From left, Gigi Parris, attorney at The Bronx Defenders, mentors Caroline Gabela '15.
A Roundup of Recent Clinical Education News
Introducing Three New Clinics
Cardozo Youth Justice Clinic
Created to address the growing need for skilled lawyers in juvenile justice litigation
and research positions, this focuses on the "school-to-prison pipeline." The clinic
partners with the Legal Aid Society to handle school suspension cases related to
clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies, addressing problems associated
with youth in the education and justice systems.
Cardozo Civil Rights Clinic
The Civil Rights Clinic will take on cases challenging abusive corrections and law
enforcement practices, such as unconstitutional prison conditions and discriminatory
Cardozo Tech Start-Up Clinic
The Tech Start-Up Clinic will be a transactional legal clinic, providing a range
of legal services to new technology-based companies in New York City. It will expose
students to the myriad legal and business strategy challenges that start-ups face,
and will give students hands-on experience with intellectual property, corporate,
contract, tax, and labor and employment issues.
New Field Clinics Expand Students' Experiential Learning Opportunities
Gertrud Mainzer Family Defense Field Clinic at the Bronx Defenders (BXD)
This field clinic focuses on child welfare law and policy reform, and offers students
litigation experience in high-stakes child neglect proceedings.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Field Clinic
ADR-related externships in the new ADR Field Clinic are in private and non-profit
organizations, and involve mediating and arbitrating disputes in varied areas including
family law, international business, and community/neighborhood conflicts.
New York State Department of Financial Services
Students in this field clinic will assist the seasoned legal practitioners in the
department's General Counsel's office and five executive divisions-Insurance, Banking,
Financial Frauds and Consumer Protection, Capital Markets, and Real Estate Finance.
They will aid in practitioners' work regulating a broad array of financial products
and services in the market.
Immigration Justice Clinic Files Suits on Behalf of Immigrants
The Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, along with other immigration
rights groups, filed three lawsuits in federal court in March alleging illegal treatment
by border patrol officers in five states. The lawsuits describe customs officials
putting detainees in cold, cramped conditions for several days with little food
and water. They alleged that the poor conditions were used to try to compel the
immigrants to sign voluntary deportation orders.
Clinic Report Calls for Changes to New York's Guardianship System
The Guardianship Clinic at Cardozo Law issued a major report calling for an overhaul
of New York's guardianship system. The report was written based on input from a
group of more than 70 lawyers, judges, court staff members and social service providers
who took part in a workshop at the law school last year.
Criminal Appeals Clinic Registers Victory in The People of the State of New York
v. Simone Morgan
Simone Morgan, a client in the Criminal Appeals Clinic, was convicted of stabbing
her boyfriend during a confrontation at his home, despite her claim of self-defense
at trial. Last fall, the Appellate Division reversed the conviction, concluding
that the prosecution did not carry its burden of disproving self-defense beyond
a reasonable doubt.
Cardozo Alumna's Innocence Project Client Exonerated
Innocence Project client Bennie Starks was exonerated in January after a 25-year
struggle to clear his name. Starks was convicted of rape and battery of a 68-year-old
victim in 1986. After multiple rounds of DNA testing and three separate appeals,
the remaining charges pending against Starks were dismissed. Lauren Kaeseberg '07
was on the team of attorneys that helped clear Starks' name.
Immigration Justice Clinic Teams with NY City Council in Pilot Program for Immigrants
The Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, the New York City Council,
and other groups announced an initiative this summer to provide legal counsel for
immigrants. The pilot program provides $500,000 in funding for counsel for immigrants
detained and at risk of deportation. Often, immigrants that have been detained are
in violation of small technicalities, like overstaying a visa.