February 7, 2017

Law School Responds to The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration
Cardozo School of Law Trains Students as Advocates For Shifting Legal Landscape

Ten-Week Course: The First 100 Days: The Trump Administration & the Rule of Law
Pop-up Clinic Review: Defending Immigrants’ Rights in the Aftermath of President Trump’s Executive Order
Immigration Justice Clinic at JFK: Represents and Wins Release of Five Detainees

February 7, 2017 - New York, NY - In response to unprecedented legal uncertainty in the first weeks of the Trump administration, Cardozo School of Law is offering new classes to prepare future lawyers for a shifting legal and political landscape.

“Law schools around the country must continually reassess how we prepare students for the legal challenges they are likely to face,” said Dean Melanie Leslie. “Our faculty has stepped up to offer sensible initiatives based on the kinds of legal challenges we are seeing as constitutional and statutory challenges occur within immigration law, health care law, environmental law and elsewhere.” 

• Cardozo School of Law is offering students a 10-week course called The First 100 Days: The Trump Administration and the Rule of Law. Going beyond basic media coverage of President Trump’s policy agenda, the class focuses on using legal skills to understand and evaluate the President’s proposals and policies—and responses to them. The class covers the legal limits on presidential authority and the dynamics of oppositional legal mobilization, both today and in other political and historical contexts.

Topics will include the environment, regulatory structure, Supreme Court nominations, criminal justice, voting rights, international affairs, civil rights enforcement, public benefits and immigration.  

The course will be taught by Cardozo professors Michelle Adams, Kate Shaw, Myriam Gilles, Michael Herz, Alexander Reinert and Peter Markowitz. Each will focus on areas of their scholarly expertise. 

• Assistant Clinical Professor Lindsay Nash filed a complaint to the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security, documenting the systematic deprivation of rights at airports around the country over the past 10 days. The complaint was filed with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

Read The New York Times Article

• Students and faculty won the release of five detainees facing deportation at JFK International Airport. Peter Markowitz, clinical professor of law and director of the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic, offered all students a one-day pop-up course describing the work of the clinic and the legal challenges ahead.

SEE VIDEO: The clinic’s work at JFK