The Women’s Rights Coalition of New York Law School

By Elizabeth K. Friedrich

In spring 2017, a group of New York Law School students called the Women’s Rights Coalition (“WRC”) held an event on reproductive health care for women in New York State. The event discussed issues women face when accessing reproductive health care. Some topics included: current regulations and legislation, defunding of Planned Parenthood, New York City hospital closures and mergers, and the barriers low-income communities face to accessing reproductive health care. More broadly, the panel discussed how <Read More>

The FBI Hair Analysis Scandal

By Natasha Vedananda

An unfortunate reality of our criminal justice system is that sometimes, evidence presented as both scientific and reliable turns out to be neither. Sadly, the weight of this poor evidence skews against the criminal defendant and is extremely difficult to overcome on appeal. Thus substandard quasi-scientific data may lead to a loss of liberty or life, an indefensible imbalance of the scales of justice. Recent years have hosted shocking discoveries about the unreliability of microscopic hair comparison evidence <Read More>

Remembering Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam

By Jane Rosales, Impact Center Fellow & NYLS ’17

Over a year ago, Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam spoke at the Impact Center for Public Interest Law’s annual symposium on civil rights and access to justice. On the panel titled “Access to Justice for Vulnerable Populations” moderated by Impact Center Policy Director Andrew Scherer, Judge Abdus-Salaam discussed that as a judge, one must be sensitive to those issues of vulnerable populations.  Judge Abdus-Salaam said that “there’s no greater priority for the judiciary than <Read More>

The Trump Presidency and the Muslim Community: Charting a Path Forward

By Sarah Schmidt

With all the changes in immigration and refugee policy initiated by the administration of President Donald Trump, we would like to share the prescient comments and the forward-looking wisdom shared by the panelists at the Impact Center’s November 10, 2016 event, “The Presidential Election and the Muslim Community: Charting a Path Forward.” The four panelists were Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Debbie Almontaser, President, Board of Directors, Muslim Community Network; Kayla Santosuosso, Deputy Director, Arab American <Read More>

Transgender Bathroom Rights: The Supreme Court and the Trump Administration

By Eleanor Spencer

Following Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017, many Americans are looking closely to see how the incoming administration will handle various important issues that are facing this country. One of these issues concerns discrimination against transgender individuals, specifically in regard to access to the bathroom that conforms to their gender identity.

On October 28, 2016, the Supreme Court added to its docket Gloucester County School Board v. GG, a case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) <Read More>