Carlin Meyer

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Carlin Meyer

Carlin Meyer is a Professor of Law at New York Law School.

Students for a Democratic Society

While studying at Harvard in the late 1960s Miles Rapoport was active in the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Harvard SDS campaigned against U.S. miltary involvement in Vietnam and the presence of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) on campus.

In an April 7 1969 letter to the Harvard Crimson, opposing Harvard president Pusey's support for the ROTC, Miles Rapoport and fellow SDSers Naomi Schapiro, Carlin Meyer and Rick Brown wrote[1];

To conclude: President Pusey and the Corporation want ROTC to stay because they support the U.S. military and the policies it carries out; we feel that ROTC must go because we oppose the policies of the United States and we oppose the military that perpetrates them. The lines are clearly drawn; the time to take sides is now.

"Progressive" politics

According to her New York law school bio[2];

Carlin Meyer unabashedly and courageously champions progressive politics at New York Law School and within legal education in general with such passion, grace, and intelligence that she has earned the respect of her profession for her many accomplishments.

NLG honor

For her "many contributions as an activist, scholar, and teacher", Carlin Meyer was honored at the 2002 annual dinner of the National Lawyers Guild’s New York City chapter[3].

Legal activism

Professor Meyer’s early scholarship focused on pornography from a perspective that her professional colleagues classify as "feminist, yet unique".

She challenged the traditional feminist call for censorship, arguing that such a crusade would support a conservative ideology and lead to measures designed to control women’s sexuality.

Professor Meyer, who served on the New York City Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women and was a consultant to its Sexual Harassment Task Force, has also written about prostitution as a form of work and on the issue of sexual harassment.

Professor Meyer has taught and written on matters ranging from feminist jurisprudence to separation of powers under the U.S. Constitution. She is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to sex, sexuality, and gender, as well as issues related to labor and world trade[4].

Anti free enterprise

Professor Meyer’s most recent work focuses on the definition and role of family in today’s society. “I’m interested in comparative systems of care—how public accountability for care is disappearing, unable to survive the assault of neo-liberal economics,” Professor Meyer says[5].

“Privatizing care within the family means not only that women will shoulder most of the responsibility, but also that the quality of care is likely to diminish because working women have less time to devote to it, and market-based care is profit-driven.”
“I am extremely concerned with the increasing disparity of wealth between rich and poor,” Professor Meyer says. “We take care of our richest citizens, we bail out corporate conglomerates, but we consistently fail those who are on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.”

Service

Before New York Law School, Professor Meyer was bureau chief for labor in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and represented the State Labor Department and Workers’ Compensation Boards. She earlier served as assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of that office; as assistant general counsel to District Council 37 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and as partner in the firm of Gladstein Meyer and Reif (currently Gladstein Reif & Meginniss).

Professor Meyer has served as legislative liaison for both the Sex and Law and Civil Rights committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She belongs to the City’s Office of Collective Bargaining Panel of Independent Arbitrators and mediates public employment disputes. She is a pro bono consultant to nonprofit organizations on labor matters and was selected by the New York State Attorney General to help oversee enforcement of a pathbreaking “Code of Conduct” for New York City’s greengrocers. She is a member of the Society of American Law Teachers, and of the Law & Society Association, and is a former president of the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild[6].

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Carlin Meyer of the New York Law School signed the statement[7].

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