In addition to directing Center for Latinx Rights and Equality (CLRE) and teaching at CUNY Law, Prof. Gomez-Velez has extensive experience in private practice, public interest law, and public service. She has served as Assistant Deputy Attorney General for Public Advocacy in the NY State Attorney General’s Office, Special Counsel to the Chief Administrative Judge of the NY State Unified Court System, and General Counsel/Agency Chief Contracting Officer at the NYC Department of Youth Services. She was a staff attorney for the national ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project as well as NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice as well as the Executive Director of the New York Legal Education Opportunity program.  
Prof. Gomez-Velez’s scholarship focuses on public education, public law and governance, and judicial diversity; her legal commentary includes television appearances regarding Presidential impeachment, the State of the Union, and constitutional concerns related to the President’s call to use military force in response to Black Lives Matter protests.

Publications and Press

October 2020

Natalie Gomez-Velez, as director of CUNY Law’s Center on Latinx Rights and Equality (CLRE), moderated a program co-sponsored with the Franklin H. Williams Commission of the New York State Courts a Webinar entitled The Importance of Judicial Diversity and Inclusion in New York State Courts.

September 2020

Natalie Gomez-Velez appeared as a legal commentator on New York City’s Pix 11 morning news discussing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy and the battle to fill her Supreme Court seat  and discussing the Supreme Court nominee.

Natalie Gomez-Velez’s article Why Matter of DeVera Matters was published in the CUNY Law Review. The article critiques a recent New York State Court of Appeals decision permitting charter schools to escape statutory UPK quality standards.

June, 2020

Natalie Gomez-Velez participated in a Webinar sponsored by CLRE and CUNY Law Student Affairs, entitled DACA De-brief: Analyzing the Recent Supreme Court Decision and What Comes Next on June 22, 2020

Published Commentary

Natalie Gomez-Velez and Janet Calvo, The Supreme Court’s DACA Decision Keeps Dreamers Safe…For Now, published in Jurist on June 18, 2020

Live News Commentary

Natalie Gomez-Velez appeared as a legal commentator on New York City’s Pix11 morning news discussing the President’s authority under the Insurrection Act to deploy federal officers to respond to domestic protests.

Recent Work from Natalie M. Gomez-Velez

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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.”



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