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In the face of a changing legal profession and the challenges confronting law schools across the country, St. John’s Law remains steadfast in its commitment to opening its doors to a highly qualified and highly diverse student body.
Through silent and live auctions and other festivities, the Law School's Public Interest Auction had another successful year, raising over $116,000 to support public interest fellowships for St. John’s Law students.
Christine Lazaro, Director of the Law School's Securities Arbitration Clinic, weighs in on possible remedies in more than 30 cases overseen by a former FINRA arbitrator who falsely claimed to be a lawyer.
The clinical legal education program at St. John’s Law embodies and animates St. Vincent de Paul’s zeal for serving the poor. Through clinics offered in house and in partnership with outside organizations, students build essential lawyering skills. Clinic students and directors gathered recently to share their experiences in the program with Rev. Hugh O'Donnell, C.M., the Vincentian Chair for Social Justice and Board of Trustee member, and Rev. Gerard Luttenberger, C.M., Executive Vice President for Mission at St. John’s University.
Elisa Garcia handles the big jobs for the big companies. She helped usher the Boca Raton, Fla.-based office-supply chain Office Depot Inc. through its November merger with Office Max Inc., a $1.2 billion transaction that had to clear antitrust regulators. In December, Garcia rose from general counsel to chief legal officer, a job in which she oversees regulatory, compliance and government-affairs matters.
Over the last two years, St. John’s Law has redesigned its externship program to give students a unique opportunity to learn the law by doing. An externship is an internship pursued for academic credit. Through externship placements in a range of public and private practice settings, students get to test substantive areas of the law as they identify and chart their career paths.
Lawrence E. Walsh, who died on March 19 at age 102, was the 1980s Iran-Contra “independent counsel,” the special prosecutor of the biggest White House scandal and range of crimes since Watergate.
A team representing St. John’s Black Law Student Association (BLSA) out-performed 16 teams from law schools across the country to take first place in the 8th Annual NBLSA Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition (NMNMINC).
Elliott, a justice in Queens since 2004, will hear appeals from criminal and civil courts in the Second, Eleventh and Thirteenth judicial districts. He will replace Jaime Rios, who retired at the end of 2013.
Three 1Ls have earned coveted New York City Bar Diversity Fellowships for summer 2014. Janelle Aaron will spend the summer at Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., Stephanie Cipolla will work for Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy & Bach, LLP, and Lawson Huynh has been placed at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

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