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As inaugural Pro Bono Scholars, three St. John's Law 3Ls spent the spring semester working full-time to help fill the wide “justice gap” that leaves many New Yorkers without the legal help they need when facing foreclosure, cuts in public assistance, eviction, and other serious legal challenges.
In this Boston Globe Op-Ed, Professor Jeff Sovern argues for a ban on the arbitration clauses typically buried in the fine print of a credit card contract or other consumer contract.
A Manhattan federal judge's use of a rare writ to void a former Merrill Lynch assistant's guilty plea for lying in the "squawk box" securities fraud case may have been a valid exercise in sympathy, but according to Professor Larry Cunningham, prosecutors would have opened the floodgates to more culpable defendants had they let the judge's decision stand.
On Saturday, May 16, 2015, over 200 students from 14 area Catholic schools and their families came together at St. John’s Law for the 13th annual Catholic Middle School Mock Trial Program.
At first blush, it read like a case straight out of Agatha Christie’s imagination. A group-owned 13th century painting of “Madonna and Child” stolen from a Geneva bank vault vanishes without a trace. After it turns up at a Sotheby's auction, adjunct professor Leila A. Amineddoleh goes to work, helping her clients regain their ownership rights in the painting.
On May 5, 2015, Pierre Georges Bonnefil ’88 was appointed a Chevalier in the French Légion d’Honneur by the Republic of France. Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Légion d’Honneur is France’s highest award and one of the most prized distinctions in the world.
Next month, the New York City Bar Association will present its Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award to Darryl Gibbs ’00.The award recognizes the critical role attorneys play in initiating and sustaining change within their organizations and in the New York legal community.
The student-run St. John’s University School of Law Commercial Division Online Law Report launched this year as a go-to resource for commercial litigators practicing in New York. Designed as a collaborative forum, the site offers content on a range of timely topics related to the work of the Commercial Division, including articles and commentary produced by St. John's Law students, academics, practitioners and judges in the field, and other subject-matter experts.
Associate Academic Dean Larry Cunningham, a former prosecutor, is one of several legal experts weighing in on the likelihood of a retrial in the high-profile Etan Patz murder case in New York.
In a letter to the editor of the New York Times, responding to "The Medical Bill Mystery" by Elisabeth Rosenthal (May 3, 2015), Professor Jeff Sovern suggests that medical bills should be governed by New York's law on “Requirements for Use of Plain Language in Consumer Transactions.”

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