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Morrison Memo

The Morrison Memo

The dean reflects on the role of members of the NYU Law community as "the load-bearing walls of our most vital legal institutions" working to protect the rule of law.


Students design a secure and private system for digital voting; NYU Law graduates in government serve the public; and Bryan Stevenson appears in an Academy Award–nominated documentary. 

Real Lives

The Law School has played an important part in the battle over immigration, which is about law and policy—and people.

The Game Changers

NYU Law embraces training to advise socially minded businesses in the emerging field of law and social entrepreneurship.

A Woman’s Place 

The women of NYU Law have been making history since 1892. Facing modern challenges for women in the legal profession, they won’t stop now.


NYU Law’s First Citizen 

For 56 years, Norman Dorsen played a peerless role in NYU Law's upward trajectory. At the same time, he led the way on some of the most important civil liberties work of the past half century.

Closing Statements 

From Broadway to Hollywood, Marc Platt ’82 has been a giant in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years.


The People

Patent Ability

NYU Law students spearhead a patent law workshop for scientists, engineers, physicians, and entrepreneurs. 

Out-of-the-Box Thinker

After more than two decades of service, Jeannie Forrest steps down from her role as vice dean for development and leadership initiatives.

Price of Freedom

NYU Law students, faculty, and alumni are helping to address the injustices of the bail system through charitable bail organizations. 

Pipeline for Diversity

NYU Law’s partnership with Legal Outreach aims to increase diversity in the legal profession.



Advocacy Powerhouse

The Brennan Center for Justice, founded in honor of a US Supreme Court legend, uses a multipronged approach to pursue social justice.

New Faculty

Richard Brooks, a specialist in contracts and corporate law, joins the NYU Law community. 

Five Years Out

Jeramie Scott ’12, national security counsel at EPIC, discusses his career thus far in information privacy and national security law. 

In Memoriam

Remembering Joseph Forstadt, Ciro Gamboni, Anthony Gooch, Michael Levine, Justice Rose Luttan Rubin, Kenneth Thompson, Norma Z. Paige, and George Zeitlin.

Protecting US Muslims

Johnathan Smith ’07 fights for civil rights and racial and social justice as the legal director at Muslim Advocates.

American Indian Law

ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Stephen Pevar brings his extensive work in the fields of civil rights and American Indian Law to his NYU Law seminar.

City Work

Vicki Been ’83 returns to NYU Law from serving as commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation.


Talking with Preet Bharara

At the conclusion of his tenure as US attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara joined NYU Law as a distinguished scholar in residence. 

Justice for Haiti

Beatrice Lindstrom ’10, staff attorney for the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti, advocates for victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic.

Early Legal Lessons

At the High School Law Institute, NYU Law students teach local high schoolers about the law. 

Legal Code

In a new seminar, law and engineering students solve cybersecurity challenges requiring both legal and technical know-how.

Passion for Fashion (Law)

As a partner at Hand Baldachin & Amburgey, Douglas Hand ’97 represents some of the biggest names in the fashion industry.

National Security Expertise

Lisa Monaco joined the Law School from the White House, where she was assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. 

The Firm Founder

John Walker ’93 creates a law firm that prizes diversity in the workplace, work-life balance for employees, and affordable legal fees for clients.

LGBTQ Rights

Ria Tabacco Mar ’08 has worked on significant LGBTQ rights cases for the ACLU and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. 

Society’s Helper

Chantá Parker ’06, special counsel for new initiatives at the Innocence Project, works to improve the country’s public defense systems.

Building Community

The Muslim Law Students Association promotes solidarity and understanding of Islam. 


Michael Bosworth
Sandy Williams leads admissions

Arguments & Opinions


Income Inequality

Daniel Shaviro and others at NYU Law examine extreme wealth concentration.

Redefining Ownership

As technology infiltrates practically everything we buy, Jason Schultz assesses personal property rights in the digital age.

Moving Targets

Ryan Goodman examines how the laws of targeting apply to the modern battlefield.


Unconventional Wisdom

Lily Batchelder's latest scholarship points to behavioral considerations that may upend thinking on business tax reform. 

Cheerleader Uniforms

Three NYU Law IP professors filed briefs in a US Supreme Court case closely watched by the fashion industry.

Fighting for Democracy

John Ferejohn investigates the intertwined histories of armed conflict and the expansion of democratic rights.


Chinese Labor

Cynthia Estlund examines the Communist government's response to workers' demands for reform.

Corporate Wrongdoing

The rule of law should apply to both prosecutors and corporate wrongdoers, says Jennifer Arlen '86.

Mistaken Identities

Kwame Anthony Appiah examines how we define ourselves, and one another, in the BBC's Reith Lectures.


International Rule of Law

In a new book, José Alvarez considers the question of whether an international rule of law exists.


In a new book, Barry Friedman urges public participation in determining policing policies.

Rules of the Road

Mark Geistfeld outlines a liability scheme for driverless cars.


Professorial Publications




Centered on Diversity

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor helps launch NYU Law's Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

Confronting Complexities of Race

The launch of NYU Law's Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law includes former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Technology Officers

William Bratton, on his penultimate day as New York City police commissioner, delivers an address at NYU Law on policing and accountability in the digital age.

Sanctuary Cities

An expert panel delves into the legal controversy of "sanctuary cities."

Answering the Call

Strive Masiyiwa, who founded an international telecommunications group, gives his thoughts in an NYU Law Leadership Mindset conversation.

Defending Dissent

Experts at the annual Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights symposium include Sharon K. Hom '80, executive director of Human Rights in China.

Biden on the State of the US

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the launch of NYU Law's Sidley Austin Forum in Washington, DC.

Guiding the Way to Good Governance

The Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance showcases Martin Lipton's "New Paradigm for Corporate Governance." 

Patently Eminent

Judge Pauline Newman '58 of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is honored by the NYU Annual Survey of American Law.

Navigating the Intersection

In the annual Latinxs in the Law Lecture, Iván Espinoza-Madrigal considers the intersection of Latinx and LGBTQ rights.

Finding a Reentry Way

Criminal justice reform leader Glenn Martin and former US attorney Preet Bharara share their experiences at an NYU Law conference.

A Chair’s Parting Words

In a speech at NYU Law, former US Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White reflects on her tenure and the potential future of the SEC.

Eye on National Security

NYU Law's Center on Law and Security facilitates in-depth discussions of key national security issues.

Judges Without Borders

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada and Dorit Beinisch, former president of the Supreme Court of Israel, discuss the international politics of judging.

Regarding Islam

Panelists examine Islamophobia and its consequences.

Individual Culpability

Mark Steward, director of enforcement and market oversight at the UK's Financial Conduct Authority, speaks at an NYU Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement conference.

Election Dissection

In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 presidential campaign, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow joins NYU Law experts to discuss the election's ripple effects.

Law in Battle

Former Department of Defense General Counsel Jennifer O'Connor discusses applying the law of targeting to the modern battlefield.

The Law as It Lives

The 2016-17 NYU Law Forum brings experts such as Vijaya Gadde '00, general counsel of Twitter, to the Law School for conversations on cutting-edge topics.

Cyber Equity

At an NYU Center for Cybersecurity conference, women leaders in the field of cybersecurity discuss how to close their profession's gender gap.


Shading Truth
Better Justice
Tackling Tax
Marden Victor
Talking Trade
Consider the Source
Markets and Nuances
Not Just a Number

Relevant Parties


Celebrating the Class of 2017

At Commencement and Convocation, members of the class of 2017 reflect on their NYU Law journeys. 

Kaye’s Legacy

At the Law Alumni Association Fall Conference, colleagues, students, and friends remember former New York State Chief Judge Judith Kaye ’62.

Reunion 2017

Alumni gathered at the Law School to reconnect and reminisce at a variety of receptions, class dinners, and an all-reunion dance. 


Scholars and Donors

Scholarship recipients in the class of 2017 pose for hooding photos with the donors of their scholarships.

The Post-Brexit EU

Speakers at this year’s Hauser Global Law School Program Annual Dinner examined the state of Europe after Brexit.

Family Tradition

Members of the class of 2017 pose for hooding photos with family members who are fellow NYU Law graduates.

LACA Community

At the annual LACA Spring Dinner, alumni, faculty, administrators, and students gathered to celebrate the achievements of LACA members.

Support for Students

At the Scholarship Reception, students who have received scholarships have the chance to meet the donors who support them.

Weinfeld Gala

NYU Law Trustee Sheila Birnbaum ’65, partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, was the honoree at this year’s gala.


LAA Luncheon