Civil Rights in the Age of Coronavirus

Hofstra Law's Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics presents Civil Rights in the Age of Coronavirus: A Talk with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law's Dariely Rodriguez, Director, Economic Justice Project and Ajay Saini, Counsel, Voting Rights Project. Coronavirus has and will continue to have a significant impact upon the world, our country, our communities, and the operation of our laws. Two prominent civil rights litigators will discuss legal issues and litigation related to a range of issues impacting communities of color including health equity, employment and voting rights.

Co-sponsored by: Hofstra Law's Black Law Students Association (BLSA); Latino/a American Law Student Association (LALSA); Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA); South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA); and If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice


Thursday, April 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Held Via Zoom: RSVP

This event is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom. RSVP is required.

Registrants will be emailed a link to the Zoom session the morning of the event.




Dariely Rodriguez, a Freedman Institute Board member, leads the Economic Justice Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s efforts to combat employment discrimination and to address ongoing economic and racial inequality through litigation, public education and policy advocacy. Ms. Rodriguez also co-chairs the Employment Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the national umbrella organization of American civil rights groups. She began her career clerking in the New Jersey Superior Court -- Civil Division following graduation from Hofstra Law where she was a LatCrit Scholar and the recipient of the Dwight L. Greene full tuition scholarship for minority rights advocacy.

Ajay Saini is Counsel in the Voting Rights Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where he works to protect access to the ballot box, to encourage racial equity in political representation, and to ensure that the 2020 Census adequately counts historically undercounted communities. Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Mr. Saini was an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Office of the Attorney General. He led the Bureau’s education and voting rights work, and litigated several cases against the federal government, including challenges to decisions to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Mr. Saini graduated from Columbia University in 2012.  


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The Monroe H. Freedman Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, founded in honor of one of the profession’s most influential legal scholars, seeks to focus the attention of law students, scholars, judges and practitioners on today’s most significant issues for the legal profession.

The Freedman Institute sponsors programs and conferences for scholarly inquiry and brings together practitioners, judges and scholars to examine critical aspects of the delivery of legal services.

It also trains law students to take responsibility for serving others, and it provides practical experiences to do so.

Monroe Freedman schooled generations of law students and implored colleagues to "make a difference." The Freedman Institute seeks to enhance his legacy.

Thursday, April 16, 2020



Hofstra University Virtual Event
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Hempstead, NY 11549-1000


Deborah Grattan

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