By Samip Delhiwala
Published: October 25th, 2017
Brooklyn College President Michelle Anderson received the 2017 Brooklyn Legal Services (BLS) Champion of Justice Award on Monday at 6:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Anderson, a former Dean of the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law and sponsor/defender of BLS, received the award due to her consistent support for “justice and civil legal services,” according to a news brief published on the Brooklyn College website.
“It is a great honor to receive the Champion of Justice Award from an organization that has played such a vital role in advocating for the rights of New Yorkers who would not otherwise have access to legal representation,” Anderson said in the news brief.
Anderson, who received her JD from Yale Law School, is considered one of the leading scholars on rape and sexual assault cases. She has had work and research on rape law published the Yale Law Journal and George Washington Law Review, to name a few, and strives to offer proposals for rape law reform. Additionally, she has written about the influence of sex education and a new model on how to legally define rape.
BLS is an organization that “stops evictions, preserves affordable housing, helps people access essential public benefits, identifies and redresses discrimination in housing and mortgage lending, empowers victims of domestic violence, keeps homeowners in their homes, supports Brooklyn residents who are LGBTQ or HIV+ in gaining access to the services they need, promotes the rights of immigrants, veterans, and the disabled, protects borrowers from abusive and illegal collection tactics, and ensures proper care and housing for elderly Brooklynites,” according to its website.
The organization is geared towards low-income Brooklyn residents who otherwise cannot afford expensive legal services, and annually honors other organizations or individuals that are also fighting and advocating for their communities with the Champion of Justice Award.
Anderson has been honored for her work in the past. In 2007, the Feminist Press at CUNY awarded her the Susan Rosenberg Zalk Award, and in 2014, the New York City Bar Association awarded her with the Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award.
Other recipients of the award on Monday were Girls for Gender Equity, Inc. and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.