Fordham Urban Law Journal

A bimonthly legal book published by the law school at Fordham University. Each issue focuses on a single topic, and publishes original research, critical pieces, and long-form essays related to that topic.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 4, May

A Practitioner's Reflections: The Ongoing Relevance of the Pro Bono Response to 9/11
INTRODUCTION The pro bono response to the horrendous events of 9/11 is of ongoing importance. This is not simply because we could replicate or improve on that response in the event of another catastrophe. More importantly, what was and was not accomplished...
Broadening the Holistic Mindset: Incorporating Collateral Consequences and Reentry into Criminal Defense Lawyering
INTRODUCTION Over the past two decades, public defender offices across the country have broadened the range of defense services provided to indigent clients. These expanded services, some of which involve representing clients on related non-criminal...
Conference Report: New York City's Criminal Courts: Are We Achieving Justice?
INTRODUCTION On October 18, 2003, at a conference hosted by the New York County Lawyers' Association and the Fordham University School of Law's Louis Stein Center on Law and Ethics, (1) more than one-hundred professionals, having diverse roles,...
Foreword
For many reasons, I am honored and delighted to prologue this excellent report, Public Service in a Time of Crisis. I'll list just three of my reasons. First, what an extraordinary primer we now have--a comprehensive textbook on how best to deliver...
Normalcy after 9/11: Public Service as the Crisis Fades
INTRODUCTION There is much to celebrate regarding the legal community's response to the legal needs arising out of the September 11, 2001 attacks. (1) Chief Judge Kaye rightly delights in the picture of "the Bar at its finest, its shining hour;...
Preparing for the Worst: Re-Envisioning Disaster Legal Relief in the Era of Homeland Security
INTRODUCTION The New York legal community's response to the September 11th disaster defies the usual stereotypes of the legal profession. Ambulance chasers and sharks were in short supply. Instead, in the weeks and months following the World Trade...
Pro Bono in Times of Crisis; Looking Forward by Looking Back
The 9/11 terrorist attacks revealed much that is best in the American people, and lawyers were no exception. As Justice Judith Kaye notes in her Forward to the report Public Service in a Time of Crisis, this was "the Bar at its finest.... thousands...
Public Service in a Time of Crisis: A Report and Retrospective on the Legal Community's Response to the Events of September 11, 2001
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY I. The New York Legal Community's Response to 9/11 Adversity almost always has a counterpoint. From scandal comes reform; from disease comes medical advance .... The tragedy with which we are coping has revealed the bar's deepest...
The Adjudication of Minor Offenses in New York City
So I came to the City to shop with my friend. First we were downtown and I bought the knife. You know, they sell them right on the sidewalk in front of the stores for like $7.00. Then we went uptown, cause the best hip hop clothes are there and first...
Too Little, Too Late: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, the Duty to Investigate, and Pretrial Discovery in Criminal Cases
Where money is involved, all parties receive all relevant information from their adversaries upon request; but where individual liberty is at stake, such information can be either withheld by the prosecutor or parceled out at a time when it produces...
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