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  • 09.21.17 Professor Jodi Balsam Weighs in on the Expected NFL Lockout in 2021
    Jodi Balsam

    "I think it would be dangerous [for the NFL] to give fans a chance to see what life is like without football,” Professor Jodi Balsam told Complex Media Sports regarding an expected lockout or strike in 2021.  read more

  • 09.20.17 Larry A. Silverstein ’55 Inducted into Crain’s Hall of Fame
    Larry A. Silverstein ’55

    Larry A. Silverstein ’55, Chairman of Silverstein Properties, Inc., is being inducted into the Crain’s New York Business Hall of Fame.  read more

  • 09.19.17 Ethics Roundtable Questions Assumptions About Free Will and Criminal Law
    Ethics Roundtable

    Can society hold people morally responsible for crimes if their choices were determined by forces in the universe predating their birth? This was the philosophical question explored by Professor Adam Kolber at an Ethics Roundtable on Sept. 12, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law, Language & Cognition.  read more

  • 09.15.17 Carl Mudd ’17 Wins NY Honor in Alternative Dispute Resolution Writing Competition
    Scales of justice

    Carl Mudd ’17 has been recognized as the top New York entrant in the inaugural New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)/ American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM) National Championship Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Student Writing Competition. The honor carries a $1,000 prize.   read more

  • 09.13.17 C-SPAN to Broadcast Brooklyn Book Festival Panels from Moot Court Room on Sept. 17
    Brooklyn Book Festival

    C-SPAN Book TV will broadcast live from the Moot Court Room on Sunday, Sept. 17, as part of the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, the largest free literary event in New York City. The Law School, a festival partner, will host a full day of panel discussions and talks in the Moot Court Room and Student Lounge.  read more

  • 09.07.17 Brooklyn Law Alumni Making Their Mark in Political Races
    Voting

    The names of several Brooklyn Law School graduates will be on the ballot Sept. 12 in high-profile primary races in New York.    read more

  • 09.07.17 Dean Allard Statement on the Trump Administration Decision to Rescind DACA
    Statue of Liberty

    The following message was sent to the Brooklyn Law School community by Dean Nick Allard on Sept. 6, 2017.  read more

  • 09.05.17 Safe Harbor Clinic Wins Asylum for Client
    A Lighthouse, figuratively suggesting the Safe Harbor Clinic

    A client of Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Clinic has been granted asylum after almost two years of advocacy on his behalf. The client was active in an opposition party in a West African country that was violently suppressed by that nation’s longtime dictator. The client was detained and beaten on account of his own activities and because he was trying to help his brother who was imprisoned after a sham proceeding. He chose to flee when it became apparent that he would be rearrested.  read more

  • 08.31.17 Dean Nick Allard Discusses the President’s Legal Team in TV Interview
    Nick

    Dean Nick Allard was interviewed about President Trump’s legal team on the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program, “Richard French Live,” which reaches 6.5 million viewers across the Tri-State area.  read more

  • 08.29.17 Brooklyn Law Faculty Hires Draw Praise from Influential Leiter’s Law School Reports
    Law School exterior with new banners

    Recent faculty hires by the Law School are prompting legal academia to take note, according to Brian Leiter's Law School Reports, the influential blog of the University of Chicago Law School professor.  read more

  • 08.28.17 In Podcast Interview, Frank Aquila ’83 Discusses Career Success, Offers Advice to Young Lawyers
    Frank Aquila ’83, a member of the Brooklyn Law School Board of Trustees, was featured on Hsu Untied.  read more
  • 08.23.17 Sarah Capasso-Kosan ’18 Wins LGBT Bar Association Writing Competition
    Sarah Capasso-Kosan ’18

    Sarah Capasso-Kosan ’18 won First Place in the Michael Greenberg Writing Competition at the National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference in San Francisco in August.  read more

  • 08.22.17 Convocation Ceremony Welcomes New Students to the Law School
    Brooklyn Law School Convocation Ceremony 2017

    Brooklyn Law School welcomed 371 new students on August 21 at the annual Convocation Ceremony, held in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.  read more

  • 08.18.17 Dean Nick Allard Discusses Charlottesville and Other Lessons for the New School Year
    Nick
    Dean Nick Allard in his address to the entering Class of 2017 discusses Charlottesville and other lessons for the new school year.  read more
  • 08.14.17 Professor Alice Ristroph Writes for Democracy About the Eclipse and Racial Isolation
    Alice Ristroph

    Criminal Justice Professor Alice Ristroph has published an article in the journal Democracy about the upcoming total solar eclipse and its curious path across a swath of America that is home to few black people. Titled “Blackout,” the piece follows the trajectory of the “totality,” or the period when the sun will be almost completely blocked out by the moon. Ristroph takes this as an opportunity to describe the fraught racial history of each of these places—Oregon, Wyoming, Nebraska, etc.—and highlight the divides that remain.  read more

  • 08.11.17 Ross Levi ’97 Named Executive Director of Tourism at Empire State Development
    Ross Levi ’97

    New York’s chief economic development organization announced on August 10 that Ross Levi ’97 will become Executive Director of Tourism, responsible for the city’s I LOVE NEW YORK tourism promotion efforts.  read more

  • 08.09.17 Michael Arcieri ’04 Named Knicks Director of Basketball Strategy
    New York Knicks

    Michael Arcieri ’04 has been named director of basketball strategy by the New York Knicks as part of a broader build-up of the the organization’s front office staff.  read more

  • 07.26.17 Library Director Janet Sinder Honored with Article of the Year Award from Law Library Journal
    Janet Sinder

    An article by Professor Janet Sinder, Director of the Brooklyn Law School Library, has been honored with the Law Library Journal Article of the Year Award.  read more

  • 07.24.17 Professor William Araiza Interviewed by Texas Public Radio about ‘Animus’ in the Law
    Brooklyn Law School - William Araiza

    How do U.S. courts determine whether a law is biased? Professor William Araiza in an interview with Texas Public Radio discussed this question with the focus on the concept of “animus” in the law. Araiza said the concept extends across a variety of constitutional law doctrines, not just the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause, as seen with same-sex marriage cases, but also the First Amendment Establishment Clause, as evidenced in recent litigation over the Trump travel ban.  read more

  • 07.21.17 Wall Street Journal Credits Brooklyn Law Study for Fueling Push for Urban Farming
    Urban Agriculture

    New York City has the largest urban agriculture system in the country, including community and rooftop gardens and greenhouses, as well as “vertical farms,” windowless rooms aglow with LED lights for nurturing herbs and lettuces to life. And yet new growers are often unable to break into the urban farming business, stymied by confusion and lack of regulations. Thanks to Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Urban Business and Entrepreneurship (CUBE) and a seminal white paper written by CUBE fellow Tatiana Z. Pawlowski ’17 examining urban agriculture in New York City, the future of urban farming may open up significantly.  read more

  • 07.18.17 Brooklyn Law Named to Billboard Top Schools for Music Law
    Law School exterior with new banners

    Brooklyn Law School has once again been named to Billboard magazine’s list of top music law schools, published in the July 22 print edition.  read more

  • 07.14.17 Professor Steven Dean Named Vice Dean
    Professor Steven Dean

    Professor Steven Dean has been named Vice Dean at Brooklyn Law School effective July 1. In this role, Dean will oversee the Law School’s academic program and curriculum. At the same time, he will work to advance faculty development and scholarship. He succeeds Professor William Araiza, who is returning to teaching and his scholarly work full time.  read more

  • 07.14.17 In The New York Times, Dean Allard Applauds Court Decision on California Bar Exam

    Dean Nick Allard praised a decision by the California Supreme Court to lower the passing score on that state’s bar exam, telling The New York Times it is a significant measure to “take back control of licensing and admitting new lawyers.”  read more

  • 07.11.17 Professor Miriam Baer Among Legal Experts Weighing In on Trump Jr.’s Emails and Russia Meeting

    Professor Miriam Baer is among top legal experts in the nation who were asked by Vox whether the email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. on July 11 constitutes clear evidence of collusion or conspiracy by the Trump campaign and whether Trump Jr. as well as Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort are in legal jeopardy because of their meeting last year with a “Russian government lawyer” who purportedly promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton.  read more

  • 07.11.17 Moya O’Connor ’09 Named to Network Journal’s 40 Under Forty
    Moya O’Connor ’09

    Moya O’Connor ’09 was recently named to the list of 40 Under Forty Achievement Award honorees for 2017 by The Network Journal, a magazine for black professionals and small businesses. She was recognized with the other honorees at the 20th annual awards dinner on June 15.  read more

  • 06.28.17 Journal of Law and Policy Free Speech Symposium Issue Receives Praise
    Professor Joel Gora

    The recent issue of the Brooklyn Law School Journal of Law and Policy devoted to the Law School’s February 2016 Free Speech Symposium received praise from the popular legal blog Concurring Opinions.  read more

  • 06.27.17 Safe Harbor Project Helps Transgender Client Win Asylum Case
    A Lighthouse, figuratively suggesting the Safe Harbor Clinic

    A transgender woman from a totalitarian nation has been granted asylum in the United States thanks in part to the work of students in Brooklyn Law School’s Safe Harbor Project clinic.   read more

  • 06.26.17 Professor Jocelyn Simonson Cited in U.S. Supreme Court Decision
    Brooklyn Law School - Professor Jocelyn Simonson

    The U.S. Supreme Court cited work by Professor Jocelyn Simonson in its majority opinion issued on June 22 in Weaver v. Massachusetts, a case about the right to a public trial.  Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion cited Simonson’s 2014 Harvard Law Review article, “The Criminal Court Audience in a Post-Trial World,” in which she examined the importance of the right to a public trial in the world of plea bargaining.  read more

  • 06.26.17 Aimee Richter ’93 Named President of Brooklyn Bar Association
    Aimee Richter

    Aimee Richter ’93 was sworn in as the new president of the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 14. Richter plans to use her new position to bring more young lawyers into the BBA community.  read more

  • 06.21.17 Judges Can Do More to Help Juries Understand Rape Cases, Professor Schneider Tells the Times
    Elizabeth Schneider

    Professor Elizabeth Schneider was quoted in a New York Times story about the rape case against Bill Cosby that recently ended in a mistrial.  read more

  • 06.20.17 Preserve the Critical Role of the Consumer Financial Protection Board, Argues Professor David Reiss
    David Reiss

    In his latest column for The Hill, Professor David Reiss takes issue with recent recommendations from the U.S. Treasury Department to limit the powers of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  read more

  • 06.20.17 Matthew Funk ’98 Named President of New York State Trial Lawyers Association
    Matthew Funk '98

    Matthew Funk ’98 has been named the new president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He will take office on July 1. Funk is a workers’ compensation attorney—the first such attorney to be president of NYSTLA. He is a partner at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, a New York-based accident and personal injury firm.  read more

  • 06.15.17 Brooklyn Law School Students Selected for Prestigious Summer Fellowships
    Scales of justice

    Each summer, Brooklyn Law School students are awarded coveted fellowships that offer opportunities to gain valuable professional experience, work with seasoned attorneys and judges, and delve deeper into their areas of interest in law. The following students join a long list of fellowship awardees from the Law School.  read more

  • 06.13.17 Michael Tenenhaus Joins Career Center as Professional Development Manager
    Michael Tenenhaus

    Michael Tenenhaus has joined Brooklyn Law School as Professional Development Manager in the Office of Career and Professional Development. In this new position at the Law School, Tenenhaus will coordinate learning and development programming for the Career Center, work with alumni and student organizations to develop training plans, and develop strategies to further advance the Law School’s career development programs. He will report to Karen Eisen, Dean of Career and Professional Development.   read more

  • 06.13.17 Citywide Art Installation Celebrating the World’s Oceans Comes to Law School Courtyard
    Wave sculpture

    The Brooklyn Law School courtyard at 250 Joralemon St. recently became the home of two sculptures—a circular wave and a surfboard—that are part of a temporary art installation around New York City celebrating U.N. World Oceans Day and highlighting efforts to protect the oceans.    read more

  • 06.08.17 Professor Elizabeth Schneider Quoted in New York Times story on Bill Cosby Trial
    Elizabeth Schneider

    Professor Elizabeth Schneider was quoted in the June 8 New York Times article, “In Cosby Trial, Treatment of Women by Powerful Men Has Its Day in Court.”  read more

  • 06.06.17 Professor Chaumtoli Huq’s Documentary Examines Bangladeshi Workers’ Rights
    Chaumtoli Huq

    The horrifying collapse of a factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,000 workers in 2013 shined a harsh light on lack of protections and rights for workers in the garment industry and brought about renewed calls for labor law reforms.  Adjunct Professor Chaumtoli Huq’s new documentary, “Sramik Awaaz: Workers Voices,” covers the evolution of the labor movement in Bangladesh from the perspective of the workers themselves.   read more

  • 06.05.17 Ashley Allison ’11 Named Senior Advisor to Top Civil and Human Rights Coalition
    Ashley Allison

    Ashley Allison ’11, former White House deputy director and senior policy advisor at the Office of Public Engagement, has been named as senior advisor to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations that promotes and protects the rights of all persons in the United States.   read more

  • 05.30.17 Michael Baston ’97 Named President of Rockland Community College
    Michael Baston

    Michael Baston ’97 has been appointed president of Rockland Community College. Baston will begin the new position on July 1.   read more

  • 05.30.17 Professor Bennett Convenes Critical Race Theory Legal Scholars for Book Project
    Bennett Capers

    Professor Bennett Capers brought fellow legal scholars in critical race theory to Brooklyn this spring to workshop drafts of their rewritten U.S. court opinions for the forthcoming book Critical Race Judgments: Rewritten Court Opinions on Race and the Law. The book will be the latest entry in the growing endeavor of reimaging past court decisions from a different scholarly perspective.   read more

  • 05.30.17 Professor Gregg Macey Article Included in Land Use and Environmental Law Review
    Gregg Macey

    An article by Professor Gregg Macey, “Boundary Work in Environmental Law,” was recently selected for reprint in the annual Land Use and Environmental Law Review.  read more

  • 05.24.17 Bernard Nash ’66 Wins National Award for Best Legal Blog
    Bernard Nash

    Bernard Nash ’66, cochair of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice and coeditor of the firm’s State AG Report blog, won the “Blog of the Year Award in Law” at the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement on May 22.  read more

  • 05.22.17 Law School Celebrates 116th Commencement, Announces Honors, Prizes, and Awards
    Commencement 2017

    Brooklyn Law School celebrated its 116th commencement ceremony on May 18 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where 368 J.D. and 31 LL.M. degrees were conferred.   read more

  • 05.19.17 NPR’s Scott Simon Shares Memories of Visiting Professor Neil P. Cohen
    Professor Neil P. Cohen

    Neil P. Cohen, who served as a visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School for more than a decade died on May 8 at age 72. Professor Cohen taught criminal procedure, criminal law, and evidence at the Law School.   read more

  • 05.16.17 Debra Epstein Henry ’94 Receives Anne X. Alpern Award from Pennsylvania Bar Association
    Debra Epstein Henry

    The Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession presented its annual Anne X. Alpern Award to Deborah Epstein Henry ’94, a recognized expert, consultant and public speaker on women, careers and the legal profession. Henry received the award during a ceremony held during the commission’s 24th annual conference, “Lessons Learned from the Women’s Movement,” on May 11 in Pittsburgh.  read more

  • 05.16.17 Professor David Reiss Decries New Financial Choice Act in The Hill Column
    David Reiss

    In his regular column for The Hill, Professor David Reiss on Sunday took on the Financial Choice Act, the latest effort to roll back the regulatory powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is the chief proponent of the FCA, claiming the CFPB and its parent, Dodd-Frank, put an undue burden on consumer credit providers.   read more

  • 05.11.17 Passing the Torch to the Next Generation: An Inspiration at 103 years old
    Francesca Adamo and Elena Teresa Sanfilippo

    Like the nearly 400 other Brooklyn Law School students graduating on May 18th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Francesca Adamo will receive her diploma in front of an enthusiastic crowd of faculty, friends, and family. There’s just one small difference: Francesca’s great-great-aunt (her great-grandmother’s sister) Elena Teresa Sanfilippo, who graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1936 and just turned 103, will present her with her diploma and cap.   read more

  • 05.05.17 Professor David Reiss Elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers
    David Reiss

    Professor David Reiss was recently named a 2017 Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) by the organization’s Board of Governors.  read more

  • 05.05.17 Article by Professor Minor Myers Selected for Top 10 Corporate and Securities List
    Brooklyn Law School - Professor Minor Myers

    Appraisal Arbitrage and the Future of Public Company M&A, co-authored by Professor Minor Myers (with Professor Charles Korsmo, Case Western Reserve School of Law), was named a Top 10 Corporate and Securities Article in a list compiled by Corporate Practice Commentator.  read more

  • 05.03.17 Brooklyn Named a ‘Top Law School’ Where ‘Power Lawyers Got Started’ by The Hollywood Reporter
    The Hollywood Reporter April 2017

    For the fourth straight year, Brooklyn has made The Hollywood Reporter’s list of top 12 law schools that have produced the entertainment industry's most powerful attorneys.   read more

  • 05.02.17 LL.M. Program Receives High Marks for Academics and Student Experience
    International Jurist 2017

    Brooklyn Law School’s LL.M. program has garnered high marks for academic excellence, student experience, and career opportunities for graduates in the latest issue of The International Jurist.  
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  • 04.25.17 Professor Bennett Capers Discusses ‘Rape, Truth, and Hearsay’ on Excited Utterance Podcast
    Bennett Capers

    Professor Bennett Capers recently appeared on Excited Utterance, a podcast focusing on scholarship on evidence law and proof, to discuss his forthcoming article “Rape, Truth, and Hearsay,” which will appear in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.   read more

  • 04.24.17 Professor Anita Bernstein Joins Amicus Brief in Sandy Hook Lawsuit
    Anita Bernstein

    Professor Anita Bernstein was among 13 nationally renowned law professors specializing in common-law torts who filed an amicus brief with the Connecticut Supreme Court arguing that negligent entrustment should apply to the gun makers of the AR-15 used in the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012. The case was brought by families of the victims against Bushmaster Firearms International, a manufacturer and distributor of firearms.    read more

  • 04.19.17 Immigration in the Age of Trump: Professors, Students, and Alumni Launch ‘Know Your Rights’ Campaign
    Know Your Rights

    “I am from Yemen and I have a United States citizenship, but I want to know this: Is it a second-class citizenship? Is that something this country has? Because I am always harassed,” said the women wearing a hijab. The room was silent.   read more

  • 04.17.17 Irving Piken ’30 Profiled by ESPN as Oldest Living Dodgers Fan
    Irving Piken

    Irving Piken ’30, currently 108 years old, was the subject of a recent ESPN story about being the oldest living Dodgers fan.  read more

  • 04.12.17 CUBE Event Explores Future of Agriculture in the City
    Urban Agriculture panel

    The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship hosted “Growing Greens in the Grid: The Future of Urban Agriculture in NYC,” a two-part discussion on April 6 that featured Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and New York City Councilman Rafael L. Espinal.   read more

  • 04.12.17 Legal Research Tool is Winning Idea at Annual CUBE Innovators Competition
    4th annual Innovators Competition

    At the fourth annual Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) Innovators Competition, James Allen ’18 and Omar Mustafa ’17 earned the $2,000 grand prize for their proposal FileFix, a legal research tool that provides seamless bookmarking and document storage. Functioning as a widget, FileFix provides synchronized webpage bookmarking and cloud pdf storage for swift cataloging of research sources.   read more

  • 04.10.17 ‘Making a Murderer’ Defense Lawyers Featured at Celebration of Public Service
    Stacy Caplow

    Jerome Buting and Dean Strang, who defended Steven Avery, the subject of the hit Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” were the special guests at a Celebration of Public Service on March 28 that included the annual Public Service Awards, the 31st annual Sparer Forum, and the official launch of the new Public Service Law Center.   read more

  • 03.31.17 Professor David Reiss Named to NYC Rent Guidelines Board
    David Reiss

    Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the appointment of Professor David Reiss to the Rent Guidelines Board. The board is mandated to establish rent adjustments for approximately 1 million dwelling units subject to rent stabilization in New York City and holds public meetings and hearings to consider research from staff and testimony from owners, tenants, advocacy groups, and industry experts. Reiss and Hilary Botein of Baruch College will serve as public members of the board.    read more

  • 03.30.17 Law School Honors Rachel Freier ’05 as First Hasidic Woman Judge
    Rachel Freier and Nick Allard

    Judge Rachel Freier ’05, the country's first-ever Hasidic female elected official, was recently guest of honor at the Law School in celebration of her achievements.  read more

  • 03.29.17 Nicole George-Middleton ’01 Makes Music Power List
    Nicole George-Middleton

    Calling her “truly the woman behind the music,” allhiphop.com named Nicole George-Middleton ’01, ASCAP Senior Vice President, to its list of Most Powerful Women in Hip-Hop and Entertainment.   read more

  • 03.28.17 Professor Stacy Caplow: Fix the Crisis in Immigration Courts
    picture of a teacher

    In a guest column for the Star-Ledger Herald (New Jersey) on Mar. 28, “Deporting 'bad hombres' a Trump sham if region's immigration courts are crippled,” Professor Stacy Caplow outlines the current crisis in the nation’s Immigration Courts, resulting in case backlogs and delayed justice.  read more

  • 03.27.17 Spring Break Pro Bono Highlights
    Students in the Dominican Republic

    Every spring break, many Brooklyn Law School students forego rest and relaxation in order to serve others by doing pro bono work. Through the Public Service Office’s alternative spring break program, 11 students traveled to one of three different sites: New Orleans, Miami, and Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic.  read more

  • 03.23.17 New Book Credits BLIP Clinic Role in Brooklyn Business Growth
    The New Brooklyn

    In “The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back” by Kay S. Hymowitz (Rowman & Littlefield 2017), the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy (BLIP) Clinic, under the direction of Professor Jonathan Askin, is cited as a significant player in Brooklyn’s recent surge in business growth.    read more

  • 03.20.17 Professor Robin Effron Previews Gorsuch Confirmation Hearings on CBS News
    Robin Effron

    As the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch get underway, Professor Robin Effron appeared on CBS News March 19 to discuss what to expect from the process. 
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  • 03.17.17 Dean Nick Allard Writes Opinion Pieces for The Times of Israel and Washington Post
    Dean Allard

    On March 17, Dean Nick Allard had his op-ed about rising anti-Semitism in the United States appear in The Times of Israel, while his opinion piece about a wine bar’s lawsuit against the president appeared in the Washington Post.  read more

  • 03.17.17 Criminal Justice Seminar Focuses on ‘Making a Murderer’ Documentary Series
    Making a Murderer

    On a recent Wednesday afternoon at Brooklyn Law School, a group of students in a criminal justice seminar acted as a panel of judges, directing pointed questions at a classmate who was arguing that his client deserved a change of venue.   read more

  • 03.13.17 Professor Susan Herman Recognized as a Woman 'Changing the World'
    Susan Herman

    Professor Susan Herman’s work with the American Civil Liberties Union earned her praise as one of five “women who are changing the world” from Patch news, in honor of National Women's History Month.   read more

  • 03.13.17 Professor Alice Ristroph, an Expert in Criminal Law, to Join Faculty
    Alice Ristroph

    Brooklyn Law School has announced the appointment of Professor Alice Ristroph, an expert in criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law, as professor of law. Her appointment is effective July 1. Ristroph currently teaches at Seton Hall University School of Law, where her scholarship focuses on the relationships among legal concepts and legal practices.     read more

  • 03.13.17 Ethics Roundtable Questions Assumptions About Moral, Causal Judgment
    Casual Moral Judgment Seminar

    “People think morally bad acts are more intentional than good ones, regardless of the moral goodness or badness of the person,” Joshua Knobe, professor of philosophy, psychology, and linguistics at Yale University, said to an audience at the Ethics Roundtable on March 8, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition.   read more

  • 03.13.17 Law School Alumni in Law Enforcement Highlight the Importance of the J.D.
    Timothy Sini

    Students looking to learn how their law degree can be used for a career in law enforcement were treated to an engaging and informative panel on March 7 at the Law School.   read more

  • 03.09.17 Alan Breindel ’78 Brings Holocaust Stories to the Stage
    Through the Darkness

    “Through the Darkness,” a play by Alan Breindel ’78 based on interviews with Holocaust survivors, is receiving its theatrical debut this month at The Workshop Theater in New York City.    read more

  • 02.28.17 Charles Cohen '77 Scores with Oscar-winning Foreign Film
    Charles Cohen '77

    Charles Cohen ’77 attended his sixth Oscars Sunday night and went home a winner thanks to Cohen Media Group’s distribution of The Salesman, which won best foreign-language film. The film’s director, Asghar Farhadi, boycotted the awards ceremony in solidarity with Iranian immigrants affected by the president’s recent immigration executive orders. But Cohen was there and told Forbes: “It’s a great feeling of bringing an important film to American audiences from an accomplished and masterful director.”   read more

  • 02.27.17 CUBE Panel Tackles eSports Industry’s Growing Pains
    CUBE Esports panel

    Imagine getting an offer of nearly $1 million per year to play a sport but no contract to make it official, or getting paid thousands of dollars for winning a game but having no bank account in which to deposit the money. That’s the reality for a growing number of people around the world who make a living in eSports. Once an obscure pastime, today watching players practice and compete against one another in video games, like the multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends, is approaching a $1.1 billion industry and in dire need of good lawyers. The growing pains and opportunities in this booming “sport” were the focus of a Feb. 23 panel sponsored by the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) and Legal Hackers.   read more

  • 02.27.17 Professor Roberta Karmel Receives William O. Douglas Award
    photo of a professor

    Professor Roberta Karmel was presented with the William O. Douglas Award at the 25th annual Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni (ASECA) dinner on Feb. 24, in Washington, D.C.  read more

  • 02.24.17 Dean Nick Allard Op-ed ‘An unexpected Trump effect: Lawyer as hero’ Appears in The Hill
    Dean Allard

    In an op-ed appearing in the Feb. 24 edition of The Hill, Dean Nick Allard shares his thoughts on how the role of lawyers in society is as critically important as ever given the actions of the Trump administration. Lawyers practicing across varying fields from immigration to religious freedom to international trade are suddenly in the spotlight, and now playing a major role in shaping the nation’s current governmental system.  read more

  • 02.22.17 Molly McGrath ’12 Pens Voting Rights Op-Ed in LA Times
    Molly McGrath

    An op-ed by Molly McGrath ’12 appeared in the Los Angeles Times Feb. 20 calling for lawyers and voting rights advocates to take to the streets and the courts to combat voter ID laws.   read more

  • 02.22.17 TSI Symposium Tackles Tough Questions on Managing Employee Trade Secrets
    TSI Panel

    When Russell Beck, a partner at Beck Reed Riden, asked a roomful of students and attorneys at the Trade Secrets Institute (TSI) symposium “Working Knowledge: Managing Employee Trade Secrets,” on Feb. 15, whether they had ever left a job, almost every hand shot up. When he then asked whether anyone had taken trade secrets when they left a job, all but two hands went down. The reality however, Beck said, is that around 50 percent of employees take trade secrets with them – knowingly or unknowingly – when they switch from one employer to another.   read more

  • 02.17.17 Law School Launches Discussion Series on Presidential Powers
    Legal Lunch

    On Feb. 15, Brooklyn Law School launched Legal Lunches, a series of talks for the Law School community and the public about the critical legal issues arising under the current presidential administration.  read more

  • 02.13.17 Neuroscience Meets Law in Roundtable and Panel Discussion
    Neuroimaging discussion

    The Center for Health, Science and Public Policy held a panel discussion Feb. 3 on “Measured Experience: Neuroimaging, Consciousness, and the Law.” Participants discussed brain injuries, the ethics of pain and suffering, and how health insurance and rehabilitation rights might be drastically changed under the new presidential administration, among other topics.   read more

  • 02.08.17 Does a Bible Class in Public School Violate the Law? Professor Nelson Tebbe Weighs in on CBS News
    Professor Nelson Tebbe

    Professor Nelson Tebbe was interviewed for a CBS News story that aired Feb. 8 about a case involving parents in West Virginia who are suing to end a bible class in public schools.   read more

  • 02.07.17 Brooklyn Law School Honors Distinguished Alumni at Annual Luncheon
    Alumni Luncheon 2017

    On Friday, Feb. 3, Brooklyn Law School alumni, faculty, trustees, and their guests gathered at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan for the annual Alumni Association Luncheon. Honored as Alumni of the Year were  William Gladstone ’55, former co-chief executive at Ernst & Young and president of the Tri-City ValleyCats baseball team, and Susan M. Karten ’83 of Susan M. Karten & Associates. This year’s Rising Stars were Anne del Castillo ’11, chief operating officer and general counsel in the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and Erika Lorshbough ’12, legislative counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union.  read more

  • 02.02.17 Race & the Law Week Events Held at Brooklyn Law School
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    The student organization Brooklyn Law School for the Public Interest (BLSPI) presents 'A Seat at the Table' Race & the Law Week Feb. 6-10 during Black History Month.  read more
  • 02.01.17 Alumni Honored By New York State Bar Association
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    Hon. John Leventhal ’79, Martin Minkowitz ’63, and William Thompson ’54 were among the recipients of awards presented at the New York State Bar Annual Meeting in January at the New York Hilton Midtown.   read more

  • 02.01.17 Lee Wellington ’13 on the Ground at JFK to Assist Those Affected by President’s Executive Order
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    Leslie (Lee) Wellington ’13 is featured in a New York Magazine story about the quick action taken by individuals who organized protests and legal services at JFK airport to help passengers affected by the president’s executive order on immigration.   read more

  • 01.30.17 Dean Nick Allard Statement on Entry into the United States and the Rule of Law
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    To the Brooklyn Law School Community:

    The short time since the Inauguration already has produced many trying days. Most recently, many of us are concerned about the President’s Executive Order regarding entry into the United States based on citizenship, religion, refugee status, and national origin.   read more

  • 01.27.17 Dean Nick Allard in Oklahoma Legal Group Blog
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    Dean Nick Allard recently took part in a Q&A with the Oklahoma Legal Group Blog, where he discussed the biggest challenge facing law students, challenges as a dean, the effect of technology on criminal defense cases, and other topics.  read more

  • 01.27.17 Students Assist Asylum-seekers in Texas Immigration Proceedings
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    In early January, on their third day at the Karnes County Residential Center—an immigrant detention center for women and children in Karnes City, Tex.—Marvin Espana ‘18 and Martyna Kaznowski ‘18 were pulled into a last-minute appeal. A mother had just been denied an opportunity to apply for asylum while her children had been approved. The children were scheduled to leave the detention center the next day, and the students had less than 30 minutes to conduct research before a judge would decide the family’s fate. The judge vacated the denial of the woman’s application, and Espana, Kaznowski, and four other Brooklyn Law School students had just a few minutes to celebrate before moving on to the next case.   read more

  • 01.27.17 Disability and Civil Rights Clinic Takes Aim at Health Insurance Company to Secure Client’s Civil Rights
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    Lauren Wechsler, a 30-year-old-woman with severe developmental disabilities, is no longer confined to her home following the year-long advocacy of students in the Disability and Civil Rights Clinic, under the direction of Professors Natalie Chin and Amy Mulzer. Students challenged the discriminatory actions of two private health insurance companies that left Lauren homebound despite her ability to participate in the community.   read more

  • 01.26.17 Professor Maryellen Fullerton on BBC News Discusses the President’s Actions on Immigration
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    Professor Maryellen Fullerton, an expert on asylum and refugee law, was recently a guest on a pair of BBC News programs: World Have Your Say and Newshour. On both programs, she discussed the president’s executive orders on immigration and refugees and building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.  read more

  • 01.17.17 Andrew Rausa ’13 Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List
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    Andrew Rausa ’13 has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Law and Policy list for his work at Facebook. Rausa serves as advertising and privacy counsel at the social media giant’s Menlo Park, CA office, where he moved after being recruited by Facebook in May 2016. There, he works with the company’s product, engineering, and business teams.   read more

  • 01.13.17 Business Boot Camp Offers Lessons for Lawyers and Entrepreneurs Alike
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    Brooklyn Law School held its annual Business Boot Camp in collaboration with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services and John P. Oswald ’84, president and CEO of the Capital Trust Group and a member of the Law School’s board of trustees. Now in its fifth year, the four-day “mini MBA” winter session course, led by Professor Michael Gerber, brought together industry experts, alumni, and students to discuss business issues often faced by lawyers and their clients.  read more

  • 01.11.17 Professor Arthur Pinto Quoted in Crain's on New York Court of Appeals Vacancy
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    Professor Arthur Pinto was quoted in the Jan. 11 Crain’s article “Cuomo remakes the state's highest court” on the governor’s overhaul of the New York Court of Appeals. With a judge’s recent retirement, Cuomo’s pick to fill the vacancy could tip the scales against employers in closely divided cases.  read more

  • 01.11.17 Professor K. Sabeel Rahman Quoted in The New York Times on Corporate Consolidations
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    Professor K. Sabeel Rahman was quoted in the Jan. 10 New York Times article, “Obama’s Work to Limit Mergers May Stop With Trump Administration.”  read more

  • 01.11.17 Professor Miriam Baer Elected to Membership in American Law Institute

    Professor Miriam Baer has been elected to membership in the American Law Institute. ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.  read more

  • 01.10.17 Professor David Reiss in Politico on President-elect’s Real Estate Holdings
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    Professor David Reiss was prominently quoted in the Jan. 9 Politico article, “Selling his empire would cost Trump money. A lot of it.  read more

  • 01.09.17 Timothy Sini ’05 Youngest Commissioner in Suffolk County Police Department History
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    A recent Newsday article chronicled the first year of service in office for Timothy Sini ’05, who at age 36 is the youngest commissioner in Suffolk County history.
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  • 01.09.17 Professor Jocelyn Simonson Article a Top SSRN Download For Criminal Law eJournal
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    The article “Bail Nullification,” by Professor Jocelyn Simonson is the current SSRN top download for Criminal Law papers. SSRN is the world’s foremost open-access repository for scholarly research. The article will appear in the Michigan Law Review later this year.   read more

  • 01.09.17 Professor Stacy Caplow Op-ed on Immigration-related Executive Pardons in Miami Herald
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    An op-ed by Professor Stacy Caplow advocating executive pardons for currently law-abiding immigrants appeared in The Miami Herald on Jan. 8.   read more

  • 01.03.17 Rachel Freier ’05 Takes Office as Nation’s First Hasidic Woman as Civil Court Judge
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    Rachel “Ruchie” Freier ’05 was sworn in last month as the first Hasidic woman in New York State history to be elected a civil court judge. Her historic achievement has received national media attention following her victory in November in the Fifth Judicial District, which includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge.     read more

  • 01.03.17 CUBE Director John Rudikoff ’06 Named to Brooklyn-Queens Connector Board
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    John Rudikoff ’06, CEO and managing director of the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship at Brooklyn Law School, has been named to the board of directors of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, a non-profit group working to develop a new streetcar system connecting the two boroughs.  read more

  • 01.03.17 Professor Rebecca Kysar Op-ed on Constitutionality of Trump’s Tariff Plan Appears in The New York Times
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    In an op-ed in the Jan. 3 edition of The New York Times, Professor Rebecca Kysar examines why President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to impose a 5 to 10 percent tariff on imports through an executive order may not be constitutional.  read more