Spring 2017 Staff Applications

On Friday, November 18 at 9:00 AM we will release the Spring 2017 Staff Member application on our TWEN page. Only 2Ls & 3L visiting/transfer students are eligible to apply at this time – but day and evening students are both encouraged to consider the opportunity. Students already on the Law Review staff need not re-apply. The completed application is due by 5:00 PM on Sunday, November 27, 2016 through the TWEN Assignment dropbox. We are looking forward to your submissions!

In order to retrieve and submit the Staff Member application, you will need to add CUNY Law Review as a course on your TWEN page. We strongly suggest you register for our TWEN page now and download the materials as soon as they become available so we can troubleshoot issues in advance. You may then submit your application at any time before the deadline. Applications will not be reviewed if submitted after 5:00 PM on 11/27/16.

Detailed instructions for completing and submitting the application are included in the application itself, but you may know in advance that you will need to submit (1) a writing sample, (2) a personal statement, and (3) a diagnostic Bluebook test.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail us at CUNYLR@mail.law.cuny.edu. Members of the Law Review will also be available from 12:00-4:00 PM in the Beacon on Monday, November 21 and again by appointment to answer any process questions you may have regarding the application or any substantive questions you may have about publishing a note or comment in the Law Review.


CUNY Law Review Spring Symposium

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April 11, 2016

Making parental voices in child welfare cases more prominent was the focus of CUNY Law Review’s recent symposium.

“We are the professionals, but [parents] are the experts,” Angela Burton, a former CUNY Law professor and now with the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services, said in her opening remarks.

More than 100 people attended the half-day symposium on Friday to engage in discussions of how family defense can become more available throughout the U.S.

CUNY Law Review members invited representatives from Rise Magazine, a publication written by and for parents dealing with the child welfare system to ensure that parents’ voices were included.

The plenary panel featured contributions from family law professors from NYU and University of Pennsylvania, along with legal defenders from Brooklyn Defender Services and the Family Defense Project (based in Chicago).

“All of the presenters today start from one basic premise—families matter. Every family matters,” Burton added.

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New Board Members Announced

Congratulations to the 2016 – 2017
CUNY Law Review Board!

CUNY Law Review Board 2016-2017

Not pictured: Sahiba Nanda

Kitty Austin
Navid Khazanei
Executive Articles Editors

Rosemary Almonte
Nora Hirozawa
Public Interest Practitioner Section (PIPS) Editors

Dorien Ediger-Seto
Marie Hahn
Notes & Comments Editors

Nick Bourland
Sahiba Nanda
Footnote Forum Editors

Katy Joseph
Symposium Editor

Corinthia Carter
Special Events Editor

Katherine Groot
Community Engagement Editor

Annemarie Caruso
Katy Naples-Mitchell
Managing Articles Editors

Greg Tolbert
Managing Editor

Jorge Gomez

From Stoop to Storefront: The Fight for Housing Justice in New York City

From Stoop to Storefront: The Fight for Housing Justice in New York City


CUNY Law Review hosted its fall premier event From Stoop to Storefront: The Fight for Housing Justice in New York City on November 10, 2015 at CUNY School of Law.


This event featured panelists (from left to right): Andrea McArdle, Moderator and CUNY Law Professor; Victor Bach, Community Service Society of New York; Hyun-Jung Kim, Community Action for Safe Apts. (CASA); and Greg Jost, Longtime Housing Advocate in the Bronx.

CUNY Law Review hosted this event because the demand for affordable, decent housing is at the heart of economic and racial justice in New York City.

CUNY Law Review constructed this event to reflect on the historic roots of the housing crisis, highlight strategies by which tenants are organizing against soaring rents, harassment, and creeping gentrification, and to discuss the role that the legal community can play in supporting New York’s housing rights movement.

The panel was followed by three breakout-style workshop sessions.


Housing Court 101 and Tenant’s Rights was facilitated by Hyun-Jung Kim and Jean Stevens, CAMBA Legal Services.

Administrative Law as Informal Advocacy to Increase Access to Housing was facilitated by Doug Seidman of The Legal Aid Society.

Organizing Against Displacement: Tenant-Led Campaigns for Justice was facilitated by Greg Jost; James Rodriguez, Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES); and Tania Mattos, Queens Neighborhoods United.

CUNY Law Review thanks all of the speakers and participants for coming out to discuss these important topics and take concrete steps toward addressing housing injustice in New York City.

Equity & Efficiency: The Role and Practice of Diversity in Legal Scholarship

Four CUNY Law Editors (Violeta Arciniega, Digital Articles Editor; Elizabeth Koo, Editor-in-Chief; Julie Pennington, Managing Articles Editor; and Nabila Taj, Managing Editor) cowrote a blog post for Ms. JD about their experiences trying to expand diversity on law reviews:

Law journals are thought centers of innovative arguments for social change. They are platforms to challenge norms and disseminate bold concepts into the marketplace of ideas to influence courts, inform legislators, and shape public opinion.

This means that diversity initiatives are crucial to the legal profession and to the culture of law school, and law journals specifically, because they work to correct the persistent underrepresentation of the people fighting prejudice and poverty, dealing with the consequences of racially-biased laws, and surviving in a society unwilling to accommodate their needs.

The rest of “Equity & Efficiency: The Role and Practice of Diversity in Legal Scholarship” is available on the Ms. JD Blog.

Event: First Toast

First Toast
Tuesday, April 28 @ 5-11 pm

The First Toast is a celebration to honor the work of the Law Review.  The outgoing Board toasts to a successful upcoming year, and the incoming Board toasts to the old Board‘s hard work and achievements throughout the past year.

The event is open to the entire student body, regardless of whether or not you are a member of the law review.

Come out to celebrate the year, mingle with Law Review, and enjoy discounted drinks!

Alewife NYC
5-14 51st Ave Long Island City, NY


New Board Members Announced

Congratulations to the 2015 – 2016 CUNY Law Review Board!

Samuel Bruce
Elizabeth Vulaj
Digital Articles Editors

Hoda Mitwally
Executive Articles Editor

Jonathan Cantarero
Serena Newell
Chloe Serinsky
Notes & Comments Editors

Aubree D’Alfonso
Alanna Sakovits
Public Interest Practitioner Section (PIPS) Editors

Leonard Leveille
Special Events Editor

Jacqueline Meese
AJ Wipfler
Managing Articles Editors

Tom Power
Managing Editor

Alexandria E. Nedd

CUNY Law Review’s Brett Dolin Quoted in The Gothamist

Notes & Comments author and Cunity Conversations discussion leader Brett Dolin was quoted in The Gothamist about his research on BIDs:

Brett Dolin, a law student at CUNY who has been researching the legal history of BIDs in New York City, argues that the determination of whether a BID should be established in the first place has drifted away from the original intention. According to the 1989 BID Act, a BID can be formed in a neighborhood that is in a “deteriorated condition.”

“But a lot of times the BID Act has been used to to fund totally different kinds of initiatives that have nothing to do with improving the quality of life or the commercial environment,” Dolin said. His research has focused on how a variation on a BID was being used to attempt to fund Hudson River Park in Manhattan by having a specific district of residents and business owners pay a fee for a park everyone in the city can use.

“Not only is this unfair for residents of the area, but the governing structure of a BID doesn’t lend itself to democracy,” Dolin says. “Property owners, by law, must hold a majority on a BID committee, and if they’re governing a public space, isn’t that a violation of the equal protection clause?”

Check out the rest of the article here!

Vol. 17.1

Explore the digital version of our most recent print edition, Volume 17.1.

Public Interest Practitioners Section (PIPS)

Natural Disasters, Access to Justice, and Legal Services by Jordan Ballard, Julia Howard-Gibbon, Brenda Munoz Furnish, Staff Attorneys in NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit., and Aaron Scheinwald, Staff Attorney in New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)’s Mobile Legal Help Center.

Fighting for Educational Stability in the Face of Family Turmoil by Michael R. Mastrangelo, SSES Project Coordinating Attorney, The Children’s Law Center. J.D., Brooklyn Law School.

 Executive Articles

“He Got in My Face So I Shot Him”: How Defendant’s Language Impairments Impair Attorney-Client Relationships by Michele LaVigne, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, and Gregory Van Rybroek, Director/CEO, Mendota Mental Health Institute, Madison, Wisconsin.

Single-Room Occupancy Housing in New York City: The Origins and Dimensions of a Crisis by Brian J. Sullivan, Senior Staff Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc., SRO Law Project. J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, and Jonathan Burke, Staff Attorney, Community Legal Aid. J.D., New York University School of Law.

Fostering the Human Rights of Youth in Foster Care: Defining Reasonable Efforts to Improve Consequences of Aging Out by Ramesh Kasarabada

Considering the Individualized Educational Program: A Call for Applying Contract Theory to an Essential Legal Document by Bonnie Spiro Schinagle, J.D., LL.M., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Notes & Comments 

Male Asylum Applicants Who Fear Becoming the Victims of Honor Killings: The Case for Gender Equality by Caitlin Steinke, J.D. 2013, Hofstra University School of Law.

If I Marry a Man in New York, Could I Marry a Woman in Kentucky?: The Problem of the Fundamental Right to (Straight) Marriage by Philip R. Hsiao, Graduate Fellow, J.D. Candidate 2014, CUNY School of Law.



New Board Members Announced

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 CUNY Law Review Board!

Violeta Arciniega & Chelsea Breakstone
Digital Articles Editors

Catalina Delohoz & James King
Executive Articles Editors

Rebecca Arian & Li Litombe
Notes & Comments Editors

Emily Farrell & Tana Forrester
Public Interest Practitioner Section Editors

Rachel Nager & Syeda Tasnim
Special Events Editors

Julie Pennington
Managing Articles Editor

Nabila Taj & Patrick Tyrell
Managing Editors

Elizabeth Koo