So let me be the first to say: my party fucked up. Royally. We’ve made a mockery of this election; we’ve made a mockery of this country. We have paraded a racist, bigoted, womanizing Oompa Loompa in front of televisions and newspaper reporters worldwide and we have said, “Look world: this is who we are and this is what we have become.”
But this is not who I am.
Last Thursday, October 27, Fall Ball, the annual New York University School of Law student costume party, went off without a hitch, with more students attending than ever before. Held off-campus for the first time, over 1,300 law students and their guests made the trek to Terminal 5, a multi-level concert hall in Midtown Manhattan, filling two levels of the trendy venue to capacity.
A team of NYU Law students are heading down to #GetOuttheVOTE in Charlotte, North Carolina from November 5th to November 8th. Due to generous donations, mostly from NYU faculty and friends, we now have funds in place to cover the airfare, housing, and on-the-ground transportation of at least 20 students who want to go to North Carolina.
Americans with disabilities comprise about 22 percent of the non-institutionalized population and 30-40 percent of people who are incarcerated. Disability is pervasive, yet all too often, it is forgotten in decision making by policymakers, professors, and peers.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, NYC-based organization Sakhi for South Asian Women hosted “Our Bodies, Our Stories,” a night of feminist poetry and performance bringing awareness to violence against women. Sakhi, Hindi for “woman friend,” united performers to illuminate both individual female experiences and the wider feminine narrative with a focus on the voices of women of color and women silenced by domestic violence.
When law students moved into the dorms at 240 Mercer Street this August, their new home had a new name: Hayden Hall. The residence, which was once simply “Mercer”, received a rebranding along with a remodel this summer.
Last week, the Student Bar Association (SBA) and the Office of Student Affairs announced several additional changes to the Fall Ball Policy Memo for this year, in addition to moving the event to an off-campus venue.
As many public interest 3Ls interview for post-graduate opportunities and 2Ls interview for internships, there may be one thing we are forgetting: the glass ceiling.
Two weeks ago, the LLM Class of 2017 set sail on the Spirit of New York for a formal cruise. Hundreds of students from dozens of countries boarded to dance, drink, and talk the afternoon away in one of the highlights of the LLM program so far. The Office of Graduate Affairs is to be thanked for organizing this.
New York is one of only two states that continue to prosecute youth over 15 as adults, regardless of the severity of the crime. Holding children liable as adults is likely to increase recidivism among teens, puts them in great risk of physical and mental harm, and it is a practice that goes against what we know about the developing teenage brain.