Lenni Benson, Alvin Bragg, Kirk Burkhalter ’04, Rebecca Roiphe, Nadine Strossen

In the News: Faculty Members Weigh in on Headline Stories

Lenni Benson, Alvin Bragg, Kirk Burkhalter ’04, Rebecca Roiphe, Nadine Strossen
(From left to right) Professors Lenni Benson, Alvin Bragg, Kirk Burkhalter ’04, Rebecca Roiphe, Nadine Strossen

NYLS faculty members are frequently quoted in the media on high-profile topics. Here’s a round-up of their recent appearances:

Children in Immigration Court
Professor Lenni Benson is a nationally regarded immigration law expert and the founder of the Safe Passage Project, a nonprofit housed on NYLS’s campus that provides free legal representation to children and teenagers facing immigration court. She’s often called upon by the media to advise on legal questions related to her work. Recently, she was quoted in a Gothamist piece that fact-checked immigration storylines on the show Orange is the New Black.

Justice, Transparency, and the Eric Garner Case
Professor Alvin Bragg, Co-Director of NYLS’s Racial Justice Project, appeared on the podcast Good Law | Bad Law to discuss the Eric Garner case. On behalf of the Racial Justice Project, Professor Bragg is playing a key role in a new legal action related to that case. Find other representative coverage from the Staten Island Advance and the Associated Press.

Heavy-Hitting Criminal Cases
Professor Kirk Burkhalter ’04 regularly appears on the Law & Crime networkwhich was founded by Dan Abrams of ABC News. Earlier this week, he was featured in a segment on the high-profile criminal case Ohio v. Brooke Skylar Richardson. The tragic case involves a young woman whose newborn baby died. The defendant is facing aggravated murder and other charges; she maintains that her baby was stillborn.

The Jeffrey Epstein Case
As a legal analyst for CBS News, Professor Rebecca Roiphe is often called upon to synthesize breaking national news developments. Professor Roiphe, a former Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, recently discussed the possibility that a federal judge will release the names of 1,000 people potentially connected to Jeffrey Epstein. Watch the clip.

Social Media Companies and Democracy
Professor Nadine Strossen, an expert in free speech and a former President of the American Civil Liberties Union, recently narrated an animated video by The Atlantic. In the video, she argues that it is problematic for social media companies to serve as the gatekeepers of meaningful freedom of speech.