RUTGERS LAW EVENT TO EXPLORE LOCAL IMPACT OF SUPREME COURT CASES
Published September 29, 2017 | Newswire
Rutgers Law School’s annual First Monday event, which recognizes the opening of the Supreme Court Term, will be held on Wednesday, October 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Baker Courtroom, followed by the Eric R. Neisser Award Ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lower Level Atrium.
First Monday will feature a discussion of three cases before the United States Supreme Court: the travel ban, in the context of rising Islamophobia (IRAP v. Trump), the criminal justice system’s impact on immigrant communities (Sessions v. Dimaya), and the issue of excessive use of force by the police (Los Angeles v. Mendez).
The event will feature speakers discussing the impacts of these cases on local communities, including: the mother of Eric Garner, Gwen Carr; Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations NJ, Jay Rehman; and a community organizer from Make the Road NJ.
Speaking on the legal issues before the Supreme Court will be Rutgers Law School professors Sahar Aziz and Alexis Karteron and an immigration attorney from The Bronx Defenders, Rosa Cohen-Cruz.
During the second hour of the program, the speakers will join small group discussions with interested audience members to dig deeper into the cases and their impacts on communities.
After the program will be the awarding of the prestigious Eric R. Neisser Award. The award is presented to a Rutgers Law graduate with a deep commitment to social justice.This year’s award recipient will be Victor Monterrosa, Jr. ’14, a staff attorney at Covenant House of New Jersey, member of the Newark Civilian Complaint Review Board, a community organizer with the Greater Newark HUD Tenant Coalition, and a board member of the Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center.
The program will be followed by a reception with light refreshments, in the lower level atrium. First Monday is free to attend and open to the public. CLE credits for attorneys will be available for $40 through Rutgers Institute for Professional Education; register for CLE at rutgerscle.com.
First Monday is sponsored by the Constitutional Rights and International Human Rights Clinics, the Eric R. Neisser program, and the Kinoy-Stavis program.
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