The Center develops conferences and meetings related to social justice and poverty concerns. These convenings frequently involve collaborations with other institutional partners and sponsors. In addition, the Center also sponsors training workshops and CLE programs.
• New York City Convening on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children – 5.30.12.
The Center convening and organized a half-day convening that brought together a broad array of New York City and New York State stakeholders to discuss opportunities for improving policy and practice for unaccompanied immigrant children in the New York City metropolitan area. Every year, approximately 700 children are released to community sponsors, pending removal proceedings, following their apprehension by federal immigration officials. This convening, which focused on how local stakeholders might undertake discrete efforts focused on this population vulnerable to exploitation, is believed to be the first local effort in the country.
• New York City Consumer Debt Working Conference – 6.28.08.
This conference focused on the consumer debt issues from a local perspective. Consumer debt experts, consumer law advocates, social and legal services providers, and court personnel came together for informational and problem-solving sessions. A majority of debtor defendants in New York City are New Yorkers with low and moderate incomes.
• Dispute Resolution Society Program - Fall 2008
The Center co-sponsored this program with the Fordham Law School Dispute Resolution Society.
• Consensus Building and Institutionalizing Effective Policy and Practice – 10.12.07.
The Center co-sponsored this program with the Fordham Law School Dispute Resolution Society. The program featured Professor Lawrence Susskind, the internationally renowned ADR scholar and practitioner, who founded the Consensus Building Institute and co-directs the Harvard Program on Negotiation.
• Asset Building in the Big Apple – 6.20.07.
The Center co-sponsored this one-day conference with the Office for Financial Empowerment of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. The conference brought together national and local leaders to explore promising asset building policies focused on low-income New Yorkers, particularly strategies and programs for local government to consider.
• What is the Place of Poverty Law in the Law School Curriculum? Looking Back and Planning for the Future – 3.5.07.
This invitation-only colloquium brought together theory and clinical law professors from around the nation. Participants reflected on past progress and considered a variety of approaches for teaching about poverty. Participants also discussed social justice concerns that continue to create barriers and hardship for people living in poverty.
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• ADR as a Tool for Achieving Social Justice – 10.11.06.
This program was our inaugural conference; the Fordham Law School Dispute Resolution Society co-sponsored the program.