Weekly Newsletter (11/19)

Featured Upcoming Events

Nov. 20             The Symposium Funding Committee

Nov. 22             Celebrate Thanksgiving Day on Campus

Nov. 28             BALSA Public Interest Career Panel (Rescheduled)

Nov. 30             Black Allied Law Student Association (BALSA) Kwanzaa

Nov. 30             The Black Panthers Worldwide Revisited

Dec. 5                Graduate Students of Color/LGBTQ and Allies Social

A message from Dean Fama

Dear Students:

As we enter into this home stretch of the semester I wanted to wish you luck in finishing up classes and preparing for exams. Know that we in the Office of Student Affairs are here to help you navigate any challenges that you may encounter along the way—academic or personal. If you are having any difficulty, please come by and see us on the 4th Floor of Furman. I will also be around Golding Lounge periodically and invite you to stop by and tell me how you are doing.

To support your study efforts over the coming weeks, Quiet Hours will begin Monday, November 26 throughout the law school buildings.  During this time, departments and student groups will minimize events and the law library will have extended hours.  Residence halls will allow you to reserve study rooms in advance and you will also be able to take advantage of other available study space.

I encourage you to take care of yourself and allow for breaks for rest, exercise or socializing.  We’ve put together this list of program highlights that we hope will provide some enjoyment over the coming weeks:


Complimentary Coffee and Donuts (Student Affairs)

Monday, November 19  – Friday, December 7 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in Golding Lounge (VH) and Wachtell Café (FH)

Thanksgiving Feast (Student Affairs)

Thursday, November 22, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in D’Agostino Hall

Pizza Time (Student Bar Association)

Wednesday, December 5, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in Golding Lounge (VH)

Feast for Finals (Residential Services)

Friday, December 7, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in  Lipton Hall (D’Ag)

Complimentary Coffee and Pastries (Culinart, Inc.)

Monday, December 10  – Thursday, December 20 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Golding Lounge (VH) and Wachtell Café (FH)

Ice Cream and Cookies (Student Bar Association)

Monday, December 10, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Golding Lounge (VH)

Take a Break: Massage Program (Residential Services)

Tuesday, December 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Lipton Hall (D’Ag) and the First Floor Game Room of Mercer Hall

Pancake Night (Student Affairs)               

Thursday, December 13, from 10:00-Midnight in Golding Lounge (VH)

Free Yoga with Dean Fama (Student Affairs)

Dates and times will be posted next week

Please visit the Student Affairs website for more information. 

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you soon!

Best regards,

Arthur Fama


The Symposium Funding Committee:

The Symposium Funding Committee is beginning the process of soliciting proposals for student symposia for the Fall 2013 – Spring 2014 school year.  We will hold an information session on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 11:00am to 11:45 am in Vanderbilt Hall, Room 214 to provide details on how to submit a proposal and to answer any questions you may have.  We strongly urge all student group and journal leaders who may be interested in organizing a symposium this coming year to attend this meeting.  We ask that you identify and invite to this meeting 2Ls in your group or journal who might want to play a leadership role in your symposium next year.  If interested in attending, please email tracee.nwafor@nyu.edu with the group/journal you are representing.


Celebrate Thanksgiving Day on Campus!

Join your classmates this Thanksgiving holiday and enjoy a festive dinner on campus.  An elegant buffet with traditional holiday favorites will be served from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in D’Agostino Hall, located at 110 West 3rd Street.  All Law School students, their spouses, domestic partners, and children are invited.  If you are going to be on campus for Thanksgiving, we hope you will be able to join us!  RSVP by TODAY, November 19, 2012.  If you are bringing guests, please provide their information in the RSVP system as well. Click here to register.

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE):

FASPE is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing lawyers today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. To apply to FASPE or to learn more about deadlines and dates, please visit:  http://www.FASPE.info


Intermediate Spanish for Law Students:

The NYU School of Law is pleased to announce that it will offer a free Intermediate Spanish course for Law Students from January 29 to April 25, 2013. The course will be held on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in various Law School classrooms.

If you are interested in taking this course, please send the following information by Friday, November 30, to globalstudents@exchange.law.nyu.edu:  

            First and last name

            Law School Year

            Email address

            Please state region and country of intended Study Abroad (if applicable)  

Wellness Resources

Mental Health- Hurricane Sandy:

Although nearly three weeks ago, many of you may still be feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy. If you find yourself stressed and in need of guidance, please check out NYU’s website that provides students with mental health tips, as well as ways to recover from stressful situations.  Click here for more information.



Free Yoga in Furman Hall every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Guarini Study Lounge (Room 112), right next door to Wachtell Student Cafe.  This event is sponsored by the Open Meditation and Yoga Association.


Live Well NYU:

Check out NYU’s new website for information about discounts, events, activities, and wellness tips and tools. Please note that all recognized student groups are invited to publicize their events on this site. Please click here for more information.

Law Lifeline:

You may be interested in this new online resource for law students. It contains valuable information specifically for law students about coping with anxiety and stress. Please click here for more information.

The Mindfulness Project at NYU:

Please check out The Mindfulness Project at NYU’s newsletter for upcoming events and activities. Among other things, the Mindfulness Project regularly schedules meditation and yoga sessions. All sessions are drop-in; space and mats are first come, first served. Please click here for more information.


Multi-Cultural Programs and Resources

Global Positioning: NYU Law’s New Programs in Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai:

An Information Session on the Law School’s new International Immersion Program will be held on Wednesday, November 28th at 5:00 p.m. in Vanderbilt 216. This will be your first opportunity to learn about new opportunities to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Paris and Shanghai. 1Ls and 2Ls interested in working or studying abroad are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to globalstudents@exchange.law.nyu.edu by Monday, November 26.


NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP):

Interested in staying informed about multicultural programs on and off campus?  Click here for more information, or join the listserv of CMEP by subscribing at join-cmepgrad@lists.nyu.edu.

            Wednesday, December 5, 5:00-9:00 PM

            Graduate Students of Color/LGBTQ and Allies Social

            Negril Village, 70 W. 3rd St (b/w LaGuardia & Thompson)

            Mix, mingle, and build community! Socials are open to all Graduate Students and include complimentary appetizers, drink specials, and music by DJ Trends. In collaboration with the LGBTQ Student Center & the Office of Graduate Student Life, NYU Student Resource Center.   Questions: contact bindi.patel@nyu.edu.

Explore New York… Explore the World:

Discover the unique communities that make New York City unlike any other. Throughout the year, free guided tours will take you to vibrant neighborhoods far beyond Washington Square to experience new cultures, cuisines, and traditions that will deepen your appreciation for your new home. Please click here for more information, or click here to register for this week’s tour.

Museum Getaway:

Museum Getaway is a new initiative from the NYU Division of Student Affairs designed to provide free access for students to many of New York City’s museums. In addition, several of the museums have opportunities for faculty and staff to visit for free as well. Please click here for more information.


Facilities- FIX System:

For your convenience, FIX is a work order system that notifies Facilities when maintenance or a repair is required. To submit a FIX request, go to http://www.law.nyu.edu/operations/facilities/index.htm. Once on the page, select an Academic Building or a Residence Hall then enter your net ID and password. Should you have any issues when submitting your FIX request, please contact the NYU Law Project Management Office at law.pmo@nyu.edu.

How are you doing?

As the semester winds down, we wanted to remind you that we are here to help you if you are facing academic or personal challenges. Don’t suffer in silence! Contact us at law.studentaffairs@nyu.edu or (212) 998-6658 to schedule an appointment, or just stop by our office in Furman Hall, Room 474. In addition, the NYU Student Health Center offers free confidential counseling services. You can reach them at (212) 998-4780.

New! Newsletter Submissions

If you are a recognized NYU School of Law student group, we are happy to help you publicize your upcoming events in the Office of Student Affairs Weekly Newsletter. Events must first be posted on the law school calendar at: https://its.law.nyu.edu/ems/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.login. Following your calendar submission, please email the Office of Student Affairs at law.studentaffairs@nyu.edu with your calendar link. You MUST submit a calendar link to be considered for the newsletter. Submissions must be received by Thursday at 5:00 p.m. for publication the following Monday morning.

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