Professor Lori Nessel in the Atlantic on Haiti and the Rule of Law
A feature story describes the challenge to foster and sustain the justice system in Haiti, and how law school ESDROJ is making a difference
Professor Lori Nessel, who directs Seton Hall Law's Haiti Rule of Law Project, spoke of her support for ESDROJ, Seton Hall Law's sister law school in Jérémie: "The school is fulfilling its initial mission to create lawyers . . . who will go on to change the system there." She is pictured, left, after speaking at the ESDROJ commencement in 2010. Read the Atlanticarticle >>
Rejecting the Torturers’ Promise: CSJ Files Amici Brief in Fourth Circuit on Behalf of 30 Human Rights Scholars
Amici argue that the Convention Against Torture Prohibits the removal of individuals to third-countries based upon diplomatic assurances that the receiving country will not torture.
Center for Social Justice Clinic Students Thomas Lehman ’15 and Christine Le ’15 filed a amici curiae brief in the Fourth Circuit arguing that three Rwandan nationals must have an opportunity to challenge diplomatic assurances purporting to justify their removal to a country where they have already been tortured, and where they claim (and an immigration judge has previously agreed) they will be tortured again. Full story >>
Reflecting on the Juvenile Justice Clinic
“Our client went home with his family and was able to continue his education...This was a victory to celebrate.”
Hayden Watkins ’15 (pictured, right) tells the story of how she and her clinic partner, Fatime Meka ’15 (pictured, left), took on a challenging case of a teenage boy charged with assault. Under the guidance of Professor Philip Ross in the Center for Social Justice, Watkins and Meka conducted interviews, prepared arguments and presented before a judge in Essex County Family Court. Read the full story >>
Professor Lori Nessel on Medical Repatriation
“It is very hard to track down actual cases. By definition they tend to happen quickly and without government oversight.”
Professor Lori Nessel, Director of the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice, talks about the practice of medical repatriation, in which hospitals deport uninsured immigrants with serious health conditions, rather than provide treatment, as a cost-saving measure. The practice affects more than just recent immigrants: "There was a case of a Polish woman who had been here 30 or 40 years...sometimes people don’t even speak the language of their country of birth." Read the full story in the Boulder Weekly >>
Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon: Op-Ed in The Record
Op-ed is entitled, "The Senate Torture Report: the revealing of illegal secrets"
Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon '03 writes on the sustained and extreme effort with which the CIA withheld information about the agency's treatment of prisoners after the attacks of September 11, 2011. She calls the Senate Report on CIA interrogation practices "a public record of unmistakable illegality and agency incompetence." Read the op-ed >>
Matthew Feinstein '09 Takes the Helm of NJ LEEP
Feinstein has had the privilege of seeing students grow from the time they were high school freshmen to becoming juniors at Georgetown, Princeton, and Bowdoin.
As founding student leader of the Urban Education Law and Policy Initiative at Seton Hall Law, Matt Feinstein has always been dedicated to improving secondary education for underserved populations. Today he leads the New Jersey Law and Empowerment Project, which has achieved a 100% college acceptance rate for participating high school students in the surrounding area. Read more >>
#SHLSuccessStories: Joshua Wirtshafter '14
Most impactful professor: "As a Research Fellow in the Center for Policy & Research, I had the opportunity to work with Professor Mark Denbeaux on various human rights projects regarding the detainees, conditions and policies governing Guantánamo Bay."
Our series, #SHLSuccessStories, highlights members of the Class of 2014 and their Seton Hall Law experiences. Joshua Wirtshafter attended Franklin & Marshall College as an undergrad and counts his work in the Center for Policy & Research, led by Professor Mark Denbeaux, among his most valuable experiences at Seton Hall Law. Read more >>
Practice, Practice Practice
Clinic students learn the value of collaboration and hard work in argument before the Ninth Circuit
Under the supervision of Professor Barbara Moses, Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice clinic students Tyler Sims ’15 and Brian Spadora ‘15 argued a case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Phoenix. Professor Moses on the importance of preparation: “There is no substitute for submitting yourself over and over again to hostile questioning...” Read more >>
#SHLSuccessStories: Karen Leve '14
". . . with the support of my clinical professor, Professor Kevin Kelly, my court room work ended up being the highlight of my law school career and solidified my desire to practice as a trial attorney."
#SHLSuccessStories spotlights members of the Class of 2014 and their Seton Hall Law experiences. Karen Leve studied at McGill University in Montreal as an undergraduate. Her experience in the Center for Social Justice Family Law Clinic led her to her current clerkship with the Presiding Judge in Family Court in Essex County, New Jersey. Read more >>
In the Media: Professor Jessica Miles
Professor Miles in Time: "The NFL showed zero understanding of domestic violence. It’s like they didn’t even Google it."
Professor Jessica Miles of the Family Law Clinic in the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice, spoke to the media regarding the domestic violence case against NFL player Ray Rice, addressing all aspects from the NFL's initial nominal response to proposed New Jersey legislation to protect future victims. Read more >>
#SHLSuccessStories: Clais Daniels-Edwards
"Professors Bernard Freamon and Rachel Godsil . . . are not only brilliant, but they are approachable and really care about the success of their students."
#SHLSuccessStories spotlights members of the Class of 2014 and their Seton Hall Law experiences. Clais Daniels-Edwards '14 attended UC-Riverside as an undergrad, came to Seton Hall Law in New Jersey and is now in the Miami-Dade Office of the Public Defender in Florida. Read more >>
2014-15 Center for Social Justice Scholars
Sergio Suarez '16 will work with the Urban Revitalization Initiative; Christopher Cochran '16 will work with the International Human Rights/Rule of Law Initiative
Sergio Suarez '16 (pictured, left) and Christopher Cochran '16 (pictured, right), are this year's CSJ Scholars, selected for their dedication to public interest law. Suarez, a native of Newark, said, "It is hard to put into words the incredible pride I feel in attending law school in my hometown. I’m in a unique position to help those in my community.” Read more >>
Professor Farrin Anello on the front page of the Star-Ledger
Increased immigration rates of children raises wrenching questions about safety, human rights and enforcement agencies' response
The Star-Ledger asked Professor Farrin Anello to discuss the implications of a new bill passed in the House addressing the 30,000 children who, since January alone, have entered the U.S. illegally. Read more >>
Class of 2014: Top Achieving Women
Jennifer Randolph: “Everyone in law school works hard and has to learn how to budget their time, I was just lucky to find a good balance that worked for me, and to find it early in law school.”
Jennifer Randolph, Annie Collart and Holly Norgard, Class of 2014, represent the first time in Seton Hall Law history that three women have graduated in the top three ranked positions of their class. They are surprised it took this long. Pictured from left are Annie Collart, Jennifer Randolph and Holly Norgard. Read more >>
Sofia Iqbal '16, Scholarship Recipient from Womens Lawyers' Association
Scholarship awarded in memory of Jean Robertson '70
Sofia Iqbal '16, a Center for Social Justice Scholar, received the prestigious Jean Robertson Women Lawyers Scholarship from the association, Women Lawyers in Bergen on June 9. She aspires to pursue public interest law when she graduates. Read more >>
Professor Linda Fisher Awarded Fellowship from Harvard University
New fellowship is a one-year program to identify both challenges and solutions in collaboration with fellow researchers
Professor Fisher has received a prestigious Network Fellowship from The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University to continue her work in the area of lender practices that hinder mortgage modification programs, providing relief to distressed homeowners. Read more >>
Moot Court Competition Finalists Argue Before Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Featured in The New Yorker
Karol Ruiz ’14: “we all just won. We just argued in front of Sonia Sotomayor.”
A reporter from The New Yorker magazine attended the Eugene Gressman Appellate Moot Court Competition final round, where Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor presided alongside Judges Chagares and Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The story appears in the May 12 edition of The New Yorker’s “The Talk of the Town.” Read more >>
Strong rankings and employment outcomes for Class of 2013
New rankings and strong employment data point to academic and professional success for students
Seton Hall Law is ranked #68 overall, and #5 in Health Law by U.S. News and World Report. Outcomes for the Class of 2013 reflect a near-90% employment rate. Dean Hobbs: “We play to our strengths . . . Employers appreciate the high skill level they see in a Seton Hall Law graduate from day one, and that puts our students in demand.” Read more >>
New Jersey Women’s Lawyer’s Association – Honoring Seton Hall Law’s Own
The Honorable Dorothea Wefing ’72 presented with the Trailblazer Award
Karol Ruiz ’14 was awarded a scholarship, and the Honorable Dorothea Wefing ’72 was presented with the Trailblazer Award, at the Seventh Annual Women’s Initiative and Leaders in the Law Platinum Gala, held on March 25. Ruiz, in her application essay: “I have the privilege of instruction from some of New Jersey's most prestigious women law professors, who blaze the path for current law students to follow, while challenging us to create our own.” Read more >>
Karol Ruiz '14 on Latino news show "Tiempo"
New Jersey's version of the Dream Act likely to become law
Karol Ruiz '14 joined State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz and President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey Anna Maria Tejada on ABC affiliate news show "Tiempo" to discuss her role in the fight to pass legislation that would enable undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates for public higher education. “I came to law school because I was inspired by Senator Ruiz when we first lobbied for the bill in 2009.” Read more >>
Student advocates argue asylum case
Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic Students Win Asylum for Somali Refugee
The Center for Social Justice has won a grant of asylum for a young father from Somalia who escaped violent attacks by the al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab. Samantha Rumsey ’14 and Karol Ruiz ’15, student advocates in the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, successfully argued the asylum case under the supervision of Professor Farrin Anello. Their client, “Mr. M.,” was targeted based upon his religion, minority clan membership, and political views. Read more >>
Studying International Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Guatemala
New course combines classwork at Seton Hall Law and on the ground training as a study abroad program
A delegation of students visited Guatemala over Fall break to gain skills in "transnational lawyering." The students reflect on their experiences, which, for many, affirmed their dedication to advocating for social justice and the rule of law. Read more >>
Professor Shavar Jeffries and his students (Civil Litigation Clinic) win major vicotry
Seton Hall Law School clinic students Mallory E. McLaren ’14 (pictured right), Lauren Brophy ’14 (pictured left), William Snowden '13, Robert Ballard '13, Crishana White '13, and Stephen Llanes '13, worked with Professor Jeffries on the case. A major victory in Dowe v. Chiesa, in which the Superior Court struck down the enforcement of provisions of the Child Support Improvement Act ("CSIA") that denied trade and other licenses to ex-offenders who fell behind on their child-support obligations during their term of imprisonment. Learn more
New Op-Ed in The Record on U.S. and Rights for Asylum Seekers
Based on their new report, 'At Least Let Them Work: The Denial of Work Authorization and Assistance for Asylum Seekers in the United States,' co-authored with Human Rights Watch
Kristina Hon '13 and Professor Lori Nessel (pictured), Director of the Center for Social Justice, cite their new report, revealing the U.S. denies asylum seekers timely access to work authorization and federal benefits. The authors seek new laws "in line with the long-enshrined American principles of providing a safe haven and an honorable, purposeful life to all who have fled persecution in their native countries." Read the op-ed >>
A Catch 22 for Asylum Seekers: New Report Co-Authored with Human Rights Watch
Professor Lori Nessel: "The prohibition on work authorization and social benefits for asylum seekers under U.S. law is incompatible with international human rights standards"
A new report issued by Human Rights Watch and the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice details how the U.S. stands alone among developed countries in denying asylum seekers both employment authorization and governmental assistance. Student researchers Kristina Hon ’13 and Brian Jacek ’13 assisted Professor Lori Nessel in preparing the report. Read the press release and the full report >>
Center for Social Justice Names New CSJ Scholars
Center for Social Justice students plan to pursue careers in public interest
Antoinette Solomon '16 (pictured, left) and Sofia Iqbal '16 (pictured, right) were named the 2013-14 Center for Social Justice Scholars. They will focus on urban revitalization and international/human rights issues and cases within in the Center's clinic settings. Read more.
Sara Smith '14 is interning at the ACLU in New Jersey
Sara Smith writes about her experience at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) from its Newark office: "I view health and health equity as a human rights issue and want my career path to focus on expanding health access...Health is an essential component in building a more equal society because it intersects with so many other issues that impact social justice..." Read more.
Making an Impact
Students argue cases in federal appellate court
Seton Hall Law students in the Center for Social Justice Impact Litigation Clinic take on cases focusing on civil rights and civil liberties, preparing briefs and oral arguments presented before the Second Circuit in mid-June. Two teams of students presented last week. Pictured, from left: Jason Angelo '13, Will Findlay '13, Professor Jon Romberg, Lauren Repole '13 and Bill O'Brien '13. Read about their cases.
Honorable Michael Chagares '87
Introduces program on immigration rights, June 13, 1 to 5 p.m.
Seton Hall Law co-hosts, "Representing Detained Non-Citizens in Immigration Court," a Continuing Legal Education training program for lawyers who wish to advocate for clients on a pro bono basis. Hon. Michael Chagares '87 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will make introductory remarks. Read about this and other Seton Hall Law events
William Snowden '13
Honored by Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University presented William Snowden '13 with the Student Servant Leadership Award. William has dedicated himself to service throughout his law school career, and will join the Public Defender's Office in New Orleans following graduation. Watch the video tribute to William Snowden.
Brian Jacek ‘13
Featured Op-ed in the L.A. Times on Immigration Reform
Brian Jacek ’13 co-authored an Op-ed piece with the director of Human Rights Watch's Refugee Program. The piece, featured in the Los Angeles Times, details the legal plight of refugee asylum seekers in the U.S., including the prohibition against their employment. Read More.
Understanding Domestic Violence
Serving as Panelists at Prestigious Conference
Center for Social Justice Clinic Professor Jessica Miles and Shari Genser ’11 presented at the 13th Annual Stephen D. Doyle Criminal Justice Symposium at St. Peter’s University. Read more.
Victoria Gonchar ’13
CSJ team takes on a challenging case
Professor Kevin Kelly and Victoria Gonchar ’13, of the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice (CSJ) and its Family Law Clinic, went to trial earlier this semester in a contested custody case involving a New Jersey family. Read More.
Student support victims of Hurricane Sandy
As recovery efforts move forward, Seton Hall Law students have collected nearly $2,000 to donate to hurricane relief organizations, as well clothing, toiletries and other essential items for storm victims. Read more.
Brian Jacek ‘13
Featured Op-ed in the Star Ledger on Immigration Law Reform
Brian Jacek, a Center for Social Justice Scholar in the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, was featured in the Star Ledger regarding his work with the Center and the need for Immigration Law reform. Read more .
Haiti Rule of Law
Students recruit for student organization and delegation to sister law school.
Jason Stern ’14: “Haiti is a beautiful country with welcoming people and very real problems. Our trip made me realize that we, as aspiring lawyers, can be a part of the solution.” Read more.
Professors Jenny-Brooke Condon and Linda Fisher
Co-author editorial in The Bergen Record
Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon '03 (left) and Professor Linda Fisher, both of the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice, speak out against the passage of a new bill that would loosen laws regarding citizens' rights to carry handguns outside their homes. "If enacted, the proposed law would...represent a misguided break from New Jersey’s admirable commitment to gun safety, which the Legislature itself has described as 'unrivaled anywhere in the nation.'" Read the editorial.
Professor Shavar Jeffries
On Becoming a Lawyer
Professor Shavar Jeffries of the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice addressed the Classes of 2013 and 2014 at Orientation on August 19. " To be a lawyer, ultimately, is to be an instrument by which substantive justice is achieved in service of others." Read Professor Jeffries' remarks.
Seton Hall Law Welcomes Father Jomanas Eustache
Dean of L’Ecole Superieure Catholique de Droit de Jérémie a Law School in Haiti
Seton Hall Law Welcomes Father Jomanas Eustache, speaking on the impact of the earthquake on the rule of law and the legal profession. Read more.
Center for Social Justice students to lead new initiatives
Christopher Keating ’14 (pictured) and Karol Ruiz ’14 are addressing issues of urban revitalization and international human rights , respectively. Read More
Karol Ruiz '14
Spearheads an initiative for immigrant youth
In August, Karol Ruiz and the Seton Hall Law’s Center for Social Justice helped young immigrants complete the forms necessary to secure their place in the U.S. Read more.
Karen Leve '14
Fellow at the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice
As a Seton Hall Public Interest Law Fellow, Karen Leve ’14 reflects on her experience working with this Newark-based research and advocacy organization, dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey’s urban areas and residents. Read more.
Shari Genser '11
Receives Equal Justice Works Fellowship
For the past 25 years, Equal Justice Works has provided paid public interest fellowships to law school graduates to provide legal assistance to under served populations and causes. Shari Genser, past President of the Seton Hall Law student organization, the Women’s Law Forum, and a tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence, is the 2012 Fellowship recipient. Read more.
A 'Huge Victory' for CSJ
Judge Approves Overhaul of Passaic County Jail
Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice (CSJ) students and professors, in partnership with the New Jersey ACLU with support from law firm Dechert LLP, settled a class-action case that will result in improved, humane conditions for detainees of Passaic County jail. Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon (pictured, center): “This settlement marks the start of a new era at the jail...We hope that the agreement results in lasting improvements for our clients.” Read more.
Visiting Clinical Professor Barbara Moses
In The Times of Trenton on Proposal to Amend NJ Constitution to Deny Bail to Repeat Violent Offenders
Visiting Clinical Professor Barbara Moses appeared in The Times of Trenton regarding a recent proposal by Governor Chris Christie to amend the New Jersey Constitution in order to deny bail to repeat violent offenders who are accused of a new crime. The proposal would allow New Jersey judges to impose what amounts to preventative detention and mirrors the power presently held by federal judges. Learn more
Professor Lori A. Nessel
Speaks at Law School Commencement in Haiti
Professor Lori Nessel, Director of the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice, served as the Commencement speaker at the recent ceremony in honor of the students who graduated from L’Ecole Superieure Catholique de Droit de Jérémie (ESCDROJ), a small Catholic law school located in the remote city of Jérémie, Haiti, and a sister school of Seton Hall Law. Here, Professor Nessel is pictured at right as she hands a diploma to a new ESDROJ graduate. Read Professor Nessel's remarks.
Seton Hall Law’s Diversity Officer
Malikah Fulton serves as both an admissions counselor and a student services advisor. She brings to the Law School a screening and panel discussion of the documentary film, Moral Panic: More Heat Than Light, exploring the issues of gangs and prisoner reentry. Center for Social Justice Professor Shavar Jeffries serves as panelist. The event takes place on Wednesday, October 19 at 5 p.m.
Professor Baher Azmy, Students
CSJ & ACLU File Suit Against Newark Police on Behalf of Honor Student Illegally Detained
The Center for Social Justice, Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, recently filed suit against the Newark Police Department for violating the rights of a 17 year-old honor student who was illegally handcuffed and detained for using her cell phone to video record police activity on a bus. Read more.
Shari Genser '11
Taking Back the Night
On Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m., the Women’s Law Forums of Seton Hall Law School and Rutgers School of Law-Newark will come together and lead a march to Military Park in an effort to raise awareness, take a stand against violence, and conquer the night by making it safe for all. Shari Genser ’11, Take Back the Night Committee Chair, was honored by Seton Hall University for her dedication to advancing women’s needs. Read more.
Professors Paula Franzese and John Kip Cornwell
Leading the Live Auction for the Public Interest Network
It's auction week at Seton Hall Law to benefit students who pursue public interest jobs during the summer or after they graduate. The Silent Auction kicks off Tuesday February 24, with the Live Auction taking the stage on Thursday evening. Last year the PIN auction raised $20,000 to fund 31 students in summer programs. With your support they can break that record. Read more.
Professor Linda Fisher
Named a Bellow Scholar by the American Association of Law Schools
Professor Linda Fisher’s current research project, on the relationship between the foreclosure process and abandoned properties in a low-income Newark neighborhood, earned her a prestigious Bellow Fellowship, named for Professor Gary Bellow, founder of Harvard Law’s clinical program. As a professor in the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice, for more than a decade Professor Fisher has fought for the rights of homeowners victimized by predatory lending practices. Read more.
Professor Linda Fisher
Testifies Before Congress on Mortgage Fraud, Robo-Signing and Predatory Lending
Professor Linda Fisher, long noted for expertise in mortgage fraud, predatory lending and related foreclosure issues, was called to testify before the House of Representatives, Financial Services Committee hearing on “Robo-Signing, Chain of Title, Loss Mitigation and Other Issues in Mortgage Servicing.” Read more.
Professor Linda Fisher
In ABC News on the Investigation of Florida’s “Foreclosure King” for Questionable Practices
Professor Linda Fisher was quoted by ABC News in reference to the investigation of multimillionaire foreclosure attorney David Stern for what have been termed “questionable practices." Read More.
Professor Shavar Jeffries
in the Wall St. Journal and Star Ledger on Newark’s $100 Million Challenge
"Shavar Jeffries is one of those miracles you can point to when people ask if the American Dream is still alive.” Read more.
Introducing New Faculty
Associate Professor Jenny-Brooke Condon '03
Jenny-Brooke Condon '03, directs the Equal Justice Clinic in the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice. Her litigation and scholarship address civil and human rights with a focus on the rights of women and immigrants, as well as on national security law. Read more.
Mark Ferraz '05
Verizon Public Interest Fellow
Mark Ferraz came to Seton Hall Law to gain clinical experience in the Center for Social Justice. Today, Mark serves as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence through the Verizon Public Interest Fellowship. Learn more.
Professor Lori Nessel
Speaks at the University of Valencia in Spain
Professor Lori Nessel, Director of the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice, spoke on clinical education and the students' learning experience in the Center at a conference sponsored by the Universitat de València. Watch the video (Spanish).
Professor Shavar Jeffries
Fights for Newark Students
Professor Shavar Jeffries continues in the fight for Newark and its students as President of the Newark Advisory School Board, demanding a “performance based model” for Newark teacher contracts in the Wall Street Journal
Keerthi Mudrati '09
Making a Difference in the Center for Social Justice Clinic
Keerthi Mundrati '09 and Professor Lori Nessel share their views on the real-world experience that students gain in the clinics at the Seton Hall Law Center for Social Justice. Watch the video.
Professor Baher Azmy
On Declaration that Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld “knowingly held” hundreds of innocent men in GTMO
Professor Baher Azmy appeared in AOL Feature News regarding the declaration of the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell that President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld knowingly held hundreds of innocent men in Guantanamo Bay. Read more.