New York Law School

The Fight to Renew the Dream


On September 13, 2013, New York Law School had the pleasure of hosting a few of the most progressive civil rights lawyers and social justice advocates at our Racial Justice Symposium, Remembering the Dream, Renewing the Dream. We were also proud to host several of the Civil Rights Movement’s pioneers, including Clarence Jones, Dr. King’s lawyer, adviser and one of our featured panelists. During the “Fierce Urgency of Now” panel, Jones discussed the March on Washington, its history and how Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech came to be. Mr. Jones also discussed some of the statistics and issues facing minorities today, such as the correlation between single-parent homes and poverty rates for African-Americans. The discussions of the day concentrated on the challenges social justice advocates face in modern society and the strategies they can utilize to counteract issues such as apathy within the community.

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2013 Symposium Announced: Remembering the Dream, Renewing the Dream

SAVE THE DATE! Friday, September 13, 2013 at New York Law School

Remembering the Dream, Renewing the Dream: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Speech and the March on Washington

On the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and the March on Washington, leaders of the civil rights movement will join prominent civil and human rights attorneys and legal scholars to reflect on the impact Dr. King’s speech and the March had on the civil rights movement, examine civil rights enforcement in the federal courts, and discuss the legacy of these events today and for the future.

For more information or to pre-register, visit the symposium website at

Sponsored by the Justice Action Center at New York Law School, the New York Law School Racial Justice Project, and the New York Law School Law Review. Selected papers presented at the symposium will be published in a future issue of the New York Law School Law Review.

Symposium Video Now Available

With nearly 300 attendees, our spring Symposium was an unqualified success. We are grateful to the many practitioners, academics, organizers, and members of the public who prepared materials, spoke on a panel, or attended the day’s events.

For those who weren’t able to attend, we are extremely pleased to announce that video of the symposium is now available for streaming on our website. Click here to launch the video player.

Registration Now Available for Our Spring Symposium

Flyer for Symposium: Ripples of Injustice
Ripples of Injustice:
The Impact of Criminal Justice Policies on Minority Communities

The Justice Action Center’s Racial Justice Project and the Racial Justice Project of the American Civil Liberties Union are pleased to co-sponsor a one-day conference in New York City for advocates, organizers, litigators, researchers, and individuals to explore the impact of criminal justice policies and practices on minority communities. The conference will take place on Friday, April 27, 2012, at New York Law School. The conference will explore the long-term impact of criminal justice policies on the home communities. For more information, including registration, a complete schedule of events, and continuing legal education information, please visit the conference website:

Symposium Video Now Available

School to Prison Pipeline

Videos of our recent symposium, the School-to-Prison-Pipeline, are now available for online viewing.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline refers to systemic policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. It reflects a prioritization of incarceration over education, particularly for children of color.

This one-day conference brought together attorneys, researchers, students, and other advocates from across the nation and from the diverse fields of education law, racial justice, civil rights, juvenile justice, and disabilities law, among others. A large portion of the conference was devoted to breakout sessions, permitting participants to gather in small groups to brainstorm and develop promising new strategies for this work.

Click here to view the videos.