New York Law School students and alumni

New York Law School’s Top 10 Stories of 2022

New York Law School students and alumni

2022 has been an eventful year for the New York Law School (NYLS) community with many achievements and highlights to celebrate. As we look forward to new and exciting opportunities in 2023, we’re also taking a moment to look back at special moments from 2022. Check out some of the top stories.

1. Judge Judy Sheindlin Makes Legacy Gift to New York Law School to Support Women in the Law: NYLS alumna Judge Judy Sheindlin ’65 made a transformative gift, establishing an Honors Scholars Program to create transformative opportunities for women to attend law school and become leaders in the legal profession.

2. New York Law School Introduces “NYLS Pro” a Reimagined Evening Division for Today’s Working Professionals: NYLS announced a bold, new vision for redesigning the evening program, making it more accessible, flexible, and affordable—and better tailored to the specific needs of 21st century professionals who balance work, home, and school. This fall, 1L evening students became the first to enter the NYLS Pro Evening Division.

3. Mayor Eric Adams Appoints NYLS Dean and President Anthony W. Crowell to the City Planning Commission: Dean Anthony Crowell is serving a five-year term on the City Planning Commission, working to make the city more affordable, accessible, and safe for all while continuing his work leading New York Law School.

4. NYLS Welcomes New 1Ls to Orientation: A treasured tradition, NYLS welcomed the Classes of 2025 and 2026 to a comprehensive two-week orientation to help set them up to a successful start to law school and introduce them to our supportive community.

5. NYLS Alumnus Anthony Cannataro ’96 to Lead New York Court of Appeals: After being appointed to the New York Court of Appeals in June 2021, Hon. Anthony Cannataro ’96 was tapped to lead the state’s highest court as Acting Chief Judge in 2022.

6. AT&T Awards Two NYLS Students $2,500 for Their Pro Bono Service: As 3L evening students, Grace Agalo-os ’23 Evening and Tiffany Sabal ’23 Evening were awarded the AT&T Pro Bono Excellence Scholarship to honor their exemplary pro bono service to those most in need. 

7. Ford Foundation Awards Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic $300,000 Grant: The Ford Foundation awarded the School’s Civil Rights and Disability Justice Clinic a generous grant to support the Clinic’s critical advocacy, research, and outreach work over the next three years.

8. Summer Internships: NYLS Students Share Their Experiences: Four NYLS students discussed what they learned and the invaluable practical legal skills they gained during their summer internships.

9. NYLS Celebrates Three Years of Graduates at Commencement: In a momentous and joyful celebration, New York Law School graduates convened in person for the 130th Commencement Exercises—the first in-person ceremony since 2019. 

10. Biden Administration Officials Honor NYLS and Other Law Schools: Dean Anthony Crowell, Professor Andrew Scherer, and NYLS Housing Rights Clinic students were recognized by the White House for answering the call to help address the housing and eviction crisis.