Law Students for Economic Justice (LSEJ) provides a community and voice for progressive law students and focuses on organizing within the NYU School of Law environment.
- Engage law students in direct service work, policy research, and advocacy to help low- and moderate-income people escape from the oppressive force of debt.
- Organize NYU law students to participate in activities of grassroots organizations fighting for economic and social justice; and
- Organize events for law students to learn about economic and social justice issues and careers.
- Coalition for Labor Action by Workers and Students (CLAWS): In October 2018, students in LSEJ worked with NYU workers to begin to build a worker-student coalition called CLAWS. Over the past year CLAWS has developed into an organizing collective compromised of almost all the worker units on campus. CLAWS has organized around several issues: NYU’s weaponization of its Office of Equal Opportunity to fire low-wage workers, graduate student healthcare plans, and the staggered nature of contracts for different worker units.
- Economic Justice Advocacy: LSEJ regularly engages in advocacy around economic justice issues. To further enhance our economic justice advocacy, we serve as a chapter of the People’s Parity Project (PPP). The People’s Parity Project is a national non-profit organizing law students across the country to engage in legislative advocacy, public education campaigns, and grassroots student mobilization to support equal access to justice.
- Volunteering with CLARO: LSEJ partners with the Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), a limited, legal advice project for unrepresented debtor-defendants with consumer debt cases in New York City Civil Court. NYU students can sign up to volunteer at the Manhattan and Bronx civil courts to help interview defendants and issue-spot. (Time commitment is as you wish.
- Panel Discussions On Campus: Host panel discussions at NYU Law School to inform students about pressing debt-related issues in New York City and nationwide. Forthcoming panel topics include the ongoing financial repercussions following Hurricane Sandy in low-income communities.
- Skills & Competency Trainings: Sponsor student trainings on Cross-Cultural lawyering and advocacy, to prepare students for careers in community organizations, direct services and government offices.
2020 - 2021 Board Members
Myles R. McMurchy
Communications Chair: Jackson Frazier