OPS_PublicInterest Symposium

Frank H.T. Rhodes Public Interest Law Career Symposium

"Tipping the Scales Toward Justice:A Public Service Pursuit"

Friday, January 25, 2019

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Panels: Examining the Issues

Civil Justice Advocates - Fighting for Equity                                                                                    3:00 - 4:15 p.m. - Room 184                                                                                                                          Three civil attorneys tackle basic necessities for indigent clients. How do crises in housing, education, and employment entrench civilians the cycle of poverty?

Akua Akyea (Moderator)                                                                                                                               Assistant Dean for Public Service, Cornell Law School - Ithaca, NY

Rosa Cortez '18                                                                                                                                                    2018-20 Rhodes Fellow: EdLaw Project - Fall River, MA

Martha Roberts '82                                                                                                                                           Supervising Attorney, Legal Assistance of Western New York - Geneva, NY

Mario Roque '17                                                                                                                                                  2017-19 Rhodes Fellow: Empire Justice Center - Rochester, NY                                                            Current Position: Staff Attorney, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid - Minneapolis, MN

Voices for the Defense - Seeking Justice in Trying Times                                                           4:30 - 5:45 p.m. - Room         184                                                                                                                           Defending immigrants, victims and the wrongfully accused in today's world is an uphill battle. Listen to these lawyers delve into the barriers for clients in today's society and their efforts to combat injustice.

Akua Akyea (Moderator)                                                                                                                       Assistant Dean for Public Service, Cornell Law School - Ithaca, NY

Colleen Cowgill '15                                                                                                                                           20 15-17 Rhodes Fellow: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - Washington, DC       Current Position: Removal Staff Attorney, Catholic Charities of Orange County - Santa Ana, CA

Cristina Laramee '14                                                                                                                                      2014-16 Rhodes Fellow, Bronx Defenders - New York, NY                                                                      Current Position: Associate, Bozorgi Law - Miami, FL

Amanda Reynoso-Palley '16                                                                                                                      2016-18 Rhodes Fellow:  Day One, New York, NY                                                                                      Current Position: Staff Attorney, Day One - New York, NY

Reception, Dinner and Keynote: The Statler Hotel at Cornell                                                   Reception: 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.                                                                                                                              Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Zellnor Myrie '16

New York State senator - 20th senate district                                                                                   "Campaigning for Justice: Pro Bono, Public Service and Politics"                                                        When Merriam Webster declared "Justice" the 2018 word of the year, it made sense to ask committed public servant for justice to be the keynote speaker. Zellnor Myrie has had successful outcomes in his public service and democratic endeavors. With over 600 hours of pro bono service and a focus on immigrant rights, criminal justice reform, and tenants’ rights, Zellnor's pursuit of justice is all encompassing.

Friday, January 25, 2019

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Cornell Law School's Office of Public Service ~ Frank H.T. Rhodes Public Interest Law Fellowship Endowment ~ Cyrus Mehri '88 Public Interest Lecture Series