Justice Speaks: The Right to Survive

Wednesday, February 19, was the semester’s first Justice Speaks Lunch. The topic was The Right to Survive; the speaker was Cara Anna. Ms. Anna is an accomplished journalist that has reported on issues in China. However, her talk to students last week was not about her experience as a reporter; instead, Ms. Anna shared her experience as a suicide attempt survivor and has called upon future lawyers to stand up as civil rights advocates on this issue. Continue reading

Justice Speaks: Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State

Join us for the Center’s first Justice Speaks lunch of the 2013–14 academic year.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
12:50pm–1:50pm
Room W320 at New York Law School

New York State remains one of two states that have refused to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years. When a person under the age of 18 is judged and sentenced as an adult there are heavy ramifications including high rates of recidivism, mental health issues, and negative impacts on educational opportunities. Judge Michael Corriero has been the front leader for juvenile justice reform and as the Executive Director and Founder of the New York Center for Juvenile Justice he continues to educate the public about the need to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State.

Attendees at this program may be eligible for one hour of continuing legal education (“CLE”) credit in professional practice for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys.

Pizza will be served.
There is no charge to attend or to receive CLE.

Justice Speaks Lunch: Digital Empowerment: International Human Rights Go Local

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:50pm-1:50pm W302

In recent years, new technologies have revolutionized activism, making it easier than ever for citizens to engage with one another and with their government. Professor Molly Land, Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School, will focus on the use of technological advances to engage in human rights activism. Although new technologies bring considerable benefits and opportunities, they also pose risks. Information may not be accurate, or the volume of information can overwhelm activists. The lunch discussion will cover these issues as well as several recommendations to overcome the risks and challenges of using new technologies in human rights activism.

Attendees at this program may be eligible for one hour of CLE credit in professional practice for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys.

RSVP to JAC@nyls.edu.

Justice Speaks Lunch: Mental Disability: Overcoming Social and Legal Prejudices

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:50pm-1:50pm, W302

This panel will examine a form of discrimination known as ‘sanism’- a hidden bias against individuals with mental disabilities. Today’s society is overwhelmed with fears and stereotypes of those with mental illnesses. The panelists will examine these patterns of prejudice and focus on their intrusion into the legal system. By focusing on how sanism affects the rights of citizenship for those with mental disabilities, we can work to educate and diminish the false beliefs that pervade today’s society.

Panelists will be Professor Michael Perlin, Professor of Law, Director of the Mental Disability Law Program and Director of the International Mental Disability Law Reform Project, and Professor Heather Cucolo, Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School.

Attendees at this program may be eligible for one hour of CLE credit in professional practice for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys.

RSVP to JAC@nyls.edu.

Justice Speaks Lunch: Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Future

Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:50pm-1:50pm, W402



Much of America’s energy comes from abroad, but recent advances in hydraulic fracturing-or “fracking”-allow the extraction of natural gas from shale formations. According to the International Energy Agency, the large amount of natural gas in the shale formations will help make America the world’s largest producer of oil by 2020. Hydraulic fracturing has major side effects, however, including economic, health, and environmental issues. In New York State, there has been a moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing until the Department of Environmental Conservation completes an environmental impact statement and works on regulations for this drilling. Governor Cuomo is expected to release the environmental impact statement and regulations this year. Come hear experts discuss this issue and how it impacts you and your community.

Panelists will be William A. Ruskin, Attorney at Epstein Becker Green, and Daniel Raichel, National Resources Defense Council, Legal Fellow of the New York Urban Program.

Attendees at this program may be eligible for one hour of CLE credit in professional practice for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys.

RSVP to JAC@nyls.edu.

Justice Speaks Lunch: Human Trafficking in New York: Protecting and Prosecuting

Justice Speaks Lunch: Human Trafficking in New York: Protecting and Prosecuting

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
12:50pm-1:50pm
Room W302

This panel will highlight the issue of human trafficking in New York, with examples of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. We will learn what services are available and what laws protect victims of trafficking, and also what policy approaches are the most useful in dealing with this complex issue. We will explore the enforcement of current statutes that allow trafficked persons to vacate their prostitution convictions in an attempt to overcome the stigmatizing effects of a criminal record. These convictions, create a barrier for victims when trying to obtain housing, jobs, and education. Our panelists will discuss advocacy efforts and their attempts to provide assistance to trafficked individuals struggling to reintegrate into society.

Panelists will be Christa Stewart, Coordinator of the New York State Human Trafficking and Unaccompanied Children Programs, and Sienna Baskin, Co-Director of the Sex Workers Project.

Attendees at this program may be eligible for one hour of CLE credit in professional practice for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys.

Justice Speaks Lunch: The State of Voting Rights in America

Justice Speaks Lunch: The State of Voting Rights in America
Co-Sponsored with the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Wednesday October 17, 2012
12:50-1:50 p.m.
Room W420.

The 2012 election is fast approaching and the ability of citizens to participate in the political process could have enormous consequences. This panel will consider challenges to the right to vote posed by one particular obstacle: new voter ID and registration requirements. What is the current status of these obstacles and what impact will they have on voter participation in the upcoming election? What is at stake for American law and policy in the upcoming election? What can we do now to eliminate barriers, expand voter access to the ballot box, and increase voter participation?

Attendees at this program may be eligible for one hour of CLE credit in professional practice for both transitional and non-transitional attorneys.

Speakers
Speaker 1: Vishal Agraharkar, Counsel for Democracy Program at Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

Speaker 2: Glenn Magpantay, Director, Democracy Program at Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Speaker 3: Andrew Schlichter from Davis Polk & Wardwell, Representing 866-OUR-VOTE, a Non-Partisan Election Protection Coalition.

Moderated By: Joshua Freeman, 2012-2013 Carbonell Law and Policy Fellow, Justice Action Center, New York Law School.