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Disability Law Fellow Nana Gochiashvili LL.M. '22 Awarded Fellowship at Jindal Global Law School in Delhi, India

Nana Gochiashvili

Nana Gochiashvili LL.M. ’22, Disability Law Fellow from the country of Georgia, was recently awarded a one-year fellowship at Jindal Global University, located in Delhi, India. Gochiashvili will serve as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of International Internships at the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) of O.P. Jindal Global University. This is a competitive position and prestigious fellowship, with an application process open to interested candidates from all over the world.

Beginning in July of 2022, Gochiashvili will begin her fellowship through teaching, conducting research, and overseeing and monitoring the planning, development, and implementation of new courses in disability law. She will also conduct independent research,  participate in workshops, and present public lectures. Content for the her courses will be based on content from disability law classes taught by Professor Arlene Kanter, Faculty Director of International Programs, which Gochiashvili participated in during her 2021-22 LLM year. 

Continuing her work in disability law, Gochiashvili will join Kanter on June 14-16 as one of five students to attend the Conference of States Parties Meeting on the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities at the United Nations. 

Professor Paula Johnson writes “It’s time to replace ‘replacement theory’”

Professor Paula Johnson

Celestine Chaney, 65, Roberta A. Drury, 32, Andre Mackneil, 53, Katherine Massey, 72, Margus D. Morrison, 52, Heyward Patterson 67, Aaron Salter Jr., 55, Geraldine Talley, 62, Ruth Whitfield, 86, Pearl Young, 77

A week ago on Saturday, the unfathomable once again became the reality in America when racist violence struck in Buffalo, killing 10 and injuring three of our fellow human beings. All of the victims of the 18-year-old white murderer’s rampage were Black, and two of the injured were white. The anguish and anger caused by the killer’s terrorist acts is not only the senseless loss of such beautiful lives, ranging from ages 32 to 86, but also the sheer mendacity of killer’s planning and the mundaneness of victims’ activities when they were killed.

Racial hatred has become much too common. And it would be wrong to think that this latest mass assault on Black lives began on that awful Saturday; Buffalo is only the most recent episode. As must be clear by now, racism permeates all areas of U.S. society, constantly rupturing lives, families and communities. During slavery and after the Civil War, racist terror reigned against people of African descent with brutality and policies that entrenched their second-class status in the U.S.

Read the complete article here:

Professor Jennifer Breen and Associate Dean Kristen Barnes Awarded 2022 CUSE Grants

Professor Jennifer Breen and Associate Dean Kristen Barnes have both been awarded 2022 Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grants from the Syracuse University Research Office. 

Breen will receive a Seed Grant of up to $5,000 for her new research project on the Disparate Responses of Labor Unions to COVID Workplace Protections.

Associate Professor of Sociology Gretchen Purser was a co-primary investigator for this project. The research team is interested in understanding the variation in public health responses to the COVID pandemic from labor unions. According to Breen and Purser’s research, unions are important drivers of political participation, particularly among individuals with low levels of education. The team plans to explore how unions might drive political participation, also considering whether unions counter misinformation on the pandemic.

Barnes will receive an Interdisciplinary Seminar Grant up to $7,500 for her interdisciplinary series on the Write2Vote: Curricula to Enhance Civic Engagement and Representation.

Barnes is one of the investigators on the team, along with Patrick Berry, Associate Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, Mark Brockway, Faculty Fellow in Political Science and Religion, Brice Nordquist, Associate Professor and Dean’s Professor of Community Engagement Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition, and Hector Rendon, Assistant Professor of Communications. The primary goal of this interdisciplinary series is to develop and connect civically engaged courses, assignments, and experiences across a range of curricular contexts at Syracuse University and assess the impact of implemented civic engagement for students, instructors, and community partners. Building on the Write2Vote civic engagement framework by a national network of scholars, the team seeks to use course assignments and curricular components to promote civic engagement among students and facilitate representation for marginalized groups in local communities.

In selecting CUSE grants, the panel reviews certain criteria in assessing a competitive number of proposals. Subject matters span from the overall merit of the application to potential success for extramural funding, increased scholarship, enhanced reputation, and success with past intramural funding. The panel also reviews the qualifications of project personnel, adequacy of facilities, and significance of the project regarding relevance and alignment with CUSE program priorities and current or future research trends.

The College of Law mourns the passing of José Bahamonde-González L'92

José Bahamonde-González L'92

“José lived his life with purpose, and he engaged in his profession with genuine intentionality to serve and advance the interests of justice for all people especially those whose voices were not heard within our legal systems. His legacy is one that should be emulated by everyone, and it will continue to serve as an example for students to whom he dedicated so much of life, passion, and energy,” Suzette Meléndez, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion

Bahamonde-González L'92 was the recipient of the 2020 College of Law Latin American Law Students Association Legacy Award.

Professor Arlene Kanter Delivers Keynote Speech for Pi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars

Professor Kanter with Nataliya Kolesova

In late April, Professor Arlene Kanter, Faculty Director of International Programs, was inducted as an honorary member of the Syracuse University Pi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. 

Pi Beta Delta is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. Kanter served as the keynote speaker for the 2022 induction ceremony. Among her international law contributions, Kanter worked with the United Nations committee on drafting the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Kanter is pictured here with Nataliya Kolesova, a PhD student from Ukraine who Kanter is advising on her dissertation and taught in classes at the College of Law.

“It was a great honor for me to present Professor Kanter with the award,” Kolesova said. “I respect her very much and am immensely grateful for the knowledge she has passed on to me. She is my role model.”

College of Law Professor Gregory Germain Discusses Tax Implications in the LeClairRyan Bankruptcy Proceedings

Professor Gregory Germain

In the in-depth Law360.com story, “Last Of LeClairRyan's Partners Battle Opaque Tax Threat,Professor Gregory Germain notes that the waiver of a bankruptcy claim based on an unpaid loan should be a concern because debt forgiveness is typically viewed as income for tax purposes. 

Germain says former shareholders may be able to avoid the bill if they can establish with the IRS they didn't receive a benefit from the loan being forgiven.

"If a bankruptcy judge says, 'You have these 10 partners who might own taxes,' and the IRS feels there are 20 partners who owe taxes, they'll go after the 20 partners," Germain said.

College of Law Holds Commencement for Class of 2022

On Friday, May 6, Syracuse University College of Law held Commencement for its 199 J.D. and 33 LL.M. graduates. The event, the first in-person Commencement since 2019, featured the first cohort of graduating online J.D. students. Luke Cooper L’01 CEO of Latimer Ventures, Partner at Preface Ventures, and 2022 Visiting Scholar at the University of Maryland Baltimore was the Commencement speaker.

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud provided remarks and introduced the Hon. Theodore A. McKee L’75 Endowed Law Scholarship, thanks to the generosity of Board of Advisors Member Richard M. Alexander L'82, Chairman of Arnold & Porter, and his wife Emily. The scholarship will provide Syracuse Law students with the education and cultural context to enable them to carry forward the legacy of Judge McKee, who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for 27 years.

Professor Todd Berger was voted by the J.D. Class of 2022 as the recipient of the Res Ipsa Loquitur Award, given to a faculty member for “service, scholarship, and stewardship” to the students. Professor Richard Risman was voted by the LL.M. Class of 2022 as the recipient of the Lucet Lex Mundum Award, given to a professor who has made a significant impact on the successes and the experiences of the LL.M. students during their studies.

In his remarks to graduates, Cooper emphasized the importance of always embracing the most authentic pieces of ourselves and broadcasting how these strengths can play to our advantage in overcoming challenges. Reflecting on his personal journey, he also encouraged students to find their purpose and to find the “mud” that’s beneath and around all of us, and to ask themselves how they will help clear the mud and bring about a more inclusive world. “A great orator once asked, what's most important… the flower… or the ground that grows it? In order for the flower to fully blossom and mature it must traverse a muddy path slowly, and with intention, bending it toward the light. That muddy path contains the secrets to its beauty… the secrets to its magic.”

Class of 2022 President Gabriella Kielbasinski remarked, “Class of 2022, we have struggled, and studied, and sacrificed for that idea of a career that we now get to pursue. We have lived through some historic, and sometimes exhausting moments, and while today is a great triumph, I also know that some of us feel like we just need a second to catch our breaths, but I have high hopes for our futures. Because, yes, these have been unprecedented times, but I believe that unprecedented times can only create unprecedented lawyers.”

LL.M. Student Bar Association Representative Sindy Perez Ospino said, “To my fellow LLM classmates, I want to acknowledge the unique challenges that we as international students sometimes face. But, in a year rocked by invasions, coups, human rights violations, and a pandemic, we must remember that we have to be resilient and continue fighting for our dreams, to speak up, and not give up. Thank you, LL.M. students, for showing me the meaning of kindness, resilience, and brotherhood. “

Alexis Telga L’23 Named as Student Representative to the Board of Trustees

Alexis Telga L’23, a third-year law student in the College of Law, has been named as the law student representative to the Board of Trustees.

Among other students named to the Board from the Whitman School of Management, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and the College of Arts and Sciences, Telga will serve as a representative of the campus community and share diverse perspectives and insights with the Board and its various committees. She will also serve as a vital voice in helping the University implement strategic objectives in support of its mission and vision.

Telga is joined by academic dean representative Craig Boise, dean of the College of Law, as a representative to the Board of Trustees for the 2022-23 academic year.

Burton Blatt Institute Study Featured in Legal Management’s “Best Practices for Making Your Law Firm More Inclusive for People with Disabilities”

Burton Blatt Institute

study by the College of Law’s Burton Blatt Institute and the ABA was recently featured in “Best Practices for Making Your Law Firm More Inclusive for People with Disabilities”, by Legal Management, the Magazine of ALA. 

According to the study, “people with a health condition or impairment, and who identify as a person with a disability, reported experiencing proportionately more overt forms of discrimination, such as bullying and harassment, as compared to people who do not have such conditions.”

The article goes on to discuss four tips for law firms to make sure diversity policies don’t fall short when it comes to accessibility, including building policies collaboratively, creating an accepting culture that encourages self-identification, encouraging broad participation, and being intentional with policies and accommodations.

First Generation Law Student Association (FGLSA) Provides Support to Students

2L Erica Glastetter created the First Generation Law Students Association in the fall of 2021, connecting with her other first-generation classmates to develop a network of mentors and prepare for the demands of the law school experience. As reported by the Daily Orange, FGLSA collaborates with the admissions office at the College of Law to connect with applicants who identify as first-generation law students. Around 60 mentors and mentees participated in the program this year, including 2L Caroline Synakowski, FGLSA’s treasurer.

“Imposter syndrome is a very real issue for law students and especially first-generation law students,” Synakowski said. “Knowing that I am surrounded by people with similar backgrounds and life experiences is a truly encouraging thing to have.”

FGLSA works with the College of Law’s JDinteractive program, along with similar groups at schools like Yale University and Seton Hall University. Voted the 2021-22 Student Organization of the Year by the Student Bar Association, the group is growing in both size and reach, recently announcing a new scholarship that will help pay for an SU first-generation law student’s education.

“We just formed this built-in support system,” Glastetter said. “If you’re struggling with something, we’re there to give you advice or tell you what not to do, because we learned the hard way by doing it ourselves.”

Nicholas Constantino joins Barclay Damon LLP

Nick Constantino

Barclay Damon announces Nick Constantino, associate, has joined Barclay Damon’s Insurance Coverage & Regulation and Torts & Products Liability Defense Practice Areas. His primary office is Syracuse.

Constantino concentrates his practice on all aspects of insurance coverage and insurance defense matters. He has experience defending claims arising out of New York State Labor Law, medical malpractice claims, motor vehicle accidents, insurance coverage disputes, and premises liability claims. Prior to joining Barclay Damon, Constantino was an associate at a firm in Syracuse and gained additional experience through a legal externship and a student attorney position.

Christine A. Amalfe honored by ECBA

Christine A. Amalfe

Christine A. Amalfe, Chair of the Employment & Labor Law Group of Gibbons P.C., was honored by the Essex County Bar Association (ECBA) with its 2022 Samuel S. Saiber Professional Achievement Award. Ms. Amalfe was recognized by ECBA at its Annual Installation & Awards Reception, held on May 2 at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey. 

At Gibbons, Ms. Amalfe chairs the firm’s very active Employment & Labor Law Group, which includes lawyers across four of eight Gibbons offices. In her legal practice, she handles some of the most high-profile litigations and investigations in New Jersey, while also providing advice and counsel to help clients avoid outcomes like these. Her clients include some of the world’s best-known companies representing industries of notable regional significance. She additionally represents several colleges and universities in the state in some of the most noteworthy investigations and litigations in higher education.

Hannah Gavin L’23 Awarded the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs Family Member Scholarship

Hannah Gavin

Hannah Gavin L’23 has been awarded the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs Family Member Scholarship by the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs (OVMA). Part of Syracuse’s commitment to being the best home to veterans and their families, these awards provide impactful financial assistance to military-connected students.

Gavin’s father, a veteran, attended Syracuse University to pursue a degree in education. The experiences he shared with Hannah inspired her to follow in his footsteps at the University, with the goal of pursuing a law degree. Gavin, a second-year student in the College of Law, has dreamt of being a lawyer since she was a young child, and hopes to one day become a family law attorney to support families across the country and world.

“I hope to pursue a career in a public interest firm providing legal support to those unable to afford private counsel,” she says.

This scholarship will allow Gavin to participate in internships this summer and next year to pursue that career.

Ryan Marquette L’22 Announced as Syracuse University Student Veteran of the Year for 2022

Ryan Marquette L’22 is Syracuse University’s 2022 Student Veteran of the Year, awarded by the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA). This award is presented each year to a student who contributes both on and off campus to make Syracuse University “the best place for veterans.”

Highlighted in this SU news article by Ausin Philleo, Marquette is a U.S. Army veteran and active member of the Army National Guard. He was a student veteran in the College of Law while simultaneously pursuing a master’s of public administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. While his studies kept him busy, Marquette also regularly involved himself with veteran functions on campus and in the community and found the time to volunteer for the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families, serving as a guest speaker at a Fort Drum Onward the Opportunity graduation.

The article notes that during the height of COVID-19 in 2020, Marquette had to juggle school and his active role as a member of the National Guard as he responded to the pandemic in New York State. His efforts led to the distribution of 147,809 COVID tests, 36,661 meals, and 507 medical supply deliveries across the state. Off campus, he leads the Leader-Scholar Scholarship in Rome, New York, where one student is awarded a scholarship for their leadership efforts throughout their high school career and volunteer work in their community. The scholarship was named after Marquette’s friend, Capt. John Levulis, who lost his life in a military training accident.

Marquette served as the president of the Operation Veteran Advocacy group at the College of Law and was an executive board member of the Syracuse Law Review. His list of accomplishments while at the University includes receiving the 2021 Student Veterans Organization’s Best for Vets award and serving as the first-ever law school appointee to the  Syracuse University Board of Trustees, amongst other contributions to the community.

New Syracuse Law Scholarship Honors the Ongoing Legacy of the Hon. Theodore A. McKee L'75

The Hon. Theodore A. McKee L'75 (left) and Chancellor Kent Syverud (right.)

(Syracuse, NY | MAY 11, 2022) Syracuse University College of Law is pleased to announce the establishment of the Hon. Theodore A. McKee L’75 Endowed Law Scholarship with a generous gift from Syracuse University Trustee and College of Law Board of Advisors Member Richard M. Alexander L'82, a partner at Arnold & Porter, and his wife Emily.  

The announcement of the scholarship in the name of Judge McKee, a Syracuse University Life Trustee and an honorary member of the College of Law Board of Advisors, came at the College’s Commencement ceremony on May 6, before the Class of 2022 and Judge McKee’s family, including several of his judicial clerks. 

The Hon. Theodore A. McKee L’75 Endowed Law Scholarship will provide Syracuse Law students with the education and cultural context to enable them to carry forward the legacy of Judge McKee, who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for more than 27 years.

“This scholarship honors a College of Law legend and one of its foremost pioneers, who as a jurist has earned praise for his fairness, compassion, and incisive questioning from the bench, and whose public service is grounded in a deep concern for social justice," says Dean Craig M. Boise. "The Alexanders' generous gift ensures that Judge McKee's legacy is enshrined at the College and that, in his name, we can assist and inspire students whose backgrounds and experiences will bring diverse perspectives to the College and the practice of law.”

Judge McKee graduated from the College of Law in 1975 magna cum laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Justinian Honorary Law Society. He began his legal career in private practice in Philadelphia, PA, before entering public service as an Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He then served as Deputy City Solicitor for Philadelphia, as a lecturer at Rutgers Law School, and as General Counsel for the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Judge McKee first took the bench in 1984 on the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County. After a decade of service, he was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President William J. Clinton in 1994, receiving his confirmation and commission later that same year. Judge McKee served as the court’s Chief Judge from 2010 to 2016.

As to the scholarship, Richard and Emily Alexander said, “We are delighted to be able to honor Judge McKee’s distinguished service to our country, his commitment to social justice, and his passion for Syracuse University, by supporting scholarships to deserving students at the College of Law.”

Upon hearing the news of the Alexander’s gift, Judge McKee said, “I am humbled beyond words by the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Alexander family in endowing a scholarship in my honor.”  He continued, “the legal education I received from Syracuse University has allowed me to compete with graduates of any law school in the country, and I am very thankful that this scholarship will help me to give back to the university that has done so much for me.”

For more information, or to contribute to the Hon. Theodore A. McKee L’75 Endowed Law Scholarship, please contact Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs Sophie Dagenais 315.443.1964 or sulaw@syr.edu.

College of Law Faculty Weigh in on Leaked Roe v. Wade Opinion

Syracuse College of Law

College of Law faculty members provide insight into the leaked opinion showing Supreme Court justices are working on a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Professor Paula Johnson discusses how this will impact other civil rights cases and/or law, while Professor Keith Bybee addresses how the leak happened and what this means looking forward. In an op-ed piece published last week on Common Dreams, Professor Jennifer Breen writes “The 'Raw Judicial Power' of Samuel Alito Is an Attack on Dignity, Autonomy, and Progress.”

Each offer insight on what this means in the current political climate and how this decision could further impact existing laws that safeguard civil rights and laws.


Remarks from Professor Paula Johnson:

“My opinion is that the implications and ramifications of overturning Roe are serious and dangerous to women’s lives. Women’s bodily integrity and autonomy will be upended and their healthcare and reproductive decisions even criminalized if this indeed becomes the Court’s final decision. This will especially affect women who are marginalized not just because of gender, but also race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, and poor economic status.”

“As such, the decision further throws the jurisprudence of privacy, liberty, and autonomy into jeopardy as constitutionally protected rights. It would be wrong and shortsighted to think this only involves women’s bodies and lives; it is much more far-ranging than that and has the potential to intrude on the individual lives, families, and relationships of all persons. Not to mention the criminalization of healthcare providers for addressing the medical needs of their patients. These rights should not be subject to the political whims of individual states; women’s access to healthcare and reproductive choice should not depend on where they live.”

“Interestingly, we do not know Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion. He has been a proponent of adhering to precedent; it will be interesting to see if he does so in this instance, where so much is at stake for women’s ability to decide the trajectory of their lives without government interference, judgment, or criminalization.”


Remarks from Professor Keith James Bybee

“Although this week’s news of a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion makes the high bench look like a highly partisan body, it was Oliver Wendell Holmes who first broke the news that law is mixed up with politics—and he did so over 100 years ago. Holmes’s insight is widely shared by legal academics of all stripes today and is also evident in decades of public opinion survey data that shows substantial majorities of Americans agreeing that the judicial process is infused with politics.”

 

“Remarkably, this political view of the judiciary has co-existed with the belief that judges make their decisions on the basis of law and impartial principle. As we look forward, the question is not what people will make of a Court suddenly revealed as political. Instead, the question is whether the long held half-law, half-politics view of judiciary will survive.”

 

“The 'Raw Judicial Power' of Samuel Alito Is an Attack on Dignity, Autonomy, and Progress” by Professor Jennifer Breen

“The leak of the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft opinion in the Mississippi abortion ban case has put into authenticated form an announcement that abortion advocates on both sides of the aisle have been predicting for years: stack the Court with Republican-appointed justices and Roe v. Wade will be overturned. The Court’s leaked opinion does just that, holding that both Roe and Casey are now bad law because there is no longer any constitutional right to abortion.”

 

“The current draft—which will be revised between now and its formal publication, likely in June—tells us a lot about where the Court stands on abortion, of course, but also other constitutional rights and the role of the courts in our constitutional republic.”

 

“So why does it matter to other constitutional rights that Alito doesn't think individual liberty includes the right to decide whether to have an abortion? Because the liberty interest protected by the Due Process Clause and the right to privacy it encompasses are also the bases for the Court's protection of gay marriage, the right to contraception, the right to private consensual sex, and the right to interracial marriage.”

Passing of Samantha L. Kurkjy

Samantha Leigh Kurkjy, 43, pizza aficionado, U2 devotee, and World’s Coolest Aunt passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Salem Hospital following a valiant battle with cancer. There will be a Celebration of Life for family and friends at a later date. Assisting the family with the arrangements is O’Donnell Cremations, Funerals, Celebrations 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com

Syracuse Law Graduates Inaugural Class of Its Ground-breaking Online JD Program

(Syracuse, NY | May 10, 2022) On May 6, 2022, students in the inaugural class of Syracuse University College of Law’s first-of-its-kind JDinteractive (JDi) program graduated alongside their peers in the College’s residential JD program.  JDi, a fully ABA-accredited program, was the first to combine live online class sessions with self-paced class sessions.  Its innovative design served as a model for other law schools pivoting to online education amid the pandemic.

The members of the inaugural class, which comprises 45 of the 199 College of Law’s JD recipients this year, distinguished themselves in their legal studies. Many are graduating with honors.  As students, they were also active in extracurricular activities and pro bono work. Twelve served on the Syracuse Law Review or other journals, many participated in the Student Bar Association and other student organizations, and some started new student organizations.

“I’m extraordinarily proud of all our 2022 graduates, but I’m particularly pleased to see our inaugural JDi cohort earn their law degrees,” says Dean Craig M. Boise. “From across the country and around the world, they have studied with us year-round for more than three years, while balancing full-time work and family obligations.  They are incredibly talented and motivated, and we’re honored to count them among our Syracuse Law alumni family.”

The College of Law carefully designed JDi to make its JD program available to students for whom attending a residential program was not practical.  By combining real-time, online class sessions with self-paced instruction, on-campus courses, and externship opportunities, the program makes a foremost legal education available to students who need flexibility in their studies.

Consistent with the program’s goals of increasing access to legal education, the JDi graduates are a diverse group:

• They hail from 25 different states, including Hawaii and Alaska, and have taken classes while living in multiple countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, and Japan.

• Eleven are members of the military or military-affiliated, including high-ranking, retired veterans and spouses of active-duty military personnel based in Germany and New Mexico.

• 30% are students of color.  

• Their median age is 35.

 “These students are the embodiment of the goal at the core of JDi: to expand access to legal education and the legal profession,” says Professor Shannon Gardner, Associate Dean for Online Education. “Without this program, this diverse group of talented, accomplished, and ambitious grads would not have been able to pursue their aspirations of becoming lawyers.”

Outside of their pursuits as law students, the Class of 2022 JDi graduates are global industry executives at prominent companies, such as Apple, John Deere, and Lockheed Martin. They are national and local government employees, leaders at higher education institutions, public school teachers and administrators, bankers, insurance executives, paralegals, real estate agents, entrepreneurs, and accountants.  They are parents of one to nine children and caregivers to aging parents.  Several already held advanced degrees.

“Designing JDi required us to rethink how we deliver education and gave us the opportunity to take the best of what we do in our residential program and translate it into the online space,” says Professor Nina Kohn, Faculty Director of Online Education, who led the design and launch of JDi. “The College of Law could not be prouder of these students for their achievements here.  Their success shows that—with careful planning and an insistence on always putting student learning first—we can deliver a high-quality legal education to students no matter where they may be located.”

For more information about JDinteractive, contact Online JD.

Graduation Recognition and Celebration

Cheers to the class of 2022! The College of Law hosted a Graduation Recognition and Celebration event in Levy Atrium this evening for our students, friends and family members who have supported these graduates along their law school journey. Dean Boise kicked off the evening with a celebratory toast, followed by the announcement of a few academic award and student achievement announcements.

Congratulations to these prestigious award winners, unveiled this evening:

National Association of Women Lawyers Award: Gabriella Kielbasinski

Seeley Johnson Award: Mazaher Kaila

ALI-CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award: Jake Goldsmith

 

We’d also like to recognize a few other spectacular Class of 2022 students for their success and high achievements.

 

Class of 2022 Academic Excellence

Highest Average: Leita M. Powers

Second Highest Average: Chana Feldbrand

Third Highest Average: Hayley M. Rousselle

 

Academic Success Fellows

Tara L. Andryshak

Alexandra G. Corradi

Lyndon Elizabeth Hall

Shelby R. Petro

Jackson Somes

Grace O. Sullivan

 

Student Recognition

Law Ambassador Recognition: Molly N. Graham and Tara L. Andryshak

Clinical Legal Education Association SU College Of Law 2022 Nominee: Mary Elizabeth E. Boswell

 

Scribes Award

William J. Cost

Molly N. Graham

Hannah T. Hapeman

Gabriella E. Kielbasinski

Leita M. Powers

Hayley M. Rousselle

Samir Shah


Cold Case Justice Initiative Volunteers

Alejandra J. Bridida

Rachel Brenner

Jillian L. Brodock

Scott M. Cuervels

Jamie C. Davila

Shannon E. Edwards

Emily Hildreth

Julia Kelly

Mathew J. McCartin

Law Library begins Summer Hours

The Law Library begins summer hours, Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm, on May 6, 2022.  Law students continue to have 24/7 swipe access to the Library.

For additional information, see our Law Library Hours webpage.  For visitors and other non-College of Law access, please see our Alumni & Visitor Services webpage.  Inquiries can be directed to: LawReferenceDesk@syr.edu.

Class of 2022 Commencement Week Information

Grad Fair!

Wednesday, May 4 (4:00-7:00PM)

Thursday, May 5 (immediately after the Graduate Recognition and Celebration)

Travis Lewin Commons

Pick up regalia, return library books, receive pre-ordered JOST/JILC Gavels, pick-up Class Act Cords, plus other graduate goodies!

Graduate Recognition and Celebration

Thursday, May 5, 2022

David M. Levy Atrium

Dineen Hall

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Official program and champagne toast start at 5 p.m.

Livestream Here

Commencement

Friday, May 6, 2022

Stadium

11 a.m.

Livestream Here

Visit the Law Commencement site for more details.

Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett (Ret.) writes “The current fight and lasting implications of the war in Ukraine” at The Hill

Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett (Ret.)

Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett (Ret.), Deputy Director, Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law, writes “The current fight and lasting implications of the war in Ukraine” at The Hill.

Murrett says, “The collective support of Ukraine in all its dimensions will need to be steady and enduring. The ongoing struggle against Russian aggression is a marathon and not a sprint, and will require sustained military, humanitarian, and diplomatic support — as well as no small measure of post-conflict reconstruction, on the order of another Marshall Plan.”

Happy Retirement, Professor Day!

Professor Day Teaches His Last Class

Professor Christian Day taught his last class for the College of Law on Monday, April 25th, 40 years after he taught his first class in 1982. Day has taught more than 20 different courses over the years, mostly in the corporate law area. He has taught large, foundational courses, seminars focusing on a specialized areas of the law, doctrinal classes, and experimental classes.  The range and depth of the courses taught by Day demonstrate his commitment to preparing his students for the practice of law, with a fully comprehensive curriculum. During his tenure, Day has taught and prepared thousands of SU students for their professional lives.

As a scholar, Day’s research has focused on early capital markets. He has published more than 25 articles and has attended more than 30 scholarly conferences in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has been the advisor to several organizations, including the Journal of International Law and Commerce, the Corporate Law Society, and the Federalist Society. The Advocacy Honor Society benefited greatly from Day’s mentorship, as he served as the program director for five years and has also coached a number of winning teams. Additionally, Day was instrumental in the development and expansion of the College of Law’s externship program in London for the last 15 years. He has also provided significant service to the University, as senator for many years and as chair of the committee on honorary degrees.

The College of Law offers a sincere thank you to Professor Day, for his service over the years and spectacular impact he has made on the school. Day’s retirement will enable him to spend more time with his family and give him a chance to continue to further pursue his love of oil painting. Students and colleagues gathered around his last class to provide a standing ovation, enjoying a reception of cake and celebration.

Advocacy Honor Society Announces 2022 Award and Scholarship Winners at Banquet

Advocacy Honors Society Celebration

The Syracuse University College of Law’s Travis H.D. Lewin Advocacy Honor Society (AHS) hosted its annual Students Award Ceremony at SKY Armory on April 21, highlighting the work of various students, organizations, staff, and faculty.

2022 Award Winners

Travis H. D. Lewin Advocacy Honor Society Executive Director Award

Brandon Bourg and Margaret Santandreu

 

Richard Risman Appellate Advocacy Award

Scott Ceurvels

 

Courtcall Scholarship Award (Advocacy Director Award)

Gabby Kielbasinski, Penny Quinteros, and Morgan Steele

 

Ralph E. Kharas Award

Olivia Stevens

 

Lee S. Michaels L’67 Advocate Of The Year Award

Austin Milone (2L)

 

Emil M. Rossi L’72 Scholarship Award

Autumn Burgin (2L) & Angelica Judge (2L)

 

Models of Excellence in Advocacy Award (In Honor of Michael S. Olsan L’89)

Caleb Gieger (2L) & Roland Lucas (2L)

 

International Academy Of Trial Lawyers Student Advocate Award

Marina De Rosa & Amanda Nardozza

 

The following 3L students were admitted to the Order of Barristers: M. Bradley Ace, Marina De Rosa, Kelsey Gonzalez, Amanda Nardozza, Abigail Neuviller, Margaret Santandreu, Morgan Steele, Olivia Stevens, Cierra Thomas, and Gabriella Verdone.

The AHS is comprised of a select group of second- and third-year law students, representing the best oral advocates at the College. The College of Law’s nationally ranked Advocacy Program enjoys a strong track record of stellar results on the biggest stages competing against other law schools. These competitions, supported by the student-run AHS, teach advocacy skills through mock appellate, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and trial experiences.

Congratulations to all the award winners this year!

Professor Roy Gutterman L'00 Provides Analysis of Potential Libel Suit for Jerry West against HBO

Professor of Law Roy Gutterman L'00, director of Syracuse University's Tully Center for Free Speech, recently discussed former Los Angeles Lakers player and executive Jerry West’s threatened defamation suit against HBO over his depiction in “Winning Time” series. 

West claims that the series incorrectly implies that he made poor decisions as the general manager of the team during the 1980s, depicting him as prone to violent outbursts and unable to hide his drinking at work. According to the Law 260 article and letter from West’s lawyer, “he is demanding a retraction, an apology and assurances he won't be cast in such a damaging light in the second season of the recently renewed show.”

Some legal scholars, including Gutterman, have watched the show and believe it might be difficult for West to prove his case. "If he goes forward with this, it's not going to be an easy path for him," said Gutterman, adding libel-in-fiction lawsuits are "usually not very successful."

West would need to prove that HBO acted maliciously in its depictions of him for a successful suit.

"Anybody that's watching this and expecting everything to be a documentary, and 100% authentic and truthful isn't watching the show the way you should," Gutterman said. "In the last episode, there was also an animated leprechaun. If that isn't an indication that you're looking at something that is taking poetic license, I don't know what is."

College of Law Partners with Republic of Georgia Bar Association for 5-Part Lecture Series

Republic of Georgia Bar Association 5-Part Lecture Series

As part of a newly-launched partnership between the College of Law and the Republic of Georgia Bar Association (GBA) earlier this academic year, Syracuse Law offered a five-part lecture series to members of the GBA to discuss a range of topics that covered foundational aspects of the U.S. legal system, and nuances of criminal procedure, commercial law, national security law, and intellectual property. 

College of Law faculty members wrapped up the final component of the series in April. Participating in the series were:

  • Professor Shannon Gardner: Sources of U.S. Law: From the Common Law Up 
  • Hon. James Baker: Current Issues in Security: Bar Associations, Public Citizens, and the Rule of Law 
  • Professor Todd Berger: Introduction to U.S. Criminal Procedure by 
  • Adjunct Professor David Reed L’85: Demystifying U.S. Commercial Contracts 
  • Professor Shubha Ghosh: Overview of U.S. Legal Issues in Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Law 

The College of Law was a natural partner for this effort given the broad expertise of faculty, overall interest in supporting internationalization efforts, and alumni-members of the GBA. 

Executive Director of the GBA Giorgi Tshekhani praised the partnership, commenting that “while enhancing the quality of justice in Georgia is one of our priorities as well as main challenges, sharing of knowledge and experience from our highly qualified U.S. colleagues is of significant importance. I would like to thank the representatives and professors of the SU College of Law for their active and valuable involvement in the lecture cycle.”

In the past, the College of Law has helped arrange for lectures to lawyers in Azerbaijan, Brazil, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and throughout Europe, but this was the first comprehensive series arranged in coordination with an institutional partner.  

Professor Todd Berger explains, “this program builds on several different international collaborations that we’ve done with other academic institutions over the years, connecting us with actual practicing lawyers in other countries. Each partnership, including this one with the GBA, has some key differences that give our faculty new perspectives from around the world.”

This partnership not only promotes the expertise of the College of Law faculty, but also advances the teaching of law and exposure to diverse perspectives beyond borders and provides visibility to prospective students in countries around the world.

“These conversations not only enhance participants' knowledge,” Professor Shannon Gardner remarks, “but also lay the groundwork for future collaboration and partnership between the College of Law and the Georgian Bar Association. The opportunity for both College of Law faculty and members of the Georgian Bar Association to learn more about the laws and legal systems of each other's country has been invaluable.” 

With the ease and comfort of virtual exchanges over platforms like Zoom, the College of Law plans to continue to expand these efforts in other parts of the world. 

College of Law Remembers Dean Emerita Hannah R. Arterian

Dean Emerita Hannah Arterian

Arterian served as dean of the College of Law from 2003-15. During her tenure, she increased the quality and size of the college’s faculty, diversified educational opportunities for students and brought Dineen Hall, one of the most ambitious building projects in the University’s history, to life. The College of Law moved into Dineen Hall, a 200,000-square-foot building on the western side of campus, in August 2014. The building brought together the law school community under one roof for the first time and has been rated as one of the most architecturally attractive law school buildings in the world.

“Our College of Law community mourns the loss of Dean Emerita Hannah Arterian,” says Craig Boise, dean of the College of Law. “Her leadership and influence, her impact on the lives of countless alumni, faculty and staff, and her many accomplishments as dean, including the successful fundraising campaign that gave us Dineen Hall, will always be a part of our story.”

Arterian was raised in Staten Island and attended Elmira College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature magna cum laude in 1970 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She attended the University of Iowa College of Law, where she was the first woman to hold an editorial position on the Iowa Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

After earning her juris doctorate, Arterian worked for the New York City law firm Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood, practicing corporate tax law. She then returned to University of Iowa’s law school as a visiting professor and joined the faculty in 1978, one of the first women to teach at the college.

Arterian went on to hold teaching positions at Arizona State University (ASU) and University of Houston’s law schools before returning to ASU in 1985. Arterian became the first woman to serve as the college’s associate dean in 1992. When she began teaching at ASU in 1979, she was the only woman on the college’s law faculty and only the second to hold a faculty position in living memory. There, she taught courses on labor relations, employment law, employment discrimination and wrote in the area of Title VII—particularly on the dilemmas for pregnant women employed in chemically toxic work environments.

She was named the 11th dean of Syracuse University’s College of Law—and the second woman appointed to the position—in 2002. She fundraised $1 million during the first year of her tenure and laid the groundwork for financial success and opportunities for the school. Arterian cultivated a diverse and accomplished faculty, developed relationships with alumni across the globe and recruited many of the college’s board of advisors, with the long-term goal of increasing the quality of the college’s legal education and constructing a new building.

Arterian introduced an expanded orientation program for incoming students into the College of Law, which included alumni from all over the United States, as well as formal ceremonies to welcome new students into the college. One of her major projects was building the College of Law’s alumni association, as well as reinvigorating alumni connections to the school.

She worked with colleagues to forge strong relationships with Korean alumni by attending annual meetings and alumni events in Seoul. These visits included visiting the Korean Constitutional Court and discussing U.S. and Korean Supreme Court decisions with justices of the Korean Supreme Court. These international connections were also cultivated through Arterian’s work with colleagues to further develop the Law in London Program. Many programs and institutes, such as the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (now the Institute for Security Policy and Law); the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and Media; the Veterans Legal Clinic (now the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic); Securities, Arbitration and Consumer Law Clinic; Elder Law Clinic; and the externship program, were created, expanded and/or fostered under Arterian’s leadership.

With her colleagues and the Board of Advisors, Arterian raised $40 million to construct Dineen Hall, one of the nation’s premier law facilities. “She is part of the ethos of that place. She was a visionary,” says Alexandra Epsilanty L’92, former associate dean of advancement in the College of Law and a close colleague of Arterian. “Dineen Hall and the education of the next generation of legal minds are part of her legacy. She fought tooth and nail for the law school. It was like one of her kids. She cared about the law because she cared about civil society.”

During her tenure at ASU and at the College of Law, Arterian worked with the American Bar Association (ABA) to perform site inspections of law schools throughout the country and assess the qualifications of nominees to the federal judiciary, and served on committees for the ABA, as well as the American Association of Law Schools. She was also a co-editor, with Jeremy Paul, of the SSRN Journal on Legal Education. In 2007, Arterian aided in the vetting process of then-vice-presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden Jr. L’68. In 2009, she joined AccessLex Institute (formerly Access Group), a nonprofit comprising representatives of accredited law schools with the mission of education financing and debt management for law graduates, as well as investigating loan options and loan policy advocacy. After becoming a member of its executive committee in 2011, Arterian was elected as the chair of the AccessLex Board of Directors in 2014.

Arterian is survived by her children, William Furnish, Susannah Arterian, Diana Arterian and Cordelia Arterian; three granddaughters, Marnie and Celeste Arterian, and Helena Muñoz Furnish, and her sister, Susan Arterian.

A celebration of life will take place in Syracuse in the College of Law’s Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom in Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Ave., on Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m. A celebration of life in Phoenix, Arizona, will be held at Changing Hands Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd. on Saturday, May 28, at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the organizations Arterian held dear—the Fresh Air Fund, Humane Society Legislative Fund, or to your own alma mater or institution of learning.

Professor Robin Malloy, Kate Mazdzer (2L), Michael Towey (3L) and Christoper Baiamonte L'19 Present at Annual Zoning Law Update

Michael Towey Presents at Annual Zoning Law Update

Professor Malloy presented the Annual Zoning Law Update, a continuing education program for zoning and planning board officials in Onondaga County, this past Saturday, April 23. The annual education program is designed to meet the certification requirements for zoning and planning officials in New York State. 

Held at Dineen Hall this year, presenters included law students Kate Mazdzer (2L) and Michael Towey (3L), who are both a part of Malloy's Advanced Zoning Law Program, and Alum Christopher Baiamonte L'19 of the Wladis Law Firm.

The program is sponsored by the Center for Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism at the College of Law and by the Town of DeWitt, NY. Approximately 40 officials were on hand for the annual training that covered such topics as Area and Use Variances; Article 78 court review; Affordable Housing and the demise of the single-family residential zone, Unconstitutional Conditions; and criteria for evaluating a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA and FHA. 

Professor Cora True-Frost G’01, L’01 Awarded Fulbright to European Center of Excellence for Research on European Tribunals and Int'l Disabilities

Professor Cora True-Frost

 Cora True-Frost G’01, L’01, Bond, Schoeneck and King Distinguished Professor, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Program to join the University of Oslo,Pluricourts as a Fulbright Scholar. Beginning in August 2022, True-Frost will conduct her research and scholarship on European Tribunals and International Disability Law: Definitions, Discrimination, and Involuntary Detention.

 “Fulbright Scholarships are prestigious academic achievements and Professor True-Frost is a deserving recipient and representative of the College of Law in this program,” says College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise. “Her scholarship at the intersection of international law and politics and the rights of the disabled is being justly recognized.  Cora is a gifted classroom teacher and will ultimately enrich this field and our students, building connections between leading international courts and our law school.”

 Q: What is your research focus for this distinguished appointment and what are your intended outcomes? 

 True-Frost: I will be examining contests between European tribunals and international bodies over the interpretation and application of international law, with a specific focus on international disability law norms within Europe by the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR.)  Several substantive areas in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) are provoking high-stakes contests of legitimacy and authority between and among both international level treaty bodies, and with regional courts. I intend to initially engage an admittedly broad question, but through a methodologically narrow approach: in the 2020s, what relative roles do international courts, regional tribunals, as well as “soft law”-makers, such as human rights treaty bodies and the European Commission (“EC”), play in determining the rights of people with disabilities in Europe? 

 While national domestic legal systems work to avoid conflicts by permitting appeals only within a strict hierarchy of authority and constrained jurisdiction, the same is not true of the international system. The complexities and sophistication of the judicial system of the European Union (“EU”) offer a perfect opportunity to examine conflicts and variation arising in the legal interpretation and application of relatively new international law, the CRPD.  Within Europe, multiple sources of law and policy protect people with disabilities—national legislation, European Union Directives, European Commission subsidiary organs, regional conventions, the European Disability Forum, and Council of Europe policies.  International law, such as the CRPD, also protects people with disabilities in Europe. 

My past scholarship has examined the effects of the CJEU’s efforts to respect and observe its international legal obligations. To give an example, a past project examined impacts of the Kadi & al-Barakaat case, in which the CJEU struck down a Council of the European Union (“Council”) law for violating fundamental rights[1] in implementing the UN Security Council’s (UN SC) resolution. The CJEU decision took pains to emphasize the EU’s compliance with international law even in the face of a particularly draconian UN SC resolution.  My work showed how the CJEU decision in turn helped push the powerful UN SC to reform its procedures related to targeted sanctions in the fight against terrorism post-9/11.

 My broader scholarly focus on international level tribunals and organizations inevitably and frequently overlaps with decisions of regional tribunals such as the CJEU and the ECtHR. For example, although my forthcoming article, “Listening to Dissonance at the Intersections of International Human Rights Law” contributes to the fragmentation literature by focusing on conflicts between the interpretations of provisions of treaties by international-level treaty bodies; through analyzing issues related both to the horizontal allocation of authority and the impacts of conflicting interpretations on different norms, my research continuously led to the jurisprudence of the CJEU and ECtHR.[2]  I am excited to be able to take this next step in my research.

 

Q: What are your intended outcomes from your research? 

True-Frost: I will be developing a qualitative series of case studies of contests of authority and legitimacy focused on various EU Directives implementing the CRPD and CJEU judicial decisions regarding these Directives will form the core research.  The first phase of this project will map and analyze various consistencies, conflicts, and variations in European tribunals’ articulation of three substantive areas of disability law in relation to international disability law standards: defining disability,[3] applying employment discrimination law,[4] and setting forth standards for involuntary detention.[5]  In its second phase, the project will develop normative implications both for the legitimacy of international and regional courts and for the substance of disability law.

 I very much welcome the opportunity to closely engage CJEU and ECtHR decisions in conversation with the community of many scholars working on Pluricourts’ international tribunals research in Norway, and would plan to make research trips, as needed, to Geneva, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg. My work overlaps with the literatures focused on at Pluricourts.  I have written regarding almost all of the research topics, particularly: the legitimacy of international tribunals; the proper allocation of powers between different international and national lawmaking, executive, and judicial organs; the impacts of global administrative law, and best practices of international lawmaking bodies. 

 

Q: Why did you pursue a Fulbright? 

True-Frost: My international law scholarship has always benefitted and grown from my experience abroad.  Pursuing this important research topic about conflicts between international and disability law in Europe will offer me the opportunity to meet with various stakeholders in European regional and domestic courts and do primary research.

I am an international law scholar with a focus on the development of human rights norms in international tribunals and organizations. However, my research over the last decade has continued to lead me to the jurisprudence of European tribunals, which have had a strong influence on the content of international human rights law. 

 

Q: Why study European law in Norway in particular?

True-Frost: Norway has a unique relationship with the EU, so the opportunity to examine its own domestic interpretations of European and international human rights law will offer more context to my research on conflicts.  Luckily, in 2020, when I decided to pursue my research with the Fulbright program in Europe to focus on European law, I learned that the University of Oslo offered a Fulbright grant focused on international courts and tribunals. I was already aware of the University of Oslo’s Pluricourts research center, which is a Center of Excellence funded by the Norwegian government, as I had the opportunity to attend the 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law in Norway from in September 2015, which Pluricourts had sponsored.  During my brief visit, as a junior scholar on pre-tenure leave, I was extremely impressed by the University, its faculty, and its strong networks in international law. Over the course of the short conference, I saw many ways that the Pluricourts’ research agenda overlapped with my own research agenda. My interest in living and researching in Norway now is helped by the knowledge that two dear friends and former colleagues of mine from my earlier work on gender justice in East Timor, who are Norwegian, both live in Oslo now with their families. This is an example of how networking and staying in touch professionally builds bridges to future international experiences.

The Fulbright also offers me the opportunity for concentrated, comparative research in disability law, a new area of interest for me.  At Syracuse Law, I have had the pleasure of teaching international and domestic law students who are Blind, Deaf, dyslexic, wheelchair-using, among many other disabilities.  I have seen the challenges my students, both domestic and international, face in securing the supports and accommodations they require. In recent years, as international attention has rightly, if belatedly, focused on too long-delayed calls for racial justice, my interest in race and intersectionality along with my experience with disabled students, have raised my awareness and concern about the many unnecessary challenges disabled people face. 

 

Q: What impact will this have on your teaching? 

True-Frost: I look forward to integrating connections and publications from this research project into both the ECtHR and International Human Rights Law classes I teach.  I also look forward to connecting our students interested in international law with the work I will be doing abroad, by delivering remarks/observations to College of Law students via Zoom or Skype while I am at the University of Oslo.  I look forward to learning more about Norwegian higher education techniques, as I have been able to do in France with our partners there during the ECtHR classes.

 

 

[1] The ECJ held that the review of lawfulness applied only to the EC act purporting to give effect to the international agreement, and not to the international agreement itself.  See, e.g., C. Cora True-Frost, Signaling Credibility: The Development of Standing in International Security, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 1183 (2011).

[2] C. C. True-Frost, Listening to Dissonance at the Intersections of International Human Rights Law, 43 Mich. J. Int'l L. 361 (2022).

[3] See, e.g., Case C-13/05, Sonia Chacon Navas v. Euerst Colectividades SA, 2006 E.C.R. I-6467 (defining “disability” as “referring to a limitation which results in particular from physical, mental or psychological impairments and which hinders the participation of the person concerned in professional life”); Case C-303/06, S. Coleman v. Attridge Law and Steve Law, 2008 E.C.R. I-5603 (reaffirming the CJEU’s definition of “disability” from Chacon Navas); Joined Cases C-335/11 & C-337/11, HK Danmark, acting on behalf of Jette Ring v. Dansk almennyttigt Boligselskab and HK Danmark, acting on behalf of Lone Skouboe Werge v. Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening, acting on behalf of Pro Display A/S, 2013 E.C.L.I. 222 (in the aftermath of the EU’s ratification of the CRPD re-defined the concept of “disability” by writing that it “must be interpreted as including a condition caused by an illness medically diagnosed as curable or incurable where that illness entails a limitation which results in particular from physical, mental or psychological impairments in which interaction with various barriers may hinder the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers, and the limitation is a long-term one”).

[4] A complainant proceeding before the CJEU in 2021 will find the CJEU’s interpretations of EU employment discrimination law to be far more harmonious with international disability law standards than they were in just 2015.  See, e.g., Grainne de Burca, The Decline of the EU Anti-Discrimination Law?, __ N.Y. Univ. L. Rev. (forthcoming); Michael Rubenstein, Recent and Current Employment Discrimination Cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union, 15 Equal Rts. Rev. 57 (2015); Vlad Perju, Impairment,

Discrimination, and the Legal Construction of Disability in the European Union and the United States, 44 Cornell Int’l L. J. 280 (2011). 

[5] See, e.g., Oviedo Convention and its Protocols, Council of Eur. (n.d.), https://www.coe.int/en/web/bioethics/oviedo-convention; Robert Adorno, The Oviedo Convention: A European Legal Framework at the Intersection of Human Rights and Health Law, 2 J. Int’l Biotechnology L. 133 (2005); UN Rights experts call on Council of Europe to stop legislation for coercive mental health measures, Eur. Disability F. (May 28, 2021), https://www.edf-feph.org/un-rights-experts-call-on-council-of-europe-to-stop-legislation-for-coercive-mental-health-measures/; Karolina Kozik, What Does the Council of Europe Have Against People with Disabilities?, Hum. Rts. Watch (Nov. 4, 2020), https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/11/04/what-does-council-europe-have-against-people-disabilities#.

Student Bar Association (SBA) Hosts 2022 Students Award Ceremony

SBA Awards 2022

The Student Bar Association (SBA) hosted a Students Award Ceremony in Dineen Hall on April 20, highlighting the work of various students, organizations, staff, and faculty. 

2022 Award Winners

Distinguished Service Awards 

Gabby Kielbasinski  

Abby Neuviller 

Olivia Stevens  

Kayla Wheeler 

 

Outstanding Graduate Award  

Christopher Martz  

 

Paul Shipman Andrews Award  

Mazaher Kaila  

 

Unsung Hero Award  

Kevin Casserino 

Scott Ceurvels 

Evan Groder  

Joseph Hobika  

Gabby Kielbasinski

Seth Owens 

Omnia Shedid  

Payton Sorci 

Caroline Synakowski 

Tia Thevenin 

 

Student Organization of the Year Award  

First Generations Law Students Association  

 

Staff Award  

Kyle Davis 

 

Faculty Award  

Professor Rakesh Anand  

The SBA also welcomed newly elected SBA Officers for 2022 – 2023, who will play a critical role in developing a legacy of service, leadership, and excellence at the College of Law. Congratulations to all the award winners this year!

Professor Lauryn Gouldin Named 2022 – 2025 Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence

Lauryn Gouldin

Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Syracuse Civics Initiative Lauryn Gouldin has been named a Meredith Professor by Syracuse University, recognizing her excellence in teaching. 

The award is one of the highest teaching honors bestowed by the University, awarded to two appointed tenured faculty annually. The 2022-2025 Meredith Professors are Gouldin and Julie Hasenwinkel, professor and chair of biomedical and chemical engineering in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and a faculty member with the University’s BioInspired Institute.

Gouldin teaches constitutional criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, constitutional law, and criminal justice reform at the College of Law. Her scholarship focuses on the Fourth Amendment, pretrial detention and bail reform, and judicial decision-making. Her articles have appeared in the University of Chicago Law Review, BYU Law Review, Denver Law Review, Fordham International Law Journal, and the American Criminal Law Review, among others. 

In 2017, the AALS Criminal Justice Section recognized her article, “Defining Flight Risk,” as the first runner-up in the Section’s Junior Scholars Paper Competition. In 2015, in recognition of her excellence in teaching, Gouldin was selected by the Syracuse University Meredith Professors to receive a Teaching Recognition Award. In 2014 and 2015, the College of Law Student Bar Association honored Gouldin with the Outstanding Faculty Award. At their commencement, the Class of 2018 awarded her the College of Law’s Res Ipsa Loquitur Award for outstanding service, scholarship, and stewardship.

As a newly appointed Meredith Professor, Gouldin will receive a supplementary salary award and an additional fund for professional development for each year of their appointment. The Meredith Professors are enrolled for life in the Meredith Symposium as a signal honor and to provide a permanent forum for the discussion of teaching and learning.

Professor Shubha Gosh Provides Commentary on the Abrupt Shut-Down of Insteon

Professor Shubha Gosh provides commentary in this Fierce Electronics article on the abrupt shut-down of Insteon, a home automation system that enables lights and other electronically powered home devices.

Smart Home users of Insteon suddenly found themselves without access to control their products on April 14. Alarmed by the sudden inaccessibility, users reported that their hub devices were unresponsive and unusable, thus cutting off their ability to control the electronics in their homes.

“Shutting down a cloud service without notice such as Insteon has allegedly done creates more than just inconvenience for their customers,” Gosh explains. “A trusted service, like heat or electricity, is lost as people who rely on access to information, the lifeblood of our economy, are denied a necessity. Legislatures and policymakers need to address this matter of critical concern.”

With work focused on ethics of emerging technology and data science, Syracuse Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Professor Johannes Himmelreich argues that this Insteon issue paints a picture of consumers as “guinea pigs with an addiction.” 

Himmelreich clarifies that most customers are unaware of the fact that their home systems are “so dependent on cloud software…Without open standards and interoperability, consumers pay the price of innovation. Buying from startups is like an investment, just without the benefits. You place a bet that the people you buy from survive in the market. But if they don’t, that’s on you.”

Cheryl Kempner publishes first book

Cheryl Kempner recently published her first book, REMEMBER: An Alzheimer's Journey Through Art and Poetry. This work tracks the decline in her mother's artwork through the progression of her disease with Cheryl's poetry chronicling her condition. 

Innovation Law Center Performs Patent Analysis for Medical Technology Startup Working to Develop a Treatment for Autism

Innovation Law Center Logo

The College of Law Innovation Law Center performed a recent patent analysis for the new medical technology startup JelikaLite, a company focusing on pediatric neurological health that is working to develop a treatment for autism. JelikaLite’s new treatment, Cognilum, received “Breakthrough Device Designation” from the FDA in January and is on the path to go to market post clinical trials. 

Co-founder and CEO Katya Sverdlov obtained important backing and support for Cognilum from Upstate Medical University’s CNY Biotech Accelerator in Syracuse, selected as a winner at this year’s annual Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC).

Kathi Durdon, Director of Operations for the Biotech Accelerator, then connected Sverdlov to the SU Innovation Law Center for Cognilum’s patent needs. 

Sverdlov explains, “we did have patent attorneys, but the last time they did patent analysis for us was two years ago. I was terrified that something had happened, but the SU law center did absolutely wonderful analysis for us with really good feedback on our possibilities on the patent.”

William Aseka Oluchina hosted by Haki FM

Haki FM hosts Africa Advocacy Manager to speak about sentencing under the president’s pleasure in Kenya. 

William Aseka, Validity Foundation's Africa Advocacy Manager was invited by Haki FM to speak about the challenges that people with mental disabilities face when they interact with the criminal justice system in Kenya. William took the opportunity to highlight a recent High Court decision that declared sentencing under the president’s pleasure to be unconstitutional, resulting in arbitrary and prolonged periods of detention for many. He pointed out that this is discriminatory on the basis of disability, violating the country's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Jode S. Millman releases latest thriller

Jode Millman's latest crime novel thriller, Hooker, was released on April 19, 2022. This latest novel is a follow-up to her first, The Midnight Call. Millman is a winner of the 2021 Independent Press Award for Legal Thriller, a finalist for the 2021 Book Excellence Awards, and a winner of the 2020 American Fiction Award for Legal Thriller. 

3L Chris Martz, David Crane L’80 and the Global Accountability Project Detail Evidence of Russian War Crimes in Ukraine

The Global Accountability Project is hard at work documenting actions by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his military that could be evidence in a war crimes trial, highlighted in this radio interview and accompanying article by WAER.

 

Started by College of Law Distinguished Scholar in Residence David Crane L’80, the Global Accountability Project is an internationally recognized cooperative effort between activists, non-governmental organizations, students, and other interested parties to document war crimes and crimes against humanity. The group looks for specific actions to distinguish between what could be categorized as acts of war, compared to actual war crimes.

 

As a part of the Global Accountability Project, 3L Chris Martz suggested that the group investigate Ukraine as soon as Putin invaded in February. Martz spent time working as an Arabic language translator in the military and took part in investigations in Syria and Iraq, providing him with experience looking into the strategies and outcomes of war. 

 

Considering how publicly evident Putin’s intent has been in Ukraine, Martz explains, “It was really kind of shocking to read these speeches by President Putin and the senior leadership and to read the press releases and the pieces of information from some of the generals and colonels … They commit total war and attack and create a mass suffering among the civilians in order to break the opponent.”

 

Martz, Crane and the rest of the Global Accountability Project documented the war crimes in a white paper titled “Russian War Crimes in Ukraine: Breach of International Humanitarian Law”, including a sample indictment that could be used if or when a war crimes tribunal or court is set up.

Professor Nina Kohn to Speak at Department of Justice Elder Justice Decision-Making Capacity Symposium

Professor Nina Kohn will speak about the “Impact of Questioning an Older Adult's Decision-Making Capacity: Maximizing Self-Determination, Minimizing Harm” in a virtual Elder Justice Decision Making Capacity Symposium hosted by the Department of Justice from April 19 – 21. Kohn’s talk will take place from 4:05 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. on the first day of the three-day symposium.

Criminal and civil justice systems tend to make mistaken assumptions on older adults’ capacity to make decisions for themselves. This can negatively impact the lives of aging adults and can have profound implications on their treatment in criminal and civil proceedings. 

In this symposium, attendees will learn about protocols and tools available to discuss the decision-making capacity of elder adults via expert panels and discussions. Additional topics will include: 

  • Advances in the aging brain research and its relevance for decision making
  • The role of clinicians in conducting forensic decision-making capacity assessments with older adults
  • The impact of questioning an older adult’s decision-making capacity

Uncover the latest science in elder care, as well as best clinical, legal and judicial practices to increase access to both justice and self-determination in older adults.

David Crane Provides Remarks to NYT and 1a Podcast by NPR on Russian Rights Abuses in Ukraine and Potential War Crimes

College of Law Distinguished Scholar in Residence David Crane L’80 provides remarks to both the New York Times and the 1a podcast by NPR on ‘clear patterns’ of Russian rights abuses in Ukraine, and whether President Vladimir Putin be tried for Russian war crimes. 

As war continues to rage in Ukraine, investigators from nearly a dozen countries are continually investigating for evidence of war crimes committed by Russia and Putin. Investigators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have found that some of the atrocities, including reports of rapes, abductions, attacks on civilian targets, and the use of banned munitions, may constitute war crimes. 

Crane is confident that the International Criminal Court or some other judicial body would find legal grounds to charge the Russian president. In a new white paper, “Russian War Crimes Against Ukraine. The Breach of International Humanitarian Law by the Russian Federation,” Crane lays out an indictment of numerous war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression from February 24, 2022, to April 1, 2022, during the invasion of Ukraine. 

He claims that even if Putin is never arrested and remains the leader of Russia, the legal and diplomatic consequences of a war crimes indictment would severely undermine his credibility. It would be as if “there’s like an ash mark on his forehead,” Mr. Crane said. “There’s no good options for him.”

In the 1a Podcast at around the 6 minute mark, Crane explains that most of the images and content we are seeing in Ukraine this week is a tsunami of data, which will then need to evolve into verifiable evidence for use in court to prove war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed beyond a reasonable doubt.

Crane previously served as the chief prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal that convicted the former president of Liberia, Charles G. Taylor.

He explains at around the 20:30 minute mark in the 1a Podcast, “We’ve already done this before. We’ve already created a hybrid international war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone and we’ve already created that with a mandate of prosecuting a head of state for the very same crimes that we are prosecuting Vladimir Putin.”

Professor Shubha Ghosh Invited to Present on how COVID and Other Crises Shape Innovation at the Conference on Innovation and Communication Law

Professor Shubha Ghosh

Crandall Melvin Professor of Law Shubha Ghosh has been invited to speak at the Conference on Innovation and Communication Law, held May 19 and 20 at the Danube University, Krems, Austria.

Ghosh will speak on “Crisis, Invention, and Innovation” in relation to COVID and other crises.

More information on the conference can be found here.

Professor Nina Kohn Offers Insight on Nursing Homes Facing Growing Numbers of Lawsuits from Covid-19 Fallout

In a Wall Street Journal article addressing growing numbers of lawsuits against nursing homes amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Professor Nina Kohn provides insight from an elder-law perspective.

Over two years after the beginning of the pandemic, families of nursing home residents who died from Covid-19 are bringing a surge of negligence and wrongful death lawsuits against the facilities. Families claim that nursing homes failed to properly curb the spread of the disease, did not identify infected residents for quarantine or suitably treat their illnesses. 

According to the article, New York’s nursing home industry claims much of the devastation brought about in early days of the pandemic was beyond its control, siting “stagging shortages, inadequate testing supplies, a lack of masks and other personal protective equipment and a controversial state policy requiring facilities to admit residents who tested positive for coronavirus.”

Kohn explains that plaintiffs could have trouble showing that a nursing home’s actions were responsible for a resident’s death “because the virus is so easily transmissible without contact.”

James B. Garland selected to 2022 Super Lawyers

Coughlin Midlige & Garland LLP congratulates James B. Garland on being selected for the 2022 New Jersey Super Lawyers List. James B. Garland is a Partner and Co-Practice Group Leader in the Firm's Estate, Trust and Taxation Group. He devotes his practice to the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, estate and trust litigation, elder law and guardianships. Admitted to practice in New and before the United States Tax Court, Garland is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Trusts and Estates Probate Committee of the Morris County Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is also President of Sandra S. Kupperman Foundation. Garland received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.S., cum laude, from Boston College.

Syracuse Law Review Volume 72 Announces Award Winners and Notes Selections in Annual Banquet

Syracuse Law Review Banquet Robert M. Anderson Publication Award Winners

The Syracuse Law Review celebrated the annual award winners for Volume 72 in a ceremony at the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom on April 7, 2022.

As the first in-person Law Review Banquet to occur since the onset of the pandemic, it was a night to remember. Dean Craig M. Boise offered opening remarks to students, faculty and alumni, celebrating the achievements of the Law Review staff and winners soon to be announced.

Hilda Frimpong, Syracuse Law Review Editor-in Chief, gave the welcome speech for the ceremony. Frimpong is the first Black Editor-in-Chief in the history of the Syracuse Law Review, a proud accomplishment celebrated on the same day that Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed as the first Black woman to serve as a justice on the Supreme Court.

 

2022 Award Winners

2L of the Year: Emilie R. Cullen 

3L of the Year: Hilda Frimpong

Samuel J. M. Donnelly Award: Niloofar Abedzadeh

Faculty & Staff Award: Kyle Davis

Most Dedicated Award: Emilie M. Pascale

Volume 73 Student Notes Selected for Publication

  • Emilie Cullen
  • Paul Dipadua
  • Emily Pascale
  • Penny Quinteros
  • Tim Walsh

Robert M. Anderson Publication Award Winners

  • William J. Cost 
  • Shannon K. Cox
  • Elisabeth Dannan 
  • Hilda A. Frimpong 
  • Hannah T. Hapeman 
  • Kathryn Morris 
  • Leita Powers  

Immediately following the awards ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception in the David M. Levy Atrium. John Powers L’96, Partner, Hancock Estabrook LLP, delivered the keynote speech for the night as this year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipient. To wrap up the festivities, Raymond Scarlata provided a “look ahead toast” as the Editor-in-Chief elect for Volume 73.

3Ls Bradley Ace and Robert Rose Prevail in the Entertainment and Sports Law Negotiation Competition

Robert Rose and Bradley Ace

Third year students Bradley Ace and Robert Rose prevailed over finalist 2Ls Meghan Ellsworth and Jessica Johnson in the Entertainment and Sports Law Negotiation Competition. Rose was named Best Advocate.

Final round judges were Professor John Wolohan, Daniel Greene L’16, Associate at Newman and Lickstein , and Erin Phillips L’15, Associate at Newman and Lickstein.

Former UN Special Prosecutor for International War Crimes Tribunal Releases New Report on War Crimes in Ukraine

Russian War Crimes Against Ukraine. The Breach of International Humanitarian Law by the Russian Federation

Authored by David Crane L'80, Syracuse University Distinguished Scholar in Residence, and Syracuse University College of Law students, a new white paper, “Russian War Crimes Against Ukraine. The Breach of International Humanitarian Law by the Russian Federation,” offers in-depth accounting and accusations of crimes committed by the Russian Federation and President Vladimir Putin during the invasion of Ukraine.

The paper lays out an indictment of numerous war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression from February 24, 2022, to April 1, 2022, during the invasion of Ukraine. The report includes a sample draft (Appendix A, page 47) of a criminal indictment against President Vladimir Putin for his war crimes. The white paper was created by the Ukraine Task Force, comprised of law students and legal scholars, with the goal to create a non-partisan, high-quality analysis of open-source materials.

“Because of his aggressive acts and his intentional targeting of Ukrainian civilians, Vladimir Putin has lost all political legitimacy and has made Russia a pariah state. This white paper catalogs the horror he has unleashed and lays out a pathway for holding him accountable for aggression, war crimes, and crimes against humanity,” said David Crane L’80, the project leader of the white paper and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Syracuse University College of Law.

Crane is the founding chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, an international war crimes tribunal where he indicted Liberian President Charles Taylor, the first sitting African head of state in history to be held accountable in this way.

According to the report on Ukraine:

“Since the invasion, Ukrainian citizens have been forced to endure kidnappings, property destruction, starvation, terror,  shellings, and murder at the hands of the Russian Federation. As is consistent with the complex and intricate history of Ukraine, Russia once again seeks to assert its dominance and control of the territory in wanton violation of international law and Ukrainian sovereignty. As of the writing of this document, President Zelenskyy continues to lead his country and seek peace for its citizens, while the Russian Federation continues its campaign of atrocities meant to terrorize Ukraine and strip it of its national identity.

There is no clearer violation of the laws of humanity. At its most basic elements, international law and the laws of humanity establish self-determination and self-expression of a people as fundamental rights free from infringement by foreign powers. President Putin, and the rest of his Russian Federation political and military command seek to upend these values and establish a new world order with authoritarianism, terror, and oppression at its center. The international community cannot remain silent, and the road does not end at sanctions — it begins.” (page 40)

The 276-page report lays out the history of Russian aggression in Ukraine, the legal framework of accountability, individuals who bear the responsibility for crimes, and the specific violations of international law.

“The Ukraine Task Force established by the Global Accountability Network (GAN) was an incredible and unique experience that allowed law students to take an active part in international legal discourse,” said Syracuse Law student 3L Christopher Martz, the taskforce director and one of the lead writers of the white paper. “The Ukraine Task Force encountered serious difficulties in documenting war crimes in real time, especially considering the fact that GAN pulled students from all across the country. However, the leadership of Professor Crane and the commitment of GAN volunteers helped overcome these difficulties, resulting in an important living document that creates a framework of accountability moving forward.”

Additionally, the appendix of the report offers exhaustive details of how the researchers documented their evidence:

Appendix B (page 68) is a crime narrative detailing by date and cities where crimes were committed and by the responsible party. Appendix B is a grim summary of the civilian deaths suffered during the invasion from bombings and attacks on residences, hospitals, schools, grocery stores, public buses, and many more.

Appendix C (page 102) expands on the crime narrative and provides a more detailed breakdown of the violations of International Humanitarian Law, as well as documenting violations of the Ukrainian Penal Code. Appendix C gives a day-by-day and detailed accounting of the atrocities and war crimes committed and specific articles of the Rome Statute, Geneva Convention, and Ukrainian Penal Code they violate.

Appendix D (page 124) is a comprehensive profile detailing the command-and-control structure of the Russian political and military senior leadership. This “dossier” lists the individuals responsible for the atrocities in Ukraine, and documents relevant information surrounding their responsibility and complicity.

“We have done this once before and we can do it again with the International Criminal Court prosecuting the alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity and a United Nations-backed Special Court for Ukraine, the world’s second hybrid international war crimes tribunal, the Special Court for Ukraine the crime of aggression”, according to Crane. “Its mandate will be to prosecute those who bear the greatest responsibility for the aggression against Ukraine must include President Vladimir Putin,”

Members of the media, please contact Ellen James Mbuqe, executive director of media relations at Syracuse University, at 412-496-0551 or ejmbuqe@syr.edu, for interviews.

More about David Crane and Syracuse University

David Crane was a professor of practice at Syracuse University College of Law from 2006 until his retirement in 2018. During that time, he taught international criminal law, international humanitarian law, military law, and national security law. While at Syracuse Law, Crane founded Impunity Watch, an online student-run law review and public service blog and the Syrian Accountability Project (SAP), an internationally-recognized effort among students, activists, journalists, and non-governmental organizations to document war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Syrian Civil War. Crane later returned to the College of Law as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence.

In 2014, Crane co-authored the “Caesar Report” that detailed the systematic killing of thousands of people in Syria and testified about the report at the UN Security Council. Crane also has testified to the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations on the Syria crisis and related human security and humanitarian issues. In 2016, Crane helped to draft a UN resolution “to establish a special team to ‘collect, consolidate, preserve and analyze evidence” as well as to prepare cases on war crimes and human rights abuses committed during the conflict in Syria.” Subsequently, he assisted the UN in setting up the independent justice mechanism mandated by the resolution.

When he was chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Crane was the first American to be a Chief Prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal since 1945 when Justice Robert Jackson and Telford Taylor were prosecutors at the Nuremberg Trials.

Kristen Smith returns to Bond, Schoeneck & King

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Kristen E. Smith, who most recently served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse, has returned as a member in the labor and employment practice at Bond in its Syracuse office. Smith joined Bond in 2005 and in 2018 she was appointed by Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh as Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse. She will once again work with private and public sector employers on labor and employment matters. “Kristen is a valued member of Bond and we are thrilled that she is returning after her term as Corporation Counsel for Syracuse,” Kevin Bernstein, Bond’s managing member, said. “I am sure that her contributions to the City, experience in this position and insight into municipal matters will help her clients here at Bond.”

Edwin A. Maldonado joins Rivkin Radler

Edwin A. Maldonado

Evan H. Krinick, Managing Partner of Rivkin Radler LLP, is pleased to announce that Edwin Maldonado has joined the firm as Associate. Edwin Maldonado, of Seaford, NY, has joined the firm as an Associate in the firm’s Insurance Fraud Practice Group, resident in the Uniondale office. Before joining the firm, Edwin served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office where he handled all the phases of prosecution including criminal investigations, grand jury presentment, pre-trial evidentiary hearings, and trials. Edwin received his Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law. 

Professor Shubha Ghosh weighs in on Elon Musk’s Twitter Poll as a Proxy Solicitation

Professor Shubha Ghosh

In this Benzinga article, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law Shubha Ghosh discussed Elon Musk’s recent Twitter poll in advance of news of his purchase of a 9% stake in Twitter. 

Ghosh says, “Proxy solicitation is where a shareholder can get other shareholders to participate in a vote so that management of a company can change its policies,” he said. “And there are rules regarding proxy solicitation. It may be a gray area, but it doesn't strike me as a proxy solicitation. I think he's just doing sort of an investigation as to what the policies are and not necessarily trying to get fellow shareholders to vote in a particular way or swayed them in a particular way — these tweets were done to all his followers, some of whom may be Twitter shareholders, some may not be Twitter shareholders.”

Vice Dean Keith Bybee Provides Insights to the Law 360 Article "Supreme Court Ethics Push Grows After Thomas Revelations"

Vice Dean Keith Bybee

Vice Dean Keith Bybee discusses in this Law360 article the efforts to enact an ethics code for the Supreme Court and the many issues it would raise. 

Bybee concludes, "We have a highly political system by which we select justices for the Supreme Court," he said. "How we could get an ethics code that is enforceable is really just a smaller part of a much larger conundrum, which is, what [to] do with justices that are simultaneously proclaiming themselves to be impartial and yet are predictably delivering results that look to be political."

College of Law Students take IPLS Team to Final Round of Patent Competition

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer David Cay Johnston writes "How the Prosecution of Donald Trump can Continue"

David Cay Johnston

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer David Cay Johnston writes at the New York Daily News on the Manhattan District Attorney's decision to halt the prosecution of former President Trump. 

He writes, "Although such action is rare, the governor’s authority to replace any county district attorney with the state attorney general is nearly unfettered, New York state’s highest court held in 1997."

Professor Christian C. Day’s Oil Paintings on Display in the Law Library and Atrium

Professor Christian C. Day in front of his oil paintings

As you walk through the Atrium or Law Library, beautiful oil paintings may catch your eye. The Law Library is delighted to present, in a double-sided gallery facing the Levy Atrium and the Law Library’s Kossar Reading Room, a selection of paintings by Professor Christian C. Day.

Professor Day has painted since his childhood and is an impressionist realist. His recent paintings feature Central New York scenes, seascapes, flora, and still life. This collection, entitled STILL LIFE, STILL LAND, will be on display through May 6.  

We encourage you to view these wonderful paintings over the next few weeks, and we thank Professor Day for the honor of sharing them with us.

Professor Paula Johnson Discusses Supreme Court Nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Public Defender Experience

Professor Paula Johnson

In an interview with WAER, Professor Paula Johnson noted that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson would bring a perspective that the Court has never had amongst its jurists: she is the only nominee to ever have experience as a public defender. 

Professor Paula Johnson said that means she had to represent clients who were often poor and people of color and could see the disparities in their treatment and access to resources. Johnson said the court would be less one-sided with her on the bench.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be a particular outcome after hearing these voices, but it does mean there will be a full airing of all of the positions that ought to be considered when we’re talking about, in this instance, criminal justice matters,” Johnson said.

Professor Gregory Germain Offers Advice on Rebuilding Your Credit Score at MoneyGeek

Commercial and bankruptcy law expert Professor Gregory Germain shared his advice for those looking to rebuild their credit scores at MoneyGeek.com. He advised against credit cards with fees, saying “There are so many fees, and new ones are added all the time, that it’s impossible to list them all. First, you want to find a card without an annual fee.” Other insights he shared was to pay your balance in full, see if you can have a grace period to avoid interest charges, and find a low APR. Read his full answer to the question, What red flags should credit card shoppers with poor or fair credit look for in unsecured credit card offers?

Germain also answered the question, If someone has fair or poor credit, would that person be better off getting an unsecured credit card (if approved) or a secured credit card? He suggested unsecured credit cards tend to be a better choice but to compare your options. “If the balance is modest, you may be able to convince a family member to serve as a co-signer. I did this for my daughter when she went to college (and had no credit history), and now she has a good credit score.’” Read his entire answer here.

Horning named associate

Payne R. Horning

Barclay Damon announces Payne Horning has been admitted to the New York State Bar. The former law clerk is now an associate at the firm. Horning is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Area. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, and his experience includes serving as a Barclay Damon summer associate and a summer intern for the City of Syracuse Corporation Counsel. He is based in the firm’s Syracuse office.

Professors Arlene S. Kanter and Cora True-Frost are published in the American Journal of International Law Unbound Symposium

Professor Arlene S. Kanter, Meredith Professor of Law, Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program, and Faculty Director of International Programs, and Bond, Schoeneck, and King Distinguished Professor Cora True-Frost L’01, have contributed essays to the American Journal of International Law Unbound in response to the publication, “Disability, Human Rights Violations, and Crimes Against Humanity”, published by Cambridge University Press.

Kanter’s essay is entitled, “The Potential Benefits and Limitations of the New Human Rights Indicators for the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities”.

True-Frost’s essay is entitled “Can International Criminal Law Help Express the Unrealized Value of Disabled Lives?

This volume of the Unbound by symposium publication offers responses to the article,  “Disability, Human Rights Violations, and Crimes Against Humanity” by William I. Pons (Senior Legal Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities), Janet E. Lord (Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Advisor to UN Special Rapporteur on Disability) and Michael Ashley Stein (co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.)

Professor Doron Dorfman writes “NFIB v. OSHA and Its Contradiction with the GOP’s Disability Employment Agenda”

Professor Doron Dorfman

At the Harvard Law School Petrie-Flom Center’s Public Health blog, Profeessor Doron Dorfman writes, “NFIB v. OSHA and Its Contradiction with the GOP’s Disability Employment Agenda”.

Dorfman summarizes, “Outside of the statutory interpretation and administrative law questions that NFIB v. OSHA raises, it is important to contextualize the decision in terms of the long-held views of the GOP regarding disability law and policy. Looking at this decision through a disability legal studies and political economy lens reveals the contradiction between the push to get back to in-person work and participation of disabled employees in the labor market.”

3Ls Morgan Steele and Jackson Somes Prevail in the 44th Annual Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition

3L Jackson Somes, the Hon. Rodney Thompson, the Hon. Bernadette Romano Clark, the Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby, 3L Morgan Steele

The team of 3Ls Morgan Steele and Jackson Somes won the 44th Annual Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition. Somes also received the Best Advocate award.

 They prevailed over finalists 2L Giovanni Antonucci and LL.M. student Dessi-Ann Yetman.

The Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby L’85, Chief U.S. District Court Judge, Northern District of New York served as the presiding judge. The evaluators were the Hon. Bernadette Romano Clark L’89, Oneida County Supreme Court Judge and the Hon. Rodney Thompson L’93, Presiding Judge, Family Division, Superior Court of New Jersey.

Frink Wolf to serve as US Magistrate Judge

Karen Frink Wolf

Karen Frink Wolf, Esq. has been selected to serve as U.S. Magistrate Judge. Attorney Wolf is a partner at the Verrill law firm in Portland, Maine, and a member of the firm’s Executive Board. Attorney Wolf is a Fellow and current Regent of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She has been recognized by the Maine State Bar Association and the Katahdin Counsel Program for her extensive work in providing pro bono representation.

BLSA Mock Trial Team Advances to the National Round of the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition

Autumn Burgin, Kendall Anderson, Randi Gray, Abigail Neuviller

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Mock Trial Team has advanced to the national round of the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition. This is the third year in a row the BLSA Mock Trial Team has advanced to the finals

The team consists of: 3Ls Abigail Neuviller, Alexis Eka, Randi Gray, and 2Ls Autumn Burgin and Kendall Anderson. Burgin won the award for Best Cross Examination and Neuviller won the award for Best Direct Examination.

John Boyd L’16 coaches the team.

Professor Mark Nevitt Outlines the Issues Surrounding a No-Fly Zone over Ukrainian Airspace

Professor Mark Nevitt

At Just Security, Professor Mark Nevitt discusses the historical, legal, and implementation factors involved in establishing a No-Fly Zone over Ukrainian airspace.

Nevitt explains, “While I sympathize with the no-fly zone’s animating idea—to protect human lives—a NATO no-fly zone simply presents an unacceptable, escalatory risk to the United States and its allies – indeed, perhaps to the whole planet. It opens a Pandora’s box of anticipated and unintended consequences. Even if the no-fly zone is narrowly tailored with the express purpose of protecting humanitarian corridors—as signatories to a recent open letter suggested—it would fundamentally turn on U.S. and NATO military engagement with Russia, a nuclear power with an enormous nuclear arsenal.  Its leaders have already hinted at potentially using them in exactly this context.”

Professor Arlene Kanter Writes on Disabled Employees and the Growth of Work From Home Flexibility

Professor Arlene Kanter

Professor Arlene Kanter writes in the article “Our New Remote Workplace Culture Creates Opportunities for Disabled Employees” at the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School’s Bill of Health blog about the positive impact that work-from-home arrangements will have on disabled employees.

In conclusion, she writes, “While it is true that not all employees — with or without disabilities — want to work from home, and not all jobs can be done remotely, increasing opportunities for remote work should be upheld under the ADA. Increasing job opportunities by offering remote work as an option for qualified employees with disabilities is not only a reasonable accommodation; it also furthers the primary goals of the ADA to promote employment and economic self-sufficiency of disabled people.”

The Cold Case Justice Initiative Announces the Second Annual Wharlest And Exerlena Jackson Legacy Project Interactive Program April 1 & 2

The Wharlest and Exerlena Jackson Legacy Project and the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at Syracuse University College of Law are hosting the second annual Program on April 1 and 2, 2022 in honor of the memory of Wharlest and Exerlena Jackson for their major contributions and sacrifices to the cause of racial justice, civil rights, voting rights, and full civic engagement

This year’s Program Theme is: Honor Their Memories. Continue Their Legacy. The second annual program of the Wharlest and Exerlena Jackson Project is designed to recognize the sacrifices of the Jacksons for civil rights, to provide information and resources for students to achieve their aspirations and goals, and to continue the Jacksons’ legacy for racial and social justice. Participation is open to junior and senior high school students in Natchez, MS, Syracuse, NY. and communities in other areas. There are sessions for parents, guardians, teachers, and administrators to help students plan for post- high school life. The program takes place Friday evening, April 1, and throughout Saturday, April 2, 2022. The event will be held online on Zoom. The program is FREE and all are welcome to attend.

The program features a keynote presentation by Brad Lichtenstein and Yoruba Richen, directors of the PBS Frontline documentary, “American Reckoning,” about the lives of Wharlest and Exerlena Jackson, and the Black community’s resistance to racial injustice. There will be remarks by Jackson family members, including Denise Jackson Ford and Wharlest Jackson, Jr., CCJI Director Professor Paula C. Johnson, and law students in the Cold Case Justice Initiative, among other presenters.

There will be concurrent panels for students interested in college, vocational fields, creative arts, STEM, financial literacy, and civic participation. There also are sessions for parents, teachers, and administrators to discuss ways and resources to support high school students before and after graduation.

Please register here. The registration deadline is Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 5:00 pm Central. For more information or questions, please contact jacksonlegacy@syr.edu.

During the Civil Rights Movement, Wharlest and Exerlena were active in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi to assist people of color to register to vote, have a voice in their community, and to increase educational and employment opportunities. Wharlest became the Treasurer of the local NAACP Chapter, in Natchez. Exerlena was also active in the movement for voter registration and civil rights.

Wharlest had the qualifications that earned him a promotion within Armstrong Tire and Rubber Company for a job that previously had been held only by Whites. The Ku Klux Klan was very active in the area, and Wharlest was constantly threatened for his activism and his employment position. He was murdered on February 27, 1967, when a bomb was detonated under his truck when he left work.

No one has been held accountable for Wharlest Jackson’s death. However, Wharlest and Exerlena’s work was not in vain. They were courageous and their actions galvanized the community to insist on the equal rights and civic participation that they fought for. The Jackson Legacy Project will carry on their legacy by providing the annual two-day program to inspire others to continue to fight for voting rights, education, and employment opportunities for all people.

About the Cold Case Justice Initiative: The Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at Syracuse University College of Law was co-founded by Professor Paula C. Johnson and Professor Janis L. McDonald (emerita). Professor Johnson continues to direct the Initiative. CCJI investigates unsolved racially motivated homicides and disappearances, such as the Wharlest Jackson case, which occurred during the Civil Rights Era and contemporary times. CCJI works to hold responsible parties accountable and conducts relevant research, academic education, professional training, public awareness, and memorial legacies of victims of racial crimes who fought for the rights and freedoms of present and future generations. For more information, visit http://law.syr.edu/academics/clinical-experiential/experiential-courses/cold-case- justice-initiative/.

Judge James E. Baker Interviewed on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Judge James E. Baker

Judge James E. Baker, director of the Institute for Security Policy and Law, recently spoke with the ABA Law Student Podcast on the many international law issues raised by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

Judge Baker examines Russia’s actions to date and offers insights on how the U.S. and other international players can and/or should respond as they follow the rule of law. They also discuss new uses of AI in war, historical examples that compare to Ukraine’s struggle against its aggressor, and why law matters even if a wartime opponent refuses to adhere to it. 

Professor William C. Banks weighs in on former President Trump's recent Russian Invasion Comments

Professor William Banks

In the Washington Post article, Professor Banks says, “A ruse like that one is perfidy and violates [international humanitarian law] and customary international law, Perfidy in lay terms is treachery.”

Professor Beth Kubala elected as an advisor to the West Point Association of Graduates

Professor Beth Kubala

Professor Beth Kubala was recently elected as an advisor to the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG), the Alumni Association for the United States Military Academy (USMA).  Kubala will serve as a member of the Advisory Council, a relatively large body responsible for advising the WPAOG Board of Directors on matters pertaining to the Association’s affairs. The WPAOG serves West Point and its graduates to further the ideals and promote the welfare of USMA.   

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Beth Kubala is a West Point graduate of the class of ’93 and is a teaching Professor and Executive Director of the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic.  LTC (retired) Kubala served in the United States Army for 22 years and had multiple leadership positions in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, including Military Judge at Fort Drum, New York.  

In November 2021, the West Point Association of Graduates held an annual meeting to elect members of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council. LTC (retired) Kubala was elected as an advisor-at-large and will serve her three-year term from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024.

“I’m honored to have been elected to this position by my fellow graduates and I look forward to giving back to West Point,” LTC (retired) Kubala said.

In addition to her role as advisor, she will be joining the WPAOG Development Committee.  The Development Committee advises the Board of Directors on the Association’s fundraising program and helps foster philanthropic support for cadet activities, programs, scholarships, and facilities.   

Professor David Driesen discusses SCOTUS case about the EPA’s authority to regulate with E&E News

Professor David Driesen

Professor David Driesen discussed with E&E News how the Supreme Court is considering reducing EPA regulations related to combatting climate change. Driesen said the West Virginia v. EPA case raises the major questions doctrine, which relates to an agencies’ decisions on significant issues requiring approval from Congress.

“It’s a very scary move because it lends itself to ideological decision making. If you’re anti-regulatory, you’re going to imagine that the agency will be unreasonable in the future,” he said. “But this court is so anti-regulatory that it’s moving away from that framework.”

Professor Mark Nevitt writes about the Russia-Ukraine Conflict and the Montreaux Convention

Professor Mark Nevitt

Professor Mark Nevitt writes about the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, the Black Sea, and the Montreaux Convention at the Just Security blog

Nevitt provides historical background on the Convention, the significance of its wartime provisions, and the impact on the Black Sea during the conflict.

Professor Paula Johnson Discusses Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson with Spectrum News

Professor Paula Johnson

Professor Paula Johnson was interviewed by Spectrum News about the groundbreaking nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Johnson says, “What makes this unprecedented is that we have not had a Black woman on the court before but that certainly doesn’t mean that there have not been Black women who have been suited to sit on the highest court of the United States.”

Professor Roy Gutterman L’00 speaks on Sarah Palin’s Defamation Lawsuit against The New York Times

Professor Roy Gutterman

Professor Roy Gutterman L’00 contributed commentary to several media outlets on Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times. He shared his insights on the judge’s decision to dismiss the case with the Daily Beast, The Washington Post, Axios, and the New York Daily News. He also had a half-hour appearance on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal to discuss the case. Gutterman, an expert on First Amendment law, is the director of the Tully Center for Free Speech and a professor at the College of Law and the Newhouse School of Public Communications.

“The press needs room to function and publish and have the flexibility to make some mistakes, without fearing that it can face civil judgments for simple, honest mistakes,” Gutterman told The Washington Post. 

DiNardo joins Pierce Atwood

Deborah DiNardo

Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to announce that it has expanded its Trusts & Estates practice to Rhode Island by adding experienced trusts and estates attorney Deborah DiNardo to its Providence office. DiNardo advises individuals and families on preserving and protecting their assets, and works with them to develop sophisticated planning techniques such as lifetime gifts to grantor trusts and using charitable trusts and private foundations. She helps clients with special needs trust planning for family members, and assists plaintiff’s counsel with establishing special needs trusts for judgments and settlements. She also advises individual and corporate fiduciaries, representing them in litigation when necessary, and counsels business owners on succession planning. DiNardo received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

Distinguished Visiting Lecturer David Cay Johnston Pens “Donald’s Time in the Dock” on Former President Trump’s Legal Issues

David Cay Johnston

An opinion article by Distinguished Visiting Lecturer David Cay Johnston, “Donald’s Time in the Dock”, ran in the February 20, 2022 New York Daily News. The article focuses on recent legal developments surrounding former President Trump's businesses and taxes. 

In the article, Johnston says about the consequences of a possible New York State civil lawsuit, “People have a right to life, but corporations don’t. They exist by the grace of government and may be extinguished for misconduct, as I teach my Syracuse University law students. That penalty is exceedingly rare, but it’s happened to Trump twice already.”

Read the full article here.

Professor Robert Nassau Speaks with the AP on the IRS's Phone Help System

Professor Robert Nassau

In a recent Associated Press article, Please hold: Pricey way to jump IRS phone line at tax time, director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Robert G. Nassau comments on the challenges of trying to contact the IRS and how companies like enQ provide quick access to a free government service by charging extra money to guarantee a lower hold time. “It doesn’t seem fair that when it comes to the IRS, you’re basically buying better access to the service and getting faster access,” Nassau said. “Eventually we get through and it may take several more days.”

The article explained how enQ uses bots to wait for the IRS, and then enQ’s clients can dial in and swap spots with the bot to automatically be at the front of the line. “I can’t tell for certain how much harder it has made it for people like me to get through,” Nassau said, “but these bots are probably trying to call the same number that I’m trying to call.”

College of Law Adds Four New Board of Advisors Members

Syracuse University College of Law

(Syracuse, NY | Feb. 16, 2022) Syracuse University College of Law has appointed four new Board of Advisors members: Peter Carmen L’91; Prashanth (PJ) Jayachandran G’98 L’98; Benita Miller L'96, and David Wales L’95. These appointments reflect the heft of the College of Law’s alumni and underscore the College's commitment to project on its board the diverse talent and leadership represented by its alumni community. 

“The College of Law benefits greatly from our dynamic, engaged Advisors who provide essential guidance in support of our mission and our students," says Dean Craig M. Boise. "Peter, PJ, Benita, and David bring varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to our distinguished Board. I look forward to working with them closely as we continue to advance our mission and prepare our students for their careers in law.” 

“Law schools must anticipate and respond to a rapidly changing legal profession, with innovative educational offerings and opportunities for students,” says Board of Advisors Chair Robert M. Hallenbeck L’83. “These four highly regarded lawyers and community leaders will help provide insight into the future of the profession that will ensure that the College of Law is well-positioned to meet the needs of our students and build a bench of influential and practice-ready Orange lawyers.”

Syracuse Law’s new Advisors bring to the boardroom business acumen, corporate and non-profit leadership, and expertise in antitrust, ESG, labor relations, social welfare, and children’s rights law.

Peter Carmen 

Pete Carmen is the Chief Operating Officer of the Oneida Indian Nation and its enterprises.

In this role, Pete works closely with Oneida Indian Nation leadership to oversee the daily operations and administration for Oneida Nation Enterprises LLC, which includes Turning Stone Resort Casino, YBR Casino & Sports Book, Point Place Casino, Oneida Innovations Group, The Lake House at Sylvan Beach, The Cove at Sylvan Beach, SavOn Stores, Maple Leaf Markets, The Preserve hunting grounds, Salmon Acres fishing lodge, five golf courses, three marinas, two spas, and dozens of restaurants. Pete’s role also includes oversight of Oneida’s administration, including Legal, Finance, IT, Human Resources, Governmental Affairs, Security, Marketing and Supply Chain, and he works with the Oneida leadership in overseeing the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department.

Since Pete joined the Oneida Indian Nation in 2006, he has played an integral role in the Nation’s growth. Over the last 15 years, Oneida has developed its gaming, hospitality, entertainment, technology and government contracting footprints exponentially. Today, Oneida Nation Enterprises is the No. 1 largest employer in its two home counties—Madison and Oneida—and among the largest employers in the 18-county Central New York region. Oneida Nation Enterprises has become one of the most awarded companies regionally and is now routinely recognized among industry leaders nationally. It partners with a broad range of national gaming, real estate and retail companies, among others.   

Pete was born and raised in Syracuse and has spent most of his life in the Empire State. Before stepping into his current role in 2008, Pete served as the Oneida Indian Nation’s general counsel, chief legal officer, and senior vice president. Previously, Pete was a partner, department chair and a member of the executive committee at Mackenzie Hughes LLP, a law firm in Syracuse, and he served a federal judicial clerkship with Chief Judge Neal P. McCurn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Pete graduated from Brandeis University and received a law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1991. 

Prashanth (PJ) Jayachandran 

Prashanth Jayachandran is Chief Supply Chain Counsel for Colgate-Palmolive Company. As lead counsel for the Global Supply Chain, Jayachandran oversees global commercial contracting, labor relations, legal issues related to logistics, transportation, trade, manufacturing, and product distribution. Jayachandran also addresses key global policy issues related to human rights, environmental impact, and sustainability. In his prior roles for Colgate, Jayachandran served as Chief Human Resources and Benefits Counsel, and Division General Counsel for Colgate Asia.

Jayachandran serves as Distinguished Lecturer for the College of Law’s JDinteractive program, teaching a course related to corporate sustainability (“The Corporate Lawyer in a Sustainable World”). 

In addition, Jayachandran serves on several non-profit boards in various leadership roles. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Princeton, NJ YMCA; co-founder of the New Jersey Youth Civics Coalition; and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Student Affairs. Jayachandran also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Paul, Weiss ESG & Law Institute. 

Jayachandran received a Bachelor of Arts degree (Economics and Political Science) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Benita Miller 

Benita R. Miller is currently the Executive Director of Powerful Families Powerful Communities and an Executive on Loan to the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families overseeing a five-year demonstration project to re-imagine New Jersey’s child welfare system through a human-centered design process that leverages the voice of community members as co-designers. She previously served as the President and CEO of Children’s Aid and Family Services in New Jersey. Prior to her work in New Jersey, Miller served as the Executive Director of Brooklyn Kindergarten Society where she expanded the agency’s early childhood education footprint from five to seven centers as well as building the first sensory gym co-located in New York City Housing Authority development. 

Miller was the founding Executive Director of the NYC Children’s Cabinet in the Office of the Mayor and served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Family Permanency Services in the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Before joining ACS, Miller served as Director of Scholarships at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where among other responsibilities she implemented programs for undergraduate and law student scholars. She is the founder and former executive director of the Brooklyn Young Mother’s Collective and is the recipient of the Union Square Award and Petra Fellowship on behalf of her advocacy work with young parents. She was also recognized by the American Civil Liberties Union as one of the top nine advocates to influence Title IX implementation. She previously represented children and young people in child protective, delinquency, and PINS proceedings in Brooklyn Family Court as a staff lawyer with the Legal Aid Society. 

Miller earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Print Journalism from Wayne State University where she was a Rosa Parks Scholar at The Detroit News and received her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law. She serves as a board member for many nonprofit organizations including Strategies for Youth and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc.  

David Wales 

David P. Wales is Partner, Antitrust/Competition at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. He is recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer and has over 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. His practice focuses on providing antitrust advice to U.S. and international clients in a wide range of industries on all aspects of antitrust, including mergers and acquisitions, alliances, criminal grand jury investigations, dominant firm conduct, distribution arrangements, licensing, and competitor collaborations. 

Wales has the distinctive experience of serving as a senior official in both U.S. antitrust agencies. Most recently, he served as acting director of the Bureau of Competition (2008-09) during a three-year tenure at the Federal Trade Commission, where he oversaw all of the agency’s antitrust enforcement activity, including in the health care, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, technology, chemical, defense, retail and consumer product industries. He also served as counsel to the assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (2001-03), where he was part of the small front-office team managing all of the agency’s merger and conduct matters.

Wales earned his Bachelor of Arts from the Pennsylvania State University and his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law. He regularly speaks and writes on antitrust issues and has held various leadership positions in the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. Recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner, he is consistently ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists, and Best Lawyers.

Peter Carmen L'91, Prashanth (PJ) Jayachandran G'98, L'98, Benita Miller L'96, David Wales L'95
Peter Carmen L'91, Prashanth (PJ) Jayachandran G'98, L'98, Benita Miller L'96, David Wales L'95

Keehfus joins Jones Day

The global law firm Jones Day announced today that Jason Keehfus has joined the Firm as Partner in its Business & Tort Litigation Practice, based in Jones Day’s Atlanta Office. Mr. Keehfus has a wide range of experience in defending both liability and punitive damages claims in challenging jurisdictions around the country, and has particular expertise in taking and defending depositions of medical and scientific witnesses. He is a first-chair trial lawyer who has tried dozens of multi-week product liability lawsuits to verdict. Mr. Keehfus also works with the National Veterans Legal Services Program to obtain increases in disability benefits for U.S. military veterans. Mr. Keehfus earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law.

Judge McShan appointed to Appellate Division

On January 3, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the appointment of Eddie McShan to fill one of three vacancies in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Third Department. Since his election in 2020, Eddie McShan has served as an Associate Justice in the First Judicial Department of the Appellate Term of the New York State Supreme Court. Justice McShan also serves as a Justice in the Twelfth District of the New York State Supreme Court. Additionally, Justice McShan is an Adjunct Professor in the Business and Paralegal Department at Bronx Community College CUNY since 1998. At the New York State Supreme Court, he was an Acting Justice from 2016 to 2018 and a Hybrid Acting Justice in 2015. From 2013 to 2018, Justice McShan was a Judge on the Civil Court for New York City. He served as a Special Referee for the New York State Supreme Court from 2008 to 2012. At the New York State Supreme Court, Justice McShan was the Principal Law Clerk for Justice LaTia Martin from 1999 to 2008 and Associate Law Clerk for Justice Frank Torres from 1998 to 1999.  He also was an Associate Attorney in the Law Offices of Ronald Pelligra from 1994 to 1998. Justice McShan obtained a J.D. from the College of Law at Syracuse University, an M.P.A from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a B.A. in Sociology from St. Lawrence University.

Professor Robin Paul Malloy discussed his new book, Law and the Invisible Hand: A Theory of Adam Smith's Jurisprudence (Cambridge 2021)

Professor Robin Paul Malloy

Professor Robin Paul Malloy discussed his new book, Law and the Invisible Hand: A Theory of Adam Smith's Jurisprudence (Cambridge 2021), at a recent faculty workshop. 

He also presented on the book at New York University by invitation from the NYU Department of Economics as part of the Foundations of Market Economy Program (Economics Dept.) and the Classical Liberal Institute (NYU Law School).

Andrew D. Oppenheimer joins Barclay Damon

Andrew D. Oppenheimer

Barclay Damon announces Andy Oppenheimer, former Hodgson Russ international and federal tax partner, has joined Barclay Damon’s Corporate and Tax Practice Areas. His primary office location is Buffalo. 

Oppenheimer is a seasoned tax and transactional lawyer whose practice focuses on cross-border and domestic tax and corporate matters involving partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. He advises business clients on a wide range of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, debt and equity financings, and joint ventures. He also advises individuals on their domestic and cross-border tax planning and represents clients in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. 

College of Law Welcomes Seven LL.M. Students in Spring 2022 Cohort

Christian Oko, Ahmad Riaz, Francisco De la Parra Villanueva, Noel Omeji, Dessi-Ann Yetman, Lotta Lampela

In January 2022, the College of Law welcomed a new cohort of seven international students enrolled in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program.

"Despite the continued barriers and uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, this new spring cohort includes foreign lawyers representing the legal systems of six countries," says Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew S. Horsfall L’10. "These students come from very diverse backgrounds and expanses and have wide-ranging professional interests."

The LL.M. cohort will maintain its wide reach across time zones and locations with students from Ethiopia, Finland, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, and Pakistan. These new students will join the 34 returning LL.M. students who began their studies this past fall and spring along with four

S.J.D. students, and five Visiting Scholars.

In addition, the LL.M. students and visiting scholars will receive advising support from International Programs Academic Coordinator Kate Shannon and LL.M. student

mentors Marisol Estrada Cruz, Mazaher Kaila, Anthony Levitskiy, Carlos Negron, and Tia Thevenin.

LL.M. Spring 2022 Cohort

Francisco De la Parra Villanueva (Mexico): De la Parra completed his LL.B. at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 2021. As an undergraduate, he participated in two clinics: the Sustainable Development and Environmental Law Clinic, and the Clinic for the Improvement of Labor Justice. De la Parra also held several internships that focused on corporate and banking law.

Lotta Lampela (Finland): Lampela holds both a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in History from Oulu University in Finland. She also holds an LL.M. in International Law from Helsinki University. She was the chief superintendent of the Finnish Security Intelligence Service and an intelligence advisor for the EU Intelligence Analysis Centre. Before recently moving to the U.S., Lampela served as a policy advisor for the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organizations in Vienna where she represented the EU and its member states at the UN Office of Drugs and Crime and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. She plans to enroll in courses that will prepare her for the New York Bar Exam.

Christian Oko (Nigeria): Oko received an LL.B. from the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 2019. Since graduating, he has worked as a legal consultant for the Sunset Football Club and an intern at the Nigerian Football Association where he focused on alternative dispute resolution. Oko plans to enroll in courses that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam.

Noel Omeji (Nigeria): Omeji completed his LL.B. at Kogi State University in 2014 and graduated from the Nigerian Law School in 2016. He also completed an LL.M. in Private and Commercial Law at Bayero University. He has been a prosecutor with the Nigerian Police Force since 2017. Omeji will study tax law, ADR, and coursework that will prepare him for the New York State Bar Exam.

 Ahmad Riaz (Pakistan): Riaz holds an LL.B. from the University of Punjab, Lahore. Since graduating in 2015, he has worked as a legal associate at a private law firm. He intends to study family law, criminal procedure, and civil procedure.

Savior Welu (Ethiopia): Welu holds an LL.B. from Mekelle University and an LL.M. in Public International Law from Addis Ababa University. As an undergraduate, he interned at the Mekelle University Legal Aid Center where he drafted pleadings on criminal and civil cases. Most recently, Welu has served as a law lecturer at Aksum University in Ethiopia where he teaches international law, refugee law, African Union and human rights law, and business law.

Dessi-Ann Yetman (Jamaica): Yetman obtained her LL.B. from the University of the West Indies in 2018. She plans to study family law and immigration law.

Spring 2022 Visiting Researchers

Carlos Higino Ribeiro de Alencar (Brazi): Professor de Alencar works as a Tax Auditor for Brazil’s Internal Revenue Service under its Ministry of Economics. He is also pursuing a Ph.D. through a joint degree program with the University of Brasilia and the University of Paris, Paris 1, at the Sorbonne. During his visit, he is pursuing comparative research on the evolution of anti- corruption legislation using the American model and other sources, under the guidance of Professor Antonio Gidi.

Natalia Chernicharo Guimaraes (Brazil): Professor Guimaraes teaches civil procedure at University of Juiz de Fora. She is researching comparative civil procedure and class actions, under the guidance of Professor Antonio Gidi.

Satoshi Kawashima (Japan): Professor Kawashima teaches at Okayama University of Science and Kanagawa University’s Graduate School of Law. During his visit, he will pursue the study and research of U.S. disability rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act under the supervision of Professor Arlene Kanter.

Kihan Lee (South Korea): Professor Lee teaches at Dankook University’s Faculty of Law. He is also Chair of the Korea Social Service Policy Institute. He will engage in the study and research of comparative environmental regulation, with specific focus on the United States and South Korea, and economic and legal efforts to combat climate change under the guidance of Professor David Driesen.

Levan Nanobashvili (Georgia): Nanobashvili is a Fulbright Teaching Scholar and a practicing intellectual property lawyer in Georgia. He plans to engage in the study and research of intellectual property law, internet law, and the teaching methods and pedagogy of these subjects under the guidance of Professor Shubha Ghosh.

Patricia Pizzol (Brazil): Professor Pizzol teaches class actions and civil procedure at Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo. She will undertake a comparative study of class actions and methods of standardizing judicial decisions, under the guidance of Professor Antonio Gidi.

Mikayla Barrett wins 12th Annual Hancock Estabrook LLP 1L Oral Advocacy Competition

Front: Mikayla Barrett (winner) & Nikita Norman (finalist); Back: Judges Rivera & Baxter, Dean Boise, Judges Dancks & Sannes

Congratulations to Mikayla Barrett who won the 12th Annual Hancock Estabrook LLP 1L Oral Advocacy Competition! She triumphed over finalist Nikita Norman in the final round on Feb. 8, 2022. Overall, 38 1L students competed.

Barrett is from Rotterdam Junction, NY, and has a B.S. in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh. Although she hasn’t finalized her career path, Barrett is interested in criminal justice and medical/health law.

Norman is from Eagle Bridge, NY and has a B.S. in Criminal Justice from SUNY Oneonta. She is a Law Ambassador for the Office of Admissions and a member of the First Generation Law Students Association.  Norman is interested in civil litigation and family law.

Barrett argued for the Petitioner and Norman for the Respondent in Theresa Vanderpump v. Bravo Quick Care, Inc. The case problem concerned Vanderpump losing her job after receiving a text message from medical clinic Bravo Quick Care that revealed her failure to comply with pandemic-related policies. Competition Director 3L Gabriella Kielbasinski introduced this state law tort claim for invasion of privacy and statutory claim under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act case problem.

The final round was judged by Hon. Andrew T. Baxter, US Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York; Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91, US Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York; Hon. Ramón E. Rivera L’94, New York State Court of Claims Judge; Hon, Brenda K. Sannes, US District Judge for the Northern District of New York; and College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise.

The College of Law thanks Hancock Estabrook LLP, who since 2013 has generously sponsored this important opportunity to introduce basic oral argument skills and the art of preparing and delivering an argument.

All photos by Mike Roy Media.

Professor Todd Berger Interviewed for the Unscripted Direct Podcast

Professor Todd Berger

Professor Todd Berger, Director of Advocacy Programs, was interviewed for the latest edition (episode 18) of the Unscripted Direct podcast. The podcast examines the law school trial advocacy community. 

Professor Berger discussed the recently completed inaugural National Trial League (NTL) competition, a competition “unusual among the unusual.” NTL is a new trial competition formatted similar to a sports league that was developed by Syracuse University College of Law.

Professor Berger's segment starts at 3:40.

Syrian Accountability Project Releases “The 2022 Winter Olympics and Genocide: A History of Enabling Atrocities and the Path Forward” White Paper

The Syrian Accountability Project (SAP) has released the white paper, “The 2022 Winter Olympics and Genocide: A History of Enabling Atrocities and the Path Forward.” The paper recognizes the genocide occurring in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region against the Uyghur people, documents the history of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) enabling the violation of human rights and the perpetuating of genocide, tracks the legal framework for holding complicit parties accountable, and identifies possible actions states and private entities may take to avoid complicity.

In summary, the paper indicates that “Most directly, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is responsible for the genocide of the Uyghur people. Forced concentration camps, disappearances, and slave labor put the responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the PRC. However, the PRC does not shoulder responsibility for this atrocity alone.”

The 2022 Winter Olympics and Genocide: A History of Enabling Atrocities and the Path Forward can be downloaded from https://syrianaccountabilityproject.syr.edu/publications

The paper was researched and written by 11 Syracuse University College of Law students along with students from the University of Michigan School of Law, Suffolk University, and the University of Washington in St. Louis under the direction of SAP founder and project leader David M. Crane L’80, Former Chief Prosecutor, Special Court of Sierra Leone and professor at the College of Law. 

The Syrian Accountability Project (SAP) is a student organization founded at Syracuse University College of Law and expanded to the University of Michigan College of Law. SAP is affiliated with the Global Accountability Network (GAN). The entirety of the report is that of SAP alone, and is not reflective of the views of Syracuse University or its College of Law. For more information, visit https://syrianaccountabilityproject.syr.edu/.

Syracuse University College of Law Professor Featured on Frontline Episode Exploring Unsolved Murder of 1960s Civil Rights Leader Wharlest Jackson Sr.

Professor Paula Johnson

Syracuse, NY | February 4, 2022) Syracuse University College of Law Professor Paula Johnson will appear on an episode of Frontline entitled “American Reckoning” on February 15, 2022. The episode examines the unsolved 1960s bombing murder of NAACP and civil rights leader Wharlest Jackson Sr., offering rarely seen footage filmed more than 50 years ago.

“American Reckoning” examines Black opposition to racist violence in Mississippi, spotlighting a little-known armed resistance group called the Deacons for Defense and Justice, woven alongside the Jackson family’s decades-long search for justice amid the ongoing federal effort to investigate civil rights area cold cases. 

The episode airs at 10 p.m. EDT February 15, 2022 on PBS and YouTube, and will be available for streaming. View the “American Reckoning” trailer, learn more about the program in this press release, and see further Frontline viewing options and information.

Johnson was tapped for the episode due to her work as Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) at the College of Law and her ongoing work on the Wharlest Jackson case. CCJI conducts investigations and research on unresolved cases, offers academic courses, public forums, and other special events, and serves as a clearinghouse for sharing and receiving information on active cases. College of Law student members of CCJI were also interviewed for the episode. 

Johnson and CCJI students work with the Jackson family in sponsoring the Wharlest and Exerlena Jackson Legacy Project, which commemorates the legacies of Wharlest Jackson, Sr. and his wife Exerlena, and their contributions and ultimate sacrifices for racial justice, educational and employment opportunity, voting rights, and full participation in United States society.  The program includes speakers, and workshops for high school and junior high school students, parents, educators, and the public. The program will take place on April 1-2, 2022, on Zoom.  Further details will be available here.  Inquiries can be sent to The Jackson Legacy Project.   

David E. Aron joins Jones Day

David E. Aron

The global law firm Jones Day announced today that David E. Aron has joined the Firm as a Counsel in its Financial Markets Practice, based in Jones Day’s Washington Office.

Mr. Aron was most recently serving as Special Counsel in the Division of Data at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), where he played a key role in writing a number of Dodd-Frank Act implementing regulations, including the joint CFTC-U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rulemaking further defining the term “swap.” He also reviewed a number of innovative, cryptocurrency-related and other financial products and participated in the inter-divisional working group that preceded LabCFTC, where he met often with fintech innovators. 

Professors Mary Helen McNeal and Maria Brown Discuss Elder Abuse and Restorative Justice at Webinar

Professor Mary Helen McNeal

Professor Mary Helen McNeal and Professor Maria Brown, assistant research professor at Syracuse University’s Falk College School of Social Work and the University’s Aging Studies Institute recently discussed their qualitative and academic research in the California Elder Justice Coalition webinar, “Syracuse, New York’s ‘Long Game’ for Adopting Restorative Approaches to Elder Abuse”.

They shared highlights from their Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant-funded international symposium in elder abuse and restorative justice.

The discussion also included Brown and McNeal’s work with local Syracuse-area service providers Vera House and the Center for Court Innovation, exploring the potential of restorative practices to intervene in elder-abuse situations, including the current “eCORE Project,” which offers community building and conflict resolution circles to seniors in Christopher Community Housing in Syracuse.

recording of the webinar and a restorative justice toolkit are now available from the California Elder Justice Coalition (CEJC), which sponsored the webinar.

Read the Syracuse University News article.

Professor David Driesen Speaks with CNY Central on the New York State Mask Mandate for Schools

University Professor David Driesen

University Professor David Driesen recently spoke with CNY Central on governmental power issues surrounding New York State’s mask mandate for schools. 

“It’s a debate we’ve had since the founding, about what is the appropriate scope of government power and how much power there should be,” said Driesen. “But the government always...any kind of law has an element of coercion to it, they’re not optional.”

View the news story here.

Professor Nina Kohn Discusses the Regulatory Changes Needed to Keep Known Bad Actors Out of the Nursing Home Industry

Professor Nina Kohn

In the investigative article “Failure of Care” for NJ Advance Media/nj.com, Professor Nina Kohn discusses the regulatory changes needed to ensure that known bad actors aren’t allowed to operate nursing homes or access public funds—at the expense of residents and taxpayers.    

“If an owner of a nursing home has a history of operating other nursing homes in an inhumane or inhumane manner, or siphoning off funds needed for resident care, the federal government should not certify new homes that the owner buys for Medicaid and Medicare,” she said. “To put it bluntly: the taxpayers should not be signed up to pay owners who have a history of seriously failing to provide the type or quality of care that they are paid to provide.”

Similarly, in deciding what penalties to impose when nursing homes violate regulations designed to protect residents, Kohn believes regulators should not look at each nursing home separately.

“The fact that an owner has substantial deficiencies across numerous homes should, for example, lead to the government being less willing to waive monetary fines,” she said, adding that federal regulators generally do not consider the owner’s prior bad acts in connection with other facilities— or even their current bad acts in other facilities — when determining whether or not to certify a home for Medicare or Medicaid.

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Professor Roy Gutterman comments on the Sarah Palin - New York Times defamation case

Professor Roy Gutterman

Professor Roy Gutterman comments to Reuters on the Sarah Palin - New York Times defamation case: "This is a lawsuit over an editorial, essentially an opinion. This is a potentially dangerous area."

Whitaker joins Barclay Damon

Michael Whittaker

Barclay Damon announces Michael Whittaker, associate, has joined Barclay Damon’s Real Estate and Financial Institutions & Lending Practice Areas. His primary office is Syracuse. Whittaker concentrates his practice on real estate and financial institutions and lending matters. He has experience as a law clerk to Chief Judge Glenn T. Suddaby in the US District Court for the Northern District of New York and as an associate at a law firm in Cortland, New York, where he focused his practice on landlord-tenant law and real estate transactions.

Professor Paula Johnson Discusses Race, Biases, and Criminal Law Issues in the Wrongful Conviction of Anthony Broadwater

Professor Paula Johnson

In the in-depth Syracuse Post-Standard article, “Alice Sebold case: How Race and Incompetence Doomed Anthony Broadwater to Prison”, Professor and Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative Paula Johnson discusses racial, bias, and criminal law aspects of the case.

Professor Johnson states that “these outrages in the criminal justice system highlight biases that can distort fundamental American principles: ‘Whose life has value? Whose life does not have value? Who has credibility and who doesn’t? Who is prone to criminality, who is prone to victimization?’”

Eriksen elected member at Bousquet Holstein PLLC

Gregg Eriksen

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that Gregg D. Eriksen has been elected Member of the firm. Gregg joined the firm in 2017 and is part of the firm's Litigation, Appellate, Wineries/Vineyards Law, and Government Relations Practice Groups. His range of experience includes contract disputes, employment matters, government investigations, and legal and medical malpractice defense.  He has worked in a variety of settings, from State and Federal appellate matters to State administrative proceedings to Federal District Court, State Supreme Court, and various town courts. Gregg earned his J.D. graduating magna cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science graduating cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont. Originally from the Hudson Valley, Gregg and his family now reside in Skaneateles, NY where is also serves as a Trustee of the Village of Skaneateles.

Richards elected as Member of Bond, Schoeneck & King

Anna W. Richards

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2022, Anna W. Richards (J.D., 2012) of the firm’s Syracuse office has been elected member (partner) of the firm. According to Kevin Bernstein, chairman of the firm’s management committee, “Anna has shown leadership, superior legal ability in their practices and a deep commitment to their clients. I am also looking forward to seeing this year’s class rise into leadership roles and to continue our efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive culture at the firm.” 

Anna W. Richards advises clients at every stage of a transaction to help them meet their business objectives, while mitigating risk. Richards has significant experience advising clients on commercial contracts, corporate governance matters and issues that arise in their day-to-day business operations. Richards also represents clients across multiple industries in mergers and acquisitions and loan transactions. 

Wolfson accepted into NAA

Wolfson was accepted into the National Academy of Arbitrators (NAA) in July 2021 and in October of 2021 sge became co-chair of the NAA New England Region.

Powers appointed Assistant Deputy Superintendent

​Powers has recently appointed Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Life Insurance at the NY Department of Financial Services ("DFS"). 

Wehberg appointed Chair of PA Developmental Disabilities Council

​Wehberg has been appointed the Chair of the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council by the governor.  DD Councils were established by the Developmental Disabilities Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), funded by HHS's Administration on Community Living and council members are appointed by each state's governor.

Butscha elected partner at Thompson HIne

​Thompson Hine LLP is pleased to announce that Mark R. Butscha, Jr. has been elected partner. Butscha a member of the Business Litigation practice in Cleveland. He focuses his practice on antitrust matters, particularly merger control issues and filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and he has represented clients in merger investigations by the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission. Butscha is an experienced litigator who has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, arbitration tribunals, and administrative proceedings involving antitrust, competition and other complex claims, including class actions.

Malfitano joins Morris Nichols’ corporate & commercial litigation group

Clee A. Malfitano

Delaware law firm Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP is pleased to congratulate Clee A. Malfitano (JD 2021) on her admission to the Delaware bar this week. Clee joins Morris Nichols’ corporate & commercial litigation group. 

Professor Gregory Germain Weighs in on Two Credit Card Stories for MoneyGeek

Professor Gregory Germain

Commercial and bankruptcy law expert Professor Gregory Germain provides insight into low APR credit cards, noting “I think the Motown group The Miracles gave the best answer to this question: “My mama told me, you better shop around (shop, shop). Oh yeah, you better shop around.” This applies not just to credit card interest rates but all credit card terms, including cash back offers, annual fees and other charges and credit limits.” Read his full answer to What can people do to increase their odds of getting lower APRs on their credit cards?

Germain also answers the question, What are the possible advantages and disadvantages of adding authorized users to a primary credit card with regards to earning rewards? “When I teach commercial law, I tell my students that we have another name for someone who guarantees a debt for a friend or relative. We call the guarantor ‘a fool with a pen.’” Read his entire answer here.

Professor Nina Kohn Discusses “Why the Future of Legal Ed is Online” with prelaw Magazine

Professor Nina Kohn

In the article, Professor Nina Kohn, Faculty Director of Online Education, says, “COVID-19 has shown us that there are many ways to deliver legal education. It does not have to be one size fits all.”

Professor Shubha Ghosh Invited by the Japan Patent Office to Participate in Two Patent Workshops

Professor Shubha Ghosh

Professor Shubha Ghosh, Director of the Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute, will participate in the workshops, “Research on Standard-Essential Patents and Patent Exhaustion”, being held January 31-February 1 by the Japan Patent Office.  Ghosh will provide legal insight and perspectives to these timely patent issues.

In the Standard-Essential Patents (SEP) workshop, the program will include a report on the latest global trends in SEPs and a panel discussion on standard essential patents from various perspectives, in addition to the interim report of the results.

In the Patent Exhaustion workshop, the program will include a lecture on the state of Patent Exhaustion in the age of IoT and a panel discussion on the utilization of method patents in the change in industrial structure from "things" to "services", in addition to the interim report of the results.