Stein Center News - September 2013
Read Director Bruce Green's welcome letter.
Save the Date (Oct. 8) for the Second Annual Hot Topics: Using Law to Empower Underserved Communities
The panel will commence at 7:00 pm and conclude with a reception, to allow plenty of time for networking and community-building. The panel discussion and reception take place in McMahon Hall Lounge 109 in Fordham’s Lowenstein Building, 155 West 60th Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam.
Stein 20th Anniversary Celebration
Most notably, the evening was a great success because so many Stein Scholars students, alumni, and faculty turned out for the event. In fact, more than 150 students, graduates, and law school staff celebrated the Program, rekindled connections, and renewed commitments to the next generation of Stein Scholars.
Would Your Public Interest Organization Like to Sponsor an Advanced Seminar Project?As many Stein Scholars alumni will remember, 2L Stein Scholars take the Advanced Seminar in Public Interest Lawyering, one of three academic requirements of the Stein Scholars Program.
Small groups of students (3-4) work in conjunction with an outside public interest organization to design, develop and implement a project that will benefit the organization and the people it serves. During the spring semester, which runs from January until April, students work on their project with supervision from the seminar faculty and from an attorney at the sponsoring public interest organization.
Past projects have included: 1) know-your-rights pamphlets; 2) practioners’ guides on new laws or regulations; 3) white papers analyzing new programs or laws; 4) data analysis and overview of findings pertaining to potential causes of action or public education campaigns; 5) draft legislation; and 6) lobbying and/or training materials for legal or policy advocacy.
If your organization might be interested in sponsoring an Advanced Seminar project for the 2014 spring semester, contact Sherri Levine by October 1 about your organization’s project ideas.
Students will then contact you directly if they would like to find out more about working on a project with your organization.
Congratulations to the Class of 2009 for Winning the Stein Class Anniversary Challenge!The Stein Class Anniversary Challenge came to a close on June 30, and the Class of 2009 won! Congratulations to the Class of 2009 and to all Stein Scholars alumni for raising $13,420 in donations and $11,250 in pledges during our first formal fundraising campaign. Although several other classes made valiant efforts to prevail, the Class of 2009 established an early lead that others were unable to overcome.
You can make a donation now by visiting law.fordham.edu/giving and choosing the Stein Scholars Program under Fund Choices. If you prefer to make a multi-year pledge, give anonymously, or via phone or check, please contact Brian Lenker by email or phone at 212-636-6569.
Our goal for 2013-2014, of course, is to raise more in contributions than before. This past year the money raised was used to help graduating Steins defray the cost of the bar review course and exam in order to ease the transition from student to careers in public interest law.
Sally Bellet ’76 Receives Honorary Degree from Fordham LawSally Bellet ’76 was one of eight distinguished individuals to receive an honorary degree at the 2013 Fordham Law graduation. Sally, former vice president of real estate development for Amtrak, is president of the Stein/Bellet Foundation. She established the Edward and Marilyn Bellet Chair in Legal Ethics, Morality and Religion at Fordham Law School—a position currently held by Professor Russell Pearce—as well as the Bellet Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a Stein Scholars student with a demonstrated commitment to ethical leadership. She chaired the Stein Alumni Anniversary Advisory Board and continues to provide invaluable support to the Stein Scholars Program, which was founded by her grandfather Louis Stein ’26.
Three Stein Scholars Receive Awards at 2013 GraduationThree Stein Scholars received prestigious awards at graduation this year: Rebecca Iwerks '13 received the Joseph R. Crowley Award and the Donald Magnetti Award, Kelsey Ripper '13 received the Adele Monaco Memorial Award and Alex Wentworth-Ping '13 received the Hugh R. Jones Award in Law and Public Policy. That is in addition to the two Steins we reported on in the last issue of Stein Center News: Jerry Dickinson '13 and Joanna Zdanys '13, who were awarded this year’s Mary Daly Prize in Legal Ethics.
The Donald Magnetti Award is presented to a graduate in recognition of her outstanding public commitment and contribution to those beyond the law school community.
The Adele Monaco Memorial Award is presented to a member of the graduating class in the evening division who has made a positive impact on the lives of evening division students through the demonstration of compassion, courage, determination and commitment to public service.
Please join us in congratulating Rebecca, Kelsey and Alex!
Stein Center Hosts Second Legal Ethics Shmooze
Plans for a June 2014 Criminal Justice Ethics Shmooze at Fordham Law are already underway.
Evening Program Marks Centennial with Class in Legal EthicsThe Evening Program at Fordham Law celebrated its 100th anniversary on Monday, May 20, by providing two CLE classes, including one on ethics called Hot Topics in Legal Ethics. Bruce Green, Director of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics, and Nicole Hyland ’02, of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz P.C., conducted the class.
Through the use of several hypotheticals, the program explored a variety of cutting-edge ethics issues that affect lawyers today. Topics presented and discussed included conflicts of interest and confidentiality problems that arise in the context of attorneys’ use of law firm websites, social media, e-mails, outsourcing of legal work, and billing.
Stein Scholars Program Welcomes New Stein ScholarsAfter receiving and evaluating numerous applications, the Stein Scholars Program has selected 21 new Steins who stood out for their commitment to public interest and anticipated contributions to the Program. You can find out a little about the Class of 2016 here:
Krista Blumenberg is interested in civil rights, human rights, and women’s rights. This past year, she worked at the World Federalist Movement Institute for Global Policy, while also volunteering with New York Cares, CUNY Citizenship Now!, and the NYU Alumni Mentor Network.
Hopi Costello came to law school wanting to learn more about criminal defense and prisoners’ rights, and hopes one day to work for criminal justice reform, including increasing alternatives to custody. A semester as an intern in the Scottish Parliament researching alternatives to incarceration solidified her concern for these issues.
With a focus on community economic development, immigration, and governmental affairs in developing nations, Leeanne Cunningham intends to apply her substantial experience working on behavioral health issues with U.S. Chinese migrant communities and Chinese nationals in China, as she undertakes her legal career.
With an interest in being a prosecutor or pursuing a career in immigration law, Katherine Demartini spent the two years before law school working as a legal assistant in the DNA
Hailey Flynn finds health law compelling, as evidenced by her work with the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation in Vietnam, where she tried to help reduce traffic casualties through the promotion of helmet use, as well as her efforts with Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program in New York City.
As a member of the New York City Police Department for nearly fifteen years, Robert Gault looks forward to using his law degree to advance the policy and planning goals of the Office of Management Analysis and Planning, the NYPD’s public policy arm.
With an interest in international law, cyber-security, counterterrorism and national security, it is no surprise that Olivia Gonzalez spent the summer of 2012 as a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of International Affairs. She also co-founded and managed the first NYU Foreign Correspondents Program and wrote over 30 op-eds and editorials for Washington Square News.
Amanda Goodwin is passionate about domestic violence and human trafficking law, in part because she has witnessed the horrible effects of abuse and trafficking while serving as an intern with the NYS Office of the Attorney General Human Trafficking Working Group and the NY County District Attorney’s Office, Special Victims and Trafficking Units.
As an advocate for environmental protection, Jake Hays has worked at a variety of places, including as a beekeeper and at the Environmental Defense Fund. He currently works at Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Health Energy, where he will continue full-time while enrolled in the Evening Program.
Catherine Humphreville envisions herself undertaking a career to advance women’s rights. Her experience working as a Legal Assistant at the Center for Reproductive Rights fueled her passion to become a lawyer so that she can take steps to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare for women, regardless of geography, age, race, or economic circumstances.
Matthew Jennings wants to pursue a law career in civil rights, immigration, or LGBT rights. Prior to law school, Matt worked for Teach For America in Houston, Indianapolis, and New York as a Corps Member, recruitment manager, and author of a report on how to support low-income, first-generation college students.
The interest by Mairead Kennelly in practicing criminal defense law or advancing women’s rights was inspired by her position as a Jesuit Volunteer Corps Fellow at the Orleans Public Defenders Office for the past year. Prior to that, Mairead volunteered with RedLight Children, a global human rights nonprofit that aims to end child slavery and exploitation.
Jeffrey Kinkle already started advancing his interest in pursuing a career in criminal defense by interning this past summer at The Innocence Project. Prior to that, Jeff spent significant time as a freelance writer, translator, lecturer and researcher, as well as a political consultant.
Ashley Mitchell recently finished working as the Charles W. Puttkammer Prisoner Reentry Fellow at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. While there, Ashley researched criminal justice issues, as well as the challenges surrounding successful reentry, which explains why she hopes to devote her legal career to working with juvenile offenders and children impacted by the criminal justice system.
David O’Brien worked for three years as a paralegal at the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society, which helped inspire his interest in juvenile defense and civil rights law. While there, he helped design a staff training regarding LGBT issues in family court.
As a Teach For America Corps Member in rural Louisiana, Henry Parr worked with teens between the ages of sixteen and nineteen, many of whom had previously been incarcerated. That experience solidified his commitment to advocating for underprivileged communities, particularly in the area of criminal justice reform.
Brandon Ruben was an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Fordham’s Feerick Center for Social Justice since September 2012. His background includes teaching in multiple settings, including Asian Americans For Equality and Teach For America. Brandon intends to pursue a career in child welfare or educational advocacy.
That Dillon Taylor is very interested in promoting labor and employment rights is no surprise, since he recently graduated with a B.A. in labor studies from the National Labor College and has been very active with the International Association of Fire Fighters Local #3572, AFL-CIO for several years. His commitment to advocating for the rights of fire fighters flows directly from his lengthy service as a fire fighter in Arizona.
As an Associate Editor at Autostraddle.com, Laura Wooley edited pieces from contributors as well as wrote her own articles for the independently-owned lesbian website that boasts 2.75 million views per month. As a lawyer, she plans to use her degree to bring systemic change to flawed institutions in the fields of women’s rights and constitutional law.
Razeen Zaman has spent the past three years working as the Campaign Organizer with the New York State Youth Leadership Council: Undocumented Youth Leading Change, designing and supervising the New York DREAM Act campaign. She hopes that law school will provide her with tools to become an even better advocate for immigrant communities.
We look forward to getting to know the new class of Stein Scholars. Join us in congratulating them and welcoming them to our community.
Stein Center Joins Amicus Brief to Reverse Decision Exempting Attorneys from Debt Collection RulesOn May 31, 2013, the Stein Center for Law and Ethics joined 18 other organizations in an amicus brief filed in the Second Circuit, authored by MFY Legal Services, the Feerick Center for Social Justice and the New Economy Project. Arguing that debt collection attorneys operate analogous to conventional debt collectors, the brief urges the Court to reverse a District Court decision that struck down a local law requiring debt collection law firms to be licensed and regulated as debt collectors by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). The brief, which contends that state laws governing attorney conduct do not preempt the city law, asks that the decision be reversed so that DCA can continue to oversee all debt collectors and protect consumers from potentially unscrupulous behavior.
Stein Alumni and Faculty in the NewsThe important work of Stacy Charland ’04, an attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice at the Bronx Defenders, was highlighted in an article called “The Girls Who Haven’t Come Home” (New York Times, July 7, 2013). The article, which followed Vernice Hill as she fought to get her two daughters back from foster care, described Stacy’s persistent and skilled efforts to oppose the termination of Ms. Hill’s parental rights.
Adam Libove ’07 recently joined the NYC Department of Investigation, where he worked on an investigation for 9 months involving the NYC Department of Correction (DOC), which resulted in the arrest of 10 NYC DOC members for an assault on an inmate. During the investigation, Adam was cross-designated as an Assistant District Attorney to help with the Grand Jury investigation and presentation. Read the press release.
Amy Loprest ’95, Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board, was quoted in “Polling-Place Stickers Coming Up for Their Own Vote” (New York Times, July 18, 2013), about the campaign to design a “NYC Votes” sticker. The stickers will be distributed to all New Yorkers after they have gone to the polls, starting with Primary Day in September.
Richard Saenz ’10 was recognized as one of the best LGBT lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar. Richard has worked with Queens Legal Services’ clients, community partners, and legislators to expand the rights of low-income LGBT and HIV-impacted New Yorkers. This past year, the HIV/LGBT Advocacy Project filed a lawsuit against the NYC Human Resources Administration, challenging HRA's discrimination against transgender New Yorkers. The Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Class of 2013 was presented at the 25th Anniversary Lavendar Law Conference & Career Fair on August 22-24, 2013, in San Francisco. Read more about Richard’s award.
In a case with the potential to impact countless unpaid internships, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III (SDNY) ruled that a group of interns at Fox Searchlight Pictures should have been paid for their work on the movie Black Swan. Those interns were represented by Juno Turner '06, an associate at Outten & Golden LLP. "This is an incredibly important decision as far as establishing that interns have the same wage and hour rights as other employees," Turner said. "You can't just call something an internship and expect not to pay people when the interns are providing a direct benefit to the company."
Stein Center Director Bruce Green was also recently in the news following his appointment to a panel comprised of former prosecutors, professors and retired judges. The panel is charged with reviewing as many as 50 trial convictions involving a former detective, Mr. Louis Scarcella, whose work may have sent innocent men to prison. Read the July 1 New York Times article “Panel to Review Up to 50 Trial Convictions Involving a Discredited Detective.”
From Stein Scholars Class of 1996We spoke with five alumni from the second class of Stein Scholars, to find out what they have been up to since graduating from Fordham Law and to hear their recollections from the early years of the Stein Scholars Program.
Dora Galacatos '96: I am now serving as Executive Director of Fordham Law School's Feerick Center for Social Justice, where I work with law students, recent graduates, alumni, and others on a range of poverty-related initiatives. My recent work has focused on consumer debt and access to justice, although I have also had the opportunity to learn about and work on issues related to unaccompanied immigrant children, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. The trajectory of my career following law school took me first to a federal clerkship and then to a post-graduate fellowship at Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC), a wonderful legal services organization. At NMIC I had an opportunity to represent tenants in housing court, work on a child care project, and litigate an environmental case that went to the New York State Court of Appeals (where our clients prevailed). Following NMIC, I served as Director of the New York City Family Homelessness Special Master Panel and completed a second federal clerkship. I began my work at the Feerick Center in 2006 and have been here since.
The Stein Scholars Program created an instant community of professors, friends, and
Rita M. Glavin '96: I am co-head of the government enforcement and internal investigations practice at Seward & Kissel LLP. In that capacity, I represent individuals and companies that have or may have difficulties with government regulators. I also serve on the federal Criminal Justice Act panel for the Southern District of New York, where I represent indigent defendants in federal criminal proceedings on a pro bono basis. I recently represented two individuals who were innocent of the charges against them, and I was able to successfully get those charges dismissed. My work representing these indigent defendants helps me keep things in perspective.
Prior to entering private practice in 2010, I spent 12 years in the Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor with DOJ’s public integrity section, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District, and as head of DOJ’s criminal division. After graduating from Fordham, I clerked for two years with the Honorable Judge John F. Keenan—another Fordham Law graduate—and have been a Director for Fordham Law School’s Alumni Association Board since 2008.
As a defense lawyer, I now have a much different perspective on criminal proceedings. I see the human side of things and how important it is to have a good advocate early in the process. The prosecutor on a case also matters, because some are more open-minded and reasonable than others. I didn’t appreciate that as much when I was a prosecutor. Having to point out mistakes isn’t easy, especially when you have to tell a prosecutor that they have charged an innocent person. On the investigative side, I now have a greater appreciation for the emotional and financial toll lengthy, complex government investigations have on people who are caught in the middle.
As a member of the second class of Stein Scholars, Bruce Green and Russ Pearce loomed very large in helping me figure out the direction I wanted my legal career to take. I followed Bruce’s path when I became a prosecutor in the Southern District and we talked about that path a lot while I was a Stein Scholar. My best law school memories are the events organized with fellow Stein Scholars. And then there was the Book Club, where about five of us met regularly with Bruce in his office, discussed books on compelling legal topics, and even got credit for it!
Peggy Healy '96: I have been a human rights advocate for nearly 40 years. As Senior Vice President for Latin America for Covenant House International, I oversee four programs for homeless and trafficked youth in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Covenant House International provides crisis care and long-term support to more than 62,000 homeless, abandoned, abused, and trafficked youths annually in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, by providing street children and youth with a safe, dependable environment in which to grow and become self-sufficient. Our 40 years of experience has resulted in CHI becoming a recognized leader in the effort to combat the sexual and commercial exploitation of children and other issues affecting youth.
I began my career in the 1970s in Nicaragua and Central America, where I lived and worked as a Maryknoll Sister as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and human rights advocate for almost a decade. From 1979-1981, I worked as an associate with the Washington Office on Latin America, working to change U.S. policy toward Central America. After graduating from Fordham Law, I became the Program Director for the Crowley Program in International Human Rights and also enjoyed teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School for over ten years in the J.D. and LL.M. programs. For the twelve years before taking my current position at Covenant House, I worked around the globe with multiple NGOs as a human rights advocate and a specialist in advocacy.
Being a part of the Stein Scholars Program with the class of 1996 was one of the most important parts of my legal education and opened so many doors for me including a clerkship in the SDNY and independent studies that allowed me to make legal contributions even as a student. I made a group of friends that remain friends and colleagues, and today my work with the Stein Program on their Board of Advisors has allowed me to continue to support a program I believe is vital to the Law School. I feel a great gratitude to Bruce Green, Russ Pearce, Tom Schoenherr, and all of the other collaborators who have grown this Program that now is recognized nationally and internationally.
Robert (Trey) Sandusky '96: I am now in my seventeenth year in the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. Currently, I am in the Appeals Bureau, handling direct appeals, habeas corpus petitions, and other post-conviction challenges in state and federal courts, but I have also served in the Criminal Court, Grand Jury, Narcotics, and Trial Bureaus. In October 2010, I got to argue the case of People v. Benston, 15 N.Y.3d 610, in the New York Court of Appeals, winning a unanimous decision that expanded the scope of admissible evidence in state domestic violence prosecutions. I am also very active in my Office’s Community Affairs Unit, through which I coach a high school mock trial team, conduct tours of the courthouse for local schools, and represent the Office at career days and community meetings. I also play in the Office basketball league, and am player-manager of the Office softball team. Outside of work, I volunteer for several charitable organizations: I am one of the play-by-play announcers and color commentators for Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby, and the Ithaca League of Women Rollers, and I perform regularly with the New York Choral Society, Village Light Opera Group, and Amore Opera Company. I am also a frequent guest lecturer at Fordham Law School, Cardozo Law School, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
As a Stein Scholars alumnus, I am modestly proud of the work I do for my community, both through my legal work as a public servant, as well as through my non-legal involvement with local charities. When I am interviewing law students who are applying to work as prosecutors in my office, I especially look for Stein Scholars, or enrollment in equivalent programs at other schools, or activities and internships that demonstrate that the applicant is dedicated to improving his or her community, and to the ethical practice of law—a critical qualification for an effective prosecutor. Indeed, my experience as a Stein Scholar has been a major contributing factor in my continued work serving the public interest.
Jenny Shevik '96: I was an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County until I had my first child in 2000. My husband and I now have 4 boys, ages 13, 10, 8 and 5. Until two years ago, we lived in New York City where we spent time with Robyn Watts ’96 and her three boys. We now live in Bedford, New York, near Ron Rossi and his wife Dara Andreasen Rossi (also Fordham Law 1996). Our children have now become very friendly with the Rossi children, which has been great. I also got to see Julianne Cohen ’96 weekly last year as we sat on the sidelines while our children played baseball.
Although I have not practiced law since leaving the District Attorney’s Office in 2000, I still have such wonderful memories of the Stein Scholars Program: Our Stein Scholar Seminar taught by Professor Green and a summer internship at The Juvenile Rights Division of The Legal Aid Society were highlights. My favorite memories, though, are long conversations about ethics and justice with Professor Green, Professor Pearce, Dora Galacatos ‘96, Peggy Healy ‘96, Robyn Watts ‘96, Rita Glavin ‘96, and other Stein Scholars in many different settings, including a restaurant across the street from Fordham when the O.J. Simpson decision was announced. I am truly so thankful for the tremendous opportunity provided by Louis Stein and his family. I learned so much.
What’s New in Legal Ethics?In the fall of 2012, the co-authors of a new professional responsibility casebook, Professional Responsibility: A Contemporary Approach (West 2011, by Daniel Capra, Bruce Green and Russell Pearce), started a blog to promote the study of, and debate regarding, the professional responsibility of lawyers. You can find the blog here:
Although the blog’s primary purpose is to serve as a resource for casebook users, the discussion of current developments, innovative teaching materials, and commentary should be thought provoking and useful for all those interested in the legal profession.
There are five primary bloggers: 1) George W. Conk, Adjunct Professor of Law & Senior Fellow, Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law; 2) Bruce Green, Louis Stein Professor and Director of the Stein Center for Law and Ethics at Fordham Law; 3) Russell Pearce, Professor of Law, Edward & Marilyn Bellet Chair in Legal Ethics, Morality, and Religion at Fordham Law; 4) Renee Newman Knake, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of both the Kelley Institute of Ethics and the Legal Profession, and of the ReInvent Law Laboratory at Michigan State University College of Law; and 5) Laurel S. Terry, Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Penn State Law.
Some recent topics of discussion include such varied and critical issues as race and the legal system, lawyer advertising, application of ethical rules to criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors, current ABA opinions and court decisions, contemporary and historical perspectives on the value of a law degree, innovations in deportation representation options, and proposals for restructuring legal education.
If you are interested in contributing to the blog, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.