Since its founding in 1983, the law school of the City University of New York has taken pride in its zeal to produce lawyers with a social conscience and a left-wing sense of the public interest....
But for an administration sensitive to the school's mixed reputation — its graduates have a mediocre success rate [~50%] on the bar examination — honoring someone accused of aiding terrorists was a little too much... some CUNY law professors said the school could not afford the bad publicity that would follow if Ms. Stewart were to receive the award, especially at a time when the city and state are looking for ways to cut programs and save money.
"The law school is a political stepchild, and I think this could have been a death knell for us," said David Abrams, a third-year student. "It's just not something we can afford right now."
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