Center for Social Justice Initiatives

The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) released a report, Discharge, Deportation, and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation, documenting an alarming number of cases in which U.S. hospitals have forcibly repatriated vulnerable undocumented patients, who are ineligible for public insurance as a result of their immigration status, in an effort to cut costs.

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Amicus Brief, Supreme Court Hearing

Center for Social Justice advocates for borrowers facing foreclosure

Center for Social Justice professors and Civil Litigation Clinic students filed an amicus brief in a case that was recently argued in the New Jersey Supreme Court. This case focuses on several procedural issues whose resolution will affect over a hundred thousand New Jersey foreclosures. Pictured, from left: Professor Linda Fisher, Michelle O’Brien '12, German Rozencranc '12 and Practitioner in Residence, Kyle Rosenkrans.Read more.


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Medical Repatriation

Professor Lori Nessel comments on deportation of Polish man

ABC News interviews Professor Lori Nessel, Director of the Center for Social Justice, regarding the bizarre case of a Polish man who suffered a stroke in an NJ hospital and was deported to Poland while he was still unconscious. The practice, called "medical repatriation,"...occurs in a vulnerable population, at their most vulnerable moment. It's very difficult for a person, or family members, to find out their legal rights," she says. Read the full story.


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Featured in multiple news outlets and AP video on medical repatriation

Professor Lori A. Nessel, Director of the Center for Social Justice, and co-author of a report entitled “Discharge, Deportation, and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation,” recently appeared in numerous articles and on television, radio, and web-based programs to discuss her work. Read more.


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Professor Barbara Moses

Named President of New York County Lawyers' Association

Featured in the New York Law Journal, Professor Barbara Moses, Director of Seton Hall Law’s Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic, was named President of the New York County Lawyers' Association (NYCLA), one of the largest bar groups in the United States. Read more.


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Report on Medical Repatriation Featured in Media Across the Country

The Center for Social Justice report, "Discharge, Deportation, and Dangerous Journeys: A Study on the Practice of Medical Repatriation,” was featured everywhere from the Washington Post and the DesMoines Register, Associated Press, and UPI Newswire to the Colbert Report HuffPost Live, AoL Health, Latino Post and Univision’s Noticias. Read More.


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CSJ on Grand Ravine Massacre

In the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Anchorage Daily, et al.

The Center for Social Justice was featured in an Associated Press story on its work to bring justice to the victims of the Grand Ravine Massacre in Haiti. The article ran in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Miami Herald, Anchorage Daily, Kansas City Star, and points in between. Read more.


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The Best of Two Worlds

New skills-based course brings students to Guatemala

A new course, Transnational Lawyering Skills: The Rule of Law in Guatemala, combines classes at Seton Hall Law with a study abroad component. Application deadline is April 5. Read more and apply today.


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Guatemala Rule of Law

Center for Social Justice launches new program

As part of an inaugural trip over fall break, CSJ Director Professor Lori Nessel, and CSJ Clinical Teaching Fellow Rachel Lopez, led a delegation of six Seton Hall Law students to study and support the development of the rule of law in Guatemala. Read more.


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Guatemala Rule of Law

CSJ professors and students travel to Guatemala for fact-finding mission on current human rights violations

Jason Stern ’13: “We, aspiring lawyers, must accurately weave together personal stories, history and the law in order to pursue justice and the truth.” Read more.


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Professor Barbara Moses

On EBRU TV on Video Recording of Police

Professor Barbara Moses, appeared on EBRU TV, broadcast to 11 million people worldwide, in a feature interview regarding the right to video record police officers. Read more.


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Reaches Settlement with Gov’t for ‘ICE Raids’

The Center for Social Justice has reached a settlement with the government in the ‘ICE Raids case.’ The settlement was featured in the Star Ledger, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, AP, Univision (web and TV), Fox News Latino and Telemundo.


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Center for Social Justice

Issues Report on Medical Repatriation

The Center for Social Justice and New York Lawyers for Public Interest have released a report documenting hundreds of cases of coerced medical repatriation of undocumented immigrants by U.S. Hospitals.


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National BLSA Honors Judge Michael A. Shipp ‘94

"Enhancing the Dream," conference theme, reflect Judge Shipp's life and career

Seton Hall Law hosted the national meeting of the Black Law Students Association and recognized the life and accomplishments of Judge Shipp, who was appointed in July by President Obama to serve on the federal bench. Read more


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Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon

On Citizens United on EBRU Today TV

Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon appeared on Ebru Today TV, broadcast to 11 million people worldwide, in a feature interview regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. Read more.


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CSJ Settles Lawsuit

Featured in the Star-Ledger and on WCBS 88 and 1010 WINS Radio

CSJ, working with the ACLU, reached a settlement with the City of Newark on behalf of Khalia Fitchette, the high school student who was illegally detained by police for using her cell phone to record an incident on a public bus in 2010. Learn more.


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Haiti Rule of Law

Application deadline Nov. 30

During Spring break (March 3 to 7, 2013), a delegation of Seton Hall Law professors and students will visit L’Ecole Superieure Catholique de Droit de Jérémie (E.S.C.D.R.O.J.), our sister law school in Jérémie. Seton Hall Law strengthened its commitment to supporting the Rule of Law in Haiti by initiating a new Prison Conditions Project in Jérémie. Students are invited to apply by November 30, 2012. Learn more about the project, application requirements & costs.


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CSJ Victory

Students win asylum case for Nigerian man

Students in the Immigrants’ Rights / International Human Rights Clinic won an important victory in immigration court, successfully representing a detained asylum applicant, earning him the right to make his home in the United States.


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Professor Lori Nessel and Margaret Martin in the Immigrant Detention Conference

The Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice co-hosted a day-long conference on March 23, 2012.


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Faculty in the News

Professor Lori Nessel On PBS' Due Process on Immigration Reform

Prof. Nessel, appeared on PBS’ Due Process regarding immigration reform and the recent announcement of President Obama that the U.S. would exercise proscecutorial discretion to no longer move to deport undocumented immigrants... Read more.


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Faculty in the News

Featured on Ebru Today TV on Immigration Law

Clinical Teaching Fellow, Rachel Lopez, appeared on Ebru Today TV, broadcast to 11 million people worldwide, in a feature interview regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Arizona immigration law. Read more.


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Verizon Public Interest Fellowship Program

Alliance addresses prevention of domestic violence

A roundtable discussion, “Legal Intervention to Stop the Cycle of Domestic Violence,” held this summer, was an integral part of an innovative project funded by the Verizon Foundation which supports domestic violence prevention. Read more.


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Guatemala Rule of Law

October 7 to 12, application deadline, September 4

Seton Hall Law launches a Rule of Law Program in Guatemala, for which law students will travel to Guatemala from October 7 to 12 during the Fall break. The program’s goals are to expose students to issues involving access to justice in a country that faces great challenges, and to identify ways that the Center for Social Justice can support the development of the rule of law in Guatemala. Read more about the program and apply today.


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Faculty in the News

Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon featured in The Record on Immigration Law

Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon appeared in a feature Op-ed in The Record regarding the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona v. United States. Read more.


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Faculty in the News

Professor Nessel In the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Gothamist & Star Ledger

Professor Lori Nessel appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Star Ledger and the Gothamist regarding immigration issues. Read more.


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Focus on Faculty

Prof. Barbara Moses, Visiting Clinical Professor Civil Rights & Constitutional Litigation Clinic

As a clinical professor in the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice, Professor Moses combines a lifetime of complex litigation experience and teaching to offer students the opportunity to learn effective lawyering, hands-on. Read more.


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Center for Social Justice

ACLU-NJ's 2012 Legal Leadership Award Winners

In a moving tribute, Jeanne LoCicero, NJ-ACLU Deputy Legal Director, presented this prestigious award to the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice. "The Center for Social Justice teaches their students to assist the most vulnerable in society, those whose voices are ignored and whose rights are disregarded. The Center for Social Justice teaches them – and reminds all of us – to uphold our democratic ideals and fulfill the promise of justice for all." Read the full speech.


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Immigrant Detainee Conference

Center for Social Justice partners with regional law schools

Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice (CSJ) professors and students will co-present a day-long forum, "Immigrant Detainees: Alone, Unrepresented & Imprisoned," at Rutgers School of Law-Newark on March 23. The Honorable Michael A. Chagares '87 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will serve as a panelist, and Lori Nessel, CSJ Director, will moderate a panel discussion. Read more about this and other Seton Hall Law events.


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Reaches Settlement in Jail Conditions Case, Featured in the New Jersey Law Journal, the Star Ledger and The Record

Described as a “huge victory,” the Center for Social Justice along with the ACLU and attorneys from Dechert LLP came to a settlement in their class action suit on behalf of inmates of the Passaic County Jail, where conditions were so deplorable as to cause a federal judge to label them “shameful” and order the removal of federal prisoners. Read more.


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Center for Social Justice Clinics

Applications for Clinic Students due March 1

There's no better way to gain legal experience while making a difference in the lives of others than to participate in the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice. Applications for the clinics, and for the CSJ Scholars, will be accepted through Thursday, March 1. Read more and apply today.


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Reaches Historic Settlement in Newark Public Schools Special Education Case, Featured in Star Ledger

The Center for Social Justice, along with co-counsel, the Education Law Center and the Gibbons Fellowship in Public Interest and Constitutional Litigation, settled a historic class-action lawsuit against Newark Public Schools and the State of New Jersey, resolving claims that the District and State had failed in its obligations to appropriately locate, evaluate, and educate children with disabilities. Read more


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CSJ Scholars

A special opportunity to focus on international human rights, urban revitalization

Each year, the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice (CSJ) selects two outstanding students from the first-year class who demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and who are planning public interest careers. This year's CSJ Scholars are Brian Jacek '13 (left) and William C. Snowden '13 (right). Read more.


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Empowering Victims of Domestic Violence

This summer, six Seton Hall University School of Law students are able to apply their passion for public interest while gaining expertise in representing victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Public Interest Fellowship Program. Learn more.


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Chamonix Winter Intersession Program

Apply today to join us in Chamonix, France

The Chamonix-Geneva Program in International Human Rights Law runs from December 27, 2011 through January 7, 2012. The registration deadline has been extended to October 15. Learn more and apply today!


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Hosts youth ambassadors from Haiti visiting Seton Hall Law as part of inaugural trip to the U.S.

Haiti Rule of Law and the Center for Social Justice hosted the first-ever delegation of Haitian High School students, who were brought to the U.S through the Youth Ambassador Program sponsored by the United States Department of State. Read more.


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Zahra Bazmjow '10 will advocate for victims of domestic violence

Zahra Bazmjow was named the Seton Hall Law Verizon Public Interest Postgraduate Fellow for 2011-12, a program founded to provide free legal services to low-income victims of domestic violence and create a cadre of knowledgeable and experienced lawyers dedicated to helping those affected by domestic abuse. Read more.


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CSJ Wins Again

Covered by the Star Ledger and The New Jersey Law Journal

The Center for Social Justice, in conjunction with ACLU-NJ, has won its latest round in its suit against the City of Newark and the Newark Police Department for free speech violations. Read More.


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Verizon Public Interest Fellowship

Welcoming the 2011 Fellows

Seton Hall Law celebrates its second Verizon Foundation grant in support of its 2011 Verizon Public Interest Summer Fellows at a breakfast and domestic violence legal training program held on June 1. Read more.


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Report Cited by Assemblywoman as “Inspiration” for New Legislation to Protect Workers

Citing the Seton Hall Law Report, All Work and No Pay: Day Laborers, Wage Theft, and Workplace Justice in New Jersey, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-Union, has sponsored legislation to protect workers. Read more.


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CSJ Report

On Day Laborer Wage Theft Featured in the New York Times and…

...The Huffington Post, Forbes, BusinessWeek, CNBC, MSNBC, Star Ledger, The Record, Asbury Park Press, Daily Record, Home News & Tribune, El Diario, Nowy Dziennik (Polish), Univision TV & Radio. Read more.


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Winter Intersession

Courses held everywhere from Newark to Zanzibar

This winter Seton Hall Law students have their pick of a broad, varied curriculum: from International Law to practical advocacy skills to environmental law issues in the Gulf of Mexico, Winter Intersession is happening at home and around the world. Read more.


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Celebrating Diversity

Third Annual Leadership Dinner, April 14

The New Jersey Legal Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP) and the Seton Hall Law Diversity Council hosts, Diversity in the Legal Profession, Diversity in Leadership III on Thursday, April 14. The Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, is among the honorees. Read more about this and other Seton Hall Law events.


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Clinical Programs Now Accepting Enrollment for 2011-12

Through the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice clinics, students assume primary responsibility for cases, working in state and federal trial and appellate courts ranging from family law to housing to education policy reform and international human rights. The clinics are open for enrollment through March 24. Learn more about the Center Social Justice clinics.


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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

VITA Offers Free Tax Prep for the Community

Once again this year IRS Certified Seton Hall Law volunteers offer free tax return preparation—in both English and Spanish—here on campus through its VITA program. Read more to find out about dates and times and eligibility.


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A Dispatch from GTMO: Day Two

Seton Hall Law student observes a hearing at GTMO

Kelli Stout ’11, a Fellow in the Center for Policy and Research, is visiting Guantánamo Bay Military Base with observer status, as a representative of Seton Hall Law, to observe military commissions, the tribunals established to try detainees for war crimes. In this second dispatch, Kelli describes the hearing at which GTMO detainee, Noor Uthman Mohamed, pleads guilty. Read more.


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A Dispatch from GTMO: Day One

Kelli Stout '11 observes military tribunals and reports back

Kelli Stout ’11, a Fellow in the Center for Policy and Research, is visiting Guantánamo Bay Military Base with observer status, as a representative of Seton Hall Law, to observe military commissions, the tribunals established to try detainees for war crimes. This is the first of her dispatches. Read more.


CSJ releases new report, All Work and No Pay: Day Laborers, Wage Theft, and Workplace Justice in New Jersey

CSJ Issues Report

Shows Immigrant Day Laborers Subject to Widespread Wage Theft and Abuse Across New Jersey

Seton Hall Law School’s Center for Social Justice has issued a report, All Work and No Pay: Day Laborers, Wage Theft, and Workplace Justice in New Jersey, which reveals 48% of Immigrant Day Laborers in New Jersey were not paid; 94% were not paid overtime when due; 43% never given safety equipment; 26% seriously injured at work; and 26% assaulted by their employer. Read more.


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Pro Bono Service Program

Students volunteer to provide the underprivileged with legal help through the Pro Bono Service Program at the Center for Social Justice.

More than 100 Seton Hall Law students donate their time to assist the less fortunate in areas such as criminal justice, mental health, community development, and tax preparation through the law school’s Pro Bono Service Program, directed by Professor Philip Ross (pictured). These programs enable students to build both their skills and their professional networks. Read more.


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CSJ Suit Against N.J.

For Unconstitutional Denial of Immigrant Medicaid Rights

Featured in the Wall Street Journal, Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, The Record, The Daily Record, The Courier Post, Home News & Tribune, The Jersey Journal, MSNBC, PolitickerNJ, Newsday, Immigration Prof Blog and other media throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Read More.


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CSJ Files Suit Against the State of New Jersey

For Constitutional Violations in Denying Immigrant Parents Access to State-Funded Medicaid

Seton Hall’s Center for Social Justice and Gibbons, P.C., filed a class action suit against New Jersey for violating permanent residents' equal protection rights under the United States and New Jersey Constitutions. CSJ’s Professors Baher Azmy and Jenny-Brooke Condon, Clinical Teaching Fellow Rachel Lopez, and students Lynn Lee ’11 and Danielle Alvarez ‘11 are on the case. Read more.


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Center for Social Justice Report on Day Laborer Wage Theft & Abuse

Featured in the New York Times, NJ Law Journal, The Record, Star Ledger, WOR Fox TV News, Univision TV News, NJN 12 News, WPLJ Radio, Comunidade News, Immigration Law Prof Blog...

CSJ’s recent report, “Ironbound Underground: Wage Theft & Workplace Violations Among Day Laborers in Newark’s East Ward,” showed widespread abuse and received extensive media attention. Learn more.


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CSJ Scholars

Named for 2010-11 academic year

The Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice (CSJ) announced its Scholars for the 2010-11 academic year: Kimberly Krone '12 for the CSJ International Human Rights/Rule of Law Initiative, and Sebastián Sánchez '12 for the CSJ Urban Revitalization Initiative. Read more.


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CSJ Issues Report

Shows Immigrant Day Laborers Subjected to Workplace Abuse

The Center for Social Justice has issued a report, “Ironbound Underground: Wage Theft & Workplace Violations in Newark’s East Ward,” which reveals that 96% of local immigrant day laborers have been victims of wage theft, 27% were assaulted by an employer, 80% are regularly not given safety equipment, and 20% were hurt on the job. Read more.


CSJ Wins

Personal Jurisdiction Case Before the New Jersey Appellate Division, Featured in the National Law Journal

Center for Social Justice Clinical Teaching Fellow Leena Khandwala along with Professor Linda Fisher and clinic students Brienne Henderson ’10 and Matt Ingles ’10 won an important decision regarding personal jurisdiction and malpractice liability on behalf of a New Jersey couple. Read more.