I am a licensed attorney, and I have a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center and School. My faculty supervisor was Distinguished Professor Barry Zimmerman, who is a leading figure in self-regulation theories. My dissertation was on the use of student-generated hypotheticals from law cases to promote legal problem solving.
I have a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and I had practiced public interest law at the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). I established the Environmental Justice Project at NYLPI where I successfully brought litigation to force the New York City to adopt regulations to site garbage transfer stations. I developed a community-based lawyering approach that was featured in the documentary So Goes a Nation: Lawyers & Communities. I also successfully brought litigation (NYPIRG v. City of New York) to force the City to establish the Independent Budget Office, a budget watchdog that has brought greater accountability and understanding of the New York City budget.
I taught urban planning law at the Pratt Institute, and I co-curated with artist Andrea Callard an exhibition on the history of tenement housing on the Lower East Side. The exhibition was shown at then Chinatown History Project and at a Dia Art Foundation gallery in Soho. I am a graduate of Oberlin College.
I now serve as the Director of the Career Planning Office of the City University of New York School of Law. Although I work at the CUNY School of Law, this blog represents my personal views; in no way does it represent the official views of CUNY School of Law or any of its departments.