Perspectives: Let Our Diversity Define Us – The New America

According to the 2010 Census, ‘minorities’ in the United States now represent more than half of the US population under the age of 1.  Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans are on track to become the majority of this country’s population by 2050, they currently make up 37 % of the US population.  Yet 95% of the US Senate is white, as is 81% of the House of Representatives.  Our…

May 31, 2013

New York’s Pro Bono Requirement: Impetus to Incorporating a Social Justice Curriculum in the First Year of Law School

— Martin Luther King, Jr. , 18th April, 1959 Last year, in 2012, Chief Judge Lippman announced a new pro bono requirement for all applicants seeking admission to the New York State Bar to perform 50 hours of legal services under the supervision of an attorney.  Pro bono service is defined generally as any law-related activity performed for low income or disadvantaged individuals.  This new requirement was intended to address…

May 15, 2013

Gideon’s Promise Includes Right to Fair Trial

Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court decided in Gideon v. Wainwright that a criminal indigent client has a right to counsel in state criminal proceedings.  The underlying basis for the counsel is to prepare a proper defense. The court reasons: From the very beginning, our state and national constitutions and laws have laid great emphasis on procedural and substantive safeguards designed to assure fair trials before impartial tribunals in which…

April 8, 2013