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December 3 – 2013 | One Comment

Putin and the New World Order
With the growth of China and India the world is currently undergoing an unprecedented shift in economic power from West to East. As a corollary, a similar yet less visible shift is occurring geopolitically. In the last decade this latter shift accelerated as Vladimir Putin, Russia’s autocratic President, pivoted from Western integration to Eastern expansion.
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Leitner Clinic Students Co-Author Policy Paper About NYPD Abuse

February 26 – 2013 | Comments Off

Last week, the Urban Justice Center released a policy paper entitled “Criminalizing Communities: NYPD Abuse of Vulnerable Populations.”  Four Fordham Law students from the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic authored the paper, which calls for administrative and legislative reforms aimed at ending widespread NYPD abuse and harassment of black, Latino, and Muslim communities; the LGBTQ community; sex workers; street …

Law Review: Snitch

February 26 – 2013 |

Do you smell what The Rock is trafficking?
The WWE superstar has returned to theaters with a 112-minute jeremiad against the federal mandatory minimum laws. Fans of Dwayne Johnson’s oeuvre up to this point may be surprised by the relatively low-key action in this film. Aside from some gunplay, a trucking accident, and the calamitous end of several mid-size sedans, this …

Fordham Law Groups Take On Trafficking Laws

February 19 – 2013 |

Though sex workers’ rights have been a focus of Leitner Center’s International Human Rights Clinic for the past five years, only recently has the conversation about those rights been extended to the larger Fordham Law community. Professor Chi Mgbako, an advocate for sex workers’ rights, hosted panels in both the fall and spring semesters to address the recent trend within …

Fundraising Through the Maze

February 19 – 2013 |

Getting a table in the cafeteria for a student group these days is like finding a paid internship: it ain’t easy. There are bake sales, candygrams, iPad raffles, and date auctions alongside BARBRI and Kaplan representatives slinging bar review courses, and it seems like every Thursday night is a different fundraiser at Lincoln Park.
But student groups rely on fundraising to …

Pro and Con: Corporate Social Responsibility

February 19 – 2013 |

PRO: Corporate Social Responsibility & TOMS: Doing Well by Doing Good 
“With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.” TOMS Shoes, created in 2006, matches every pair of shoes purchased “One for One” with a pair of new shoes given to children in need in over 50 countries …

Prof Co-Authors Study About Dictionary Use in SCOTUS Opinions

February 12 – 2013 |

The Washington Post recently featured a study that Fordham Law professor James Brudney co-authored with Lawrence Baum of Ohio State University. The study argues that Supreme Court justices increasingly use dictionary definitions to give subjective decisions an objective feel.
The justices do not consult dictionaries to discover previously unknown word meanings but rather to choose a ‘correct’ word meaning from various …

Huntington Responds to NY Times Article On Safety-Net Programs

February 12 – 2013 |

Clare Huntington recently responded to Robert Greenstein’s Letter to the Editor addressing Nicholas Kristof’s column about U.S. anti-poverty policy. Huntington conceded that Greenstein is correct that safety-net programs do in fact soften some aspects of poverty. However, Huntington believes efforts to eradicate poverty should focus on working directly with the adults in a child’s life. Unfortunately, says Huntington, doing so …

Stack Seven Turned Furniture Showroom

February 12 – 2013 |

Though the library’s seventh stack closure has prompted many students to relocate their choice study spots, the seventh stack is now the premiere furniture showroom of Fordham Law. Professor Robert Nissenbaum, Director of the Leo T. Kissam Library and a member of the new building committee, appointed a seven-person faculty committee to sample new faculty furniture for the new Fordham …

Dine and Ditch: the Lincoln Park Bar and Grille

February 12 – 2013 |

Ask any Fordham Law student, and she’ll tell you it’s easy to get lost in the culinary wonderland that is the Columbus Circle area of New York City. While behemoths like Per Se and Bar Boulud draw epicurean thrill-seekers from near and far, this hidden gem, nestled in an unsuspecting nook on 9th Avenue (now known as SoCo—South of Columbus), …

Access to Justice: A New LALSA Initiative

February 12 – 2013 |

In order to address the lack of access to information that Latino immigrants have of their rights, the Fordham Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) has developed a new initiative. Access to Justice is a community outreach education program, in which law students create and provide presentations in Spanish on issues significant to the Latino community. This semester, we hope …