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Several executive board members of the Law School's Frank S. Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute (PTAI) will employ the skills they gained in mock trial competition when they start their full-time work this fall as criminal lawyers serving the public interest.
The majestic Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse in lower Manhattan was a fitting setting for the annual Hon. John E. Sprizzo Reception hosted by St. John's Law and featuring the presentation of the Sprizzo Award to Hon. Loretta A. Preska, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
FINRA's BrokerCheck reports routinely omit information many clients would consider critical to assessing a potential advisor's fitness to serve them. Professor Christine Lazaro, director of the Securities Arbitration Clinic at St. John's Law, weighs in on the issue.
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.

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