February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 - Congratulations to Stephanie Alvarez-Jones '18, who has been selected by The National Jurist as a law student of the year. The publication honors 20 law students across the nation who "contributed the most to their law schools and communities in the past year."

Alvarez-Jones was recognized for her dedication to ensuring access to justice for low-income communities - including volunteering with the Courtroom Advocates Project, interning at the ACLU Immigrant's Rights Project and Sanctuary for Families, and working for two years in the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic. 

Currently, Stephanie is playing a lead role in helping a man who served 30 years in prison for a crime that he did not commit vacate the deportation order that he received as a result of an invalid conviction. She has represented a mentally incompetent, deaf, non-verbal man who was unable to advocate for himself in an immigration proceeding; helped prepare a comprehensive submission on behalf of an asylum-seeker facing immediate deportation; and litigated a Freedom of Information Act suit against the federal government. 

In addition to her normal clinic work, Alvarez-Jones made two week-long trips to rural Texas to represent asylum-seeking mothers and children who were detained and facing deportation. Working 12-hour days, she used her fluency in Spanish and legal skills to represent mothers and children in credible fear interviews and in proceedings before an immigration judge. 

She plays an important role in the broader law school community - she is on the executive board of Cardozo’s Women's Law Initiative, served on the Dean’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, helps spearhead work in the Public Service Scholars Program and is a submissions editor and elections chair for the Cardozo Law Review

Alvarez-Jones will be clerking for the Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court following graduation. 

Read full article in The National Jurist.