The City University of New York School of Law Foundation, Inc.

Law in the Service of Human Needs

aka CUNY School of Law Foundation   |   Long Island City, NY   |  www.law.cuny.edu

Mission

As the number one public interest law school in the nation, our mission is two-fold: we learn, teach, and practice law in the service of human needs and we transform the law so that it includes those it would otherwise exclude, marginalize, and oppress. Opened in 1983, New York City’s only public law school offers full- and part-time programs, dual degree options, and the Pipeline to Justice Program.

Ruling year info

1995

Interim Dean & Professor of Law

Eduardo R.C. Capulong

Main address

2 Court Square

Long Island City, NY 11101 USA

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EIN

11-3235349

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR)

CLEAR offers free legal representation and support to Muslim and all other communities in the New York City area and beyond that are targeted by the government under the guise of national security and counterterrorism. Since 2009, CLEAR has provided groundbreaking legal representation, Know Your Rights workshops and support for community organizing. cunyclear.org

Population(s) Served
Muslims
Immigrants and migrants

The Sorensen Center trains social justice lawyers to work from the local to the global levels, protecting rights of those affected by instability, conflict, and repression. We advance scholarship, intellectual exchange, and advocacy for international peace and justice. https://sorensencenter.net/

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

The CUNY School of Law Foundation seeks funding to provide CUNY Law students with scholarships, summer public interest internships and bar study grants. Nearly half of our students are people of color, and many are immigrants representing as many as 25 countries, and 100% are interested in public interest law.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Accreditations

American Bar Association 1992

Affiliations & memberships

The City University of New York 1983

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    With a dual mission to increase access to legal education for those from communities underrepresented in the profession and to prepare its graduates for public interest and public service practice, 53% of CUNY Law’s student body were students of color, compared to 31% nationally and 30% in NYS law schools (2019-20). In 2019, 59% of CUNY Law graduates were employed in public service and public interest organizations (the vast majority work in NYC), compared to 18% nationally and 21% among NYS law schools. CUNY Law far outperformed every law school in the nation for public interest employment.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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The City University of New York School of Law Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brian O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer & Bernstien

Term: 2019 - 2021

Marnie Berk '96

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Richard Celestin '06

Richard Celestin Consulting Group

Hon. James Francis IV

JAMS

Anthony Gentile

Godosky & Gentile, PC

Laura Gentile '87

Gentile & Associates

Jorge Gomez '17

Daniel Aharoni & Partners LLP

Denise Holzka ‘96

Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP

Rev. Phillip Jackson

Trinity Church Wall Street

Martha Jones ’87 H ‘19

The Johns Hopkins University

Merrick Rossein

CUNY School of Law

Jane Sovern

Bond, Schoeneck & King

Jason Stevens

Mitsubishi International Corporation

Randy Yang '18

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services

Eduardo Capulong

CUNY School of Law

Carolyn Geisel

CUNY School of Law

Rebecca Seawright

CUNY School of Law Board of Visitors

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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