Law school graduates take the bar exam. Photo by Pixabay.

CUNY Law Class of 2021 Hits the Books

The CUNY School of Law Class of 2021 officially embarked on their journey toward a career in public interest law when classes began Wednesday. First-year students and a crop of talented new professors face a challenging and exciting mission.

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Barros’ daughter Eileen holds a sign that says “Give me back my dad” as she stands with Council Member Francisco Moya and demonstrators on the steps of City Hall Friday. Photo courtesy of Francisco Moya.

Judge Halts Deportation of Maspeth Taxi Driver, Father of 2

A federal judge issued a stay of deportation for Edisson Barros, a Maspeth taxi driver and father of two, just hours before he was scheduled to be deported, according to Telemundo and attorneys from Legal Aid.

Edisson Barros, an undocumented immigrant from Ecuador, was detained inside Hudson Correctional Facility in Kearny, NJ and was first scheduled to be deported more than a week ago, but he was instead transferred to a jail in Louisiana to await the final decision.

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Claire R. Thomas, Director, of the Asylum Clinic and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. Photo courtesy of Claire R. Thomas.

Freezing Out Immigrants: The Denial of Due Process in New York State Courts

Frequent raids on immigrant communities and deaths in immigration detention centers, the call to “Abolish ICE” has gained momentum nationwide.

In part, the movement is informed by the situations in state courthouses, where the presence of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents can instill fear in noncitizens and discourage them from seeking legal services they are entitled to or even notifying the police when they are in danger.

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State Sen. Joseph Addabbo, Jr. joins NYLAG attorneys during a recent visit by NYLAG’s Mobile Legal Help Center. Photo courtesy of Joseph Addabbo’s office

Addabbo and NYLAG Team Up To Counsel Rockaway Residents

Next month, a mobile legal center will pull up to Rockaway Beach Boulevard and provide free legal assistance to peninsula residents. It one of the latest Queens stops for the innovative van.

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A shih tzu like the one killed in Broad Channel. Photo by Vladyslav Dukhin

Shih Tzu Hits the Fan for Latest Alleged Dog Killer

He’s in deep Shih Tzu.
A Woodside man has been hit with an aggravated cruelty to animals charge after allegedly killing his girlfriend’s Shih Tzu last month.

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Jamaica Man Busted For Pimping Teen Girl

A man from Queens was indicted today on sex trafficking charges after allegedly forcing a teenage girl into prostitution.

Tyquan Henderson, a 21-year-old from Jamaica, Queens, faces several charges including sex trafficking, promoting prostitution, and rape after he allegedly forced a 15-year-old girl to perform sex work and to have sex with him under threat of violence.

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Ronald H. Brown Center Prep Program students attend the 2018 program reception. Photo Courtesy of Ron Brown Center

Ron Brown Center Helps SJU Pave Way For Lawyers of Color

At St. John’s University School of Law “diversity and inclusion” is more than a new CLE requirement, it’s a key part of the school’s mission to uplift young people of color who are interested in becoming attorneys.

St. John’s champions that work through the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and the Ron Brown Prep Program, an eight-week summer program designed to introduce college students from marginalized groups to the legal community, prepare them for the LSAT exam and help them overcome discrimination and other obstacles.

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Elizabeth Forspan, Esq., Hon. Mojgan Lancman, Ed Schachter, Esq., Janet Keller, Esq., Hilary Gingold, Esq., Michael Cervini, Esq. and Hon. Jodi Orlow at the Brandeis Association’s 2017 Installation Dinner. Photo Courtesy of the Brandeis Association.

Brandeis Association Brings In Young Blood Using Tradition, Pride and Vital CLE Events

For Hon. Jodi Orlow, the Brandeis Association of Queens County runs in the family.

“My dad was a member of Brandeis since the beginning and when I was in law school, he dragged me to the meetings,” Orlow, a Supreme Court Justice, told the Eagle. “I grew up in it.”

Though Orlow had little choice but to join the bar association she now chairs, she quickly learned to value the organization and the opportunities it provides lawyers in and around Queens.

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A bail bonds Office in NYC. AP Photo by Kathy Willens

$1 Bail Fail Initiated Latest Reforms

A stunning bail system failure helped initiate a slate of jail reform bills signed into law Tuesday — though they came a few years too late for one Rikers detainee.

The new laws, introduced by District 24 Council Member Rory Lancman, will require bail bond agents to be more transparent when it comes to seeking compensation and filing complaints and will force each bail bondsman to display a consumer bill of rights inside their shops.

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