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The Morrison Memo

Reflecting on the past year, the dean discusses some of the progress that the Law School has made in pursuit of its strategic goals. 


Kenji Yoshino testifies for LGBTQ equality; Vicki Been ’83 takes a job as deputy mayor; 1Ls trade compliments; and Charbel Barakat ’05 wins on Jeopardy!  

Deep Roots

Now the fifth-highest ranking Democrat in the US House of Representatives, Hakeem Jeffries ’97 hasn’t forgotten where he comes from.

Vintage Modern

For NYU Law’s pioneering clinical education program—which turns 50 next year—innovation never gets old. 

Matters of Pride

NYU Law students, faculty, and alumni have been making key contributions to the LGBTQ rights movement ever since Stonewall. 

Leading Edge

As the pace of technological innovation continues to increase, Law School students are exploring how the law can catch up. 

Streaming Hollywood

As streaming services transform the entertainment business, NYU Law graduates are at the forefront of a changing Hollywood.

Closing Statements

Sara Moss ’74, vice chairman, executive vice president, and general counsel of The Estée Lauder Companies, talks about learning to lead. 


The People

New Dean of Students

Lindsay Kendrick, who joined NYU Law last November to head the Law School’s diversity and inclusion efforts, becomes dean of students. 

New Faculty: Steven Dean

The faculty director of the graduate tax program, Dean works in areas such as corporate tax, international tax, and social enterprises.

Alina Das 05 Makes a Difference

Das receives the University’s Making a Difference Award for her work protecting the rights of immigrants in the United States and at NYU. 

Clerkship Reflections

Subash Iyer ’13 looks back on his experiences clerking in three different courts, including the US Supreme Court. 

The Golden Touch

Steven Feldman ’87 is the founder of three successful companies: Gold Bullion International, Goldcrest Farm Trust Advisors, and Auvere. 

Working for Womens Rights

Emily Kenney ’14, a policy specialist on transitional justice at UN Women, documents gender-based abuses globally. 

In Memoriam

Remembering members of the NYU Law community who have passed away during the last academic year. 

Building Community

Residence services launches a community advising program to help foster connections among students and ensure their success. 

New Faculty: Emma Kaufman 

Kaufman is a criminologist whose scholarship consists of a combination of criminal, immigration, and administrative law.

The LaLSA Bond

For Latinx students on campus, the Latinx Law Students Association provides an important social and professional network. 

An Advocate for Colorado

Phil Weiser ’94, sworn in last January as the 39th attorney general of Colorado, pursues innovation and justice for the people of his state.

Bart Stichman

Service for Veterans

As executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program, Bart Stichman ’74 defends the rights of veterans.  

The Body and the State

Katie Watson ’92 draws on her background in law and bioethics in her book, Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, & Politics of Ordinary Abortion

Choose Your Own Venture

A new Law School initiative gives entrepreneurial students access to alumni mentorship and financial support. 

New Faculty: Michael Ohlrogge

Ohlrogge’s research provides statistical evidence for the ways in which legal structures influence how corporations take on risk.

The Hays Program Turns 60

Steven Shapiro, former National Legal Director of the ACLU, was the keynote speaker at the Hays Program’s 60th anniversary. 

Raising the Minimum Wage

Tsedeye Gebreselassie ’07, director of work quality at the National Employment Law Project, protects workers’ wages and rights

Bringing AI to Contract Review

Noah Waisberg ’06 is the co-founder and CEO of Kira Systems, a company that creates machine-learning software to automate contract review. 

Combating Wrongful Convictions

Radha Natarajan ’03 is revitalizing the New England Innocence Project as the organization’s executive director. 

Just the Facts

The Institute for Policy Integrity, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, brings economic sense to regulatory debates. 

65 Years of Root-Tilden-Kern

The RTK Scholarship Program provides tuition, mentoring, and other support to JD students who are committed to public interest work. 

The Making of a Media Lawyer

Ava Lubell ’13 brings her media law expertise to her role as the first general counsel and director of corporate operations at Quartz

A Billion-Dollar Dealer

Kyungchun Kim LLM ’14, a partner at Lee & Ko, uses his talent for constructing clear solutions to difficult situations to make billion-dollar deals.  

A Leader on the Bench

Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. ’72 recounts his journey from pre-civil rights era Alabama to the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

A Sweet Career

Jeff Furman ’68, former chairman of the board of Ben & Jerry’s, made a career in ice cream—flavored with a drive for social justice.

Arguments & Opinions

More Sensible Criminal Justice

Rachel Barkow argues for rational criminal justice reform based on evidence and data and overseen by institutions providing accountability. 

Dont (Just) Blame the Lawyers

With assistance from his students, Arthur R. Miller investigates complaints about the amount of money and time consumed by litigation. 

Artistic License

Amy Adler and Jeanne Fromer reveal how artists are going beyond the law to combat copyright infringement with methods such as intellectual property shaming and re-appropriation. 

Expanding the Definition of Incompetency

Bryan Stevenson successfully argues before the Supreme Court that dementia may constitute a sufficient reason to overturn a death sentence.

Why Feminism Now?

Carol Gilligan and David Richards explore the harms of patriarchy to both men and women and how feminism paves the way to resistance of many forms of oppression. 

Making Markets Bloom

Eleanor Fox ’61 examines antitrust laws and policies in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa and how cronyism, corruption, and other problems have created barriers to entry. 

Lawyers in the Lead

Anthony Thompson highlights the ubiquity of lawyers in leadership roles, considers why they’re so often unprepared to lead, and explains how to solve the dilemma. 

Impeachment Uncertainty

Bob Bauer and Deborah Malamud tackle the thorny question of impeachment in a discussion that encompasses politics, law, and the role the public plays. 

Reuniting Families Faster

Martin Guggenheim ’71 helps lead a study of child welfare cases whose findings could prompt significant changes in the traditional approach to family defense. 

A Full-Court Press for Press Freedom

Stephen Gillers ’68 exposes the Supreme Court’s longstanding neglect of the First Amendment’s press clause and suggests remedies to better protect the Fourth Estate. 

Laying Down the Law

Edward Rock, who is overseeing the American Law Institute’s forthcoming Restatement on corporate governance, explains why the time has come to take a fresh look at an evolving area of law. 


Professorial Publications


Bending Toward Justice

NYU Law faculty and visitors to the Law School discuss the issues stemming from entrenched racism. 

Examining Sexual Misconduct

In the #MeToo era, speakers at the Law School consider how to address sexual harassment and misconduct more effectively. 

Competing Ideas

The Federal Trade Commission holds a public hearing at NYU Law on competition and consumer protection laws and changing business practices. 

Look Whos Talking

At NYU Law’s Latham & Watkins Forum, thought leaders discuss an eclectic range of topics including faulty forensic science, sports gambling, Brexit, and a certain border wall. 

Past and Present Imperfect

In his inaugural chair lecture, Bryan Stevenson confronts the persistent narrative of white supremacy and enumerates the steps to change it. 

Righting Wrongs

The inaugural Kenneth P. Thompson ’92 Lecture on Race and Criminal Justice Reform focuses on internal review units in prosecutors’ offices. 

The Benefit$ of $ocial Re$pon$ibility

NYU Law’s Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance hosts a conference on the importance of environmental, social, and governance factors in investing. 

The Right and Workers Rights

Panelists at a conference co-hosted by NYU Law’s Classical Liberal Institute and the NYU Federalist Society debate labor regulations, the pros and cons of unions, and more. 

A Voice for the Powerless

NYU Law’s Annual Survey of American Law honors Marian Wright Edelman, whose advocacy for children dovetails with the struggle for racial and economic justice. 

From Lockup to Law Degree

At the launch of NYU Law’s PREP Scholarship Fund, formerly incarcerated individuals who became attorneys describe the hurdles they faced. 

A Center and a World Order Realign

The inaugural event of the Reiss Center on Law and Security assembles experts to examine disruptions to the international order and challenges for national security. 

Checks and Balances

NYU Law’s Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network holds a symposium on the implications of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to mark the law’s 10th anniversary. 

Democracy Now?

At NYU Law, scholars and officials tap into the national conversation about the uncertain state of US politics and rule of law. 

All Hands on Tech

As technology continuously evolves, experts grapple with the resulting challenges and the role the law should play in addressing those issues. 

European Exchange

NYU Law’s Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice hosts the European Parliament’s former president and Poland’s prime minister. 

Bench Pressure

Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht warns of the threats to judicial independence posed by political polarization. 


The Pros of Dissent
Circling Back
Public Service for All
Inspired to Serve
On the Basis of Sex
Cops and Cost-Benefit Analysis
Troup for Taxpayer Morale
Industrial-strength Lecture
Accolades for Alston
Civil Transitions
Mending Justice

Relevant Parties

Supporting our Students

At the annual Scholarship Reception, student scholarship recipients mingled with the donors who have made their studies possible. 

The Global Future

An NYU Law conference held in Lisbon in July featured panel discussions that considered the future of law and democracy worldwide. 

Reunion Reminiscences

NYU Law graduates of 10 classes from 1968 to 2014 and Golden Circle alumni gathered at the Law School to reconnect and reminisce. 

LACA Celebrates Women

The Law Alumni of Color Association celebrated an all-female lineup of award recipients at its 41st annual Spring Dinner. 

Law Women Honors an Advocate

Nancy Stearns ’67 received Law Women’s Alumna of the Year Award in recognition of her reproductive rights work in the 1960s and 1970s. 

Celebrating Convocation 2019

The Class of 2019 heard from Congressman Hakeem Jeffries ’97 and Ana Palacio, former Spanish minister of foreign affairs.

Party for Public Service

The Public Service Benefit featured alumni awards as well as a live auction whose proceeds funded student summer grants.  

WoCCs Woman of Distinction

The Women of Color Collective honored Alexis Hoag ’08, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund senior counsel, with the Woman of Distinction Award. 

Scholars and Donors

Scholarship recipients in the Class of 2019 pose for hooding photos with the donors of their scholarships.

Fêting Charles Klein 63

At this year’s Weinfeld Gala, Charles Klein ’63 received the Weinfeld Award in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the Law School.

OUTLaw Awardee

This year’s recipient of the OUTLaw Alumna of the Year Award was Tsion Gurmu ’15, legal director of the Black Alliance for Justice Immigration. 

Family Tradition

Members of the Class of 2019 pose for hooding photos with family members who are fellow graduates of the Law School.




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