Educational Institutions

The City University of New York School of Law Foundation, Inc.

  • Long Island City, NY
  • www.law.cuny.edu

Mission Statement

CUNY Law students bring a passion to make a difference in their communities. CUNY Law gives them the tools to make that change. As the nation's premier public interest law school, we are driven by a mission to enhance the diversity of the legal profession and graduate outstanding attorneys intent on creating change for the better. A CUNY Law education prepares lawyers who are ready to right the wrongs, stand up for the underserved and fight for social justice. The CUNY School of Law Foundation strives to assist The CUNY School of Law in developing and delivering educational opportunities by soliciting and managing gifts of voluntary financial support from alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, and others for the sole benefit of CUNY Law, its students, faculty, and programs; and to promote the image and general welfare of CUNY Law.

Main Programs

  1. Court Square Law Project (CLSP)
  2. International Women's Human Rights Clinic (IWHR)
  3. Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR)
  4. The Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice
  5. Mississippi Project
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Predominantly New York City with some programs that have gained international leverage.

ruling year

1995

Principal Officer since 2016

Self-reported

C.J. Ortuno

Keywords

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CUNY, Law, School, University, Education, Legal, Public Interest, Public service, Law School, social justice, human rights, diversity

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Also Known As

CUNY School of Law Foundation

EIN

11-3235349

Physical Address

2 Court Square

Long Island City, NY 11101

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Court Square Law Project (CLSP)

The CLSP will help address serious gaps in access to civil legal services for individuals with moderate incomes. Nationwide, fewer than four in ten moderate-income individuals faced with a serious legal issue seek professional assistance, and almost one quarter do nothing. It is difficult to find legal counsel at an affordable price, and there are competing priorities for limited resources.

Category

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Minorities

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Program 2

International Women's Human Rights Clinic (IWHR)

Our International Women’s Human Rights Clinic (IWHR) focuses on gender-based violence, reproductive rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, economic and social rights, children’s rights and anti-trafficking work. Through the clinical seminar and project work, IWHR students develop a sound understanding of international human rights and sharpen lawyering skills necessary for effective law reform-oriented advocacy work applicable in both U.S. and international contexts.

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Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

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Program 3

Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR)

The CLEAR project primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices.

Category

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

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Program 4

The Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice

The Sorensen Center trains social justice lawyers to work from the local to the global levels, protecting rights of those affected by instability, conflict, and repression. We advance scholarship, intellectual exchange, and advocacy for international peace and justice

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Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

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Program 5

Mississippi Project

The Mississippi Project seeks to promote justice for all communities, and to provide CUNY Law students an opportunity to learn innovative legal strategies by working alongside seasoned lawyers and support staff at partner host organizations. It was founded by CUNY Law students who traveled to Mississippi to help investigate the suspicious jailhouse hanging death of Andre Jones.

Category

Population(s) Served

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- Other Specified Group

Other Named Groups

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Predominantly New York City with some programs that have gained international leverage.

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Funding Needs

The CUNY Law Foundation's top needs are prospective student scholarships for incoming students; summer public interest fellowships for students; and faculty scholarship.

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Financials

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THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SCHOOL OF LAW FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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The City University of New York School of Law Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

C.J. Ortuno

BIO

Raised in Miami, Florida and now living in New York, CJ was the Executive Director of SAVE Dade, the County's largest LGBT advocacy organization. His vision for a better Miami-Dade continues to be one that is free of prejudice and accepting of all people.

Under CJ's leadership, SAVE Dade's advocacy resulted in the safe passage of a county-wide LGBT inclusive anti-bullying policy, leading a campaign to help elect Florida's first openly gay state legislator, David Richardson, and helping Representative Richardson secure $100,000 in state funding for LGBT youth homeless in Miami-Dade.

Today, CJ is the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement for CUNY School of Law, the premier public interest law school in the country. The school's mission is to graduate outstanding public interest attorneys and to enhance the diversity of the legal profession. CJ hopes to make CUNY Law a stronger and more well-known entity in progressive social justice movements around the world.

Prior to his work at SAVE, CJ was the director of development at Hands On Miami, which was Miami's largest volunteer community service organization. He has been in business development and/or fundraising for over 10 years. He lives with his wife and 7 year old daughter in Long Island City.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Marnie Berk

New York Lawyers for Public Interest

Term: Jan 2016 - Jan 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?