Realizing Justice:

Expanding Access to Counsel for Immigrants in New York and Beyond


Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law – November 21, 2014



Additional speakers to be announced


o   9 AMCheck-In and Continental Breakfast - Lobby


o   9:30 – 10:00 AM  Opening Remarks – Moot Court Room

o   Welcome – Dean Matthew Diller, Cardozo School of Law

o   Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

o   Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council


o   10:00-11:30    Plenary Panel: How NYC Became A Model for Access to Justice – Moot Court Room

o   Moderator: Peter Markowitz, Clinical Associate Professor, Cardozo School of Law

o   Francisco P. Moya, New York State Assembly Member

o   o   Rory Lancman, Chair of the NY City Council Committee on Courts and Legal Services

o   Rachel Tiven, Executive Director, Immigrant Justice Corps

o   Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, New York City


o   11:30-11:50 – Networking Break and Pick Up Lunch


o   11:50-1:00    Breakout Sessions I (Working Lunch)


·      Creating an Immigration Public Defender System – Rm 407

o   Moderator: Judge Noel Brennan, Executive Office for Immigration Review (in personal capacity)

o   Oren Root, Director, Center on Immigration and Justice, Vera Institute of Justice

o   Jennifer Friedman, Director of Immigration Advocacy, Bronx Defenders

o   Maria Navarro, Supervising Attorney, Legal Aid Society

o   Marianne Yang, Director of Immigration Practice, Brooklyn Defender Services


·      Political and Litigation Strategies Toward a National Right to Counsel – Rm 1008

o   Moderator: Lindsay Nash, Skadden Fellow, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

o   Mark Noferi, Enforcement Fellow, American Immigration Council

o   Marika Dias, Managing Attorney, Make the Road New York

o   Stephen Kang, Attorney, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

o   Avideh Moussavian, Economic Justice Attorney, National Immigration Law Center


1:15-2:15    Breakout Sessions II


·      Using Immigration Fellowship Programs to Close the Justice Gap – Rm 407

o   Moderator: Barbara Camacho, Pro Bono Coordinator, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP

o   Victoria Neilson, Legal Director, Immigrant Justice Corps

o   Karla Ostolaza, Justice Fellow, Immigrant Justice Corps

o   Eve Stotland, Director of the Legal Services Center, The Door

o  Jennifer C. Friedman, Executive Director, Pace Community Law Practice 


·      Building an Access to Justice Campaign: From Data to Message to Funding – Rm 1008

o   Moderator: Emily Tucker, Staff Attorney, Center for Popular Democracy

o   Angela Fernandez, Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights

o   Marina Caeiro, Senior Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice

o   Eric Weingartner, Managing Director, Robin Hood Foundation


2:30-3:30   Plenary Panel: Reflections From Around the Nation and Next Steps Forward --

Moot Court Room

o   Moderator: Andrew Friedman, Center for Popular Democracy

o   Mary Meg McCarthy, Executive Director, National Immigrant Justice Center

o   Angie Junck, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, San Francisco

o   Jennifer Klein, Immigration Law Specialist, Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services

o   Professor Lori Nessel, Seton Hall University School of Law


3:30-3:45 – Closing Remarks

o   Renee, Client of the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, with Attorney Ruben Loyo, Brooklyn Defender Services


4:00-5:00 – Reception/Networking – Le Midi Bar & Restaurant, 11 E 13th St.


Sponsored by the Immigration Justice Clinic at the Cardozo School of Law, the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, the Center for Popular Democracy, the Vera Institute of Justice, and the Immigrant Justice Corps.