contribute as legal supporters in the multitude of public demonstrations that occur annually throughout the city. CUNY-NLG also organizes legal skills trainings for students and the public on crucial legal topics such as FOIA and FOIL, political repression, police brutality and abuse, and working with under-served populations.

In 2013 – 2014, CUNY-NLG hosted or co-sponsored the following events:

  • Sep 19, 2013: Co-Sponsored CUNY Law Students for Justice in Palestine panel "Understanding the Israeli Occupation of Palestine: Strategies for Justice"
  • Sep 26, 2013: Hosted NLG Interest Meeting
  • Sep 28, 2013: Co-Hosted NLG-NYC DisOrientation with NYU-NLG
  • Oct 10, 2013: Hosted NLG Speaking Event with Attorney Maria Pagano (CUNY Law '93)
  • Nov 20, 2013: Hosted NLG Legal Observer Training
  • Jan 28, 2014: Hosted NLG General Meeting
  • Feb 20, 2014: Hosted NLG Muslim Defense Project Know Your Rights Train-the Trainer
  • Mar 5, 2014: Co-Sponsored CUNY Law Students for Justice in Palestine Event "Challenging Apartheid and Oppression from the U.S. to Palestine"
  • Apr 3, 2014: Hosted NLG General Meeting
  • Apr 8, 2014: Hosted NLG Panel "FOIA/FOIL: A Practical Guide to an Impractical System"
  • Apr 17, 2014: Hosted NLG General Meeting