Two members of the Brooklyn Law School community will be honored at the June National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Spring Fling, an event to celebrate the Guild’s continuing commitment to the movement for social change. Cristina Lee ’12 is among those being recognized for her contributions to the New York Chapter’s Occupy Wall Street (OWS) efforts. The evening will also include a special tribute to the Honorable Emily Jane Goodman ’68 for her years of work as a people’s advocate and judicial visionary.
For over 65 years, the Guild’s New York City Chapter has provided support for the struggles of racial justice, civil rights and workers’ rights. It is the oldest and largest public interest, human rights bar organization in the United States. In recent years the New York City Chapter has led the effort to provide legal support for major anti-war and anti-globalization demonstrations. Headquartered in New York, its chapters are in every state across the nation.
|Christine Lee '12|
Lee was a member of the NLG’s legal support team for OWS where she devoted countless hours to co-creating and implementing an on-site system to efficiently match arrestees with attorneys and track return dates. “The collective effort to create this system is what I am most proud of,” she said. “The collaboration reminded me of why I came to law school and has kept me grounded to what is important to me.” Lee, a NLG Executive Committee member, has conducted legal observer trainings at the Law School, in addition to events concerning G.I. resisters, U.S. war crimes and reproductive rights.
New York State Supreme Court Justice Goodman has been recognized nationally for her work on behalf of women in domestic relations matters, as well as in employment and housing discrimination. “It is very rewarding that my work of these many years is appreciated by the Guild and has conveyed the values that are essential to follow,” Goodman said.
After 30 years as a judge, the “retired” Goodman is poised to begin a private practice with a new firm in the coming year. “My partners and I have all been known for breaking barriers all of our lives,” she said, “and we hope to continue that momentum.”