January 30, 2014 - 9:00am to 9:00pm

Public Service Law Week takes place in January each year. Leaders in public service participate as speakers and as panelists, and they conduct classes and workshops. Over 100 Cardozo students participate in this immersion into public service law. The week concludes with Cardozo's Inspire! Awards ceremony, honoring members of the Cardozo community for acheivments in public service. 



Sunday, January 26, 2014

Time 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Experienced Advocate Training, Room 303
Time 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm – New Advocate’s Training , Room 303

Suspension Representation Project: Advocate Training

There are students in NYC's public schools facing long-term suspensions for actions that are often merely "kids being kids."  These superintendent suspensions forcibly remove students from their schools for anywhere from a week up to year.  The Department of Education states that these superintendent suspensions are sought for "more serious offenses."  The DoE allows these students to have advocates represent them in the suspension hearings that determine the guilt and appropriate disciplinary actions to take in each case.  Most students do not have advocates.  SRP was created to give these kids a chance to tell their side of the story.  Join the fight by becoming a trained advocate.

Email Cardozo.SRP@gmail.com with any questions.


Monday, January 27, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Moot Court Room

Causes and Effects of False Confessions and the Central Park Five

Time: 12:00-1:15 PM

Join Senior Staff Attorney Vanessa Potkin from the Innocence Project as she uses the Central Park Five Case and documentary to illustrate the causes and effects of false confessions in our criminal justice system.


12:00pm  – 1:15 pm, Room 1008

Sequestration’s Impact on Federal Public Defense

 “Sequestration” refers to automatic spending cuts that have been enacted throughout the federal government as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011.  One of the largest areas affected by sequestration is the federal public defender system.  This panel will discuss some of those effects and how the system still performs its duties despite the budget cuts.


  • Moderator: Mallory Harwood, 3L, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • David Patton, Executive Director and Attorney-in-Chief, Federal Defenders of New York, Southern and Eastern Districts
  • Anthony L. Ricco, Esq., CJA Representative, Defense Attorney


4:00 pm – 5:15 pm, Moot Court Room

Is the Legal System Failing Our Children?

Description: Please join us for a panel about how the justice system fails youth in the family, educational, and criminal contexts.  Our panelists will speak about how family offense proceedings often harm the youth they are designed to protect, how school disciplinary proceedings may lead to excessive punishments, and the challenges faced by youth involved in criminal proceedings that are independent from crimes that arise out of the school setting.


  • Moderator: Cherrelle Herbert, 2L, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Charles Scholl, Esq., Staff Attorney, Partnership for Children’s Rights
  • Lauren Elfant, Supervising Attorney, The Bronx Defenders
  • Carolyn Silvers, Deputy Attorney in Charge, The Legal Aid Society, Queens County


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Moot Court Room

A Day in the Life of a Prosecutor (6:00 – 6:50)

Come hear three public defenders and four assistant district attorneys from different institutions discuss a day in their lives. Find out what it's really like to do this work and how you can get involved. Bring your questions!


  • Moderator: Brian Gustman, 2L, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Michael Lui, Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney’s Office
  • Edwin Kwon, Assistant District Attorney, Kings County District Attorney’s Office
  • Pierre Leandre, Assistant District Attorney, Passaic County District Attorney’s Office
  • Wanda Lucibello, Assistant District Attorney’s Office, Kings County District Attorney’s Office

A Day in the Life of a Defense Attorney (7:00 – 7:50).


  • Moderator: Margo Ross, 3L, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Stephanie Conners, Staff Attorney,  Integrated Domestic Violence, New York County Defender Services
  • Tajuana Johnson, Staff Attorney, Legal-Aid Society
  • Kendea Johnson, Fellow, Cardozo Criminal Defense Clinic                         


Tuesday, January 28, 2014


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Room 1008

Undoing Racism Training: Workshop for Lawyers and Law Students

Sonny Singh designs and facilitates workshops focusing on anti-oppression, anti-racism, and community organizing for groups like the National Lawyers Guild, Center for Constitutional Rights, Occupy Wall Street, the Sikh Research Institute, as well as various universities and high schools. This workshop will explore the way in which institutionalized racism shapes our perceptions of one another, often without our conscious understanding that it is doing so.


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, 9 Sem

Interviewing Skills for Working with Low-Income Clients

Join us for a client interviewing workshop where students will gain experience and insight into interviewing clients on issues related to their basic needs - housing, benefits, health care. Participants will break into small groups for a more intimate discussion about client interviewing and will have an opportunity to perform mock interviews with one another. Professor Leslie Salzman, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic will lead this session and will provide information and feedback throughout the workshop. Space for this event is limited, so be sure to RSVP on Symplicity, and only RSVP if you are certain you will attend.


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, MCR

Don’t Let the Pay Get in the Way: Affording a Public Interest Career

Wondering how you will be able to afford a career as a public interest attorney?  Get the information you need to be able to make a choice to follow your heart as you make a choice to become a lawyer dedicated to social justice and working in the not for profit or government sectors.  Learn about both federal programs which make your educational debt manageable and also Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (including the Cardozo’s Tisch LRAP) available to those working in the public sector.  


  • Leslie Thrope, Director, Center for Public Service Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Jon Goldberg, Director, Student Finance, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, MCR

Factory Farming: Animals, the Environment, and the Law

Come hear our diverse panel of speakers discuss their efforts to oppose the unethical and environmentally destructive practice of factory farming.  Join Mariann Sullivan, Cardozo's Animal Rights professor and the co-founder of Our Hen House; Rebecca Cary, an attorney for the Animal Protection Litigation section of the Humane Society of the United States; Hannah Chang, a Senior Attorney from Earthjustice; Scott Edwards, Co-Director of Food and Water Justice; and Kara Mergl, the Sustainable Business Manager for WSPA USA!   


  • Moderator: Mariann Sullivan, Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Co-Founder, Our Hen House
  • Rebecca Cary, Attorney, Animal Protection Litigation, Humane Society of the United States
  • Hannah Chang, Senior Associate Attorney, Earthjustice Northeast Office
  • Scott Edwards, Co-Director, Food and Water Justice
  • Kara Mergl, Sustainable Business Manager, The World Society for the Protection of Animals USA


6:00 pm – 8:45 pm, Moot Court Room

El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem - Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Film as a means of sparking meaningful dialogue is at the heart of East Harlem native Andrew J. Padilla’s work as director of El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem (winner of Best Documentary short at the 2012 Puerto Rican International Film Festival’s and the 2013 Peoples Film Festival).  The film screening will be followed by a panel discussing the legal and social issues (and potential solutions) related to the effects of gentrification on Spanish Harlem’s working class community (which produced talent like the Hon. Edwin Torres, jurist and author of Carlito’s Way, and iconic musician and composer Tito Puente among many others) and our city’s community at large. The panel will be followed by a reception.  This event is co-sponsored by LALSA and the Center for Public Service Law.


  • Moderator: Stewart E. Sterk, H. Bert and Ruth Mack Professor of Real Estate Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Andrew J. Padilla, Creator/Director of the film El Barrio Tours: Gentrification in East Harlem
  • Tom Angotti, Hunter College Urban Affairs and Planning



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Room 9 Sem

Become a Stop-and-Frisk Street Law Trainer

Wondering just where Stop & Frisk stands these days?  Want to know how you can get involved and help members of the community learn and exercise their rights?  This training will, first, teach YOU your rights and responsibilities if you’re ever stopped--and it will teach you how to teach others.  Join the ranks of the National Lawyers Guild’s Stop & Frisk trainers.  This training has limited space.  Students much sign up on symplicity. 

Speakers: Mallory Harwood, 3L, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Room 1008

Powering Our Cities: Innovation in Sustainable Energy

Please join us for a discussion of innovation and development in renewable energy as we move towards sustainable urban communities.  The panelists will discuss strategies to expand the renewable energy industry in a way that reduces harmful emissions while simultaneously meeting the energy demands of the modern city.  Particular challenges include raising and distributing capital in a manner that incentivizes diverse energy supplies, as well as reliably harnessing alternative energy sources, including solar power.  The conversation will address the legal and public policy developments necessary to drive progress towards a more sustainable energy system.


  • Moderator: Student member of ELS, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Jay Orfield, Center for Market Innovation, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Jessica Aldridge, Associate Director, Office of the Governor--New York Green Bank
  • Andrea Cerbin, Staff Attorney, Pace Energy and Climate Center


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Moot Court Room

Self Care for Public Interest Lawyers:  How to Combat Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma

The stress lawyers face in their daily lives is a well-understood fact; from high case loads to long hours, it is not a profession for the laidback.  Recent studies focusing on the attorney-client relationship have found that the type of clients and cases can have an enormous impact on the type of stress lawyers must handle on a day-to-day basis.  In law school we are prepared for the realities of the law--handling cases, deciphering statutes, and writing memos--but learning to take care of one's health and well-being when faced with emotionally straining cases and clients should be a part of this education.  This workshop focuses on the importance of self-care for attorneys, specifically those in public-interest fields that deal with traumatized clients, such as domestic violence/sexual assault, asylum, trafficking, prosecution or defense, etc.  The workshop will be run by trained professionals: Dr. Andrew Levin, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Cardozo's very own Teresa Woods, Associate Director of the Refugee Representation Project. The workshop will both inform students of the dangers of working within these areas of the law (whether as an attorney or a legal intern), as well as provide some tools and self-care tips to help combat the ways in which these types of stress can manifest, particularly concerning "compassion fatigue" and "secondary trauma.”


  • Moderator: Suzanne Leinwand, 2L, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Dr. Andrew Levin, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Medical Director of Westchester Jewish Community Services
  • Teresa Woods, Associate Director, Refugee Representation Project, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Room 1008

Urban Food Policy: Development, Impact, and Legal Roles

Join us for an interactive discussion about the vital role that food policy plays in the development of healthy communities and environments.  Three distinguished panelists will share their experiences and insight with regard to urban food systems.


  • Moderator: Christopher J. Buccafusco, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Kim Kessler, Former Food Policy Coordinator, City of New York; Policy and Special Programs Director, The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA School of Law
  • Michael Hurwitz, Director, Greenmarket Program, GrowNYC
  • Charles Platkin, Nutrition and Public Health Advocate; Distinguished Lecturer, City University of New York School of Public Health and Hunter College


5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Moot Court Room

The Wolf of Wall Street: Behind the Scenes at Stratton-Oakmont

Learn the true story of Jordan Belfort, the man behind the book and movie The Wolf of Wall Street.  This event will focus not only on Mr. Belfort--a stockbroker who was jailed for fraud and other market-manipulation crimes--but also on how white-collar crimes are prosecuted and how they affect individual investors and the market as a whole.  CLE credit for professionals pending.  RSVP at http://www.heyman-center.org/events/140.  Check the website for details/updates.


    • Steve Harbeck, President, Securities Investor Protection Corporation
    • Moderator: Jonathan Henes, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
    • Josephine Wang, General Counsel, Securities Investor Protection Corporation
    • Matthew A. Cantor, Chief General Counsel, Executive V.P., Lehman Brothers Holding
    • Steven B. Caruso, Partner, Maddox Hargett & Caruso, P.C.
    • Theodore E. Tsekerides, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    • Moderator: Robert Khuzami, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Former Director of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
    • Ira Lee Sorkin, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
    • Joel M. Cohen, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Former Prosecutor, EDNY
    • Gregory A. Coleman, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Preet Bharara, United States Attorney, Southern District of New York



Thursday, January 30, 2014

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Moot Court Room

How to Make the Most Out of the NYU PILC Fair

The Public Interest Legal Career Fair held at NYU on February 6 - 7 is the largest career fair for students in the country.  Whether interviewing at the fair or talking to employers at the table talk sessions, the Fair is an invaluable experience for those looking for short term public service opportunities or long-term connections for future employment.  Learn how to make the most of the experience from employers who utilize the fair to meet with students to discuss current and future opportunities.  2L and 3L students will also be available to discuss the nuts and bolts of the experience and provide helpful hints about effective ways to approach employers.  


  • Leslie Thrope, Director, Center for Public Service Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Ricardo Granderson, Director of Recruitment and Diversity, The Legal Aid Society
  • Stuart Smith, Director of Legal Recruitment, NYC Law Department


12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Room 1008

Mindfulness and the Law

Description: Professor Jeanne Anselmo will guide a workshop that integrates the insights of meditation with the study and practice of law, in order to foster a more just, compassionate and reflective legal system.


  • Jeanne Anselmo, Contemplative Lawyering Program, CUNY Law


4:30 pm – 6:30 pm, MCR

“Gideon’s Army” Screening and follow up discussion with Jonathan Rapping, President and Founder of Gideon’s Promise.

GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. The film was backed by Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise).  We are honored to have Jonathan with us to discuss the film following the screening.  


6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Lobby & MCR

Inspire! Annual Public Service Networking Event and Recognition Reception

  • 6:30 - 7:15 - Awards
  • 7:15 - 8:30 - Networking Reception

Join the Cardozo community as we come together to honor and celebrate our commitment to public service.  Among our honorees this year, we are proud to recognize and celebrate the work of Jonathan Rapping, the President and Founder of Gideon’s Promise, an organization that inspires, mobilizes and trains legal professionals to provide the highest quality defense representation to people unable to afford an attorney.  Also recognized this year are the over 100 Cardozo alumni who work as public defenders.



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