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As Trump Turns to a National Emergency, the Media Turns to William C. Banks

William C. Banks

President Donald J. Trump has made it known that he would declare a "national emergency"  at the US/Mexico border in order to secure funds to build a southern border wall, an effort to augment funds that Congress has appropriated for border security in a bill that the president is expected to sign. 

The national emergency declaration would be unusual in this case, as the southern border crisis lacks the immediacy of a catastrophe such as Sept. 11, 2001. The declaration may also be unconstitutional, and it probably will be challenged in the courts. National security expert Professor Emeritus William C. Banks has been in demand by top media outlets to explain the what, when, and how of declaring a national emergency. 

Trump wants the military to build the border wall. It might not be legal.

(Vox | Feb. 14, 2019) After months of back-and-forth with Congress, President Donald Trump is expected to soon declare a national emergency in order for the US military to construct the southern border wall he’s promised for years.

But there’s a pretty big problem with that, according to experts — namely, that he has a very weak legal case, and there’s strong political opposition to making that happen.

Set aside the fact that Trump’s own administration doesn’t assess that there is a massive national security problem at the US-Mexico border. Trump believes there is, and he plans to take extraordinary measures to keep asylum seekers out of the country.

William Banks, a national security law expert at Syracuse University, helped me understand what to expect in the days ahead.

It turns out it’s going to be quite the tricky fight for Trump should he decide to actually declare a national emergency solely to get the border wall built.

The key law in question is the appropriately named “Construction authority in the event of a declaration of war or national emergency.” Here’s what it says:

In the event of a declaration of war or the declaration by the President of a national emergency in accordance with the National Emergencies Act that requires use of the armed forces, the Secretary of Defense, without regard to any other provision of law, may undertake military construction projects, and may authorize the Secretaries of the military departments to undertake military construction projects, not otherwise authorized by law that are necessary to support such use of the armed forces. Such projects may be undertaken only within the total amount of funds that have been appropriated for military construction, including funds appropriated for family housing, that have not been obligated ...

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Syracuse University College of Law Adds Three Faculty Members

Syracuse University College of Law has hired three faculty members with expertise in constitutional and administrative law, health and disability law, and business and transactional law. The new faculty members will begin their service with the College of Law in August 2019.

Professor Jennifer Breen will teach administrative law, constitutional law, and property. In the 2018-2019 academic year, Breen served as a College of Law Faculty Fellow. Before joining the College, Breen worked as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Rosemary S. Pooler on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced immigration law. 

Breen’s interdisciplinary research explores democratic politics in practice, including the politics of work and immigration. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Policy History and the American Criminal Law Review. As a student at Cornell Law School, she received the Ida Cornell Kerr and William Ogden Kerr Memorial Prize for academic excellence and the Marc E. and Lori A. Kasowitz Prize for Excellence in Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy. She also was a recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies. 

Breen earned her J.D. (summa cum laude) from Cornell Law in 2015; her Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and 2007, respectively; and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (with highest honors and highest distinction).

Professor Doron Dorfman will teach health law, employment discrimination, torts, and disability law, and he will assist the research and mission of the Burton Blatt Institute. Before his graduate work at Stanford, Dorfman was a litigator at top law firms in Israel and was actively involved in NGOs, such as Kav La’Oved (the “Worker’s Hotline” for disadvantaged workers and asylum seekers). He has been a Lecturer in the Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Stanford University, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California Berkeley Law

Dorfman's scholarship focuses on disability and health law. Using multi-method quantitative and qualitative methods, his explores how stigma informs the legal treatment of disempowered communities. His articles are published in Law & Social Inquiry, Columbia Journal of Gender & Law, and the Journal of Law & Biosciences. Dorfman's work has been cited by federal courts and the Israeli Supreme Court. Additionally, he has received multiple awards, including the Burton-Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Award, the Steven M. Block Civil Liberties Award, and the American Society of Comparative Law’s Colin B. Picker Prize.

Dorfman earned a J.S.M. (2014) and J.S.D. (2019) from Stanford Law School. He holds a B.A. in Communication (2009), an LL.B. (2009), and an LL.M (2010), all from the University of Haifa.

Professor Mary Szto will teach contracts and business associations, among other business- and transactional law-related courses. Before entering legal education, Szto practiced law in New York City, representing banks in financing matters, and she co-founded a legal aid organization specializing in immigration law. Her previous teaching posts were at Valparaiso University School of Law and Mitchell Hamline School of Law. 

Szto has written about property issues, such as the role of real estate agents and housing discrimination, and she has published bilingual law texts on American property law and democracy in China. Her articles—on Chinese-American property ownership, anti-corruption law, real estate, and Chinese law and traditions—have appeared in the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, Fordham International Law Journal, Minnesota Journal of International Law, and elsewhere.

Szto holds a J.D. (1986) from Columbia University School of Law; an M.A. (1983) from Westminster Theological Seminary; and a B.A. (1981) from Wellesley College. 

“The College of Law is proud to expand our faculty ranks with these outstanding teachers and interdisciplinary scholars,” says Dean Craig M. Boise. “They add considerable expertise in key strength areas of the College, they bring diverse experiences and viewpoints to the College, and our students will benefit tremendously from their inclusive approaches to legal education.”

Three College of Law Scholars Featured in Bialystok Legal Studies

Professors Michael Schwartz and Cora True-Frost, along with alumnus Eric Namungalu LL.M.'18, are featured in a special disability studies issue (volume 23 issue 4) of Białostockie Studia Prawnicze (Bialystok Legal Studies). The peer-reviewed journal is published by the faculty of law of the University of Bialystok, Poland, an international partner of the College of Law.

Schwartz's article is a narrative. In "Providing Effective Communication Access for Deaf People: An Insider’s Perspective", Schwartz outlines decades of discrimination based on his deafness by providing his insider’s perspective as a member of the Deaf community who experienced the lack of effective communication access in various settings. 

True-Frost's article—"American Law, Global Norms: The Challenge of Enforcing Children with Disabilities’ Right to a Free and Appropriate Education"—analyzes the legal interpretation of the US Supreme Court of what constitutes a “free and appropriate public education” for children with disabilities.

In "Dealing With Legal Capacity and Its Related Challenges in Uganda" Namungalu writes about the concept of legal capacity as advanced in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) within the context of Uganda as a State party.

No Evidence of Collusion? William C. Banks Discusses Senator Burr's Comments with Bloomberg Law

William C. Banks

Senate Intel Leaders Split Over Russia Collusion 

(Bloomberg Law | Feb. 13, 2019) Syracuse University Law School Professor William Banks discusses comments made by Richard Burr, the Republican Chairman of the Senate Intelligence committee that the investigation had found no evidence of collusion, Senator Mark Warner, the top democrat on the committee disagreed saying the investigation is still ongoing and the committee still had to interview key witnesses. He speaks with Bloomberg’s June Grasso.

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Distinguished Guest Lecturer Adriana Mark L’03, Deputy Circuit Librarian for the Second Circuit, Hosts NYCEx Students

NYCEx students at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse library

Distinguished Guest Lecturer Adriana Mark L’03, Deputy Circuit Librarian for the Second Circuit, hosted NYCEx students as they learned about the historic Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, and attended oral arguments presided over by Judge Rosemary Pooler, Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Pooler, whose home chambers are in Syracuse, welcomed the students on the record, ending with “Go ‘Cuse!”

After arguments, Mark gave the students a tour of the courthouse followed by a lecture on legal research issues and Mark’s path to becoming a law librarian. The lecture took place in the Second Circuit’s new Learning Center which was created to improve and inspire civics education for the citizens of the Second Circuit. The students finished their day with a private tour of the beautiful Second Circuit library learning more about the historic collection and possible summer experiences with the circuit’s law library team. 

Has AMI Broken Any Laws? Roy Gutterman Speaks to Variety

Roy Gutterman

Jeff Bezos vs. National Enquirer: Did AMI Break Any Laws?

(Variety | Feb. 8, 2019) The richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos, publicly leveled accusations that the National Enquirer and its parent company engaged in a scheme to blackmail and extort him with a threat of publishing compromising photos.

What happens next? A key question is whether American Media, the National Enquirer’s publisher, broke any laws over the course of reporting on Bezos’ affair and corresponding with the Amazon CEO and his representatives, legal experts say. Federal prosecutors are said to be probing whether Bezos’ extortion claim voided a non-prosecution agreement that AMI reached with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York last year.

But regardless of AMI’s legal culpability, the company’s reputation has been further tarnished — and Bezos has emerged as a hero of sorts to many, in that he stood up to a media outlet that at the very least used unethical, strong-arm tactics to try to achieve its objectives, according to industry observers ...

The tone of the emails in the Bezos post certainly appears heavy-handed and has a menacing tone, said Roy S. Gutterman, associate professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and director of the Tully Center for Free Speech. “But until there is a criminal charge or a revocation of [AMI’s] agreement [with federal prosecutors], it’s still just that — menacing and threatening,” he said.

That said, Gutterman added, “the tone and what AMI is attempting to negotiate seems pretty far outside the scope of journalistic norms… The emails did not read like typical reporter-source communications where the reporter is trying to convince a source to talk or turn over material for a story" ...

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College of Law Celebrates Diversity Law Day 2019

Diversity Law Day 2019

The College of Law celebrated Diversity Law Day 2019 on Feb. 8, 2019, welcoming students from Utica Proctor, Elmcrest, Henninger, Nottingham, Fowler, and Geneva high schools to Dineen Hall. Faculty, attorney, and student panels discussed the importance of diversity, inclusion, and representation in the legal profession, and students asked questions about how to get into law and how to apply to law school. Over a working lunch, law students led the high school students through actual legal cases with some relevance to their lives, including a Fourth Amendment case involving the search of a student's locker and personal belongings.

William C. Banks Authors OpEd on Southern Border Crisis for Newsday

William C. Banks

Opinion: Declaration would defy Congress and abuse power

By William C. Banks

(Newsday | Feb. 10, 2019) President Donald Trump has described the congressional negotiations over his request for $5.7 billion to fund a Southern border wall as a “waste of time.”

He has repeatedly insisted that he can and will build the wall after declaring a national emergency at the border. If the president proceeds, he will undermine the role of Congress in our constitutional system and make a mockery of the uses of this extraordinary emergency power as exercised by modern presidents.

Rhetoric and politics aside, consider a dispassionate assessment of what the law permits. In the end, Congress may already have given Trump the authority he needs to build his wall.

The president exercises whatever powers he has from the Constitution or an act of Congress. The Constitution does not confer any general emergency powers, and only permits suspending the writ of habeas corpus “when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.” When it comes to appropriating public funds, the Constitution anchors the power in Congress. The Congress appropriates funds, and the president spends them.

Historically, Congress provided generous statutory authorities that allow the president to act and spend in circumstances that rise to the level of national emergency. By 1973, there were more than 470 such laws, most of them vestiges of bygone crises. In a stroke of Watergate-era good government, Congress enacted the National Emergencies Act in 1976 to repeal all emergency laws and create procedures for future presidents to act responsibly in a crisis. However, while enacted with the best of intentions to rein in misuse of presidential emergency powers, the law has, in a backhanded way, enabled considerable presidential initiatives. 

The National Emergencies Act requires presidents to specify the statutory authorities they intend to use after declaring a national emergency, make public notice of the emergency declaration and renew such authorities annually in writing to Congress. However, the law requires Congress to act (with a two-thirds majority to overcome a presidential veto) to terminate a declared emergency and allows declared emergencies to be renewed annually by the president.

Intended to stop the practice of endless states of emergency, the law gave them new life. Today, there are 28 national emergencies, renewed for decades by presidents, supported by 136 statutes the president can invoke after an emergency declaration. Congress has never attempted to terminate an emergency declared pursuant to the National Emergencies Act.

Nor are there criteria to guide or limit the president in deciding what constitutes a national emergency. Could Trump declare a national emergency at the Southern border? Yes, unquestionably. Could he then find the funds from among the 136 statutes to order construction of the wall? Yes, arguably ...

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William C. Banks Speaks to TIME About the Southern Border Crisis

William C. Banks

The Migrants Who Were on TIME's Cover Will Attend the State of the Union

(TIME | Feb. 5, 2019) Lawmakers have long used their plus-one invitations to the annual State of the Union address to send political messages to the President, and this year is no different. Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren invited federal workers who saw their paychecks delayed as a result of the longest shutdown in government history. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand asked a Navy Lieutenant Commander impacted by President Donald Trump’s transgender troop ban. And Sen. Amy Klobuchar will bring a mother whose son died as a result of not being able to afford insulin critical for treatment of his Type 1 diabetes, a tragedy the Minnesotan lawmaker blames on insurance regulations and skyrocketing prescription costs.

But no issue is closer to Trump’s political persona — or his future political prospects — than security at the southern border and Sen. Jeff Merkley’s choice of guests, Albertina and Yaquelin Contreras, a mother and daughter who were separated for nearly six weeks by U.S. authorities in 2018, is a full-throated indictment of the President’s tactics on that front.

“I’m bringing Albertina and [Yaquelin] as my guests to the State of the Union because we need to bear witness to the suffering that this cruel policy inflicted, and resolve to make sure that nothing like this ever happens in the United States of America again,” the Oregon Democrat said in a press release that was sharply critical of the Trump administration’s so-called zero tolerance policy. Formally announced last April, the policy has resulted in thousands of migrant children, including toddlers, being forcibly separated, sometimes indefinitely, from their parents at the southern border ...

... But government records indicate that those actually arriving at border posts and presenting themselves to Border Patrol agents overwhelmingly look like Albertina and Yaquelin. According to the U.S. government, a significant proportion of the migrants who have attempted to enter along the southern border in recent months are children and families fleeing violence, rape, and hunger in Central America. In Fiscal Year 2018, 159,590 migrants filed for asylum — a 274% increase over 2008’s figure. Meanwhile, however, officials at the border made nearly 70% fewer total border apprehensions in 2018 than they did in 2000.

“Most experts agree that there is no crisis at the southern border,” William Banks, an international security expert and law professor at Syracuse University, recently told me in an interview. “Indeed, the heads of our intelligence agencies released their Worldwide Threat Assessment [last] week and reviewed a significant set of risks and challenges confronting the national security. The southern border and migration were not on the list" ...

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Cronkite News Discusses a "National Emergency" with William C. Banks

William C. Banks

Experts give 4 reasons why Trump can’t declare a national emergency to build a wall

(Cronkite News/Arizona PBS | Feb. 5, 2019) President Donald Trump has hinted there’s a “good chance” he will declare a national emergency at the southern border during his State of the Union address Tuesday in order to build a wall.

Experts, however, believe there are obstacles to using a national emergency to build a wall, which Trump has promised since he entered the race for the presidency in 2015.

Cronkite News reached out to Liza Goitein, a co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice in Washington, D.C., and William Banks, a professor emeritus of law and the founding director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University. Both also appeared at a Jan. 16 panel discussion hosted by the Brennan Center about presidential emergency powers ...

No. 3: Troops can only construct something for military purposes

Trump also has deployed active-duty troops to the border twice since late October, and part of their duties has been to fortify existing barriers. However, Banks said there are too many limitations for him to simply order a wall built by the military without congressional approval or appropriated funds.

“Military-construction authorities allow him to reallocate some authorized funds … but only for a military purpose,” Banks said. The president can only use Pentagon funds and can’t divert money from other U.S. appropriations, he said.

If the president were to unlock these military dollars by declaring a national emergency, Banks said “it might work.” He described how the Army Corp of Engineers would be the agency designing and building the wall, but the president has to persuade the courts in any legal challenge that the construction is for a military installation, which Banks called “a bit of a reach.”

“(The border) is a civilian operation,” Banks said. “We don’t mix law enforcement and the military here in the U.S.”

Senate Democrats introduced legislation Monday to block the president from using those same military funds “for the construction of barriers, land acquisition, or any other associated activities on the southern border without specific statutory authorization from Congress" ...

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Keith Bybee Helps TIME Fact-Check the State of the Union Speech

Keith Bybee

Here Are the Facts Behind President Trump's Biggest State of the Union Claims

(TIME | Feb. 6, 2019) President Donald Trump had a lot of ground to cover in his rescheduled State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The longest government shutdown in history just ended at an impasse, new trade talks with China just wrapped up, a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in the works and the United States is pulling out of its nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Trump also boasted of the unemployment rate, which is near its lowest point in about 50 years  ...

Claim: Trump has stacked the courts with conservative judges

Trump has appointed 85 judges to federal courts that have been confirmed by the Senate in the President’s first two years, according to Russell Wheeler, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and expert of the judicial system. In addition to nominating two conservative judges to fill the seats left vacant by the death of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the retirement of former Justice Anthony Kennedy, Trump has also outpaced his recent predecessors in filling vacancies on circuit courts, the second-highest rung in the U.S. judicial system.

The makeup of federal courts proves very influential in U.S. politics, especially when a President known for abrupt decisions is at the nation’s helm. In recent months, courts have ordered injunctions against the Trump Administration’s family separation policy, its decision to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census and its plan to immediately end former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

But Trump pegged his presidential campaign on the promise that he’d deliver conservative judges, and on that front, he’s been largely successful, says Syracuse University political science and law professor Keith Bybee.

“This is an area where he has actually been successful as he advertises. When he came into office, there was an unusually large number of vacancies on the federal bench,” he said. “It was largely because in 2015, when Republicans gained control of the Senate, they really slowed the pace of confirming judicial nominations. So when Trump came into office, there was a large backlog of vacancies.”

Bybee also says the gains can partially be attributed to new rules that currently favor a Republican Senate majority. Any federal judicial nominee, including for the Supreme Court, can be confirmed by a simple majority instead of the previously required 60 votes. “A large number of vacancies, plus an expedited confirmation process has led to a large number of the Administration’s appointees being confirmed by the Senate,” he says. Further, not all of Trump’s judicial nominations are replacing liberal judges. “You sometimes get a one-for-one swap,” says Bybee, citing conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch’s replacement of conservative Scalia ...

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Faculty Colloquia Spring Lineup Announced

The Faculty Colloquia bring College of Law faculty together to present current research, share ideas, and challenge how we think about the law and legal practice. Five speakers are slated for the spring semester, including College of Law faculty and legal scholars across the country.

Featured faculty include:

  • Roy Gutterman, Director, Tully Center for Free Speech and Associate Professor of Magazine, Newspaper and Digital Journalism, Syracuse University, Newhouse 
  • Yüksel Sezgin, Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science, Syracuse University, The Maxwell School
  • Nina Kohn, Associate Dean of Online Education and David M. Levy L'48 Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Elizabeth Emens, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Aziz Huq, Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law and Mark Claster Mamolen Teaching Scholar, University of Chicago Law School

Robert Ashford Presents on Inclusive Capitalism in the UK

Robert Ashford

Professor Robert Ashford will presents his theories on inclusive capitalism, binary economics, and socioeconomics at two forums in the United Kingdom in February 2019.

First, on Feb. 7, 2019, Ashford will join Ralph P. Hall of Virginia Tech at Syracuse University Faraday House in London to give the presentation “Inclusive Capitalism: The Ownership-Broadening Road to Shared-Prosperity and Sustainable Growth”. Ashford and Hall will explain how the same market mechanisms that assist mostly wealthier people to acquire capital with the earnings of capital can be opened profitably, without redistribution, to assist poorer people to acquire capital with the earnings of capital.  

Ashford then travels to Oxford University on Feb. 8, 2019 to deliver "Achieving Fuller Employment by Broadening Capital Acquisition with the Earnings of Capital: A Theoretical Overview” at the Conference on Endogenous Growth, Participatory Economics, and Inclusive Capitalism.

At the Oxford conference, Ashford's theories on inclusive capitalism and binary economics will be analyzed by other conference participants. Paul Davidson, Founding Editor of the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, will deliver the lecture "Robert Ashford’s Approach to Inclusive Capitalism as the Best Available Proposal for Addressing the Problems that Result from Automation," while Professor Demetri Kantarelis of Assumption College (Massachusetts) will present “Robert Ashford’s Inclusive Capitalism and the Theory of the Firm."

DCEx Students Learn International Legal Perspectives from Distinguished Guest Lecturer Lana Yaghi L’14

Lana Yaghi

On Jan. 29, 2019, students in the Spring 2019 DCEx externship program visited College of Law alumna Lana Yaghi L’14 at K&L Gates. Yaghi is an attorney in the firm’s DC and Doha, Qatar, offices where her practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters within the industries of aviation, cybersecurity, defense, and telecommunications. She was also a participant in the DCEx's first ever cohort of students in Spring of 2014.

Yaghi and Partner Pawel Chudzicki discussed how the two attorneys work together to form contracts creating corporations for American clients looking to venture within Qatar, as well as Qatari companies seeking to form stateside. They also discussed their primary work: representing high net worth individuals and governments who desire to purchase a large jet, mostly for personal use. A central theme within the conversation was the value of being an attorney that is open to change while working within two countries who have different governments, different cultures, and an ever-changing political climate.  

At the conclusion of the seminar, Chudzicki and Yaghi explained the firm’s vast array of practice areas, including investigations of white collar crimes and tax law. “Students left the meeting with meaningful advice in how to navigate their legal careers within a profession that requires a sharp understanding of client interests and problems, and creating solutions to solve client problems,” says Terry Turnipseed, Faculty Director of Externship Programs.

Young Joins Barclay Damon

Forrest Young

Forrest Young joined Barclay Damon as an Associate in the firm's Environmental Project Development and Regulatory practice areas.

Powers Joins McKenzie Hughes

Christopher Powers joined McKenzie Hughes' Litigation and Business departments, where he concentrates in health care litigation, real and intellectual property, and commercial litigation.

Spencer Joins Goldberg Segalla

Sarah Spencer

Sarah Spencer was named an Associate of Goldberg Segalla and will practice in the firm's General Liability group.

Lee Joins Bell Nunnally

Jennice Lee

Sang Eun "Jennice" Lee joined Bell Nunnally in Dallas, TX, as an Associate and member of its intellectual property group.

Oswald Promoted to Partner

Phillip Oswald

Phillip Oswald was promoted to Partner at Rupp Baase Pfaltzgraf Cunningham, where he manages the firm's satellite office in Saratoga Springs, NY, and specializes in environmental law, property law, and business law and litigation.

MacLeod Named in Super Lawyers

Kevin MacLeod

Kevin MacLeod was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of state, local, and municipal law.

Lattuca Joins Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy

Christopher Lattuca

Christopher Lattuca joined Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy as an Associate.

Payne Leads Cannabis Team

Sara Payne

Sara Payne, Counsel at Barclay Damon, was selected to lead the firm's new Cannabis Team, a multidisciplinary team representing individuals and organizations participating in or impacted by legal cannabis operations.

Reed Named in Super Lawyers

Katie Reed

Katie Reed, Associate at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

Kabunduh Joins Bousquet Holstein

Irene Kabunduh

Irene Kabunduh joined Bousquet Holstein as an Associate, where she focuses her practice in trusts and estates, business, transactions, and litigation.

Hunsicker Named in Super Lawyers

Jamie Hunsicker

Jamie Hunsicker, Associate at Hancock Estabrook, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

Barone Joins Barclay Damon

Kevin Barone

Kevin Barone joined Barclay Damon as an Associate in the Real Estate and Financial Institutions and Lending practice areas.

Yue Zhang Joins Bousquet Holstein

Jane Yue Zhange

Jane Yue Zhange joined Bousquet Holstein as an Associate in the Real Estate, Business Transactions, and Immigration practice areas.

Parker Joins Greenberg Taurig

Lawson Parker

Lawson Parker joined Greenberg Taurig as a Shareholder.

Leonard Named Member

Jay Leonard

Jay Leonard was named a Member at Sherman & Howard, where he focuses on litigation.

Carrigan Promoted to Partner

Barry Carrigan

Barry Carrigan was promoted to Partner in the Project and Public Finance groups at Nixon Peabody, where he focuses his practice on project finance, infrastructure finance, and public finance.

Law Faculty Use CUSE Grant to Promote Civics Education

Last May, the University awarded Director of Externships Kim Wolf Price and Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Associate Professor Lauryn Gouldin a Syracuse University Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant to develop the Syracuse Civics Initiative which aims to create a collaborative space for innovative investment in civics education for young people in and around Central New York.

Wolf Price and Gouldin are building and strengthening connections with courts, bar associations, school districts, and other organizations to develop and promote civics education programming. In December, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann invited them to join the Second Circuit’s project on civic engagement, Justice for All: Courts and the Community, as members of the Advisory Group of the Civic Education Committee. Justice for All seeks “to increase public understanding of the role and operations of the courts and bring courts closer to the community,” and as members of the Advisory Group, Wolf Price and Gouldin will work closely with judges in the Northern District of New York to develop programming for the bar, for students, and for the broader community.

This new connection with the Second Circuit is already creating unique opportunities for College of Law students. On February 7, Wolf Price and NYCEx students will spend the day at the Second Circuit, observing oral arguments, and touring the new Justice for All Learning Center in the company of Adriana Mark L'03, the court's Deputy Circuit Librarian. 

Yuen Named in Women Leaders in Tech Law

Delphina Yuen was recognized in the Recorder's 2018 Women Leaders in Tech Law.

Nordman Promoted to Income Principal

Kristin Nordman

Kristin Nordman was promoted to Income Principal at Much Shelist.

Moreland Promoted to Partner

Jeffrey Moreland

Jeffrey Moreland was promoted to Partner in the Corporate Department of Sullivan & Worcester's Boston, MA, office, where he advises public and private clients on securities law compliance, financing transactions, and private equity investments.

Kirkham Listed in Best Lawyers Under 40

Ryan Kirkham

Ryan Kirkham, Associate at Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, was listed in D Magazine's annual Best Lawyers Under 40.

Costello Promoted to Partner

Sean Costello

Sean Costello was promoted to Partner at Rupp Baase Pfalzgraf Cunningham, where he practices municipal law and business law and litigation.

Campbell Named in Super Lawyers

Stephanie Campbell

Stephanie Campbell, Associate at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of general litigation.

Bettinger Named in Super Lawyers

Blane Bettinger

Blane Bettinger, Senior Counsel at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of intellectual property.

Zavaglia Named Partner

Cosmo Zavaglia

Cosmo Zavaglia was named Partner at Morgan Lewis at the firm's New York office, where he works in the Tax practice.

Wright Elected Member

James Wright

James Wright was elected as a Member of Bond, Schoeneck & King, and was named for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of general litigation.

Rosenthal Elected Partner

Jeffrey Rosenthal

Jeffrey Rosenthal was elected Partner of Blank Rome and was admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States during a special group admission ceremony.

Ritts Shafer Elected Member

Katherine Ritts Shafer

Katherine Ritts Shafer was elected as a Member of Bond, Schoeneck & King, and named for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of employment and labor.

The Hill Speaks to Jennifer Breen About the Shutdown's Effect on Court Cases

Jennifer Breen

(The Hill | Jan. 30, 2019) The government is fully reopened, but the effects of the partial shutdown will be felt for months in the federal judiciary as courts across the country play catch-up.

Without money to pay its attorneys during the 35-day funding lapse, the Department of Justice (DOJ) successfully convinced judges to put a number of cases on hold or push back filing deadlines.

Among those delayed were court briefings in a high-profile challenge to the Trump administration’s decision to deny migrants asylum if they cross the border illegally and litigation over the Affordable Care Act ... 

... A spokesperson from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts said the judiciary relied on court filing fees and funding from multiyear appropriations to pay its employees during the partial government shutdown. The spokesperson did not answer questions about how much was in the reserve fund for courts or how much was spent.

“It would have run out of those funds on Feb. 1 if the shutdown had continued,” the spokesperson said.

Chief Judge Michael Reagan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois told The Associated Press that if the shutdown had extended into February, the court might have had to place a moratorium on civil trials.

Chief Judge Mark Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a standing order last week that the court would suspend certain activities in the absence of funding.

Richard Banke, a division manager in the Virginia clerk’s office, said those activities would have included things like budgeting and procurement, human resources and some information technology functions. But he noted no operations were suspended.

“Civil litigation is already infamously slow and drawn out,” said Jennifer Stepp Breen, an administrative and constitutional law professor at Syracuse University. “This adds to that when government attorneys aren’t able to do their work.”

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Hubbard Promoted to Partner

Tyson Hubbard

Tyson Hubbard was promoted to Partner at Downey Brand LLP, where he is responsible for advising trustees, beneficiaries, siblings, surviving spouses, and others in conflicts concerning inheritance. He was also recognized as a 2018 Norther California Rising Star and named a Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine.

Morey Named Senior Partner

Matthew Morey

Matthew Morey was named Senior Partner at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, where he focuses his practice in the area of business and corporate law.

Langan Named in 40 Under Forty

Kerry Langan

Kerry Langan, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was named to CNY Business Journal's  Named in 40 Under Forty for 2018. She was also selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of employment and labor.

Bobrek Named in Super Lawyers

Andrew Bobrek

Andrew Bobrek, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of employment and labor.

Wutz Named Rising Star

John Wutz

John Wutz, of the Hartwell Law Offices, was named as a 2018 Pennsylvania Rising Star.

Parry Murphy Awarded Best in Business

Linda Parry Murphy

Linda Parry Murphy, CEO of Product Launchers, was awarded a Best in Business award. Her company was chosen to receive the Silver Award in the Business Development Department of the Year category. She was also named Entrepreneur of the Year--Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations, winning a Gold Stevie Award in the 16th annual American Business Awards.

Hon. Givens-Davis Founds Pipeline to Possibilities

Hon. Amber Givens-Davis

The Hon. Givens-Davis, a State District Judge in Dallas, founded the Pipeline to Possibilities organization with three colleagues. The organization is committed to education youth on various aspects of the justice system and to inspiring youth to become leaders.

Hon. Fickling Appointed to District Court

Hon. Faith Fickling

The Hon. Faith Fickling was appointed as District Court Judge for the Charlotte, NC, area.

Smith Appointed Syracuse Corporation Counsel

Kristen Smith

Kristen Smith was appointed as Syracuse Corporation Counsel.

Nicolas Named Partner

Emilio Nicolas

Emilio Nicolas was named Partner at Jackson Walker, where he practices entertainment, media, and intellectual property law.

King Named in Super Lawyers

Mary King

Mary King, Partner at Hancock Estabrook, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers.

Price Named in Super Lawyers

Fred Price

Fred Price, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the field of intellectual property.

Panensky Joins FisherBroyles

Stuart Panensky

Stuart Panensky joined FisherBroyles as Partner of its Privacy and Data Security practice group.

Fisher Named Partner

Alex Fisher

Alex Fisher was named Partner of Gartner + Bloom, where he is a litigator concentrating on the defense of complex construction defect, construction accident, and personal injury claims.

Sidbury Named Managing Partner

Benjamin Sidbury

Benjamin Sidbury was named Managing Partner for the Charlotte, NC, office of Bryan Cave, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation.

Nocilly Named in Super Lawyers

David Nocilly

David Nocilly, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the field of intellectual property.

Saporito Joins ShuffieldLowman

Michelle Saporito

Michelle Saporito joined ShuffieldLowman as an Associate.

Klein Named in Super Lawyers

Stuart Klein

Stuart Klein, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the category of business litigation.

Burns Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Christopher Burns

Christopher Burns, Shareholder at Henson Efron, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Minnesota Super Lawyers and the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the category of trusts and estates and litigation-trusts and estates.

Bass Joins Cullen and Dykman

Maureen Bass joine Cullen and Dykman as a Partner in the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditor's Rights group.

Harshbarger Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Laura Harshbarger

Laura Harshbarger, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the field of employment and labor law, and Best Lawyers in America in the categories of education law; employment law-management; labor law-management; and litigation-labor and employment. She was also named Lawyer of the Year for labor law-management.

Geraghty Named COO of jetBlue

Joanna Geraghty

Joanna Geraghty was named President and Chief Operating Officer of jetBlue.

Powers Named in Super Lawyers

John Powers

John Powers, Partner at Hancock Estabrook, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers.

Nagarajan Promoted to Executive Director

Kamesh Nagarajan

Kamesh Nagarajan, Financial Advisor and Partner of the Vector Group at Morgan Stanley, was promoted to Executive Director and granted entry to the firm's prestigious President's Club.

McGuire Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

George McGuire

George McGuire, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the field of intellectual property, and the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the categories of litigation-intellectual property; litigation-patent; and patent law.

Markel Named in Super Lawyers

Jason Markel

Jason Markel, Partner at Hodgson Russ, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the category of business litigation.

Laudadio Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Brian Laudadio

Brian Laudadio, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the category of business litigation, and the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the categories of commercial litigation; litigation-labor and employment; and litigation-municipal.

Dixon Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Cressida Dixon

Cressida Dixon, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the category of estate and probate, and the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the category of trusts and estates.

Butler Named in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers

Brian Butler

Brian Butler, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the business litigation practice area, and the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the category of commercial litigation.

Maco Elected Vice Chair

Rhonda Maco

Rhonda Maco, of the Law Offices of Rhonda L. Maco, was elected Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of MercyFirst in Syosset, NY.

Green Publishes Two Books

Timothy Green

Timothy Green, Of Counsel at Barclay Damon, published his 37th and 38th books: Double Play, with former baseball star Derek Jeter, and The Big Game.

Fletcher Named Among Women Worth Watching

Christine Fletcher

Christine Fletcher, Partner at Burns & Levinson, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 "Women Worth Watching" by Profiles in Diversity Journal.

Halfenger Joins Optima Partners

Alan Halfenger

Alan Halfenger joined Optima Partners as a Partner, focusing on the regulatory and compliance needs of private equity managers, hedge funds, broker-dealers, and global financial services firms.

Corcoran Named in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers

John Cocoran

John Corcoran, Partner at Hancock Estabrook, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America and Upstate New York Super Lawyers.

McDonald Named Managing Partner

John McDonald

John McDonald was named Managing Partner for the Charlotte, NC, office of McGuireWoods.

Buys Named Interim Dean

Cindy Buys

Cindy Buys was named Interim Dean of the Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Schwab Named in Best Lawyers

Martin Schwab

Martin Schwab, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the category of trusts and estates law.

Reichel Named in Best Lawyers

Paul Reichel

Paul Reichel, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the category of tax law.

Domagalski Selected in Legal Elite of Western New York

Jim Domagalski

Jim Domagalski, Partner at Barclay Damon, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Buffalo Business First Legal Elite of Western New York.

Champion Named in Best Lawyers

Gregory Champion

Gregory Champion, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the category of corporate law.

Raising the Bar

Applying to law school can be a stressful undertaking. Determining where to apply, how to present yourself, what to include in your application and how to pay are all important aspects of the admissions process. 

We thought it would be helpful to provide a handy guide with all of this information in one place. With that in mind, please enjoy Syracuse University College of Law’s eBook, Raising the Bar: Preparing For Law School Word Document

Kim Wolf Price L’03 Featured in the New York State Bar Association Journal

Kim Wolf Price

Director of Externship Programs Kim Wolf Price L’03 is featured in the January/February 2019 issue of the New York State Bar Association Journal. Wolf Price is the focus of the Member Spotlight feature, where she answers questions about the legal profession and her path to becoming a lawyer. She discusses her involvement in the New York State Bar Association and the impact it has had on her career.

Murphy Named in Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers

Timothy Murphy

Timothy Murphy, Partner at Hancock Estabrook, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America and Upstate New York Super Lawyers.

Mattar Receives Award of Merit

William Mattar

William Mattar, Owner and President of William Mattar, PC, received an Award of Merit from the Bar Association of Erie County at its 131st Annual Dinner.

Galang Joins Probst Law Offices

Manuel Galang

Mauel Galang joined Probst Law Offices as a Senior Attorney.

Lau Promoted to Partner

Steven Lau

Steven Lau was promoted to Partner at Black Marjieh & Sanford, where he concentrates on New York labor law, premises liability, product liability, professional liability, catastrophic motor vehicle accidents, general liability, and insurance coverage claims.

Feldman Appointed Medical Director of Psychiatry

Clifford Feldman, Associated Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Keck/USC School of Medicine, was appointed Medical Director of Psychiatry at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital near Glendale, CA.

Amalfe Featured in New Jersey Super Lawyers

Christine Amalfe

Christine Amalfe, Chair of the Employment and Labor Law Practice at Gibbons, was featured in the 2018 New Jersey Super Lawyers cover story, "The Amalfe Coast," which discusses her 30-year career at Gibbons and how her experience has allowed her to see the #MeToo movement and the current environment from a unique perspective.

Pierce Named in Best Lawyers

Alan Pierce

Alan Pierce, Partner at Hancock Estabrook, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 and 2019 Best Lawyers in America.

Dove Named Lawyer of the Year in Best Lawyers

Jeffrey Dove

Jeffrey Dove, Partner at Barclay Damon, was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the category of bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization. He was also named as a Lawyer of the Year in the same category.

Shapiro Joins Norton Rose Fullbright

Marc Shapiro

Marc Shapiro joined Norton Rose Fullbright as Partner in its New York office, concentrating on real estate and real estate finance.

Gerdano Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Samuel Gerdano

Samuel Gerdano, Executive Director of the American Bankruptcy Institute, received the 2018 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award.

Aaron Sworn in As US Magistrate Judge

Stewart Aaron

The Hon. Steward Aaron was sworn in to his new position as US Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York.

Shaw Named in Best Lawyers

Steven Shaw

Steven Shaw, Partner at Hancock Estabrook, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Best Lawyers in America.

Berman Named in Super Lawyers

Daniel Berman

Daniel Berman, Partner at Hancock Estabrook, was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers.

Kelley Named in Super Lawyers

Edwin Kelley Jr.

Edwin Kelley Jr. was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the field of government finance.

Fernandez Named in Best Lawyers

Hermes Fernandez

Hermes Fernandez, Member at Bond, Schoeneck & King, was included for selection in the 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the categories of administrative/regulatory law and healthcare law.