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Looking for live LSAT classes in New York City or Boston?  You're in luck!  PreProBono, a NYC based 501(c)3 non-profit also founded by our co-founder J.Y. Ping, is offering weekend LSAT classes at various NYC and Boston colleges and law schools.  7Sage is proud to donate our curriculum and materials to PreProBono.  The cost to you?  $50 deposit, fully refunded upon successful completion of program.  Successful completion of program means that you show up on time to the class you sign up for and stay for the whole time.  If you can manage that, it's pretty much free.  Can you manage that?

PreProBono Spring 2013 Schedule

Fordham University at Rose Hill - February 2-3

Baruch College - February 2-3

College of Staten Island - February 16-17

NYU Law School - February 23-24

Harvard Law School - March 2-3

Hunter College - March 30-31

Columbia Law School - April 6-7

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/29), Esha Bhandari!

Bio: Esha Bhandari is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. She holds a B.A., First Class Honours, from McGill University, where she received the Allen Oliver Gold Medal in political science, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent and Harlan Fiske Stone scholar and recipient of the Robert Noxon Toppan Prize in constitutional law and the Archie O. Dawson Prize for advocacy. During law school, Esha served as an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review, participated in the Human Rights Clinic, and completed an externship in the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Law Unit. She spent a summer working on refugee rights matters at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town. Esha holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Prior to joining the ACLU, Esha clerked for the Honorable Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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If you’re curious about Esha’s experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 29th) in the comments below.

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/22), Alexis Offen!

Bio: Alexis Offen is the general counsel and senior policy advisor in the Mayor's Office of Operations, where she oversees strategy, policy and implementation for major Mayoral initiatives.  Alexis' projects have covered a range of issues, from how to spend the City's federal stimulus dollars to streamlining real estate development projects to finding new efficiencies and cost-savings in human resources and labor relations . Alexis also oversees all City rulemaking to ensure operational efficiency and customer service.  Prior to working in the Mayor's Office, Alexis worked as a real estate and government affairs attorney at Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm based in New York, and was the Deputy Policy Director for Andrew Cuomo's successful Attorney General Campaign in 2006.  Alexis attended Harvard College and Fordham Law School and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Ask Alexis your questions about public interest law:

If you’re curious about Alexis' experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 22nd) in the comments below.

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/15), Marisa Cabrera!

Bio: Marisa Cabrera is a criminal defense attorney working as Appellate Counsel at the Center for Appellate Litigation. CAL is a not-for-profit law firm located in lower Manhattan, handling appeals and post-conviction proceedings on behalf of indigent criminal defendants in cases assigned by the Appellate Division, First Department. Marisa graduated with a B.A. in psychology in 2007 from Williams College in Williamstown, MA. In 2011, Marisa graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. where she worked as a teaching assistant for a first-year legal writing course. Prior to working at CAL, Marisa worked as a law clerk for the Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, a plaintiff-side employment discrimination law firm, and as a judicial intern for Hon. Ariel Belen at the Appellate Division, Second Department. Additionally, while in law school, Marisa worked as a student attorney at the DC Law Students in Court civil litigation clinical program where she represented low-income tenants in DC landlord-tenant and small claims courts.

Ask Marisa your questions about public interest law:

If you’re curious about Marisa’s experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 15th) in the comments below.

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/8), Nicole Hallett!

Bio: Nicole Hallett is a staff attorney and former Skadden Fellow at Community Development Project (CDP). Her work at CDP supports worker centers and community groups organizing low-wage workers in New York City, particularly domestic workers. Before joining CDP, Nicole clerked for the Honorables Mark R. Kravitz (D.Conn.) and Rosemary S. Pooler (2d Cir.). She is a 2008 graduate of Yale Law School, where she received the C. LaRue Munson Prize for excellence in a law school clinical program. A Truman and Luce Scholar, Nicole received her master’s degree from the University of Oxford’s School of Development Studies and a B.A. summa cum laude from DePauw University.

Ask Nicole your questions about public interest law:

If you’re curious about Nicole’s experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 8th) in the comments below.

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (9/1), Natalie Orr!

Bio: Natalie Orr graduated from Columbia Law School in 2011 and is currently the Chadbourne & Parke fellow at The Door Legal Services, where she represents low-income young people in immigration matters. She has about 70 clients at a time, all aged 12-21, whom she helps
to obtain greencards and/or relief from removal through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, Asylum, U visas, Prosecutorial Discretion, and now Deferred Action. After graduating from Harvard College in 2006 with a degree in History and Literature, Natalie spent two years as a paralegal at The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice in the Bronx, where she assisted in both child abuse/neglect and juvenile delinquency litigation. During law school, she wrote for the Human Rights Law Review, served as an Articles Editor for the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, and interned at the ACLU National Prison Project. She also participated in externships at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She spent her second summer at Simpson Thacher in New York.

Ask Natalie your questions about public interest law:

If you’re curious about Natalie's experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, September 1st) in the comments below.

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (8/25), Komala Ramachandra!

Bio: Komala Ramachandra is an attorney at Accountability Counsel, a non-governmental organization that supports communities around the world affected by projects that negatively impact people's lives and environments. She graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2010, where she received the Holmes Public Interest Fellowship to support her first year working with Accountability Counsel. During law school, Komala participated in International Human Rights clinical, and worked at Greater Boston Legal Services through the Immigration and Refugee Advocacy clinical program. She was active in Harvard Advocates for Human Rights, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and the National Lawyers Guild. She has also interned with International Crisis Group in Nairobi, Kenya, researching land rights in post-conflict northern Uganda and with Paschim Banga Keth Mazoor Samiti, a grassroots farmers union in Calcutta, India, on issues of land security, eminent domain, and economic development.

Ask Komala your questions about public interest law:

If you’re curious about Komala’s experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, August 25th) in the comments below.

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A four hour drive from Manhattan and an hour after losing reception, we saw a sign that informed us “Pavement Ends.” In the car, Amanda, Edison and I looked at each other, trying to understand what was happening when the prophecy came to pass that the pavement ended. A few minutes later, we found the lodge we would be staying in for the next four days. It was a quaint rustic thing nestled in the Adirondacks that looked equal parts family comedy and horror.

Thankfully, it would turn out to be the former for the PreProBono retreat.

The LodgeThough with Jerone’s laughter echoing through the halls, it could have gone either way.

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We are very excited to welcome the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (8/11), Cynthia Carlson!

If you are not a part of our Fellowship program but still would like to attend, please RSVP here.

Bio: After graduating George Mason University with honors, Cynthia left her southern roots for the much snowier New York. Cynthia attended Pace University School of Law. During her studies, she worked at Freshfields, Bruckhaus, and Deringer in Vienna, Austria, before leaving the private sector to enjoy the public interest field. After interning at the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, she began working in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx County District Attorney's Office.

Ask Cynthia your questions about public interest law:
If you're curious about Cynthia's experiences in law school or public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, August 11th) in the comments below.

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We are pleased to the Public Interest Guest Speaker for this coming Saturday (8/4), Jimmy Yan!

If you are not a part of our Fellowship program but still would like to attend, please RSVP here.

Bio: Jimmy Yan is the General Counsel in the Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer. The Manhattan Borough President's Office is an office of approximately 60 staff representing the borough of Manhattan on a wide range of matters in areas of public policy, legislation, land use, economic development, budget, community government and other areas. Jimmy is the first Asian American to serve as the General Counsel to a Borough President. In this role, he advises the Borough President and his staff on all legal issues and matters in the office ranging from policy to operations. His responsibilities also include serving on the Board of Trustees for the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) pension fund where he has led initiatives on Principles for Responsible Investment and Emerging Manager policies. He also sits on the New York City Franchise and Concession Review Committee and the Chinatown Business Improvement District Board. In addition, Jimmy leads the Borough President's Immigrant Rights Task Force and is the liaison to the Asian American community. Prior to the Borough President's Office, Jimmy served as the General Counsel in the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, where he worked on legislation and policy promoting language access, domestic workers rights, protecting undocumented immigrants and other issues, and as a Deputy Chief Counsel to the 2003 New York City Charter Revision Commission. Jimmy also worked as a senior attorney at Advocates for Children, where he led the Immigrant Students' Rights Project, as an attorney at the Legal Aid Society and a Law Fellow working on immigration and welfare reform at the Council of Senior Centers and Services. He attended NYU School of Law, the University of California at Berkeley with degrees in English and Ethnic Studies.

Ask Jimmy your questions about public interest law:
If you're curious about Jimmy's experiences in law school or in public interest law, please submit your questions (before this Saturday, August 4th) in the comments section below.

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