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.



Call for Papers for Publication


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2016 First Toast!

Come join us and toast to all of the hard work the outgoing 2015-2016 CUNY Law Review Board did this year and send well wishes to the incoming 2016-2017 CUNY Law Review Board!



Andrea Scozzaro*

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This article addresses the issues of unethical employment practices and lack of fair labor standards in developing countries. The discussion on such problems, although ongoing since the 1970s, is still of primary importance both within the scholarly community and the wider public. The fact that big, multinational enterprises of developed countries still engage in violations of workers’ rights is certainly stunning, yet not so surprising given the connections between such violations and the current structure of the global economy. In the wake of a nearly fifty-years-old process of globalization, the worldwide implementation of competition rules in the labor market stimulates “race to the bottom” outcomes, with millions of workers in developing countries suffering from slavery-like working conditions, wages below subsistence level, and inhumane treatments.

Despite the progress made in the field of labor protection thanks to private and governmental initiatives in the last several decades, the current legal tools used to avoid massive workers’ rights violations have been proven ineffective. This is due to the apparently unsolvable friction that exists between the huge economic power of enterprises and the desperate need for economic support of developing countries.


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Ramy A. Ibrahim*

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The 2003 Iraq War has left a long-lasting detrimental impact on the lives of Iraqis. Aside from the highly destructive sectarian divide, political instability, and stunted economic development, both the United States and the Iraqi Governments have failed to address the environmental contamination that resulted from the military munitions used during the war.[1] This article focuses on the effects of that contamination, the reaction both governmental systems have taken, how these actions constitute violations of various international treaties, and also calls for action.

Studies have linked the highly radioactive environmental contaminates left behind by the war to dramatically increasing rates of cancer, birth defects, and other illnesses—including respiratory and neurological ones—in all affected areas.[2] Iraqi women and children continue to live in these hazardous conditions and are constantly exposed to these left-over toxic munitions and carcinogenic waste.[3] The failure of the U.S. and Iraqi Governments to take sufficient measures to decontaminate the affected areas, and to provide healthcare services for affected persons constitutes a blatant violation of a number of international treaties, including, but not limited to: the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW),[4] the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD),[5] and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.[6]

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Emilee A. Sahli*

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Imagine that you are a criminal defense attorney and your client is being charged with a felony, denied bail, and held in pretrial detention on federal drug charges. It could be years before your client has an opportunity for trial. In the rare event that your client decides to hold out against pressures to accept a plea agreement, your client’s ability to participate in their own defense is extremely limited by the conditions of their confinement. Any reasonable penological explanation for restricting their access to calls or meeting with you to review evidence in the law library and otherwise participate in the investigation process will be constructively unchallengeable in court.

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CUNITY Conversation: Expectations of the Exemplar: An Exploration of the Burdens on Public School Teachers in the Absence of Tenure

CUNITY Conversation: Expectations of the Exemplar: An Exploration of the Burdens on Public School Teachers in the Absence of Tenure

The CUNY Law Review and the Education and the Law Society was proud to host this year’s first CUNITY Conversation, this past Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30pm in the Community Room!

The CUNITY Conversation Series features our student authors, who will have their scholarly articles published in an upcoming edition of the CUNY Law Review. This event gives the student body an opportunity to engage with the student author’s ideas and creates a conversation around interesting issues in public interest lawyering.

Our first CUNITY Conversation featured our own Managing Articles Editor, Jacqueline Meese, whose article Expectations of the Exemplar: An Exploration of the Burdens on Public School Teachers in the Absence of Tenure will be published in the CUNY Law Review this winter. She will be joined by Professor Ruthann Robson where they will engage in a conversation discussing employment law, education reform, or gender discrimination.

CUNY Law Review 17.2 Author, G. Flint Taylor’s Article in In These Times


CUNY Law Review 17.2 Author, G. Flint Taylor’s Article in In These Times 

CUNY Law Review 17.2 author, G. Flint Taylor recently published an article with In These Times focusing on Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge which he discusses in length in his CUNY Law Review article: The Chicago Police Torture Scandal: A Legal and Political History

Flint Taylor is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago. He is one of the lawyers for the families of slain Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, and together with his law partner Jeffrey Haas was trial counsel in the marathon 1976 civil trial. He has also represented many survivors of Chicago police torture, and has done battle with the Chicago Police Department—and the Fraternal Order of Police—on numerous occasions over his 45 year career as a people’s lawyer.


You can read G. Flint Taylor’s piece in In These Times Here:

To Catch a Torturer: One Attorney’s 28-Year Pursuit of Racist Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge

You can read G. Flint Taylor’s CUNY Law Review Article Here:

The Chicago Police Torture Scandal: A Legal and Political History by G. Flint Taylor, founding partner, People’s Law Office (PLO).

Digital Program — The Long Crisis: Economic Inequality in New York City


The City University of New York Law Review is proud to present “The Long Crisis: Economic Inequality in New York City”, a panel event focusing on the role that economic inequality and injustice play within the context of social justice legal issues and practical solutions lawyers and activists are employing to help overcome the inequality.

The Law Review thanks our fellow student organizations for endorsing this event: Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ); Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA); Labor Coalition for Workers’ Rights and Economic Justice; CUNY Law’s National Lawyers Guild Chapter (NLG); Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP); Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP); CUNY Law Association of Students for Housing (CLASH).

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Call For Submissions

CUNYLR Call for Submissions (May 2013)

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The City University of New York Law Review is a specialty journal devoted to publishing social-justice scholarship, engaging the public-interest bar, and fostering student excellence in writing, legal analysis, and research. The journal is published by students at the CUNY School of Law, the only law school in the New York metropolitan area whose chief mission is to train public-interest lawyers and champion diversity in the legal profession.

The journal is seeking submissions from scholars, practitioners, and students for its Winter 2014 issue, which will continue the journal’s tradition of advancing legal scholarship highlighting the touchstones of our publication’s work—including civil rights, progressive legal reform, the impact of the law on minorities and marginalized communities, international human rights, and attorneys’ insights on how recent developments in the law have affected their public-interest practices.

One-page proposals and finished manuscripts for consideration by our editorial board should be submitted to All offers to publish and final decisions are expected to be finalized by Aug. 5, 2013.

In addition, the journal is seeking shorter, more time-sensitive contributions—such as comments on recent federal or state case law, critiques of legislative proposals, and legally relevant analyses of current events—for inclusion in our evolving digital platform at the City University of New York Law Review website at  Submissions for digital consideration should be sent directly to the Digital Articles Editor, at

Recent editions of the journal have included symposia volumes on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and pioneering human-rights attorney Rhonda Copelon, a special edition on elder law featuring winning articles from the American Bar Association Law and Aging Student Competition, and a commemorative issue highlighting scholarship by CUNY Law faculty and students on the occasion of the school’s 30th anniversary.