I am partnering with the Homeless Alliance of Western New York (HAWNY) to conduct qualitative research on the causes and consequences of homelessness among emerging adults (ages 18-24) in Erie County. We are exploring the living conditions of homeless young people, associated risk and resilience factors, and homeless emerging adults’ perspectives on housing and social services. This collaborative research is supported by the UB Civic Engagement and Public Policy initiative and the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy. The collaboration is expected to produce academic publications as well as a technical report with recommendations for policy and practice.
We supervise student attorneys who represent local veterans facing legal challenges, such as eviction, foreclosure or bankruptcy.
Professor Gargano has taught a Discovery Seminar in the fall of 2012, fall of 2013, and fall of 2014 and will teach again in the fall of 2015. Her seminars explore the role of lawyers as agents of social change in the Civil Rights Movement through primary and secondary materials, including oral arguments, Supreme Court case law, other legal documents and narratives. Her students also study how lawyers today are carrying on the tradition of service to the community, the promotion of civil rights and the eradication of hate crimes. Students earn one, graded credit for successful completion of this seminar.
Served on Scholars Board, assisting radio program Action Speaks with selecting topics for its show “Underappreciated 20th Century Dates that Changed America.”
Active member of American Society of International Law (ASIL), including through service on Program Committee for 2013 Annual Meeting, as ASIL Cables contributor, and as Advisory Board Member to the International Courts and Tribunals Interest Group. Brought group of six SUNY Buffalo Law students to annual meeting in Washington each year from 2010-2014.
Provide strategic advice on global litigation initiatives to advance socio-economic rights and assist directly in said initiatives, through amicus curiae briefs, letter-writing, trainings or other support services.
Invited member, Scientific Steering Committee of the European Horizon 2020 ValUEs Project — “EU as a Value-Based Global Actor: Bridging the Gap between Ethical Power and Market Power in Europe” (composed of leading experts in the subject areas most relevant to the 2020 ValUEs Project, with aim of ensuring the scientific soundness and relevance of the Project and its outcomes).
Represented clients in a working meeting before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in Washington, regarding precautionary measures granted on behalf of 340 detainees in a dangerous and abusive psychiatric institution in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Provided a community lecture on “Humanitarian Intervention” at Tapestry Charter High School, sponsored by the International Institute of Buffalo.
Participated in a three-day working conference entitled “Implementing the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: A South-Initiated North-South Dialogue” at the Watson Institute, Brown University. The conference brought together leading academic and practitioner voices from around the globe working in the area of business and human rights, including John Ruggie, former Special Representative to the Secretary General on Business and Human Rights, who drafted the Guiding Principles.