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Vera Farmiga as Elizabeth Lederer, left, and Alex Breaux as Tim Clements in a scene from "When They See Us." (Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix via AP) Vera Farmiga as Elizabeth Lederer, left, and Alex Breaux as Tim Clements in a scene from “When They See Us.” Photo: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix via AP

Columbia Law School’s Black Law Students Association is calling for the school to dismiss a lecturer who was a key prosecutor in the so-called Central Park Five case—now the subject of a high-profile Netflix miniseries—and to offer more inclusive teaching.

In a letter issued Tuesday, the organization requests that the law school fire lecturer Elizabeth Lederer, who co-prosecuted the infamous case in which five young minorities were convicted of a 1989 rape they didn’t commit. That call comes one week after a campuswide organization of black students at Columbia released a petition demanding that Lederer step down from her lecturer post and that its medical school revoke an award previously bestowed on fellow Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein. More than 9,000 people have since signed the petition.

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Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan is the Legal Education Editor and Senior Writer at ALM. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @KarenSloanNLJ Sign up for Ahead of the Curve—her weekly email update on trends and innovation in legal education—here: https://www.law.com/briefings/ahead-of-the-curve/

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