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Center for Social Justice (CSJ)
[email protected] | 973-642-8700 or 973-761-9000 ext. 8700
833 McCarter Highway, Newark, NJ 07102

 

Meet Matthew Handley '22: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Meet Matthew Handley '22: Center for Social Justice Scholar

After a nine-year career on active duty in the U.S. Army, Matthew Handley ’22 came to Seton Hall Law School to learn how to make a deeper impact in his community and to develop skills that would allow him to fight for social justice and systemic change, particularly on behalf of his fellow veterans. “One of the ‘Core Values’ that you are taught on your very first day in the Army is ‘Selfless Service.’ This was nothing new to me, since I was taught the same thing by my parents growing up: that when you see someone in need, you do whatever you can to help them.” Read More >>

Meet Sebastian Hernandez '21: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Meet Sebastian Hernandez '21: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Sebastian Hernandez ’21 is a Colombian immigrant. He moved to the United States when he was seven years old. “My first step on American soil was at Newark Airport. That’s where my story in America began. However, my dad found a job in South Carolina, so we settled in Beaufort County,” said Hernandez. Now he is back in Newark, NJ, motivated to become an immigration attorney. Read More >>

Meet Kerdesha Desir '21: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Meet Kerdesha Desir '21: Center for Social Justice Scholar

The intersection between the law and its real-world impact on families is what brought Kerdesha Desir ’21 to Seton Hall Law School. Growing up in the Haitian and greater Caribbean community, Desir witnessed that domestic violence was often mischaracterized as simple “familial strife,” swept under a rug and never publicly discussed. “In our culture, no matter how blatantly obvious the hardship of someone’s situation may be, we are taught early on to address the issues within the family and not to get ‘outsiders’ involved,” said Desir. Raed More >>

MEET TATIANA LAING ’20: CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLAR

MEET TATIANA LAING ’20: CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLAR

Social Justice has been a motivating factor for most major life decisions for Tatiana Laing ’20 since she moved to Washington D.C. for college in 2012. “Being an African American woman in the most politically active city in the country at a time that included the death of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Freddy Gray and more, made it nearly impossible for me not to become active in the Black Lives Matter Movement,” said Laing. As a student activist, she helped create a racial justice organization on her campus and together with her peers, lead the students in demonstrations, protests, and teach-ins. Read More >>

Meet Angelica Mercado ’21: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Meet Angelica Mercado ’21: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Passions for service and social justice are what have brought Angelica Mercado ’21 to Seton Hall Law to pursue a career in service to her community. Coming from a family of public servants and being a native of Newark, Mercado has been actively engaged in the community since childhood through community service and volunteering. Read More >>

Meet Hafsa Mansoor ’20: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Meet Hafsa Mansoor ’20: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Hafsa Mansoor ‘20 came to law school to learn how to use the law to dismantle structural violence, empower the silenced, and restore dignity to the marginalized. In particular, Hafsa Mansoor is passionate about rectifying institutional inequities impacting women of color. Read More >>

Meet Vanessa Pinto ’19: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Meet Vanessa Pinto ’19: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Commitment to social change. Focus on providing legal services to those in need. Perseverance in the face of great odds. These are the characteristics that define a Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Scholar. Journalism helped lead Vanessa Pinto ’19 to her path as a CSJ Scholar. Pinto attended Rutgers University and double majored in Political Science and Journalism and Media Studies where she was involved with the Puerto Rican Action Board and she tutored English for New Brunswick’s elementary school students. Read More >>

Meet Arrianna Diamantis ’19: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Meet Arrianna Diamantis ’19: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Commitment to social change. Focus on providing legal services to those in need. Perseverance in the face of great odds. These are the characteristics that define a Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Scholar. Arrianna Diamantis ’19 has long been interested in the criminal justice system. She grew up with one immigrant parent in a family that struggled with finances. This exposed Diamantis to challenges that built in her a deep commitment to helping the indigent, incarcerated youth, and those struggling to get by, and this ultimately led her to pursue a career in law. Read More >>

Meet Omar Debs ‘19: CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLAR

Meet Omar Debs ‘19: CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE SCHOLAR

Commitment to social change. Focus on providing legal services to those in need. Perseverance in the face of great odds. These are the characteristics that define a Center for Social Justice (CSJ) Scholar. Omar Debs ‘19, a CSJ Scholar, comes from an immigrant family that struggled for many years to build a life in the United States. His family was impacted by issues such as immigration/deportation, poverty, and housing. Read More >>

Iman Saad '17: Center for Social Justice Scholar

Iman Saad '17: Center for Social Justice Scholar

The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) selects Scholars each year who seeks careers in public interest, offering them an opportunity to collaborate with faculty in pursuit of their interests and aspirations. Iman Saad '17, the 2015-16 CSJ Scholar, has a passion for international human rights and immigration. Saad: “Based on my family’s background, living in Lebanon and moving to the United States...I am committed to helping immigrants in the United States as well as refugees throughout the world.” Full story >>

2014-15 Center for Social Justice Scholars

2014-15 Center for Social Justice Scholars

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 >>

CSJ Names New Center for Social Justice Scholars

CSJ Names New Center for Social Justice Scholars

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.