Past Events 2014-2015
Pre-Law events for the academic year are listed below. This page is updated throughout the term as new, upcoming events are added. Be sure to stay tuned to the Pre-Law listserv or the Hunter Gatherer for announcements.
- September 2, Tuesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop. You need only attend one session. This workshop targets students applying to law school this cycle for entry into law school for fall 2015. This workshop was also offered at the end of spring term and during the summer. Students who attended the spring/summer sessions need not attend, but are welcome if they would like a refresher or have questions. Room 417 West.
- September 3, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lunch & Learn with Peter M. Eraca, Esq.: Is Law School Right for Me? Peter M. Eraca, Associate Director of Admissions at Seton Hall Law School, will discuss the nature of legal careers and education, the kinds of skills that make for good lawyering, and the types of questions students should be asking as they make decisions about their future career paths. Room TH 311.
- September 9, Tuesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Lawyer Connection with Anselmo Alegria, Esq.: Protecting the Disabled. Join us for a group discussion about Social Security, which provides safety-net benefits not just for the elderly, but also for the disabled. Take advantage of the opportunity to inquire about Mr. Alegria's career experience in helping families navigate disability issues. Dinnertime snacks will be provided. Room 417 West.
- September 19, Friday (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop. You need only attend one session. This workshop targets students applying to law school this cycle for entry into law school for fall 2015. This workshop was also offered at the end of spring term and during the summer. Students who attended the spring/summer sessions need not attend, but are welcome if they would like a refresher or have questions. Room 819 East.
- September 22, Monday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Admissions Panel of Law School Officers: NYU, Fordham, Cardozo, Brooklyn. Law school admissions officers explain what you need to know to write a great application. Hear first-hand what the law schools are looking for, and have the chance to meet and network with law school representatives from the New York City metropolitan area. This panel especially useful for alumni and Seniors applying for the 2014-15 cycle, or those planning to apply next year (Juniors, that means you!). Room 417 West.
- October 1, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Lawyer Connection with Michelle Blackman, Esq.: Labor and Employment Law. Group discussion with the Hunter College Human Resources Labor Relations Manager about the nature of in-house legal work in connection with employees - legal issues relating to unions, employee compensation and benefits, conditions of employment, and more. Lunch will be served. TH 311.
- October 6, Monday (5:45 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) First Monday in October. The Office of the Appellate Defender hosts a mock U.S. Supreme Court argument, followed by an awards ceremony honoring nationally recognized legal advocates. This fall, Michele Hirschman and Andrew Levander will argue Elonis v. U.S., a case that examines free speech in the internet era. NYU Law, 40 Washington Square South. LIMITED TICKETS - PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON WAITLIST HERE
- October 7, Tuesday (4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Mediation Settlement Day: Kickoff Event of the New York Unified Court System. Attend this event is an opportunity to network and learn about mediation training and services. For 2014, the Honorary Chairperson has yet to be announced; an annual award is presented to an individual who has made meaningful contributions to the field of mediation. New York Law School, 185 Broadway.
- October 10, Friday (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop. You need only attend one session. This workshop targets students applying to law school this cycle for entry into law school for fall 2015. This workshop was also offered at the end of spring term and during the summer. Students who attended the spring/summer sessions need not attend, but are welcome if they would like a refresher or have questions. This is the third and FINAL session to be offered this fall. Room 819 East.
- October 11, Saturday, (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) LatinoJustice PRLDEF Law Day. This diversity-oriented event includes a recruitment fair and informative panels. Lunch will be served. The event is free but registration is required; when registration opens it will be posted at http://latinojustice.org/legal_education/lawday_2014. Note: LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s Law Day is designed to assist and encourage Latino and other students of color in the pursuit of careers in law. New York Law School, 185 Broadway.
- October 14, Tuesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) How to Make the Most of the LSAC Recruitment Forum. Discussion with Dean Lillie V. Wiley-Upshaw, Vice Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid, SUNY Buffalo Law School, about effective networking at the LSAC Forum coming up on October 17th at the NYC Hilton. Also a good opportunity to learn about Buffalo Law. Room 417 West.
- October 15, Wednesday, (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Sheila Birnbaum, Esq. - Lunch with a Lawyer: President's Conference Room Series. Ms. Birnbaum has spent her career practicing primarily in the areas of products liability, toxic torts and insurance coverage litigation; she is the Co-Chair of Quinn Emanuel’s Global Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice. Among other significant matters, Ms. Birnbaum secured a historic victory for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, when the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a $145 million punitive damages award against the company as unconstitutionally excessive. The New York Times reported that the Court’s decision has been hailed as “a major victory in the long-running effort to shield corporate defendants from unconstrained jury awards.” The Wall Street Journal characterized the decision as “a big win for business interests concerned about ballooning legal judgments,” and the Washington Post described it as “a big win for corporate America". Ms. Birnbaum will discuss her notable successes, as well as her path from Hunter College undergraduate, to NYU Law professor, to her notable career as the "Queen of Torts". 1700 East Building. Please RSVP!
- October 17, Friday (10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.) LSAC Forum GROUP VISIT: Meet at the concierge desk in street level lobby at 9:40 a.m. for two special panels in anticipation of meeting law school representatives at noon. (Event runs two full days, Oct 17 and 18, but note that it is advantageous to attend early Friday, when there is less foot traffic.) The event is free but registration is required. Downloading this form will be helpful: Questions to Ask at a Law School Fair. This forum is especially useful for alumni and Seniors applying for the 2014-15 cycle, or those planning to apply next year (Juniors, that means you!). New York City Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas.
- October 18, Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Trial Reenactment, featuring Hon. Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit. In 1874, 22 Chinese women were detained in San Francisco after a state official determined that they were “lewd” - or prostitutes - because they were traveling alone. Through narration, court proceedings, and historic photographs, a cast of legal experts share their story and reenact the legal proceedings that followed, including a trial and appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. Continental breakfast served at 9 a.m.; reenactment begins at 9:30. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West. LIMITED TICKETS - PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME ON WAITLIST HERE
- October 21, Tuesday (5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.) Mock Application Review: What an admissions officer thinks as she reviews actual applications! Theresa Hallet, Director of Admissions, St. John's University School of Law, will share the ways she approaches applications and systematically evaluates their content. She will discuss matters including how she views grades on the transcript (what about that W?), multiple LSATs, the addendum, and the personal statement. Get inside perspective on the admissions process. Room 417 West.
- October 29, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Visit with Presiding Judge @ Brooklyn Mental Health Court. Judge Matthew J. D'Emic presides over the Brooklyn Mental Health Court, which works with approximately 100 felony and misdemeanor defendants each year. The Court aims to improve the court system’s ability to identify, assess, evaluate and monitor offenders with mental illness, create effective linkages between the criminal justice and mental health systems, and improve public safety by ensuring that participants receive high quality community-based services. Judge D'Emic will host this special exclusive session for Hunter students. 320 Jay Street, Supreme Court - Criminal Term, Brooklyn.
- November 12, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lunch & Learn with Aisha Joseph, Esq: The Informational Interview. Group discussion with Aisha Joseph, Esq., Director of Career & Professional Development, Hofstra Law, about what makes for a good informational interview. Why are informational interviews valuable? Whom should you ask? How should you reach out to them? What comes next? Join Ms. Joseph to build these important professional insights. Lunch will be served. TH 311.
- November 15, Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Inside the U.S. Legal System with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito. An expert panel explores the challenges within the U.S. criminal justice system and sheds light on the intricacies of the adversary legal process. This event also features Philip C. Bobbitt, Herbert Wechsler Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University and Director of the Center on National Security at Columbia Law School, and Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. Continental breakfast served at 9 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m. Limited availability; waitlist for tickets will be established. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West.
- CLEO, November 15, Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) CLEO Super Saturday Pre-Law Seminars, for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and beyond at Fordham Law School. The event is free but registration is required. Once you select your academic level, see tab on right side for registration. Note: CLEO attempts to reach students from minority groups underrepresented in the legal profession. If you are not a minority student, you may participate if you are low-income, economically, or otherwise disadvantaged. See registration form at the link for details.
- November 18, Tuesday (4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.) Intellectual Property Law: Careers in Technology & Entertainment. Panel discussion on Intellectual Property ("IP") Law. What is it? Why is IP law exciting? What are the best ways to pursue that interest? Panelists will answer these questions, and others you pose. Guests include: Professor Ann Bartow, Pace Law School; Dona Fraser, Esq., VP, ESRB Privacy Certified; John Rose, Esq., Dean for Diversity and Compliance, Hunter College, and formerly National Basketball Association, SVP for Player Relations & Administration. Room 417 West.
- November 19, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Lawyer Connection with Selina Tay, Esq: Corporate Finance & Private Equity. Group discussion with Selina Tay about her work advising hedge funds, investment banks and financial institutions about corporate and regulatory matters. This is a good session for those who are curious about "corporate law" and want to understand how the areas of law and finance intersect. TH 311.
- December 3, Wednesday, (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Martin Garbus, Esq. - Lunch with a Lawyer: President's Conference Room Series. Martin Garbus is one of the country's top trial lawyers, as well as an author and sought-after speaker. Time Magazine called him "legendary" and "one of the greatest trial lawyers in the country". The Guardian declared him "one of the worlds finest trial lawyers". An expert at every level of civil and criminal trial, as well as litigation, Garbus has appeared before the United States Supreme Court in leading First Amendment cases, and his cases have established precedents there and in other courts throughout the country. One case that he filed, Goldberg v. Kelly, resulted in a favorable 5-4 Supreme Court opinion, and was described by Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan as "arguably the most important due process case of the 20th Century". Below is a link to a recent episode of Charlie Rose where Martin Garbus debates Floyd Abrams on First Amendment issues and the Klinghoffer opera. Students are encouraged to watch the clip for background information before the event. 1700 East Building. Please RSVP here.
- December 10, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lunch & Learn with Lena Golovnin, Esq.: Immigration Law. Lena Golovnin will discuss her career path as an immigration attorney in the Department of Justice and Assistant Chief Counsel at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. ·Build your understanding about the work of lawyers in the field of immigration. ·Box lunch will be provided. Room TH 311
- January 5, 6, 9 (various times) NYC Bar LSAT/Law School Prep Series. This event provides a one-stop shop for learining about LSAT options, selecting schools, financing your educaiton, and networking with law schools. Participation is free for Hunter students, but registration is required. More details and the registration form are at this LINK. NYC Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY.
- January, Winter Intersession: Moot Court Class. Capped This class is capped at 12 students and by permission only; admission is competitive. Be sure to watch the Pre-Law Listserv and apply through the link on the homepage of the Pre-Law website when it is posted during the fall term.
- February 2014: Fried Frank Diversity LSAT Initiative. Our extended, subsidized on-campus LSAT class kicks off at the beginning of the spring term; admission based on demonstrated law school interest and merit. Be sure to apply through the link on the Pre-Law webpage by 1/31! The spring session will run on Sundays -- 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 -- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be two additional partial days for April and May: April 11 (Sat) 9-1, and May 3 (Sun) 9-1 . The student contribution is $50. Even if you will not be participating as a Fried Frank/Hunter Scholar, please do reach out to Pre-Law Advising for assistance in planning your LSAT study plan, including the Pre Pro Bono Jumpstart weekend in April.
- February 10, Tuesday, (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Resume Bootcamp with Stephanie Roman, McGuire Woods Office Administrator, and President, NYC Chapter of Association of Legal Administrators. Gain insight into polishing your already strong resume, with an eye towards applying for summer internships. Hear what the top office managers are looking for in paralegals, assistants, and interns. This session is REQUIRED for all those students who will be participating in the Hunter resume drop, to be considered for PAID summer internships and FUNDING for summer public interest positions. Room 417 West.
- February 11, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lawyer Connection with Molly Nehring, Esq.: Corporate Litigator. Group discussion with Molly Nehring, Associate at Reed Smith, about her work in corporate litigation and dispute resolution. Learn about the rhythm of "big law", and the best strategies for pursuing a big law position. Lunch will be served. Room TH 311.
- February 24, Tuesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) How to Pay for Law School with Gisele Joachim, Dean of Enrollment Management, Seton Hall University School of Law. Ms. Joachim will explain the nitty-gritty of funding your law school education. This session is an important planning tool for students at various levels in their undergraduate careers; you are encouraged to attend even if you are not applying to law school at this time. Room 417 West. NOTE DATE CHANGE
- February 28, Saturday (9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.) Gay Rights and the Supreme Court with Robert Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Panel also features Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law, and Linda Greenhouse, Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. The panel will discuss same-sex marriage as the issue moves toward Supreme Court review. Continental breakfast served at 9 a.m.; program begins at 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP for this event by clicking through this link. Waitlist will be maintained if event is over-subscribed. New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West.
March 10, Tuesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Interview Preparation with Lauren Bergida, Esq. formerly Deloitte Consulting's human capital consulting practice. Ms. Bergida will offer students savvy advice about making the best first impression, creating professional presence and anticipating the hard questions for a smooth interview process. This session is REQUIRED for all those students who will be participating in the Hunter resume drop, to be considered for PAID summer internships and FUNDING for summer public interest positions. Room 417 West.
March 11, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lawyer Connection with Kathleen Collins Baer: Former Senior Assistant District Attorney. Ms. Baer logged seven years of experience with the King's County District Attorneys office, where she investigated and prosecuted individuals for crimes including conspiracy, human trafficking, police misconduct, fraud, and hate crimes. Now an Administrative Law Judge at NYC's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, Ms. Baer will provide insight into the skills she developed at the KCDA, and the potential career paths of prosecutors. Lunch will be provided. Room TH 311.
March 13, Friday, Day at CUNY Law. Forum on Mayoral Control of NYC Public Schools (9:00-12:30). Program will feature NYC Public Advocate Leticia James; Diane Ravitch, NYU Steinhardt School of Education; NYS Assembly Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan (invited); Prof. Aaron Saiger, Fordham Law School. Event will be followed by a SPECIAL SESSION ONLY FOR HUNTER STUDENTS (12:45-3:00). Stay for lunch, meet with current law students, take a tour, and speak with admissions staff. All are welcome at the forum, but you MUST RSVP for special student session. Please RSVP by clicking through this link.
- March 13, Friday 5 p.m.: DEADLINE for RESUME DROP!! Apply for Paid Summer Internships and Funding for Law-related Public Interest Internships. Note that students who participate in the resume drop are REQUIRED to attend the February Resume Bootcamp and the March Interview Workshop. See the link at the top of the homepage of the Pre-Law website.
- March 18, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) Panel on Careers in Public Interest Advocacy. Speak with attorneys and others who advocate for the disadvantaged, including staff from the Urban Justice Center, The Children's Law Center, and the Court Navigator Program for the NYC Housing Court. Participants will discuss their work and career paths, as well as potential internship and volunteer opportunities with their organizations. Room 417 West. Dinnertime snacks will be provided.
- March 25, Wednesday (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon) Visit to Surrogate's Court, Chambers of Hon. Margarita Lopez Torres. Meet at the Courthouse at 2 Johnson Street, Brooklyn NY. Judge Torres and her staff will discuss guardianship, will contests, and matters relating to probate. Read about Judge Torres - the first Latina elected to Civil Court in New York City - in the New York Times Article at the link. HERE. Please RSVP for this event by clicking through this link.
April 1, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting/Lawyer Connection with Navy JAG. Have you wondered about the kind of work lawyers do in the military? Come hear about the career path and financial incentives for those committed to serving their country through the unique experience of the Judge Advocate General corps. Box lunch will be provided. Room TH 311.
April 1, Wednesday (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Success in Law School: Current Law Students Discuss Winning Strategies for Law School and Beyond. Whether you are starting law school in the fall, or planning to apply in the next cycle or two, it is helpful to have a sense of what is ahead. Come discuss the law school experience with current students and recent grads, who can offer you insight in the next steps in building your career once you graduate from Hunter. Room 417 West.
April 11, Saturday (3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.): Learning to Think for the LSAT: A Seminar for Freshmen & Sophomores. Are you planning long term for law and know that the LSAT is in your future? Join Carolyn Nelson, of Nelson Test Prep, for an introduction to thinking for the LSAT. Ms. Nelson will provide tips and strategies for freshmen and sophomores to build LSAT skills day-to-day, throughout one's college career, giving you an advantage when you turn to "buckling down" for intensive study. Room 1731 West.
April 11/12 (Saturday & Sunday) PreProBono LSAT Prep Jumpstart Weekend. FREE 16 Hour Intensive Weekend LSAT Prep, including networking with public interest attorneys. This event is great for students who plan to self-study, or who want to get exposure to the test before tackling a class this summer. Participation is free and on the Hunter campus, but you must apply to participate. Please do not register unless you will participate in the program in its entirety. The program, again, is FREE but you must REGISTER AT THIS LINK. Room 1729 West.
April 22, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Lunch with a Lawyer Series: Christopher Seeger, Leading Class Action Litigator. Christopher Seeger will join students to discuss the art of argument and the landmark settlement that he negotiated this past year with the NFL on behalf of injured players. Come chat over lunch about negotiating skills, the business of pro sports, the long term policy effects of the decision on school athletic programs, the nature of class action litigation, and the way the story has been covered in the press. Lunch will be served. RSVP appreciated. Kindly RSVP at this LINK. President's Conference Room, 1700 East Building.
April 29, Wednesday (5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.) LSAT Teach In: CLASH OF THE TITANS! Various commercial LSAT Prep providers will offer a sampling of their class-room styles and provide students with information about the best ways to tackle the challenging law school entry exam. Room 417 West.
- May 7, Thursday (4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.) Lunch with a Lawyer Series: Jeffrey Friedlander. Jeffrey Friedlander, First Assistant Corporation Counsel, New York City Law Department will meet with students to discuss his work in the public sector. Having logged more than 40 years at the NYC Law Department, Mr. Friedlander has worked on a dizzying variety of subjects, from gay rights and campaign finance reform to the emergency legislation needed after Sept. 11. One of his notable accomplishments includes drafting antiapartheid legislation in the 1980’s, under which the city’s largest public employee pension fund could divest itself of investments in companies doing business in South Africa. Late afternoon snacks will be served. RSVP appreciated. Kindly reply at this link. President's Conference Room, 1700 East Building.
- May 13, Wednesday (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) Hunter Pre-Law Society monthly meeting: ELECTIONS!! Room TH 311.
- May 13, Wednesday (6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Law Day Party. Hunter's Law Day Party is an opportunity for Hunter Pre-Law students and recent alumni to mingle with successful attorneys in a fun, casual “cocktail party” environment (soft drinks & finger food), making for easy discussion, and enabling students to gain insight into legal practice. We will also be celebrating the law school acceptances of graduating seniors and alumni — congratulations to our newly minted 1L’s! Dinnertime snacks will be served. Room 417 West.
- May 8 & 20: Law School Application & Personal Statement Workshop: Making the Most of Your Summer. You need only attend one session. This session targets students applying to law school during the 2015-2016 cycle, for entry into law school for fall 2016. Workshops will be repeated in the summer and fall on various dates and times. For those who will be away for the summer, or for whom getting to campus will be inconvenient, however, coming to an early workshop is essential for getting an early start. All meetings will be held in Room 1731 West.
- Friday, May 8, 12-2 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 20, 12-2 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 26, 5:45-7:45 p.m.
Summertime Workshops on the Law School Application & Personal Statement. You need only attend one session. This two hour, soup-to-nuts session targets students applying to law school during the 2015-2016 cycle, for entry into law school for fall 2016. Workshops will be repeated in the fall on various dates and times. Summer is a good time to get moving on applications - be sure to pace yourself so that your applications are submitted between Halloween and Thanksgiving! Once students have attended the group application workshop, they meet with the Pre-Law Office for one-on-one consultation on the applications. Workshop meetings will be held in Room 1731 West.
- Wednesday, June 10, 5:45-7:45 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 14, 5:45-7:45 p.m.
- Sunday, August 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.