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  • 12.09.11 Homeless Appellate Rights Project (HARP) Introduces New Pro Bono Project
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    On October 18, the Homeless Appellate Rights Project (HARP) presented its new pro bono project for BLS students interested in becoming involved in homeless rights advocacy.  read more

  • 12.05.11 LAW and OUTLaws Co-Host Discussion on Race, Class, Sexual Orientation, and Domestic Abuse
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    On October 13, LAW and OUTLaws co-hosted “Mapping Dimensions of Abuse,” a discussion exploring the roles of race, class, culture, and sexual orientation in domestic violence.  read more

  • 11.30.11 Animal Rights: Property or Legal Personhood?
    Steven Wise

    On November 11, the Brooklyn Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (BLS SALDF) hosted a dinner with Professor Steven Wise of Vermont Law School, who gave a passionate lecture about the nonhuman animal rights movement.  read more

  • 11.28.11 BLS-ACLU Addresses International Law in U.S. Courts
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    The BLS-ACLU recently hosted Steven Watt, senior staff attorney at the ACLU Human Rights Program, to discuss the function of international law in U.S. courts.  read more

  • 11.22.11 City Council Speaker Quinn Addresses Reproductive Justice Issues in New York
    Christine Quinn

    On November 9, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Marjana Banzil, Director of Dr. Emily Women’s Health Center, spoke to students about reproductive justice issues in New York, including the legal and practical challenges women continue to face long after abortion was legalized in 1973.  read more

  • 11.21.11 Spotlight on Federalist Society Student Events
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    Among the 40 student organizations at the Law School, the Federalist Society has put together an active roster of programs to facilitate discussion among students.  read more

  • 11.14.11 Visiting Scholar Presents Paper on the U.K.’s Initiative to Foster Financial Stewardship at IBL Economic Law Forum
    IBL Forum

    International Business Law (IBL) Fellows regularly meet to hear form experts in the field of financial regulation and reporting.  read more

  • 11.14.11 Sparer Fellows Discuss the Inequity of Criminal Justice Debt
    Sparer

    Every month, Edward V. Sparer fellows attend a lunch to hear from speakers about public interest law.  read more

  • 11.10.11 National Jurist Ranks BLS Among Top Law Schools for Externships
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    The National Jurist ranked Brooklyn Law School seventh in the nation among law schools that offer externships.  read more

  • 11.08.11 Brooklyn Named the “Coolest City on the Planet”
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    Located at the intersection of Brooklyn Heights’ beautiful historic district, the Brooklyn Civic Center, and downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Law School has long been at the heart of a distinctive legal, cultural, social, and visually stunning neighborhood, and is one that draws visitors from around the world.  read more

  • 11.08.11 Foreign-Trained Lawyers Bring Excitement and Diversity via New LL.M. Program
    LLM Program

    Brooklyn Law School’s new LL.M. program was recently ranked in The New York Law Journal Reader Rankings as the second best program in New York.  read more

  • 11.02.11 BLS-ACLU and Muslim Law Student Association Co-Host Discussion on NYPD’s Mosque Surveillance
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    Brooklyn Law School’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Brooklyn Muslim Law Student Association co-hosted an event in response to a recent Associated Press (AP) investigation that found that the NYPD had gathered domestic intelligence in Muslim communities in ways that would violate civil liberties.   read more

  • 11.02.11 Public Service Office Introduces Students to Public Defenders to Learn More About Defense Work
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    On October 10, Scott Ruplinger ‘10, a staff attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS), and Adam Heyman of the Legal Aid Society (LAS), spoke at a Public Service Office event designed to introduce students public defense work and how to apply for internships and jobs.  read more

  • 10.26.11 Graduates and Students Participate in BLS Mentoring Program, Forge New Partnerships
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    On October 11, Brooklyn Law School held its 19th Annual Mentor Program Reception at Duane Morris LLP. Partners at the firm, Michael Grohman ’83, a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association, and Fred Cohen ’67, a member of the Board of Trustees were gracious hosts.  read more

  • 10.14.11 U.S. Customs Commissioner Alan Bersin Gives the Ira M. Belfer Lecture: Discusses the Challenges of Border Protection in a Post-9/11 World
    Alan Bersin

    On October 6, Alan Bersin, Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security, gave the Ira M. Belfer Lecture at Brooklyn Law School, addressing the challenges his department faces in a post-9/11 world.  read more

  • 10.13.11 Newly-Created Pro Bono Project, FLAG, Offers Assistance to Foreclosed Homeowners
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    Nathan Wilson ’12, a former chef and carpenter, was an intern with the Volunteer Lawyers Project in their Foreclosure Prevention Program when he was struck by the lack of information given to homeowners facing foreclosure. “There was this huge information gap,” he said.  read more

  • 10.13.11 American Constitution Society Addresses the Execution of Troy Davis
    Troy Davis Panel

    On October 5th, the American Constitution Society (ACS) hosted a discussion about the controversial execution of Troy Davis. Despite serious doubts being raised over the soundness of his conviction, Davis, 42, was executed by lethal injection on September 21 for the 1989 killing of an off-duty police officer.  read more

  • 10.13.11 New York Law Journal Readers Rank BLS LL.M. Program Second Best
    LLM Program

    Brooklyn Law School’s new LL.M. program was voted “Best general LL.M. program” behind Columbia University in the New York Law Journal Reader Rankings.  read more

  • 10.07.11 Brooklyn Law School Hosts Philosophy and Linguistics Law Series
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    Brooklyn Law School will host a series of interdisciplinary talks from October 10-20, 2011 focused on how linguistics and philosophy intersect with the interpretation of the law. Drawing on the expertise of distinguished scholars in the area, the Center for Law Language and Cognition and the Philosophy and Linguistics Society (PLS) will co-host a series of talks designed to address cutting edge issues in this area of law.  read more

  • 10.05.11 IBL Panel Addresses Challenges Global Corporations Face in a Post Dodd-Frank Era
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    On September 14, IBL Fellows and legal practitioners had the opportunity to hear from three distinguished panelists about the challenges global corporations face post Dodd-Frank at a Breakfast Roundtable hosted by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law.  read more

  • 06.21.11 Brooklyn Law School Launches Trade Secrets Institute
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    Brooklyn Law School is pleased to announce the formation of the Trade Secrets Institute, an initiative of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law.  read more

  • 06.20.11 Brooklyn Law School Mourns the Loss of Professor Emeritus Jerry Leitner
    Jerome Leitner

    Professor Emeritus Jerry Leitner, a beloved colleague, teacher, and friend, died on June 17, 2011.  read more

  • 06.07.11 Brooklyn Law School 2011 Commencement
    Commencement 2011

    On June 6, Brooklyn Law School held its 110th commencement ceremony at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York.  read more

  • 05.25.11 Business Law Panel Addresses Expert Networks Used by Hedge Funds
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    With more than 40 student organizations at the Law School the range of student programming is broad. On any given day students are hosting academics and practitioners to discuss timely and relevant legal topics.  read more

  • 05.04.11 Safe Harbor Project Victories
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    The hard work of Safe Harbor Clinic students Mary Margaret Anderson ‘11, Nabilah Hossain ’12, and Laura Zimmerman ‘11 paid off as their client’s Non-immigrant Status Petition was granted.   read more

  • 05.04.11 U.S. Circuit Judge Reena Raggi Joins Board of Trustees
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    Brooklyn Law School announced the appointment of Judge Reena Raggi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to the Law School’s Board of Trustees.  read more

  • 04.28.11 Brooklyn Law School Students Vote for “The Best of BLS”
    Frederic Bloom

    Students recently voted for the “Best of BLS,” in an internal poll to celebrate their peers, faculty, and administrators of the Law School. The students voted for “the best” professor, administrator, student leader, student group, and staff member.  read more

  • 04.28.11 Financial Market Experts Discuss “Snap Decisions” at 2011 Pomerantz Lecture
    Pomerantz Lecture

    On March 15, Brooklyn Law School hosted the 2011 Abraham L. Pomerantz Lecture to discuss securities regulation in the context of today’s lightening-speed financial markets and the snap decisions they demand.  read more

  • 04.28.11 21st Annual BLSPI Auction Raises Over $45K for Public Interest Initiatives
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    In March, more than 400 students, alums, faculty, staff, and friends of the Law School gathered at the annual BLSPI auction, one of the Law School’s most highly anticipated events, to raise over $45,000 for Brooklyn Law Student Public Interest (BLPSI) initiatives, including food, clothing, and blood drives, community service trips, and most importantly, the BLSPI Public Interest Law Fellowship Program.  read more

  • 04.12.11 American Constitution Society Discusses Snyder v. Phelps
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    On March 23, the American Constitution Society hosted a discussion about the implications of protecting unpopular speech under the First Amendment and the wider issue of whether specific words can be excised from public debate.   read more

  • 04.12.11 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program
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    On March 25, 2011, over 150 alumni and friends of the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship Program gathered at Brooklyn Law School to celebrate the program’s 25thanniversary at an invitation-only panel discussion followed by a reception and dinner.   read more

  • 04.08.11 Two Career Center Events: Paths to Practice and Roads Less Traveled
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    The Brooklyn Law School Career Center sponsored two dynamic programs in March. The first, a presentation by the New York State Bar Association President, focused on strategies for launching a career in the law. The second, a student/alumni networking event, focused on nontraditional careers outside the practice of law.  read more

  • 04.08.11 Symposium: The Evolving Legal Status of Adolescents, One Foot in Childhood and One in Adulthood
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    At an interdisciplinary symposium held on March 18, entitled “Adolescents in Society: Their Evolving Legal Status,” panelists addressed the many complex issues that lie ahead for lawyers, educators, and others working with adolescents in the field.  read more

  • 04.05.11 Georgia State College of Law takes First Place in 26th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Moot Court Competition
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    The 26th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Moot Court Competition, hosted by the Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society, was held March 31 - April 2, 2011.  read more

  • 04.05.11 Brooklyn Law School Adds New Clinics
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    Every year, hundreds of Brooklyn Law School students work in judges’ chambers, nonprofits, law firms, and government offices as part of the Law School’s highly-lauded clinical program.  read more

  • 03.24.11 New Clinic Focuses on Military Legal Practice
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    An exciting new clinic with a focus on military legal practice debuted this spring at the law school. The clinic is the creation of Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Hennigan, a Major in the Air Force reserve with 10 years of Justice Advocate General (JAG) experience.  read more

  • 03.23.11 Brooklyn Law School Hosts First Jurist-in-Residence Judge Duane Benton at the 26th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Moot Court Competition
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    The 26th Annual Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Moot Court Competition hosted by the Moot Court Honor Society will be held March 31 - April 2, 2011.  read more

  • 03.18.11 Career Center Hosts Exciting Events to Educate Students about Job Opportunities
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    As a continuation of providing a broad range of career programming this Monday, March 21, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President, Stephen P. Younger, also a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, will speak to Brooklyn Law School students, sharing valuable advice and lessons to prepare them for their transition into the practice of law.  read more

  • 03.18.11 Enthusiastic Crowd at Fifth Annual Sara Robbins Spelling Bee Raises Money for Memorial Scholarship
    Spelling Bee

    On February 17, students, faculty, and members of the BLS community gathered in the Subotnick Center for the fifth annual Sara Robbins Spelling Bee.   read more

  • 03.18.11 Fourth Annual Jeopardy Competition is a Fun-Spirited Event for Students and Faculty Alike
    Jeopardy

    On Wednesday, March 2, Brooklyn Law School held its Fourth Annual JEOPARDY tournament sponsored by BLSPI, and as usual, the participants and crowd enjoyed the fun-spirited tournament.  read more

  • 03.17.11 Sparer Panelists Discuss Right-to-Counsel Challenges
    Sparer

    At a recent Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Fellowship luncheon, two panelists addressed the challenges that still exist fifty years after the landmark Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, which established the constitutional right to counsel in criminal trials.  read more

  • 03.14.11 Moot Court Teams Having a Strong Season with Multiple Awards
    Moot Court

    While the moot court season is still underway, Brooklyn Law School is having a strong showing in competitions, already winning many awards.  read more

  • 03.08.11 Justice Scalia Cites Brooklyn Law Review Article in Michigan v. Bryant
    Brooklyn Law School

    In the recent confrontation clause case of Michigan v. Bryant, Justice Antonin Scalia cited University of Michigan Professor Richard Friedman's article "Grappling with the Meaning of 'Testimonial.'"  read more

  • 03.01.11 Investor Rights Clinic Students Win FINRA Case
    Investor Rights Clinic

    On January 28, a team of Investor Rights Clinic (IRC) students completed a three-day hearing before an arbitrator at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), representing a senior, retired couple in claims brought against their broker and the nation’s largest broker-dealer.  read more

  • 02.28.11 “Is ‘Obamacare’ Unconstitutional?”—A Debate
    Obamacare Debate

    February 9, a standing room-only crowd gathered in the student lounge for the Federalist Society event “Is ‘Obamacare’ Unconstitutional?”   read more

  • 02.18.11 Asylum Granted on Appeal to UNHCR; Monumental Victory for BLS Students
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    Each year, less than 1% of asylum appeals brought before the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) are granted. An Eritrean refugee represented by Brooklyn Law students Lindsay Ryder ‘10 and Stephanie Staal ’10, was one of the lucky 1%.  read more

  • 02.11.11 Safe Harbor Victory for Bangladesh Refugee: Asylum in the U.S.
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    The Safe Harbor Clinic is proud to announce that one of its clients, a political activist from Bangladesh who had been kidnapped, beaten and threatened with death unless he ceased his political activities, was granted asylum in February 2011.  read more

  • 02.04.11 Brooklyn Law School Library Wordle Competition Fosters Innovative Approach to Accessing Legal Documents
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    As part of its ongoing efforts to promote its resources to students and alumni, the Law School Library has created a fun way to raise awareness of important legal documents found in its collection.  read more

  • 02.01.11 Brooklyn Law Review Author is Awarded Acclaimed Sutherland Prize
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    The Brooklyn Law School is proud to announce that the Sutherland Prize was awarded to Professor Emily Kadens for her article, “The Puzzle of Judicial Education: The Case of Chief Justice William de Grey,” 75 Brooklyn Law Review 143 (2009).   read more

  • 02.01.11 Brooklyn Law School Offers New Exchange Program in Argentina
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    Brooklyn Law School is pleased to announce a new addition to our semester abroad programs. Students fluent in Spanish are eligible to study law in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) School of Law beginning in the Fall 2011 semester.  read more

  • 01.28.11 National Jurist Ranks Brooklyn Law School Among Top Schools for Public Service Law
    Brooklyn Law School

    The January 2011 issue of the National Jurist, a magazine for law students, ranked Brooklyn Law School second in New York State for public service law and 17th in the country.  read more

  • 01.27.11 The law school is operating on a two-hour delay.
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    The law school is operating on a two-hour delay. The law school will open at 11:00 am. All classes starting before 11:00 am are canceled.  read more

  • 01.26.11 Brooklyn is for Foodies!
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    As the borough becomes a dining destination, BLS grads add to the culinary mix.  read more

  • 01.21.11 Dean’s Roundtables Bring Alumni and Students Together to Discuss Careers and Specific Areas of the Law
    Dean's Roundtable

    The Dean’s Roundtable is a unique program that connects graduates with students in an intimate setting over lunch or dinner. At a typical Roundtable, graduates discuss their career paths and achievements since attending Brooklyn Law School, imparting practical advice along the way, and responding to questions from students.  read more

  • 01.06.11 Brooklyn Law School Mourns the Death of David G. Trager former Dean of the School
    David Trager

    The Brooklyn Law School community mourns the loss of an extraordinary and beloved colleague, teacher, trustee, former dean and great friend.   read more