Law Students of the Year: David Ourlicht, CUNY School of Law

For evidence of David Ourlicht’s leadership and poise, one needs look no further than the experience that led him to coming to law school in the first place: his role as a lead plaintiff in the Floyd et al v. City of New York et al, the stop-and-frisk case. 

To face the full force of the NYPD head on requires ironclad character and determination. Ourlicht’s leadership and bravery in the Floyd Case led to real, practical and substantial changes in the lives of thousands of New Yorkers.

He became the main subject of the film “STOP” by Spencer Wolff focusing on his life before, during and immediately after the lawsuit. Going through this experience inspired Ourlicht to consider how he could make a difference as a lawyer.

At CUNY, he’s been active in the law school community and beyond. He has mentored and guided many of his classmates, particularly other minority law students.

He participated in CUNY’s Pipeline to Justice program, which prepares underrepresented students for entering law school and excelling.

Ourlicht was the social action chair for the Black Law Students Association in his second year, helping to organize a fundraising gala that supports students with their summer internships serving the black community. He is the founding board member of a new student group, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy.

In his first summer, he interned with Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP. Last summer, he was an intern at the Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem. This year, he was part of the school’s Criminal Defense Clinic where he represented defendants charged with misdemeanor crimes in criminal courts in Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx.

In addition to the clinical work, Ourlicht interned at the Legal Aid Society in the Bronx. He has delivered inspirational and informative speeches at after school programs, high schools, colleges and law schools throughout New York. He has represented the law school to donors, helping to make a compelling case for support of students in pursuit of law in the service of human needs.

When he graduates from law school, he plans to work in public defense.

Ourlicht is one of 25 future lawyers honored in the National Jurist’s 2017 “Law Student of the Year” feature. Find more honorees here

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