Climate Change, Environmental Justice and Urban Resilience event

This Friday, Oct. 6, we will be co-sponsoring a climate change conference at the school. Please join us as we listen to a host of incredible speakers on the issues of climate justice and community resilience. RSVP here:

Please join us next Tuesday, September 19th, when we discuss Public Corruption and the Rule of Law. Preet Bharara will be in conversation with moderation by Brian Lehrer. Other guests include Zephyr Teachout, Julie Sorenson, and David Hoffman. The event is being cosponsored with Sorenson Center.

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Conversation with Mary Bassett, Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Please join us Tuesday, September 12, 5:00 p.m., at CUNY School of Law as we co-sponsor a conversation with Mary Bassett, who is commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Bassett will discuss her incredible work, which centers on racism as a leading public health threat.

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Introducing the 2017–2018 CUNY Law Review Fall Staff Members

On behalf of the 2017–2018 CUNY Law Review Board, we are pleased to announce this year’s CUNY Law Review fall staff members! Please join us in congratulating our senior staff, returning staff, and incoming staff! We could not be more excited and inspired to work with this amazing group of students.

Senior Staff:
Melissa Britton
Abigail Downs
Alanna Doherty
Erica Taylor
Michael Perez
Christina Rosalin Peña

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Join the CUNY Law Review to find out more about the process of writing, submitting, and publishing with the CUNY Law Review.

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Symposium 2017: Transformative Immigration Defense

On Friday, March 31, 2017, the City University of New York Law Review will be hosting a Symposium entitled: Transformative Immigration Defense: Law in Support of an Intersectional Movement.

Below is more detailed information regarding the Symposium.

  1. Event Information
  2. Location
  3. Panelists
  4. Keynote
  5. Program
  6. RSVP
  7. CLE Credits
  8. Social Media
  9. Co-Sponsors

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New Board Members Announced

Congratulations to the 2017 – 2018
CUNY Law Review Board!

Jellisa Grant
Chris Kovalski
Executive Articles Editors

Anna Maria Goyzueta
Shaina Low
Public Interest Practitioner Section (PIPS) Editors

Zunira Elahi
Samara Yousif
Notes & Comments Editors

Princess Masilungan
Rafael Varela
Footnote Forum Editors

Maria Brinkmann
Special Events Editor

Randy Yang
Community Engagement Editor

Mackenzie Lew
JP Perry
Managing Articles Editors

Susannah Maltz
Managing Editor

Lovely Bonhomme

Family Defense in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Erin Cloud, Rebecca Oyama & Lauren Teichner[1]

Click here for a recommended citation and to download a paginated PDF version of this article.

One hundred years from now, today’s child welfare system will surely be condemned as a racist institution—one that compounded the effects of discrimination on Black families by taking children from their parents, allowing them to languish in a damaging foster care system or to be adopted by more privileged people. School children will marvel that so many scholars and politicians defended this devastation of Black families in the name of protecting Black children. The color of America’s child welfare system is the reason Americans have tolerated its destructiveness.

Dorothy Roberts, Shattered Bonds (2012)

“Black people love their children with a kind of obsession. You are all we have, and you come to us endangered.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)


All families have a constitutional right to be together, free from the unwarranted interference of third parties, particularly the state. This is an intrinsic human right that encompasses the right of parents to the “custody, care and nurture of [their] child[ren]”[3] and the parallel right of children to be raised by and live with their parents.[4] This fundamental right recognizes the inherent value in family ties, which provide a connection to culture and identity, and serve as a protective social bond. Of course, the government must be permitted to pursue measures to ensure the protection – and even the adoption – of children for whom it is ultimately deemed too unsafe to return home. But any such interference into the family structure, particularly the drastic step of taking children from their families, should be the exception to the rule and not the norm of child protective practices.

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Transformative Immigration Defense: Law in Support of an Intersectional Movement

This spring, the CUNY Law Review will host a Symposium exploring the role of legal practitioners at the intersection of aggressive federal immigration enforcement and emerging people’s movements for racial, economic, and social justice. Responding to a dramatic expansion of the deportation and criminal enforcement infrastructure in the United States in recent decades, multiracial movements from #BlackLivesMatter to #Not1More continue to organize, march, and build toward a more just future.

Organizing and legal action have reached a fever pitch following executive actions by the Trump administration. As thousands of Americans take to the streets to combat these racist and xenophobic policies, this Symposium asks how members of the legal community can be part of an alternative vision for the future in which we can all be free.

By bringing together legal practitioners and organizers working on the front lines of multiple justice movements, this Symposium will explore what works (and what does not work) in past and current legal interventions. We will also ask how legal practitioners can best work in collaboration with intersectional movements for racial, gender, economic, and social justice towards a transformative and expansive vision for immigrant defense.

The Symposium is free and open to the public. Lunch and a concluding reception will be provided. Please RSVP here.

CLE credit available.