1L Convocation Lecture Series

The 1L Convocation Lecture Series brings to the College of Law distinguished scholars, lawyers and judges to speak to the entire 1L and LL.M. classes. The Series provides students with an opportunity to hear from individuals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and accomplishments as they begin their legal education. This is just one of many programs held throughout the academic year that provides students with the opportunity to interact with leaders in the legal profession.

Our 2016-17 1L Convocation Lecture Series Spring Schedule:

Robert A. Bilott
Robert A. Bilott

Robert A. Bilott

Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

"Addressing Unregulated Drinking Water Contaminants Through Common Law Tort Claims: The Case of PFOA"
February 20, 2017






The Honorable Kathleen Cardone
The Honorable
Kathleen Cardone

The Honorable Kathleen Cardone

U.S. District Judge Western District of Texas

"Modern Lawyering in a Modern World, or ‘Let’s Be Careful Not to Kill the Mockingbird"
April 17, 2017








We have recently hosted a number of speakers and hope you take the time to view their presentations.

Marnin Michaels
Marnin J. Michaels

Marnin J. Michaels L’96

Partner, Baker & McKenzie Zurich

The Race for Catch-up Between the Law and the Pace of the Global Economy
September 26, 2016







Sharon R. Barner
Sharon R. Barner

Sharon R. Barner ’79

Vice President & General Counsel, Cummins, Inc.

"The Long and Winding Road: A Legal Career Journey"
October 31, 2016







Stewart Aaron
Stewart Aaron

Stewart Aaron L’83     

Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP, President, New York County Lawyers' Association

“Pro Bono Work and Improving Access to Justice”

Presented in 2011






Roxana Bacon
Roxana Bacon

Roxana Bacon   

Practitioner and Professor of Immigration Law; Former Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

“The True Value of Law School”

Presented in 2014





James Baker
James Baker

The Honorable James Baker  

Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, Chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, Former Chief Judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

“Finding Your Courage to Meet the Challenges of Practicing National Security Law”

Presented in 2016



Robert Bartles
Robert Bartles

Robert Bartels   

Charles M. Brewer Professor of Trial Advocacy, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

"Why Supreme Court Cases Are Overrated”

Presented in 2012



Joan Biskupic
Joan Biskupic

Joan Biskupic   

Editor-in-Charge for Legal Affairs at Reuters News

“Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice”

Presented in 2014






William J. Brodsky
William J. Brodsky

William J. Brodsky L’68   

Chairman and Executive Officer of the Chicago Board Options Exchange

"The Multipurpose JD:  How My SU Law Degree Helped Me in My Career in Business"

Presented in 2011






Gregory Germain
Gregory Germain

Gregory Germain   

Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law

“Good Lawyer, Bad Lawyer – What Makes the Difference?”

Presented in 2013







Victor Gold
Victor Gold

Victor Gold   

Fritz B. Burns Dean and Professor of Law, Loyola Law School

“All you really need to know as a lawyer you learned in Kindergarten (and in your first year of law school)”

Presented in 2015





Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez
Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez

Marc-Tizoc Gonzalez   

Associate Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law

“Critical Justice: Legal Education for the Twenty-First Century”

Presented in 2015







James Graves Jr.
James Graves Jr.

Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. L’80   

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 

“The Work of the Judiciary: Perspectives on Being a State and Federal Judge"

Presented in 2013





Tara Helfman
Tara Helfman

Tara Helfman, Associate Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law    

General David L. Grange (Ret.), United States Army 

Commander Dan O’Shea (Res.), United States Navy

“Between the Devil and the Deep: Piracy, Security and International Law”

Presented in 2012





Paula Johnson & Janis McDonald
Paula Johnson &
Janis McDonald

Paula Johnson & Janis McDonald   

Professors of Law, Syracuse University College of Law & Co-Directors Cold Case Justice Initiative

“The Past is Not Past: Essential Lessons of Civil Rights Era Murder Cases in Law, History and Society”


Presented in 2012





Richard M Jones
Richard M Jones

Richard Jones L’95  

Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer, CBS Corporation

“How to be a Great Lawyer and other Reflections from the Front Lines”

Presented in 2015





Myles Lynk
Myles Lynk

Myles Lynk   

Peter Kiewit Foundation Professor of Law and the Legal Profession, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

“Ethical Challenges and Professional Success: Public Duties, Private Clients and   Professional Responsibility”

Presented in 2015




Theodore McKee
Theodore McKee

The Honorable Theodore McKee L’75   

Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Dineen Hall Inaugural Address

Presented in 2014





David Nimmer
David Nimmer

David Nimmer    

Of Counsel to Irell & Manella LLP, Los Angeles, CA, Professor from Practice, UCLA School of Law

“Hendrix in Hendricks: The Tangle of Music Copying (George Harrison, Michael Bolton, Biz Markie and Beyond)”

Presented in 2013




Jenny Rivera
Jenny Rivera
The Honorable Jenny Rivera  

Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals

“Effective Appellate Advocacy: The Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy Skills that Matter”

Presented in 2016






Lee H. Rosenthal
The Honorable
Lee H. Rosenthal

The Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal 

United States District Judge. United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Why Civil Procedure is the Most Important Class Any of You Will Take in Law School. And I Really Mean It!”

Presented in 2014





Pauline Schneider
Pauline Schneider

Pauline Schneider   

Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

“Law, Lawyering and Citizenship: Developing Excellent Lawyers and Even Better Citizens"

Presented in 2013





James Steinberg
James B. Steinberg

James B. Steinberg  

Dean, Maxwell School at Syracuse University, University Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law.

“Law, National Security and Public Policy-What Have We Learned since 9/11?”

Presented in 2012





Kent Syverud
Kent Syverud

Kent Syverud   

Dean and Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor, Washington University School of Law

“Lessons of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill”

Presented in 2012





Gerald Torres
Gerald Torres

Gerald Torres  

Marc and Beth Goldberg Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law,  Cornell Law School; Bryant Smith Chair in Law, the University of Texas  at Austin School of Law

“Durable Legal Change: Lawyering, Social Movements and our Constitutional Tradition”

Presented in 2014





Vicky Woeste
Vicky Woeste

Vicky Woeste   

Research Professor, American Bar Foundation

“Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech”

Presented in 2012