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Social Justice Initiatives

Year in Review Letter from SJI Dean

Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) provides career services and programming for students and graduates interested in public interest, international human rights, public service/government, and legal volunteer work. SJI also implements and oversees Columbia Law School's Pro Bono Program, which connects students with attorney-supervised projects in the public good, as well as the Law School's Guaranteed Summer Funding Program.

News from SJI

Ezra vs. Goliaths

Ezra Young ’12 is a leading figure on the frontlines of the transgender rights movement. He has worked as director of impact litigation for the Transgender Legal Defense and Educational Fund and as a founding board member and co-chair of the National Trans Bar Association. 

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“Children Were Traumatized,” Professor Elora Mukherjee Tells Congressional Panel

Mukherjee said of her visit to a detention facility run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection: “One 6-year-old girl, detained all alone, could only say, ‘I’m scared. I’m scared. I’m scared'...Not being able to do anything for her broke my heart.”

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Lexi Studwell '19 Wins Millstein Fellowship to Work in Financial Regulation

She will serve as an attorney in the majority’s office of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, chaired by Rep. Maxine Waters of California.

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Student Voices

Patricia Okonta ’18 on Joining Columbia Law’s Cohort of Leaders
Jacob Bogart ’18 on His Human Rights Work at Columbia Law
Yasmin Theodros Dagne ’18 on Studying Human Rights, Public Interest Law

Upcoming Events

Deadline: Millstein Public Service Fellowship

This annual fellowship provides a stipend to a recent Columbia Law School graduate who demonstrates substantial commitment, ability …

SJI Monday: From the ICC to the World Bank--Navigating Public International Law with Integrity and Flair

With Adejoké Babington-Ashaye, who is currently Senior Counsel with the World Bank, was formerly with the International Criminal …

SJI Monday: How Litigants in Housing Court Secured the Right to an Attorney, and the Role of Community Lawyering

In 2017, New York City became the first jurisdiction in the country to guarantee a right to counsel for poor people facing eviction. …

Deadline: CLS 40-hour Pro Bono Requirement for February 2020 Graduates

CLS 40-hour Pro Bono Requirement for February 2020 Graduates

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