Legal Services Offered by the Legal Action Center

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Legal Action Center

Since 1997, Sharyn O’Halloran has held several professorial positions with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She now serves as the senior vice dean for the university’s School of Professional Studies. Sharyn O’Halloran has been published in a number of academic journals, including the American Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. She is an active volunteer with the Legal Action Center based in New York City.

Since 1973, the Legal Action Center (LAC) has provided legal advocacy and representation for people facing discrimination due to their HIV/AIDS status, criminal record, or addiction. In addition to creating education programs for policymakers and developing research projects that analyze the impact of public policies, the LAC offers direct services to its clients.

The LAC provides representation and legal counsel free of charge to New Yorkers who are illegally barred from accessing housing and employment or denied other rights. Some of its services include filing complaints of discrimination with the appropriate agency and appealing denials for occupational licenses or public housing due to the applicant’s criminal history.


The New York Road Runners Five-Borough Series

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The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of California San Diego, Sharyn O’Halloran is an experienced professor who has taught at Columbia University since 1993. An avid runner, Sharyn O’Halloran has completed all five races of the New York Road Runners’ (NYRR) Five-Borough Series.

The Five-Borough Series is comprised of the United Airlines NYC Half, the Popular Brooklyn Half, the NYRR Queens 10K, the New Balance Bronx 10 Mile, and the NYRR Staten Island Half. The 2019 series begins on March 19 with the half marathon in New York City. The half marathon begins in Brooklyn before moving across the Manhattan Bridge, through Times Square, and concluding in Central Park. The dates for the other four runs have yet to be determined, but participants can expect to run past iconic New York sights, such as Coney Island’s boardwalk, Yankee Stadium, and Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The last of the five runs is the NYRR Staten Island Half, which celebrates what’s special and unique about the community as participants run through a course overlooking the New York Harbor and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The half marathon also serves as an ideal tune-up race for the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon.

NYRR members who have completed at least four events in 2018 earn automatic entry into the United Airlines NYC Half.

New York Appleseed Celebrates the Passing of the D15 Diversity Plan

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New York Appleseed

Drawing upon 25 years of experience, Sharyn O’Halloran is a professor of political economics at Columbia University. She is also an author whose work has earned her awards and grants from the National Science Foundation, Hoover Institution, and Russell Sage Foundation. Sharyn O’Halloran’s educational pursuits extend to the nonprofit sector, as she is a supporter of New York Appleseed, an organization that advocates for more diverse schools and communities throughout the state.

This past September, Appleseed representatives stood with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials as they announced the approval of a plan to encourage and facilitate an increase in diversity at 11 middle schools in Brooklyn’s Community School District 15. Prior to the approval of the community-driven plan, District 15 was a choice school district, which meant none of its schools served a specific geographical area; 10 of the 11 schools utilized a screened admissions method that favored privileged students.

However, the new desegregation plan includes a proposal to remove academic-based screening from each of those middle schools and a measure to set aside 52 percent of enrollment to children from low-income families, as well as those learning to speak English. De Blasio also announced the City was putting aside an additional $2 million to launch similar desegregation programs in other districts.

The EPSA and Its Annual Conference Promote Political Science

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European Political Science Association

An experienced political science and public affairs professional, Sharyn O’Halloran serves as the George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics at Columbia University. Possessing more than two decades of experience, Sharyn O’Halloran has authored dozens of publications and spoken at numerous conferences, including the European Political Science Association (EPSA) Conference.

Founded in 2010, the EPSA promotes political science in Europe, fosters the development of postgraduate training for political science professionals, and supports international networking among political scientists. In addition, the organization publishes a journal called Political Science Research and Methods.

EPSA hosts an annual conference for political scientists, the first held in Dublin, Ireland, in 2011. Since its founding, the annual conference has been held in various cities throughout Europe, including Barcelona and Berlin. The most recent was in Vienna, Austria, in June. At the event, attendees were given opportunities to discuss their work, network with other professionals, and enjoy the city.

Myths about Running in an Ultramarathon

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Sharyn O’Halloran has been working in public affairs and political science for more than 25 years. The George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics at Columbia University, Sharyn O’Halloran has authored numerous publications and given dozens of speeches around the world. Outside of her work, Dr. O’Halloran is an avid runner and participated in her first ultramarathon in 2013.

Here are several myths about ultramarathons that may hold back some athletes:

You need to be in the best shape of your life. If you are waiting until you are in the best shape to run an ultramarathon, you likely will never run an ultra. While being in less-than-perfect shape may make the experience more difficult, having excess weight does not mean you can’t cross the finish line. Determination and mental strength are more important for ultras than having the perfect body.

You have to be young. When many people go to their first ultramarathon, they expect to see young runners who are right out of high school or college. But runners do not have to be young to compete. A large number of older runners compete in many ultramarathons.

You’ll slow down. As you train for an ultramarathon, you may hear that you should find a slow pace and slow down more as you run. While you may slow down as you become tired, you can work on your endurance to ensure that you maintain a comfortable pace throughout the race.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders


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Lincoln in the Bardo

Sharyn O’Halloran is the George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics at Columbia University in New York City. Beyond her academic duties, Sharyn O’Halloran is an avid reader of historical fiction.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an experimental historical novel by American writer George Saunders. It is the author’s seventh work of fiction and first novel. The highly anticipated book received near universal acclaim from critics. Bookmarks, a review aggregator, reported zero negative reviews and just three mixed reviews out of 42 total critiques. Lincoln in the Bardo received a number of accolades, including the 2017 Man Booker Prize and best seller status with both USA Today and The New York Times.

Lincoln in the Bardo tells the story of President Abraham Lincoln by following the iconic historical figure on the night his son, Willie, is buried. Opposed to following a traditional narrative format, the novel consists almost entirely of quotes and passages derived from newspapers, historical books, and other verified sources. Furthermore, the novel moves from its historical roots into the realm of the supernatural by introducing ghostly characters from various periods of time.

Brooklyn Half Gets New Sponsor

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Brooklyn Half

An accomplished educator, Sharyn O’Halloran has served as Columbia University’s George Blumenthal Professor of Political Economics for over a decade. An avid runner, Sharyn O’Halloran has completed several long-distance races throughout her career, including the Brooklyn Half Marathon.

In December 2017, New York Road Runners (NYRR) announced a new arrangement with Popular, Inc., a top 50-rated bank that will serve as the sponsor for the Brooklyn Half Marathon for the next three years. In addition to being the official bank of this year’s Brooklyn Half, Popular will also take on the role of strategic partner for a number of other local races, including the United Airlines NYC Half, NYRR Queens 10K, and NYRR Staten Island Half.

The lead-up to the Brooklyn Half will start on May 16, 2018, with pre-race activities lined up for three days before the event. The race itself is set for May 19, 2018, and will start at the Brooklyn Museum. The 2017 race saw more than 27,000 people complete the event.