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Prison Reform-Evolving Standards of Decency-Have we come far enough to abolish solitary confinement?
Start Date: 1/29/2015Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 1/29/2015End Time: 12:50 PM

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Standards of Decency.
Have we come far enough to
abolish solitary confinement?

Karen Murtagh
Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York

Karen L. Murtagh is the Executive Director Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York (PLS). She is a graduate of Clarkson University and Albany Law School. She has litigated a variety of prisoners’ rights issues including prisoners’ due process rights at disciplinary hearings, excessive force, treatment of mentally ill prisoners, the First Amendment, the constitutionality of State statutes, and the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). She has tried cases in both the Court of Claims and Federal Court and has argued numerous cases before New York State courts including the New York Court of Appeals and successfully as amicus before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case challenging the constitutionality of a New York State statute. She has previously worked as a staff attorney, managing attorney, Director of Litigation and Deputy Director for PLS. She has provided extensive training to attorneys on administrative and Article 78 practice and how to litigate excessive force cases in federal court. She has also served on the faculty of Albany Law School as an adjunct professor where she established a clinic program for prisoners’ rights and taught Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Court of Claims Practice, and Litigation Skills. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and sits on the NYS Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee. She is a Board member of the New York State Defenders Association. She is also an advisor to the NYSDA Special Committee on Immigration Representation.

When: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 12:30pm - 1:50pm



  • Fordham Law Review
  • Fordham Urban Law Journal
  • Mentoring Youth Through Legal Education
  • Prisoner Rights Advocates
  • St. Thomas More Society: Catholic Law Students
  • Stein Scholars

Feerick Center for Social Justice
Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street

Admission Information:
Open to the Public

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