The Indie Film Clinic hosted a pop-up event at Ghetto Film School (GFS) in the Bronx on Thursday, offering free legal services to independent filmmakers.
Students in the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, together with co-counsel at the American Immigration Council (Council), filed a suit in New York federal court last week that could prevent deportation for immigrants with pending cases.
“Our case is challenging the government’s attempts to withhold information about these systemic deficiencies,” said Geroline Castillo, a 3L in the immigration clinic who filed the suit. “These problems deny litigants due process.”
A group of eight students, supervised by Professor Lindsay Nash and Teaching Fellow Hannah Robbins, will be on the ground in Dilley, Texas this week, to represent asylum-seeking women and children being detained in the 2,400-bed family detention center. This is the third such trip by the Cardozo clinic since February 2017, and is part of an effort galvanized and supported financially by individuals in the Cardozo community.
Cardozo students continue to be seen on the front lines of justice. The Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, along with The Bronx Defenders and The New York Civil Liberties Union, filed a lawsuit November 15 to stop ICE’s unlawful practice of jailing 1000-2000 New Yorkers each year for months without providing them access to the judges who have the power to rerelease them.
New York City’s Rent Freeze Program (RFP) freezes the rents paid by lower-income elderly and disabled rent-regulated tenants—in many cases for decades—and provides landlords with tax credits to cover the portion of the legal regulated rent not being paid by the tenant.
Tenants must renew their RFP benefits every two years, but some eligible tenants may be unable to complete the renewal process because of their disabilities. When this happened, Cardozo Law's Bet Tzedek Clinic stepped in to help.
The first Cardozo clinic won his appeal. The second Cardozo clinic convinced the jury in a two-week-long retrial that he was not guilty. Now that their client is finally out of prison, a third Cardozo clinic is fighting to adjust his immigration status in order to keep him in the country with his wife and family.