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Opened in 1983, the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College (CUNY School of Law) is the only law school which, from its inception, has defined its mission as training law students for public service. 9 Law in the Service of Human Needs 9 is the Law School’s motto and, accordingly, its goal is to teach students to be lawyers who will use their skills to serve the public interest. To this end, the Law School has developed a unique and comprehensive curriculum that integrates lawyering skills with legal doctrine at every level, making it a national leader in progressive legal education. It has a distinguished and diverse faculty of both scholars and educators, many of whom have extensive backgrounds as public interest practitioners. 59% percent of its faculty are women and 42% percent are members of minority groups.


Cognizant of the profession’s criticism that legal education fails to prepare law graduates for effective law practice, the curriculum of the CUNY School of Law is rich in classroom courses and clinical programs which emphasize practice as well as doctrine and theory. Unlike most law schools where lawyering, writing and clinical courses are grafted onto, and are secondary to, the traditional curriculum, these courses are an integral part of the School’s curriculum. In the first year, students learn legal reasoning, professional responsibility, legal writing and other lawyering skills in a year-long Lawyering Seminar where clinical methodology is integrated with doctrinal material. In the second year, students are required to take a one-semester Lawyering Seminar in an area of public interest law.


In the third year, students must select either a concentration in equality or health law, or a live-client clinical program. For the past thirteen years, leading legal educators have placed the School’s clinical program among the top ten in the country. Serving as an umbrella to several different clinics, the School’s 9 in-house law firm, 9 Main Street Legal Services, Inc., houses an Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic, a Defender Clinic, an Elder Law Clinic, a Battered Women’s Rights Clinic, an International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, and a Mediation Clinic. Concentrations (internship placement under supervision) are given in Health Law and Equality.


CUNY’s student body of 427 is impressively diverse. A majority of the students are women and approximately forty percent are minority group members, a number of whom are first generation immigrants. The median age of all students is now 27; many students come to the School after successful prior careers or with advanced degrees. Roughly fifty percent of the students are New York State residents with the remaining forty percent coming from at least 29 other states and representing 57 countries. About twelve percent are graduates of the CUNY system and over 180 colleges and universities are represented among its graduates. Recognizing that many of its students are parents, the Law School has one of the few on-site child-care centers for children of law students in the country.


CUNY is successful in its mission to train law students to be socially conscious and caring attorneys with a commitment to public service and public interest law. Of its class of 2007 graduates, fifty-nine percent went to work as attorneys in the public sector. Many CUNY law students come from communities that are currently underserved by the legal profession and, upon graduation, many return to practice law with or within those communities.


Employers of CUNY law graduates include public interest organizations such as the Legal Aid Society of New York City, American Civil Liberties Union, Coalition for an International Criminal Court, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Sanctuary for Families, District Council 37, In Motion, Center for Disability Rights, Southeast Asian Resource Center, Defenders Association of Philadelphia, Prisoners Legal Services, South Brooklyn Legal Services, Connecticut Legal Services, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, New York Immigration Coalition, Chicago Legal Assistance, and the Dade County Public Defenders Office. Many CUNY graduates work in government institutions such as the New York City Law Department, the District Attorneys’ offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx; the United States Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Florida; the Office of the New York State Attorney General; the United States Environmental Protection Agency; the New York State Legislature; National Labor Relations Board; the United States Congress, and the New York State Legislature. In addition, many graduates serve as judicial clerks in federal and state, trial and appellate courts.


The Law School’s Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) is now in its successful ninth year of supporting and resourcing law graduates who work in underserved areas in solo or small-firm practices. Its Immigrant Initiatives program educates new immigrants about their rights and responsibilities and assists them in the process of becoming U.S. citizens. Located in the Law School, CLRN networks graduates in 9 practice groups 9 like Family Law, Immigration, Labor and Employment, and General Practice, utilizing technology and facilitating meetings to create a 9 virtual law firm 9 with all the advantages its numbers provide, while permitting individual members autonomy and the ability to be located in the communities of their choice. The CLRN Director, Immigration Specialist, Technology Specialist, and Research Coordinator help CLRN members with basic business issues-billing, record keeping, technology, bookkeeping and taxes-and, at the same time, with facilitating their participation in larger justice initiatives. CLRN’s aim, accomplished through a wide variety of services including assistance in legal research, continuing legal education tailored to members’ needs, and a sophisticated mentoring program, is to make its members financially, professionally and personally successful, and help them achieve their individual justice missions.


The Worker Education Labor Program (WELP) is a curricular and internship effort that helps train students for representation of workers in union and non-union settings. WELP seeks to respond, to train and empower people who want to be engaged with workers-unionized and non-unionized, public sector, and within the global economy. Designed by faculty members with practical and theoretical expertise, WELP draws upon leading labor-employment law practitioners in the metropolitan area, and labor scholars and historians in the larger University. A key aspect of the program is outreach work to the labor community, a prime example of which was WELP’s co-sponsorship, with the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), the New York City Labor Council, and others, of a day-long, first-ever conference on health issues of immigrant workers held in April, 2002.


In addition to basic National Labor Relations Board and Employment Discrimination courses, the curriculum examines the changing nature of the employment relationship and the interlocking regulations designed to assure minimal health and safety protocols at the worksite. WELPhas developed new, worker-centered courses like Rights of Low Wage Workers, Workplace Health and Safety, and fourth-semester lawyering seminars in Arbitration and in Title VII litigation. Internships and externships are provided to prepare graduates for practice in a broad range of labor-related employment settings. In addition, as part of commitment to training lawyers for community-based practices, the curriculum includes issues that frequently concern clients in these practices: wage and hours law, unemployment compensation, pension and ERISA rights, OSHA, plant-closing legislation, and workers’ compensation.


The Economic Justice Project (EJP) of the Law School’s Clinic won the New York State Bar Association Law Student Group Award in 2002 for its assistance to students at the City University of New York whose educations have been jeopardized by the application of workfare rules.


Dean: Michelle J. Anderson (718) 340-4202

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Natalie Gomez-Velez (718) 340-4340

Associate Dean for Administration and Finance: Gregory Kosler (718) 340-4264

Associate Dean for Special Projects: Mary Lu Bilek (718) 340-4519

Assist. Dean for Enrollment Management & Dir. of Admissions:

Yvonne Cherena-Pacheco (718) 340-4210

Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs: Angela Burton (718) 340-4207

Director of the Law Library: Julie Lim (718) 340-4259

Director of Career Planning: Sam M. Sue (718) 340-4233

Director of Clinical Programs: Sameer M. Ashar (718) 340-4180

Director of Financial Aid: Angela Joseph (718) 340-4284

Special Assistant to the Dean: M. Helena Quon (718) 340-4287




MICHELLE J. ANDERSON, (Law Professor), born Valdosta, Georgia, January 30, 1967; admitted to bar, 1995, California; 1995, District Court 4th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. Education: University of California at Santa Cruz (B.A., 1989); Yale Law School (J.D., 1994); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1997). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Feminist Jurisprudence, Children and the Law. Email: anderson @


SAMEER M. ASHAR, (Law Professor), born White Plains, New York, November 2, 1969; admitted to bar, 1997, California; 2000, New York. Education: Swarthmore College (B.A., 1991); Harvard (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Clinical, Immigration, Labor, Public Interest. Email: ashar @


PAULA ELLEN BERG, (Law Professor), born Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 15, 1955; admitted to bar, 1983, New York. Education: Hampshire College (B.A., 1977); Rutgers University (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Health Law, Torts, AIDS & the Law. Email: berg @


MARY LU BILEK, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, November 3, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, New York. Education: St. Mary’s College (B.A., 1977); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Contracts, Professional Skills. Email: bilek @


BERYL S. BLAUSTONE, (Law Professor), born Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, District of Columbia. Education: University of Minnesota (B.A., 1972); Antioch Law School (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Evidence, Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation Clinic. Email: blaustone @


CAITLIN BORGMANN, (Law Professor), born Oak Park, Illinois, April 26, 1966; admitted to bar, 1992, New York; 1994, Colorado. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1987); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Family Law, Business Associations, Lawyering, Reproductive Rights. Email: borgmann @


REBECCA BRATSPIES, (Law Professor), born Pennsylvania; admitted to bar, 1992, Pennsylvania. Education: Wesleyan University (B.A., Biology, 1987); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., cum laude, 1992). COURSES: Environmental Law, International Law, Administrative Law, Property. Email: bratspies @


SUSAN BRYANT, (Law Professor), born Washington, June 24, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Pennsylvania; 1975, District of Columbia; 1977, New York. Education: Xavier College (B.A., 1970); Georgetown (J.D., 1973; LL.M., 1980). COURSES: Evidence, Family, Clinical. Email: bryant @


ANGELA OLIVIA BURTON, (Law Professor), born Huntington, New York, September 9, 1960; admitted to bar, 1992, New York. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1981); Rutgers-Newark School of Law; New York University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Family Law, Children’s Rights, Lawyering, Clinical, Legal Writing. Email: burton @


JANET M. CALVO, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, New York. Education: New York University School of Law (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Health Law, Lawyering, Civil Clinic, Civil Procedure, Immigration & Nationality Law. Email: calvo @


JOHN CICERO, (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1977, New York. Education: New England School of Law (J.D., 1975); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1977). COURSES: Evidence, Labor Law, Lawyering, Pre-Trial Litigation. Email: cicero @


RHONDA COPELON, (Law Professor), born New Haven, Connecticut, September 15, 1944; admitted to bar, 1971, New York. Education: Bryn Mawr (B.A., 1966); Institut d’etudes Politiques (C.E.P., 1965); Yale (LL.B., 1970). COURSES: International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic, International Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Gender & Law. Email: copelon @


DOUGLAS COX, (Law Professor), born 1973; admitted to bar, 2003, New York. Education: University of Arizona (B.A.); Queens College (M.L.S.); University of Texas (J.D.). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: douglas.cox @


FRANK E. DEALE, (Law Professor), born Tallahassee, Florida, April 1, 1952; admitted to bar, 1979, Pennsylvania. Education: Antioch College (B.A., 1976); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Civil Rights. Email: deale @


PAMELA EDWARDS, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, December 14, 1959; admitted to bar, 1992, New York. Education: New York University (B.S., 1980; M.B.A., 1983; J.D., 1991). COURSES: Commercial Law, Contracts, Corporations, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, Race and the Law. Email: edwardsp @


JOHN M. FAGARO, (Law Professor), born 1951; Education: Harvard University (B.A. and M.A.T., 1972); New York University (Ph.D. Candidate, Higher Education, 1975-1978); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Contracts, Family Law, Education Law, Civil Procedure. Email: farago @


RAQUEL J. GABRIEL, (Law Professor), born 1967; admitted to bar, 1995, New Jersey. Education: American University (B.A., 1990); Rutgers University (M.L.S., 1998); Howard University School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: gabriel @


KRISTIN BOOTH GLEN, (Law Professor), born New York, August 16, 1942; admitted to bar, 1967, New York. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1963); Columbia University School of Law (LL.B., 1966). COURSES: Family Law, Elder Law, Evidence, Bioethics, Feminist Jurisprudence. Email: glen @


ASTRID B. GLOADE, (Law Professor), born Antigua; admitted to bar, 1992, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1988); Columbia Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Academic Skills. Email: astrid.gloade @


JULIE GOLDSCHEID, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, January 29, 1958; admitted to bar, 1991, New Jersey; 1992, New York. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1978); Hunter College School of Social Work (M.S.W., 1981); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Gender and Law, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Lawyering, Sex and Law, Equality Concentration. Email: goldscheid @


NATALIE GOMEZ-VELEZ, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York; admitted to bar, 1990, New York. Education: Hunter College (B.A., 1984); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Administrative Law, Lawyering, Legal Education, State and Local Government. Email: gomez-velez @


VICTOR M. GOODE, (Law Professor), born Monroe, Louisiana, November 7, 1947; admitted to bar, 1974, New Jersey. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1970); Rutgers University, Newark (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Civil Rights, Trial Practice, Clinic, Ethics. Email: goode @


SIDNEY L. HARRING, (Law Professor), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, Wisconsin; 1990, New York. Education: Macalester College (B.A., 1968); University of Wisconsin (M.S., 1970; J.D., 1972; Ph.D., 1976). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal History, Legal Profession, Native American Rights. Email: harring @


K. BABE HOWELL, (Law Professor), born California; admitted to bar, 1994, New York. Education: Harvard (B.A., 1986); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Lawyering. Email: babe.howell @


RAMZI KASSEM, (Law Professor), Education: Columbia College (B.A.); Columbia Law School (J.D.). COURSES: Clinic, Civil Liberties and National Security, International Human Rights, Humanitarian Law. Email: ramzi.kassem @


DINESH KHOSLA, (Law Professor), born India, March 30, 1949; admitted to bar, 1972, India. Education: Delhi University (B.Com., 1969; LL.B., 1972); Yale (LL.M., 1977; J.S.D., 1981). COURSES: International Law, Law in a Market Economy, International Trade, Civil Disobedience.


JUDITH P. KIMERLING, (Law Professor), born 1956; admitted to bar, 1983, New York. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1978); Yale Law School (J.D., 1982); Visiting Scholar-Yale Law School 1995-1996.. COURSES: Environmental Law. Email: kimerling @


JEFFREY L. KIRCHMEIER, (Law Professor), born Columbus, Ohio, 1962; admitted to bar, 1989, Ohio; 1991, District of Columbia; 1992, Arizona; 2009, New York. Education: Case Western Reserve University Law School (B.A., 1984; J.D., 1989). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Lawyering, Capital Punishment, Habeas Corpus. Email: kirchmeier @


GREGORY E. KOSTER, (Law Professor), born Glen Cove, New York, August 1, 1947; admitted to bar, 1982, New York. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1969); Columbia University (M.L.S., 1970; M.I.A., 1974); Pace University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: koster @


JULIE GRAVES KRISHNASWAMI, (Law Professor), born Lincoln, Nebraska; admitted to bar, 2004, New Jersey; 2005, New York. Education: Reed College (B.A., 1999); City University of New York (J.D., 2004); Pratt Institute (M.L.I.S., 2009). COURSES: Legal Research I & II. Email: julie.krishnaswami @


DONNA H. LEE, (Law Professor), born New York, New York; admitted to bar, 1992, New Jersey; 1992, New York. Education: Brown University (B.A., 1986); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Clinic, Family Law, Prisoner’s Rights. Email: lee @


JULIE LIM, (Law Professor), Education: Queens College (B.A.); University of Washington (M.L.S.); Seattle University School of Law (J.D.). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: lim @


STEPHEN JAMES LOFFREDO, (Law Professor), born Bronx, New York, January 30, 1955; admitted to bar, 1982, New York. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1977); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Poverty Law, Health Law, Administrative Law, Immigration, Clinical Law. Email: loffredo @


SHIRLEY LUNG, (Law Professor), Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1981); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Torts, Academic Support, Lawyering, Rights of Low-wage Workers. Email: lung @


NANCY MACOMBER, (Law Professor), born Auburn, Maine, July 26, 1947; Education: Barnard College (B.A., 1969); Columbia University School of Library Service (M.S., 1973); New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (M.A., Sociology, 1981). Email: nancy.macomber @


ANDREA LORETTA MCARDLE, (Law Professor), born Bronxville, New York, June 7, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, New York. Education: Fordham University (B.A., 1975); New York University (J.D., 1978); Columbia School of Law (LL.M., 1988); Columbia University (M.A., 1995). COURSES: Writing from a Judicial Perspective, Lawyering Seminar, Law Review Seminar. Email: mcardle @


JENNY RIVERA, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., December 8, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, New York. Education: Princeton University (B.A., 1982); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1985); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1993). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Lawyering, Property, Wills and Trusts, Administrative Law. Email: rivera @


RUTHANN ROBSON, (Law Professor), born 1956; admitted to bar, 1980, Florida. Education: Stetson University School of Law (J.D., 1979); University of California at Berkeley (LL.M., 1990). COURSES: Constitutional Structures, Criminal Procedure, Feminist Jurisprudence, Law & Sexuality, Law & Family Relations, Public Institutions. Email: robson @


JOSEPH A. ROSENBERG, (Law Professor), born New York, March 14, 1958; admitted to bar, 1987, New York. Education: Northwestern University (B.S.Ed., 1980); City University of New York (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Clinic, Elder Law, Wills, Trusts and Estates. Email: rosenberg @


MERRICK T. ROSSEIN, (Law Professor), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1976, New York. Education: Alfred University (B.A., 1967); New York University (M.P.A., 1972); Antioch Law School (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Employment Law and Legislation, Employment Discrimination, Civil Rights, Trial Practice, Constitutional Law. Email: rossein @


JONATHAN KENT SAXON, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, March 29, 1961; admitted to bar, 1994, New York. Education: University of Bridgeport (B.S., 1984); Pratt Institute (M.S.L.S., 1993); Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: saxon @


BETTIE H. SCOTT, (Law Professor), born Raleigh, North Carolina, March 26, 1938; Education: University of North Carolina (B.A., 1959); University of Hawaii (M.L.S., 1975); McGeorge School of Law (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Legal Research. Email: scott @


NICOLE L. SMITH, (Law Professor), born Plainfield, New Jersey; admitted to bar, 2004, New Jersey; 2005, New York. Education: Rutgers University (B.A., 2001); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2004). COURSES: Criminal Defense Clinic.


RICHARD F. STORROW, (Law Professor), born Lexington, Kentucky, May 7, 1965; admitted to bar, 1993, Minnesota. Education: Miami University (B.A., 1987); Columbia University (M.A., 1989; J.D., 1993). COURSES: Property, Family Law, Real Estate Transactions, Trusts and Estates, Lawyering. Email: richard.storrow @


SARAH VALENTINE, (Law Professor), born DeLand, Florida, March 24, 1959; admitted to bar, 1991, New York. Education: Florida State University (B.S., 1991; MLIS, 1985; J.D., 1989). COURSES: Legal Research.


DEBORAH ZALESNE, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 27, 1966; admitted to bar, 1992, Colorado. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1988); University of Denver College of Law (J.D., 1992); Temple University School of Law (LL.M., 1997). COURSES: Contracts, Sales, UCC/Survey, Business Association. Email: zalesne @


STEVEN MARK ZEIDMAN, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., October 28, 1956; admitted to bar, 1982, New York. Education: State University of New York at Albany; Duke University School of Law (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Clinical Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Professional Responsibility. Email: zeidman @