VOL. 20.2

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Collaborating Across the Walls: A Community Approach to Parole Justice by Michelle Lewin, Co-Founder and Coordinator at the Parole Preparation Project, and Nora Carroll, Co-Founder of the Parole Preparation Project and staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society.

Reclaiming Restorative Justice: An Alternate Paradigm for Justice by Shailly Agnihotri, founder and Executive Director of the The Restorative Center, and Cassie Veach, recent graduate of CUNY School of Law.

Community Law Clinics in the Neoliberal City by John Whitlow, Assistant Professor of Law at University of New Mexico School of Law.


Paradoxes of Sovereignty and Citizenship by Hawa K. Allan, Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School.


9/11 and 11/9: The Law, Lives and Lies That Bind by Khaled A. Beydoun, Associate Professor of Law at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

In the Shadow of Gaslight: Reflections on Identity, Diversity, and the Distribution of Power in the Academy by Cyra Akila Choudhury, Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law.

Hopeless Case?: Escaping the Proof Pitfall in Power-Dependent Paradigms by e. christi cunningham, Professor and Director of Education Rights Center at Howard University School of Law.

Normalizing Domination by Atiba R. Ellis, Professor of Law at West Virginia University.

On Race and Persuasion by Janine Young Kim, Professor of Law at Chapman University Fowler School of Law.

The Great American Dilemma: Law and the Intransigence of Racism by Erika Wilson, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.


Police Brutality, the Law & Today’s Social Justice Movement: How the Lack of Police Accountability Has Fueled #Hashtag Activism by Corinthia A. Carter, recent graduate of CUNY School of Law.

Silent Struggle: Constitutional Violations Against the Hearing Impaired in New York State Prisons by Farina Mendelson, Law Clerk at Muldoon, Getz & Reston.

Local Responses to Today’s Housing Crisis: Permanently Affordable Housing Models by Julie Gilgoff, Legal Fellow at Sustainable Economies Law Center.

VOL. 20.1

On April 8, 2016, we hosted a Symposium entitled, Reimagining Family Defense. We are excited to publish our Symposium issue — explore the complete digital version of Volume 20.1.


Introduction by Angela Olivia Burton, Director of Quality Enhancement, Parent Representation at the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services (“ILS”)

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However Kindly Intentioned: Structural Racism and Volunteer CASA Programs by Amy Mulzer, Staff Attorney and Clinical Instructor of Law in the Disability and Civil Rights Clinic, Brooklyn School of Law & Tara Urs, Attorney for the Defender Association Division of the King County Department of Public Defense

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: A Reproductive Justice Response to the “Womb-to-Foster-Care Pipeline” by Emma S. Ketteringham, Managing Director, FDP at The Bronx Defenders, Sarah Cremer, Director of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies at The Bronx Defenders & Caitlin Becker, Managing Director of Social Work at The Bronx Defenders

Safeguarding the Rights of Parents with Intellectual Disabilities in Child Welfare Cases: The Convergence of Social Science and Law by Robyn M. Powell, MA, JD, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

Ambivalence About Parenting: An Overview for Lawyers Representing Parents in Child Welfare Proceedings by Lisa Beneventano, Associate Director of Chances for Children-NY (CFC) & Colleen Manwell, Staff Attorney at The Family Defense Team at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS)


Family Defense and the Disappearing Problem-Solving Court by Jane M. Spinak, Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Inequity in Private Child Custody Litigation by Dale Margolin Cecka, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic, University of Richmond School of Law


Afterword by Matthew I. Fraidin, Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL)

Footnote Forum

A Hybrid Model for Family Defense: Combining a Public Interest Law Firm, a Legal Services Program and a Powerful Pro Bono Network to Forge Cutting-Edge Legal Advocacy for Families in the Child Welfare System by Diane L. Redleaf, Found and Executive Director, Family Defense Center, Chicago, Illinois

Family Defense in the Age of Black Lives Matter by Erin Cloud, Rebecca Oyama & Lauren Teichner, The Bronx Defenders

A Robust Defense: The Critical Components for a Reimagined Family Defense Practice by Kara R. Finck, Practice Associate Professor of Law and Director, Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Vol. 19.2


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Demanding a Race to the Top: The 2015 Strike Against MFY Legal Services in Context by Jota Borgmann and Brian Sullivan, members of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320

Can Reproductive Trans Bodies Exist? by Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & AIDS Project


From Michigan’s Strawberry Fields to South Texas’s Rio Grande Valley: The Saga of a Legal Career and the Texas Civil Rights Project by James C. Harrington, Founder and Director Emeritus of Texas Civil Rights Project

Puerto Rico’s Odious Debt: The Economic Crisis of Colonialism by Natasha Lycia Ora BannanAssociate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF


A Veil of Anonymity: Preserving Anonymous Sperm Donation While Affording Children Access to Donor-Identifying Information by Aliya Shain, J.D. Candidate ’16, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law

Fast Food Sweatshops: Franchisors as Employers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act by Thomas J. Power, J.D. Candidate ’16, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law

Vol. 19.1

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A Sufficieny-of-the-Evidence Exception to the New York Appellate Preservation Rule by Matthew Bova, Staff Attorney at the Center for Appellate Litigation

How Women’s Organizations are Changing the Legal Landscape of Reproductive Rights in Latin America by Fabiola Carrión, Advocacy Program Officer at Planned Parenthood Global


When Judges Don’t Follow the Law: Research and Recommendations by Michelle Cotton, Assistant Professor in the Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies, University of Baltimore Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences


RadTalks: What Could Be Possible if the Law Really Stood for Black Lives? a series of talks delivered at the Law for Black Lives Convening, organized by the Bertha Justice Institute at the Center for Constitutional Rights


Expectations of the Exemplar: An Exploration of the Burdens on Public School Teachers in the Absence of Tenure by Jacqueline A. Meese, J.D. Candidate ’16, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law

Is it Worthless to be “Worth Less”? Ending the Exemption of People with a Disability from the Federal Minimum Wage Under the Fair Labor Standards Act by Alanna Sakovits, J.D. Candidate ’16, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law

Vol. 18.2

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When the Invisible Hand Wields a Scalpel: Maternity Care in the Market Economy, by Farah Diaz-Tello, Senior Staff Attorney at National Advocates for Pregnant Women

Working on the Outskirts of Hope: One Independent Legal Services Organization’s Struggle to Survive and Serve Rhode Island’s Low Income Communities, by Geoffrey Schoos, Founder and President of the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy


Toxic Sweatshops: Regulating the Import of Hazardous Electronics, by Allie Robbins, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, City University of New York School of Law


Revisiting S.C.P.A. 17-A: Guardianship for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, A Report of the Mental Health Law Committee and the Disability Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association


 “I Don’t Really Sleep”: Street-Based Sex Work, Public Housing Rights, and Harm Reduction, by Chelsea Breakstone, City University of New York School of Law, J.D. Class of 2015

Toward a Synthesis: Law as Organizing, by Aaron Samsel,  City University of New York School of Law, J.D. Class of 2015

Vol. 18.1 – The Economic Justice Issue

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Introduction – To Economic Justice Themed Issue.

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MFY Legal Services, Inc.’s Medical  Legal Partnership with Bellevue Hospital Center: Providing Legal Care to Children with Psychiatric Disabilities, by Aleah Gathings, Staff Attorney at MFY Legal Services, Inc. and on-site attorney at Bellevue Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Clinic


Elevating Substance over Procedure: The Retroactivity of Miller v. Alabama under Teague v. Lane, by Brandon Buskey, Staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union, Criminal Law Reform Project & Daniel Korobkin, Deputy Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

A Founding Failure of Enforcement:  Freedmen, Day Laborers, and the Perils of an Ineffectual State, by Raja Raghunath, Assistant Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law.


One Condo, One Vote: The New York BID Act as a Threat to Equal Protection and Democratic Control, by Brett Dolin, J.D. Candidate ’15, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.

No Access, No Choice: Foster Care Youth, Abortion, and State Removal of Children, by Kara Sheli Wallis, J.D. Candidate ‘15, City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law.


The Long Crisis: Economic Inequality in New York City, A Conversation between Fahd Ahmed, Inequality in New York City Tom Angotti, Jennifer Jones Austin, Shawn Blumberg, & Robin Steinberg, Moderated by Professor Stephen Loffredo.

Vol. 17.2

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Notes & Comments 

Tax a Bank, Save a Home: Judicial, Legislative, and Other Creative Efforts to Prevent Foreclosures in New York by Erica Braudy, Staff Attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group, Housing Project/Mobile Legal Help Center, J.D. CUNY School of Law (2013).

Executive Article

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


Discriminatory Maintenance of Reo Properties as a Violation of the Federal Fair Housing Act by Stephen M. Dane, of the civil-rights law firm Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC; Tara Ramchandani, associate at Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC; and Anne P. Bellows, 2013 Relman Civil Rights Fellow.


A Tribute to Justice: Honoring Forty Years of Struggle to Advance Judicial Process for Crimes Against Humanity in Chile with Judge Baltasar Garzón Real, internationally renowned Spanish jurist who issued the first detention request, through Interpol, for former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on charges of abductions, torture, murder, forced disappearances and terrorism; Sir Geoffrey Bindman, QC, a British attorney specializing in human rights law who represented Amnesty International and Chilean victims’ interests in the case against Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in the late 1990s; and Joan Garcés, a Spanish attorney who has made major contributions to international human rights law in the fight against impunity for heads of government who commit crimes against humanity. Moderated by Almudena Bernabeu, International Attorney for the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA).



Vol. 17.1

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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.



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The Continued Marginalization of People Living with HIV/AIDS in U.S. Immigration Law by Cristina Velez, Supervising Attorney of Immigration at the HIV Law Project, a non-profit based in New York City.

Challenging the Practice of Solitary  Confinement in Immigration Detention in Georgia and Beyond by Azadeh Shahshahani, director of the National Security/Immigrants’ Rights project at the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Georgia & Ayah Natasha El-Sergany, an attorney based in Seattle, Wash., and 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Executive Article

J. McIntyre and the Global Stream of Commerce by Frank Deale, Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law.

Notes & Comments 

Not Guilty By Reason of Gender Transgression: The Ethics of Gender Identity Disorder as Criminal Defense and the Case of PFC. Chelsea Manning by Madeline Porta, J.D. 2013, City University of New York School of Law.

Because Parents Owe it to Them: Accompanied LGBTQ Youth Enforcing the Parental Duty of Support by Maria Roumiantseva, J.D. 2013, City University of New York School of Law and Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice.


Work, Work, and More Work: Whose Economic Rights? A conversation between Professors Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the Ph.D. Program in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work & Shirley Lung, Professor of Law, CUNY School of Law and former Executive Director of the Center for Immigrants’ Rights. Moderated by Professor Ruthann Robson, Professor of Law and University Distinguished Professor, CUNY School of Law.



Vol. 16.1: A Celebration OF CUNY School of Law Scholarship

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Introduction by Andrea McArdle, Professor of Law, faculty advisor to the Law Review, and director of the writing curriculum at the City University of New York School of Law


Fixing New York’s Broken Bail System by Justine Olderman, Managing Attorney of the Criminal Defense Practice at Bronx Defenders


Structured Discrete Task Representation to Bridge the Justice Gap: CUNY Law School’s Launchpad for Justice in Partnership with Courts and Communities by Natalie Gomez-Velez, Professor of Law at City University of New York School of Law

“Hallowed By History, But Not By Reason”: Judge Rakoff’s Critique of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Consent Judgment Practice by Michael C. Macchiarola, Distinguished Lecturer at City University of New York and Adjunct Professor at City University of New York School of Law


Wage Theft in New York: The Wage Theft Prevention Act as a Counter to an Endemic Problem by Lauren K. Dasse, Staff Attorney at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, City University of New York School of Law Class of 2012, and Editor-in-Chief of CUNY Law Review 2011–2012

Evaluation as the Proper Function of the Parole Board: An Analysis of New York State’s Proposed Safe Parole Act by Amy Robinson-Oost, City University of New York School of Law Class of 2013, and Managing Editor of CUNY Law Review 2012–2013

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Common Law’s Lawyering Model: Transforming Individual Crises Into Opportunities for Community Organizing by Karen Gargamelli and Jay Kim, City University of New York School of Law Class of 2007 and Common Law co-founders and staff attorneys