Sorensen Center For International Peace and Justice at CUNY School of Law
As the first named center at CUNY Law School, The Sorensen Center fosters the legacy of Ted Sorensen, long-time advisor and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy. The Center nurtures students committed to practicing public interest law, building on and enhancing the Law School’s 35-year tradition of practicing law in the service of human needs.
The Center’s mission is to train social justice lawyers to protect the rights of those affected by instability, conflict, and repression. This includes diversifying the legal field and mentoring young social justice lawyers to help shape the future. Since 2015, over 80 Sorensen Center Fellows have used their skills and experience to make a difference locally and globally, with internships throughout the U.S. and around the world. With Foundation support, the Center increased the number of social justice fellowships to address global challenges impacting communities in New York City. Fellows help local communities and are an invaluable resource to stressed legal organizations on a wide range of issues — health and housing justice, economic justice, racial justice, gender and LGBT+ rights, education justice, immigration rights and criminal justice.
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