Friday, April 16, 2010

Elections Results!

We had our elections for our new board yesterday and the results are fantastic!

President: Chuck Guzak
Vice-President: Sarah Pruett
Treasurer: Randa Adra
2L Rep: Ann Eisenberg
3L Rep: Joanna Chen
3L Rep: Laura Sedlak

Congrats to the new officers!

Monday, April 12, 2010

National Lawyers Guild Calls for Value Shift in Supreme Court Nomination

Check out this call for a progressive nominee to the Supreme Court from the national office of the NLG:

"With President Obama poised to select his second Supreme Court nominee, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) advocates for a return to justices worthy of the title—ones who will put the interests of the downtrodden above those of transnational corporations, who will not compromise on the rights of women to reproductive justice, who will stand for true racial justice rather than the “blind justice” that preserves the status quo of white privilege, and who will protect the people against a government that cloaks itself in secrecy and invades the most private aspects of their lives.

In replacing Justice John Paul Stevens, whomever President Obama nominates will be reviled by many as a radical, socialist, activist judge. Stevens, a conscientious and principled jurist, has been labeled “left” only because, as he himself asserts, the Court has, over the last two generations, moved so far to the right. In that time, due in significant part to a number of Supreme Court decisions, economic inequality has increased dramatically. Most recently, the Court expanded the rights of corporations, which have no attributes of living, breathing, sentient beings, the right to freedom of speech. In addition, school integration – and thus the opportunity for poor African-Americans and other people of color to attend better schools – has come to a grinding halt. And the Chamber of Commerce’s priorities dominate the decisions of the Supreme Court and routinely deprive workers of their rights.

The NLG will not be satisfied with the nomination of a centrist, mainstream justice who will do little or nothing to reverse the routine elevation of corporate interests over individual rights. For example, potential nominees such as Elena Kagan, who calls for indefinite detention of terrorist suspects without trial and defines terrorism to include protected speech, are unacceptable.

President Obama will not nominate the kind of justice the times call for without a unified demand from the people. NLG President David Gespass said, “The right-wing demagogues cannot go unchallenged in defining the debate. There will be at least one voice saying a centrist is not good enough and that a moderate is no liberal. Our views will prevail because we speak for the interests of the people of the United States and the world.”

The National Lawyers Guild was founded in 1937 and is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state. "

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Hey everyone,

Come join us for NLG Elections this Thursday at 4:00 PM in the Saperston Student Lounge. We will be filling the positions listed below. Hope to see you there!

Vice President
3L Reps
2L Reps


NLG E-Board.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Modern American Slave Trade -
Human Trafficking in the US and Abroad

A discussion with Laura Murphy, Free the Slaves representative.

Friday, April 2nd at 12:20 in Saperston Student Lounge
Lunch will be served

Co-Sponsored by: NLG, SALSA, CLSA and GPSAFC
Open to the Graduate Community

There are 27 million people who are enslaved in the world today. 14-17,000 people are trafficking into the US each year to be made slaves. This talk will address the growing numbers of vulnerable people in the US and abroad, the means by which this illicit trade is affected, and the work we can do to abolish slavery once again. Free the Slaves is a non-profit organization that supports on-the-ground projects that help to free enslaved people and to rehabilitate them once liberated. Laura Murphy is a professor of English at Ithaca College and the regional point person for Free the Slaves.

Here's the website if you want more information.