The Unemployment Action Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing unemployed individuals throughout New York City in administrative hearings for their unemployment insurance. New York State's fault based system of unemployment insurance leads to many unemployed individuals contesting their ineligibility for benefits. Cardozo advocates meet with claimants, process their claims, plan a theory for the case, and act as lead counsel for the claimants in administrative hearings.
APALSA is one of the many active student-run organizations at Cardozo. As part of the Minority Law Students Alliance (MLSA), APALSA works throughout the year to organize programs and events that enhance the academic, social and professional lives of its members while contributing to Cardozo and the community at large. APALSA is especially proud of its mentor program, in which upper-level students are paired with first-year students to give them as much academic guidance and personal support as they request. All of the first-year student participants in past APALSA mentoring programs agreed that their mentors eased their transitions into law school and addressed their demands with efficacy and understanding. Other programs and events that we organized in the past included an annual Lunar New Year celebration, ski trip, diversity in the legal profession, and a career panel featuring a variety of attorneys, from corporate lawyers to solo practitioners. We have also welcomed speakers from a non-profit battered women’s shelter and an Asian-American voting-rights organization. These programs and events represent just a small portion of what we do and what we have to offer.
This past year, APALSA has taken even more strides to take advantage of all the resources that Cardozo’s New York City location has to offer. We have reached out to APALSA alumni practicing in the city to encourage more collaboration and mentoring between our students and working professionals. We continue to strengthen our relationship with the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY). We believe that these relationships only help to further the social and professional networking opportunities available to our students.