Public Interest Law Center

Leaders in Public Interest Speaker Series


Monday, September 12
“Finding Heroes in a Small World”

Commissioner Julie Brill’85

Federal Trade Commission

Monday, September 19
“The Arab Spring: Justice and the Rule of Law in Times of Transition”

Marieke Wierda, LL.M. ’97,

Director, Criminal Justice Program, International Center for Transitional Justice

Monday, October 3
“Confronting Injustice”

Bryan Stevenson

Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative

Monday, October 10
“Celebrating Equality:  The Repeal of ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ in Military Hiring”
Aubrey Sarvis, Executive Director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

Sue Fulton

West Point Graduate and Former Army Captain

Jonathan Lee

Department of Defense

Josh Rosenkranz

Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Kenji Yoshino

NYU School of Law (Moderator)

Monday, October 17
“Arab Culture and Islam: Challenges in Diversity Education”

Debbie Almontaser

Founding Principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy

Monday, November 7
“The Federal Role in Enforcing and Defending the Nation’s Environment and Natural Resources Laws”

Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno ’90

U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division

Monday, November 14,
"Advocating for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence Locally and Globally,”

Dorchen Leidholdt ‘88

Director of Sanctuary’s Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services

Monday, January 23
The Guarini Lecture

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries '97

New York State Assembly 

Monday, January
“Is Social Justice Best Promoted by Being a Prosecutor or Public Defender?”

Robin Steinberg ’82
Daniel Alonso ‘90

Chief Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Professor Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office

Anne Milgram ’96

Former Attorney General of New Jersey

Erin Murphy

NYU School of Law

Monday, February 6
“Building Worker Power on the Job and in the Community: Labor Law as Public Interest Law”

Matthew J. Ginsburg ’05

Associate General Counsel, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)

Monday, February 27
“Litigating Civil Rights Impact Cases in the 21st Century”

David Hinojosa

Regional Counsel for Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Monday, March 5

Joette Katz

Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Connecticut, Hartford, CT

Monday, March 19
“Scholarship in the Public Interest”

Jose Alvarez

Herbert and Rose Rubin Professor of International Law, NYU School of Law

Randy Hertz

NYU Law School

Marne Lenox '11


Monday, September 13

Diana DeGette '82

United States House of Representatives (D-CO)

The Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Interest Lecture
Monday, September 20

Martha Coakley

Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Monday, October 4

Sally Kohn '02

Chief Education Officer, Movement Vision Lab, New York

Monday, October 11

Professor Bryan Stevenson

New York University School of Law
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, Alabama

Monday, October 18

Chris Lamb '86

Executive Director, MFY Legal Services, New York, NY

Monday, October 25

Gail Johnson

U.S. Department of Justice, Torts Branch, Civil Division, Washington, D.C.

Monday, November 1

Anthony Romero

Executive Director, ACLU, New York, NY

Monday, November 8

Lourdes Rosado '95

Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia

Monday, January 24

Neil Barofksy '95

Special Inspector General, TARP, Washington, D.C.

Monday, January 31

Robin Steinberg '82

Bronx Defenders

Nigel Farinha '92

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Tony Barkow

Center on the Administration of Criminal Law

Monday, February 7

Alan Houseman '68

Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Policy, New York, NY

Monday, February 28

Rose Gasner,

New York City Department of Health

Hayley Gorenberg '92,

Lambda Legal, New York, NY

Monday, March 7

Judge Amul Thaper 

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

Monday, March 21

Professor Cristina Rodriguez,

NYU School of Law 

Professor Randy Hertz,

NYU School of Law

Laura Abel

Brennan Center for Justice

Marne Lenox '11


The Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Interest Lecture
Monday, September 14

Andrew Cuomo

New York State Attorney General

Monday, September 21

Professor Bryan Stevenson

New York University School of Law
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, Alabama

Monday, October 5

Rachel Meeropol ’02

Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, NY

Monday, October 12

Judge Nancy Gertner,

U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

John Reinstein

ACLU of Massachusetts

Monday, October 26

Gail Johnson

Senior Trial Counsel, Torts Branch, Civil Division, U. S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

Monday, November 2

Vivek Maru

Timap for Justice, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Monday, November 9

Jennifer Cunningham ’91

KnickerbockerSKD, New York, NY

Monday, November 16

Lauren Shapiro

Brooklyn Family Defense Project

Kevin Ryan

Covenant House

Judy Waksberg

Legal Aid Society

Professor Marty Guggenheim

NYU School of Law

Public Interest Forum
Monday, January 11

Debo Adegbile ’94

Litigation Director, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, New York, NY

Monday, January 25

Diane Thompson ’94

National Consumer’s Law Center, Boston, MA

Monday, February 1

Derwyn Bunton ’98

Orleans Public Defenders Office, New Orleans, LA

Monday, February 22

Deborah Axt

Make the Road,

Michael Rothenberg ’91

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest,

Amy Sugimori ’99

La Fuente

Monday, March 1

Bruce Cohen

Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, D.C.

Monday, March 8

Kaoru Okuizumi ’95

UN Peacekeeping Department, New York, NY

Monday, March 22

Professor Rachel Barkow

NYU School of Law

Professor Randy Hertz

NYU School of Law

Julie Ehrlich ’08

former ACLU fellow


September 8, 2008
The Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Interest Lecture

Anne Milgram ’96

New Jersey Attorney General

September 15, 2008

Jim Marston ’78

Regional Director, Environmental Defense Fund, Austin, TX

September 22, 2008

Professor Bryan Stevenson

New York University School of Law
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative, Montgomery, AL

October 6, 2008

Geri Palast ’76

Executive Director, Campaign for Fiscal Equity, New York, NY

October 20, 2008

Michael Cardozo

Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department, New York, NY

October 27, 2008

David Raff ’70

Managing Partner, Raff & Becker LLP, New York, NY

November 17, 2008

Spencer Boyer ’95

Director, International Law and Diplomacy, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.

January 12, 2009
Public Interest Forum

Jonathan Leibowitz ’84

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 

January 26, 2009

Robin Steinberg ’82

Founder and Executive Director, Bronx Defenders, Bronx, NY

February 2, 2009

Joanne Lin ’97

Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington, D.C.

Gregory Chen ’97

Director for Legislative Affairs, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Washington, D.C. 

February 9, 2009
The Bickel & Brewer Latinos and the Law Lecture

John Trasviña

President, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, Los Angeles, CA

February 23, 2009

Fred von Lohmann

Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, CA

March 2, 2009

Professor Sam Rascoff

NYU School of Law

Ben Wizner ’00

Staff Attorney, ACLU, New York, NY

Marshall Miller

Office of the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of New York

March 9, 2009

Luisa Cabal

Director, International Program, Center for Reproductive Rights, New York, NY

March 23, 2009

Professor Lily Batchelder, Professor Randy Hertz, NYU School of Law
Julie Ehrlich ’08


September 24, 2007
Melvyn and Barbara Weiss Public Interest Forum

Lisa Kung ’97

Director, Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA

October 1, 2007

Joel Klein

Chancellor , New York City Department of Education, New York, NY

October 8, 2007

Lynn Kelly ’82

Executive Director, MFY Legal Services, New York, NY

October 15, 2007

Professor Bryan Stevenson

New York University School of Law
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, Montgomery, Alabama

October 22, 2007

Cary La Cheen ’88

Senior Attorney, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, New York, NY

October 29, 2007

Jonathan Abady ’90

Partner, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady, New York, NY

November 12, 2007

Jonathan Cohen

Project Director, Law and Health Initiative, OSI Public Health Programs, New York, NY

November 19, 2007

David Udell ’82

Director, Justice Program, Brennan Center at NYU School of Law, New York, NY

January 14, 2008
The Attorney General Robert Abrams Public Interest Lecture

U.S. Senator Ken Salazar

State of Colorado

January 28, 2008

Robin Steinberg ’82

Founder and Executive Director, Bronx Defenders, Bronx, NY

February 11, 2008

Sarah Ludwig ’92

Executive Director, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, New York, NY

February 25, 2008

Jimmy Yan ’97

General Counsel, Office of Manhattan Borough President, New York, NY

Suzanne Demitrio

U.S. Department of Labor, New York, NY

March 3, 2008

Ivy Lee ’98

Director, Anti-Trafficking and Immigrant Rights Project, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, San Francisco, CA

March 10, 2008
Lori Wallach
Director, Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, Washington, D.C.

March 24, 2008, 2008

Professor Randy Hertz, Professor Lilly Batchelder,


Laura Abel

Brennan Center,
NYU School of Law, New York, NY

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