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January 29, 2015

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

10:30 AM Law School Tour

A guided tour of the law school will be conducted by a current student. The tour should last between 30-45 minutes. You must register online at least 24 hours in advance to secure a spot. Please have a state issued form of identification to gain access to the building.  

Your tour guide will meet you in the lobby of the law school building by the welcome desk.

Please note tours will start exactly on time, so it's best to arrive a few minutes early.  

We Look forward to your visit and welcome you to Fordham Law School.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Faculty Workshop - Martha Ertman

Presenter: Martha Ertman from the University of Maryland School of Law
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Practice in Action: Client-Centered Practices

Considering a career in practice areas with high volumes of interaction with individual clients?  Hear from a panel of alumni about how to break into these practice areas, what they do on a day to day basis, and how  to effectively represent clients in the following areas:

  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • Trust and Estates

There will be a “meet and greet” with the panelists at the end of the program.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Prepare for Your Interviews & Table Talk at the Public Interest Legal Career Fair

Get ready for the Public Interest Legal Career Fair. The Public Interest Legal Career Fair is approaching-Thursday, February 5th and Friday, February 6th and we want to prepare you to do your best!  This program will really get you ready for:

*table talk (the informational tables that organizations and govt. agencies have set up)

*your interviews


We'll also orient so you know what to expect so you=ll feel as comfortable as possible & we=ll answer questions. 


Lunch will be served

12:30 PM - 12:50 PM Prison Reform-Evolving Standards of Decency-Have we come far enough to abolish solitary confinement?


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

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Yoga Workshop
Join a growing number of law students and lawyers who practice yoga and other mind/body practices to increase concentration, reduce stress, and restore a sense of balance in law school, law practice, and life. Registering by emailing is required as there is limited space. 

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