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Vice Dean Keith Bybee Explains Why Online Civility Is Important

Keith Bybee

Scripps National News | Sept. 20, 2019


Professor William C. Banks Publishes on "Hybrid Threats, Terrorism, and Resilience Planning"

William C. Banks
Hybrid Threats, Terrorism, and Resilience Planning. International Centre for Counter-Terrorism Perspective (2019). (With K. Samuel.)

We live in an inter-connected, inter-dependent world, not only in digital spaces, but increasingly between the physical and digital worlds. While our inter-connectedness and the accompanying rapid technological change bring with them widespread societal benefits, they can also deepen existing vulnerabilities and create new ones, such as in relation to critical infrastructure interdependencies. These technology-rich and highly dynamic circumstances can be exploited by those with criminal and malicious intent, including terrorists, with potentially extensive and catastrophic consequences, as the 2017 WannaCry cyber-attack with global reach, which nearly brought the United Kingdom’s National Health Service to its knees, illustrated.

We will illustrate this ironic confluence of good news/bad news by focusing on hybrid threats posed by cyber technology to critical national infrastructure. Our op-ed begins by briefly examining the concept of hybrid threats, before examining how they are materialising in the cyber world. The discussion then turns to examining how best to counter hybrid threats to our Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). We propose the development of more dynamic, integrated and innovative resilience planning solutions beyond those that currently exist.

The Concept of Hybrid Threats

Hybrid threats posed by state and non-state actors are expected by many to increasingly challenge countries and institutions globally. In 2016, this recognition led to the creation of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE), which recognises diverse and wide-ranging forms of terrorism as a potential source of hybrid threats. The Hybrid CoE has defined a hybrid threat in the following terms:

  • Coordinated and synchronised action, that deliberately targets democratic states and institutions systemic vulnerabilities, through a wide range of means;
  • The activities exploit the thresholds of detection and attribution as well as the different interfaces (war-peace, internal-external, local-state, national-international, friend-enemy);
  • The aim of the activity is to influence different forms of decision making at the local (regional), state, or institutional level to favour and/or gain the agent’s strategic goals while undermining and/or hurting the target.

As the broad parameters of this definition reveal, hybrid threats can take a multitude of diverse forms. They can pose many practical and legal challenges too, such as how to detect, investigate, and attribute them in order to identify and bring to account their perpetrators, whether state or non-state actors ...

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Edwin J. Kelley, Jr. was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Edwin J. Kelley, Jr., Government Finance, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. 

Nicholas J. D'Ambrosio, Jr. selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Nicholas J. D'Ambrosio, Jr., Employment & Labor, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. 

Joseph Zagraniczny was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Joseph Zagraniczny, Real Estate, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. 

Richard D. Hole selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Richard D. Hole, Employee Benefits, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers. 

David A. Lerner among 2020 Best Lawyers in America

​David A. Lerner, Partner at Plunkett Cooney, named Best Lawyer in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 

Hermes Fernandez named Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Hermes Fernandez has been named the 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Health Care Law. Hermes has advised and represented health care providers on board governance, statutory and regulatory compliance, surveys and audits and fraud and abuse matters. 

R. Daniel Bordoni named Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that R. Daniel Bordoni has been named the 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Education Law. Dan is a labor and employment law attorney who for nearly 40 years has represented management in a wide variety of private and public sector labor and employment law matters. 

Paul W. Reichel named Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Paul W. Reichel has been named the 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Tax Law. Paul is a tax attorney who concentrates his practice in public finance transactions and taxation of business and non-profit organizations. He has extensive public finance experience, regularly serving as bond counsel to municipalities, school districts and public agencies. 

John Imhof Admitted to Practice Law in Marshall Islands

Vedder Price is pleased to announce that Global Transportation Finance Shareholder John F. Imhof Jr. has been admitted to practice law in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (“RMI”). Mr. Imhof joined Vedder Price in November 2018. He has nearly 30 years of experience advising lenders, lessors, investors, borrowers and lessees in the domestic and cross-border financing of transportation and logistics assets. The Maritime practice group is integral to the Global Transportation Finance team and represents nearly all segments of the maritime industry throughout the world, delivering advice under U.S., English, Marshall Islands and Liberian law.

Santos Vargas serving as Director for SABA

Santos Vargas is now serving in his second year for the San Antonio Bar Association (SABA) as an elected Director after serving as President from 2018-2019. 

Heidi Wickstrom elected Membership Liaison of Professional Negligence Section

Heidi Wickstrom

Heidi L. Wickstrom (J.D. 2008) has been elected the Membership Liaison of the executive board of the Professional Negligence Section for the American Association for Justice. Ms. Wickstrom’s new role involves making sure attorneys are familiar with the benefits of membership, encouraging attorneys to get involved with and join the section, and welcoming new members. She was elected to the role at last week’s AAJ Convention. Ms. Wickstrom is an attorney at the Illinois personal injury law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard. 

Danielle Katz Joins Barclay Damon

Barclay Damon announces Danielle Katz, associate, has joined the firm. She works out of the Syracuse office. Katz is a member of the Corporate and Trusts & Estates Practice Areas, primarily concentrating on corporate transactions and general trusts and estates matters. She also uses her financial-services and tax background to best advise clients. Prior to Barclay Damon, Katz was a legal intern at Vontobel Securities Ltd. and Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors AG.

Lawrence Allen Raab joined Bryan Miller Olive P.A.'s Tampa Office

Bryant Miller Olive P.A. is pleased to announce that Lawrence Allen Raab, Esq. joined the firm’s Tampa office as an associate. Raab holds a J.D., cum laude from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York; an MPA from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of Florida. His practice focuses on matters relating to public finance and economic development throughout the State of Florida. He has represented municipalities, state agencies, interlocal public bodies, 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, real estate developers, and financial institutions in taxable and tax-exempt bond issues. 

Marc DeCandia joins Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

Marc DeCandia

Lerch Early is pleased to welcome real estate attorney Marc DeCandia as a principal in the Real Estate practice. Marc represents developers and lenders primarily in Maryland and Washington, DC. His practice focuses on the development of complex mixed-use, vertically subdivided projects governed by condominium, covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), or reciprocal easement structures.

Christopher Burns, Receives 2019 Super Lawyers & 2018 North Star Lawyer Honors.

Christopher J. Burns

Henson Efron is pleased to announce attorney and shareholder, Christopher Burns has recently received both 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers and 2018 North Star Lawyer honors. This is the sixth year he has received both of these honors. In addition to his practice, Christopher teaches continuing education courses to lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors on a variety of estate planning, business succession planning, and estate administration topics. 

Tetreault named Board Chair for the Valley of the Sun United Way.

The Board of Directors of the Valley of the Sun United Way recently named Jenny Holsman Tetreault as its new chair. Her two-year term as chair began July 1.

Tetreault, who serves as region legal counsel for US Foods, has been extensively involved in the United Way on the local and national levels, as well as a broad spectrum of philanthropic groups in the Valley. Tetreault is a current member of United Way’s Women United Global Leadership Council,

Bond Names Stuart Klein as Albany Managing Member.

Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Stuart F. Klein has been named managing member of its Albany office. Stuart F. Klein concentrates his litigation practice in commercial matters and has extensive experience in all phases of federal and state court practice, as well as resolving matters through either mediation or arbitration. 

Philip S. Bousquet was been re-elected to serve on Bousquet Holstein's Board of Managers.

Philip S. Bousquet

Philip S. Bousquet was been re-elected to serve on Bousquet Holstein's Board of Managers. Phil Bousquet has been Member of the firm since its formation in 2000 and was a principal in its predecessor firm. Phil leads the firm's Business Law and Brownfield practice groups. Phil is a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and Syracuse University School of Management, and earned his Bachelor of Arts at Kenyon College.

Hodgson Russ, LLP, recently named Andrew W. Wright as partner.

Andrew W. Wright

The law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP is pleased to announce Andrew Wright has been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2019. Andrew focuses his practice on state and local tax matters and manages many different types of tax matters before the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and New York City Department of Finance from audit through appeal, with a particular focus on New York residency audits.

Macy T. Laster has joined Wisler Pearlstine, LLP.

Macy T. Laster

Wisler Pearlstine, LLP is pleased to announce that its Education Law Department, one of the largest and most respected in the state, has added Macy T. Laster to its ranks.

Shubert selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upsate New York Super Lawyers.

Ronald S Shubert, Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the area of real estate law, and in Best Lawyers in America- Lawyer of the Year Litigation- Buffalo-2018, as well as 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the categories of real estate law and litigation.

Elizabeth Strout to be published in Ploughshares.

Ploughshares is pleased to announce that “Hunts and Saboteurs” by Elizabeth Strout will be published in the Summer 2019 issue. Elizabeth Strout is the author of six books of fiction, including Olive Kitteridge (Random House, 2008), winner of The Pulitzer Prize, and My Name is Lucy Barton (Random House, 2016), No. 1 New York Times Bestseller.

Erika Hooker joins Bousquet Holstein PLLC.

Erika Hooker

Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that Erika H. Hooker has joined the firm as an attorney in the Trusts and Estates and Agriculture Practice Groups. Erika is a 2019 magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law. 

Lou Luba (JD/MPA '93) was recently awarded the State of Connecticut Oliver Ellsworth Award.

Lou Luba

Lou Luba (JD/MPA '93) was recently awarded the State of Connecticut Oliver Ellsworth Award and recipient of a Governor's Proclamation from Governor Ned Lamont as the 2019 Prosecutor of the Year, for his continued work with victims of sexual assault, as well as work on the case of State v. Christopher Lamb. 

Luke Cooper was a finalist for the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Luke T. Cooper L'01 named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Mid-Atlantic finalists. 

Mark A. Kompa celebrates 30th anniversary of his firm.

Mark A. Kompa ’80 (LAW) is celebrating the 30TH anniversary of the Law Offices of Mark A. Kompa located in Laguna Hills, California. Mr. Kompa has been “AV”-rated since 1993 and emphasizes the representation of commercial landlords, including The Irvine Company and Brookfield Properties and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), in sophisticated lease litigation, including breach of lease and unlawful detainer actions. 

Christine Fletcher Named Co-Chair of Private Client Group

Christine Fletcher

Burns & Levinson announced today that partner Christine Fletcher has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s nationally acclaimed Private Client Group. Fletcher has over 20 years of experience advising clients on estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate litigation, and family business matters. 

Philip Kirkpatrick receives International Innovation Award

Philip Kirkpatrick

Philip Kirkpatrick, regional general counsel for Rabobank, the world’s largest food and agricultural lender, has been recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as a 2019 ACC Value Champion. The ACC Value Champions recognize corporate legal departments that have achieved “best-in-class” innovations that drive value and dramatically improve efficiencies. Philip has served in executive leadership roles at St. Louis-based Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank since 2013. 

Commentary: Second Thoughts About Taliban Peace Talks

Corri Zoli

Second Thoughts About Taliban Peace Talks

By Corri Zoli

(Re-published from Newsday | Sept. 9, 2019) Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, from small-arms fire during combat late last month. We likely won’t know specific details about the service members' identities or circumstances for some time.

But what we do know is that ongoing attacks by the Taliban will test America's resolve to end what President Donald Trump has called an “endless” war. In fact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly is reluctant to sign an "agreement in principle" between the Taliban and the United States, brokered by U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. And, the president has decided to cancel peace talks with the Taliban, at least for now.

Secondly, the deaths of the U.S. soldiers run against the grain of many Americans’ usual assumptions about war — and this post-9/11 war in particular — and most Americans’ feelings about losing service members in asymmetric conflicts.

The two service members were fighting on behalf of NATO’s Operation Resolute Support — a noncombat “train, advise, and assist” mission of more than 17,000 troops in Afghanistan, which started Jan. 1, 2015, after the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ended Dec. 28, 2014.

While commanded by U.S. Army Gen. Austin Scott Miller, as the name suggests, this is a NATO mission. NATO allies with the Afghan government made the decision in 2012 (it has been reaffirmed frequently) to develop Afghan military capacity to defend and protect its citizens.

While Americans’ own security interests are at stake in this mission — no one wants to see another attack like 9/11 by al Qaeda operatives harbored in Afghanistan — the enormous investment in Afghanistan’s military capacity and security infrastructure comes at great price to Americans and citizens from other NATO-member states who have died in these combat and noncombat missions. Clearly, even this noncombat mission is beset with the armed conflict and violence associated with combat missions.

Of the 17,000-plus troops, the United States (8,475), Germany (1,300), and the United Kingdom (1,100) have provided the vast majority of “boots on the ground.” NATO members France and Canada, for instance, have zero troops in the fight. When U.S. administrations from Clinton to Trump pressure NATO members to contribute more to their own defense, the issue is not only about raising their GDP percentage contribution to NATO’s defense budget, it is also who is actually fighting in these security initiatives that European and NATO partners have deemed a priority ...

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College of Law Faculty Discuss Current Scholarly Projects in the Annual Lightning Round Colloquium

Faculty Colloquium

Each year, the College of Law faculty gather for a special Faculty Colloquium that focuses on their current research and scholarly projects. In order to accommodate all the topics in a short time frame, each faculty member has just five minutes to provide their colleagues with an update on their work in this “Lightning Round.”

“Our faculty are continually engaged in their research projects, papers, presentation and other scholarly works but we like to kick off our Faculty Colloquia (and the academic year) with a forum that connects our faculty with their colleagues’ works in progress,” says Professor Lauryn Gouldin, Associated Dean for Faculty Research. “Our faculty are doing interesting and ambitious work across a range of topics and disciplines and the Lightning Round is a nice way to celebrate the breadth of our work.”

Research topics discussed during the “Lightning Round” included the impact of evictions on generational poverty, the relationship between human rights treaty bodies, the perspectives of women veterans, law as civility, defining elder law across different audiences, inclusive capitalism, diversity and the bar exam, Hamilton’s law and finance, public perceptions of the FDA’s blood donation restrictions, pretrial decision-making, the campaign for comparable worth, the separation of powers and presidential accountability, the emergence of a public-private law paradigm concerning housing markets, and how to teach and develop skillful reading.

Commentary: You Have a First Amendment Right to Follow Trump on Twitter

Roy Gutterman

You Have a First Amendment Right to Follow Trump on Twitter

By Professor Roy Gutterman

(Re-published from syracuse.com | Sept. 5, 2019) President Donald Trump and firebrand Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be polar opposites on the political spectrum, but they have one thing in common: They both blocked critics from their Twitter accounts.

Both politicians employ social media as vital components to their modern political communications machines. Trump’s Twitter footprint totals nearly 64 million followers, while AOC, as she is colloquially known, has more than 5 million followers. In the past couple years, both blocked followers from their social media accounts -- Trump because he does not like his critics, and AOC because she says some of her critics were harassing her.

Either way, both are violating the First Amendment rights of citizens who want to receive information about public policy issues through the public officials’ public social media accounts.

Citizens and the institutional press sometimes decry the president’s nearly exclusive use of Twitter as a means of communicating with the public -- floating policy initiatives, flinging vitriol at opponents, conducting foreign policy and even firing cabinet members. Trump’s knee-jerk tweets, which sometimes delve into insulting opponents and critics, and disseminating half-baked policy initiatives, nevertheless make news and inform the public.

The president’s Twitter feed also has opened the door to an important First Amendment challenge.

After Trump – either at the behest of the president himself or communications staffers who also manage the account – blocked several critics from the Twitter feed, a group of seven represented by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University sued him in federal court in New York. A similar case emerged earlier this year in North Carolina after a county official blocked a user from her Facebook page.

Social media has empowered politicians, particularly this president, who has regularly expressed open hostility toward individual reporters and the press as an institution. In November 2018, CNN’s Jim Acosta sued the White House because his “hard pass” was revoked. It took a federal court to reinstate Acosta’s access. Just a few days ago, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., reinstated the press pass for another reporter, Playboy’s Brian Karem, who had his press pass revoked after a Rose Garden confrontation with former White House aide Sebastian Gorka.

The Supreme Court’s Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote that it seemed perfectly logical for someone to want to silence an opponent or critic. But that rhetorical flourish could not have envisioned the modern world of social media. Or perhaps, Holmes could envision a marketplace of ideas where speakers – critics, opponents and ideological enemies – would exchange dialogue and even vitriolic rhetoric in such a place ...

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Bernard J. Turi Honored by New York Insurance Association

Bernard J. Turi

Bernard J. Turi, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, General Auditor and Chief Risk Officer with the Utica National Insurance Group, was recently honored by the New York Insurance Association (NYIA). 

Tyson Hubbard recognized as a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine.

Tyson Hubbard

Downey Brand is excited to announce Tyson Hubbard, Estate Planning & Probate, was named a Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine. 

Matthew Lucarelli opened his own firm in Watertown, CT

Matthew Lucarelli

Lucarelli pened his own firm in Watertown, CT - Mancini & Lucarelli, focusing on personal injury and workers' compensation matters. Selected for inclusion in the 2019 Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of personal injury - plaintiff.

Ashley M. Monette joins Goldberg Segalla

Goldberg Segalla added associate Ashley M. Monette to the law firm’s Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Workers’ Compensation Practice Group in New York City. 

Professor Kevin Maillard Discusses Marriage Licenses and Racial Labels with The Washington Post

Kevin Noble Maillard

"Aryan" and "Octoroon": Couples challenge racial labels to get married in Virginia

(The Washington Post | Sept. 6, 2019) When they applied for a marriage license in Rockbridge County, Virginia, Brandyn Churchill and Sophie Rogers were told they could not have one unless they each chose a race, from a list that included “Aryan” and “Octoroon.”

The Supreme Court struck down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage over half a century ago. Yet the mechanism by which that prohibition was enforced remains on the books: a requirement that all would-be newlyweds identify by race. To fill out the form falsely is a felony.

So, weeks away from their planned Oct. 19 wedding at a barn in Fincastle, Va., the couple is challenging the law in Virginia federal court. Joined by two other engaged couples, they argue the law is a racist holdover that has no place in modern marriage ...

... Kevin Maillard, a law professor at Syracuse University who has studied interracial marriage, said that while researchers might use the data, “I don’t know what the compelling reason that the state would have in retaining tracking of those categories would be.”

But he was skeptical of an effort to move away from race altogether.

“I think with the deep history of racial strife we have in the United States, these categories are going to remain incredibly important,” Maillard said. “My mother is racially mixed, but she considers herself a black person" ...

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Law Library Debuts New Text-A-Librarian Service

With the start of the new academic year, the Law Library is introducing its Text-A Librarian service.  Law students can send a text to the librarian staffing the Reference Desk if they have a question or need information.  The service is only available during regular Reference Desk service hours.  The text number is 315-516-8661.

Professor William C. Banks Comments on Southern Border Wall Funding for Vox

William C. Banks

Trump is taking money from Puerto Rico’s recovery and European security to fund his wall

(Vox | Sept. 5, 2019) A National Guard readiness center in Puerto Rico. A hazardous material storage building on a US military base in Germany. A training facility for special operations forces working to deter Russia in Europe. Upgrades at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York.

Those are just some of the 127 affected military construction projects that will be defunded and delayed so President Donald Trump can build roughly 175 miles of wall on the southern border. In total, construction efforts in nearly half of all 50 states — as well as 19 countries, three US territories, and some classified locations — will have their funding diverted to pay for the barrier.

The Trump administration announced last February it would find $3.6 billion from previously approved military construction projects to fund the wall effort. But it wasn’t until Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s letter outlining the funding diversions was released to the public on Wednesday evening that the full scope of the financial diversion became clear ...

... The growing fury means it’s possible Democrats in Congress might try to block the move — which means a bruising political fight could be around the corner.

“The battles will be more political than legal,” William Banks, an expert on national security law at Syracuse University, told me. “It’s possible for Congress to enact — over a veto — funding restrictions on this or new funds that the president wants or needs. There’s lots of horse trading to come" ...

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Sara E. Payne named to New York Law Journal New York Trailblazers list.

Sara E. Payne

Barclay Damon announces Sara Payne, cannabis team leader, was named to the inaugural New York Law Journal “New York Trailblazers” list.

Joel M. Helmrich named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2019

Joel M. Helmrich

Joel M. Helmrich, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, was recently named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for 2019.

Frank W. Ryan elected US Chair of DLA Piper

Frank W. Ryan

DLA Piper elected Frank Ryan as the new US Chair of the firm, effective January 1, 2021. He will succeed Roger Meltzer and Cameron “Jay” Rains, who are currently serving in their second four-year terms as US co-chairs, which will expire December 31, 2020. Meltzer and Rains will also continue to serve as global co-chair and global co-CEO, respectively, through December 31, 2022. Ryan is a proud two-time Syracuse alumni, graduating from both Syracuse University and Syracuse University College of Law magna cum laude. 

David A. Goldstein recently co-authored article in Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law

David A. Goldstein

David recently co-authored an article in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law titled, "Changing the Paradigm: Creating Scale and Keeping Local Expertise in Nonprofit Affordable Housing Development—How to Stop Competing with Fellow CDCs and Embrace a Joint Ownership Structure". David is a co-founder and managing partner at the real estate law firm GoldsteinHall. 

Zac Cahmp named Chief of Staff to FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

Zac Champ

D. Zachary Champ ’10 (JD/MPA), was recently named Chief of Staff to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. He and his wife Jane ’09 (MPA) reside in Washington, D.C.

Aresh Homayoun elected Partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP

Aresh Homayoun

Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP (MMM), a full service AmLaw 200 firm with national and international reach, elected Aresh Homayoun to Partner. Aresh is located in the D.C. office.

Dennis C. Brown awarded 2019 Medal of Honor Award for Professionalism

Dennis C. Brown, senior counsel at Bond, Schoeneck & King, has been awarded the 2019 Medal of Honor Award for Professionalism by the Collier County Bar Association. 

Paul S. Rhee ranked lawyer for Competition/Antitrust by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2019

Paul S. Rhee

Paul S. Rhee (L ‘96), Partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group at Yoon & Yang LLC in Seoul, South Korea, was highly recommended as a ranked lawyer for Competition/Antitrust by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2019. Paul received the Global Competition Review (GCR) Award for his antitrust work as lead partner for United Technologies/Rockwell Collins merger that won "Merger Control Matter of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa” in March 2019. 

Philip V. Martino named 2019 Florida and Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Philip V. Martino

Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Philip V. Martino, Partner, was named as a Super Lawyer and Rising Star for 2019 in both Florida and Illinois.

Joseph M. DiOrio named Lawyer-of-Year 2020

Congratulations to firm founder Joe DiOrio who was named 2020 Lawyer-of-the-Year for the category of Banking and Finance Law in the Providence metro area by Best Lawyers.

Walter L. Meagher selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019

Walter L. Meagher

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Walter L. Meagher, Jr. has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Meagher is a partner at the Firm and has over 40 years of experience in the areas of personal injury, premises liability, automobile liability, construction accidents and products liability litigation. 

Mary C. King selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019

Mary C. King

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Mary C. King has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Ms. King is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Elder Law & Special Needs, and Family Business Succession Planning Practices. 

Marion H. Fish selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019

Marion Fish

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Marion H. Fish has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Ms. Fish is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Family Business Succession Planning, Tax, Corporate and Elder Law & Special Needs Practices. 

John F. Corcoran selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019

John F. Corcoran

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John F. Corcoran has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers“ for 2019. Mr. Corcoran is the Leader of the Firm’s Education and Municipal Practices, and formerly served as Chair of the Labor & Employment Department. 

Daniel B. Berman selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019

Dan Berman

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Daniel B. Berman has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Berman is a partner in the Litigation Department and has more than 35 years of experience litigating cases throughout New York. 

Bill Kibler nominated to serve on NJ Highlands Council

Bill Kibler

Bill Kibler, director of policy for Raritan Headwaters, was nominated by Governor Phil Murphy to serve on the New Jersey Highlands Council.

Jamie J. Hunsicker selected as Upstate New York Super Lawyer - Rising Star for 2019

Jamie J. Hunsicker

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Jaime J. Hunsicker has been selected as an “Upstate New York Super Lawyer – Rising Star” for 2019. Ms. Hunsicker is an associate in the Elder Law & Special Needs, Tax and Trusts & Estates Practices. Ms. Hunsicker assists clients with trusts, estate planning and retirement planning matters. 

John G. Powers included in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019

John G. Powers

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John G. Powers has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. 

Alan J. Pierce included in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019

Alan J. Pierce

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Alan J. Pierce has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Pierce is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and Leader of the Appellate Practice. He has more than 30 years of litigation experience, concentrating on appellate practice, insurance coverage, defamation and civil and commercial litigation. 

Murphy included in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019

Timothy P. Murphy

Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Timothy P. Murphy has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Murphy is the Firm’s Managing Partner. He has 28 years of experience representing clients in product liability, motor vehicle, construction accident, medical malpractice, negligence, premises liability, toxic tort, and commercial cases in state and federal court.

 

3L Samuel Cohn Places Second in the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications Law & Policy Division Student Writing Competition

Samuel Cohn

3L Samuel Cohn, a dual degree Master’s candidate in the Newhouse School of Public Communications New Media Management program, won second place in the student writing competition for the Law & Policy Division of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications.

His paper, “Funding Secured:” A Forty Million Dollar Tweet that Highlights First Amendment Issues Associated with Regulating Speech on Social Media, examines the legal fight surrounding Elon Musk’s use of social media and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.

Syracuse University College of Law Welcomes the LL.M. Class of 2020

LL.M. Class of 2020

In August 2019, Syracuse University College of Law welcomed a cohort of 29 foreign lawyers, representing the legal systems of 19 countries, enrolled in the Master of Laws in American Law program. The new students join seven LL.M. students who began their studies in January 2019, along with two visiting researchers and three semester exchange students. 

With these students, the College of Law adds four new countries to its ranks: Belgium, Hungary, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

“This year’s LL.M. class is comprised of a truly impressive group of students attracted to Syracuse through meaningful partnerships and institutional relationships,” says Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew S. Horsfall. “The group includes five Open Society Fellows, two Disability Rights Fellows, two Civil Society Leadership Fellows, two Palestinian Rule of Law Fellows, one Fulbright Scholar, as well as three employees of Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration.” 

Among this cohort are several students who are already experienced practitioners in their home countries. The class includes private practitioners, corporate lawyers, federal attorneys, public interest lawyers, entrepreneurs, IT specialists, academics, researchers, and legal advisors for human rights organizations, a youth organization, and a capital investment company.

LL.M. Class of 2020

Yasir Abakar (Sudan): Yasir Abakar is a recipient of Civil Society Leadership Award (CSLA) offered by the Open Society Foundation. He obtained his LL.B. from Sudan’s International University of Africa in Khartoum in 2008. He also obtained a Higher Diploma concentrated in Human Rights at the University of Khartoum in 2016. Abakar contributed to the establishment of the Youth Forum Organization in 2008 and became its legal advisor in 2014. He will pursue courses in human rights and international law during his LL.M. studies.

Uzoma Agbaegbu (Nigeria): Uzoma Agbaegbu obtained his LL.B. at the University of Nigeria in 2014. He is also a 2015 graduate of the Nigerian Law School in Abuja, Nigeria. Agbaegbu is member of the Nigerian Bar Association and has worked both in private practice and as the head of the legal department at Softball Capital Investment, Ltd. He will study business and commercial law during his LL.M. studies. 

Bukre Agsak (Turkey): Bukre Agsak obtained her LL.B. from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey in 2016. She became a licensed attorney and member of the Ankara Bar Association in 2018. She interned at the New York State Supreme Court in the Third Judicial District, in Albany during the summer of 2018, where she worked on foreclosure cases. Agsak has experience in business and contracts law. She plans to study corporate and transactional law and intends to take the New York State Bar Exam after completing her LL.M. studies.

Abdullah Alqahtani (Saudi Arabia): Abdullah Alqahtani obtained his LL.B. from King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2015. He practiced criminal, commercial and labor law in private practice before becoming a Training Assistant in the Legal Department of Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration in 2017. Alqahtani will pursue courses in criminal law as part of his LL.M. studies.

Mohammed Alqarni (Saudi Arabia): Mohammed Alqarni obtained his LL.B. from Dar Al Uloom University, in Saudi Arabia, in 2016. He has worked as a legal researcher at Allied Cooperative Insurance Group since 2016. He will enroll in business and corporate law courses during his LL.M. studies. 

Beatriz Andraus (Brazil): Beatriz Andraus obtained her LL.B. from the University of São Paulo in 2017. She worked as an associate attorney at Traldi & Saggioro Associates in São Paulo before pursing post-graduate studies in Family & Inheritance Law at Damásio Educacional. During her LL.M. studies, she will pursue a broad range of topics and take courses that will prepare her for the New York Bar Exam. 

Jose David Jalil Arellanes (Mexico): Jose Arellanes received in LL.B. from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 2019. He held various positions within ITAM and most recently completed an internship in tax litigation. He will pursue subjects in business, corporate, and tax law during his LL.M. studies. 

Turki Bin Muhaiza (Saudi Arabia): Turki Bin Muhaiza obtained his LL.B. from King Saud University, in Saudi Arabia, in 2016. He trained in the criminal court system through the Ministry of Justice before becoming a Teaching Assistant in Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration. Bin Muhaiza will study administrative law while enrolled in the LL.M. Program.

Bhranti Desai (India): Bhranti Desai completed her LL.B. at the University of Mumbai in 2019. During her studies, she held several internships that focused on contracts, workers compensation, and human rights law. During her LL.M. studies, Desai will study intellectual property law, business law, and corporate law. 

Michel Gruenberg (Brazil): Michel Gruenberg obtained his LL.B. from Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo in 2017. During his undergraduate studies, he held an internship in which he focused on criminal and tax law. He also worked as a legal translator for a law firm in Montevideo, Uruguay. He will pursue courses in international law, business law, and corporate law, during his LL.M. studies. 

Nazia Hanjrah (Pakistan): Nazia Hanjrah is coming to the LL.M. Program as a Fulbright Scholar. She obtained her LL.B. from the University College of London’s External Program in Karachi in 2014. Prior to come to Syracuse, Hanjrah worked at a litigator in the provincial Sindh District Courts and as a junior associate in the High Courts of Sindh in Pakistan. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of legal theory while enrolled in our LL.M. program.

Eronmwon Irogue (Nigeria): Eronmwon Irogue received her LL.B. from the University of Benin in Nigeria in 2015. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and served as a deputy platoon leader in the National Youth Service Corp before arriving in Syracuse. She will pursue courses in international law during her LL.M. studies.

Daria Ivasiuk (Ukraine): Daria Ivasiuk obtained her LL.B. and LL.M. from the National University’s Odessa Law Academic, in Ukraine, in 2017 and 2019, respectively. She worked in Ukraine as an information technology specialist and as a translator before coming to Central New York to live with family. She will pursue courses in subjects that will prepare her for the New York Bar Exam during her LL.M. studies. 

Xi “Jason” Jin (China): Jason Jin is the recipient of the J&K Wonderland Scholarship. He obtained both his LL.B. and LL.M. from Ningbo University in Zhejiang, China in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Soochow University in Taiwan. Jin will pursue courses in comparative disability law, human rights law, and international law while enrolled in the LL.M. program.

Lucky Mbonani (Kenya): Lucky Mbonani is the recipient of the JAF Foundation Scholarship. She obtained her LL.B. from Moi University in Kenya in 2015. She worked with children with disabilities at the Kuhenza for the Children Foundation, in Kenya, before arriving to Syracuse. Mbonani will focus her studies on comparative disability law and international human rights law.

Thuy Dung Nguyen (Vietnam): Thuy Nguyen obtained her LL.B. from the University of Law of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in 2018. She also holds a Bachelor in Economics from the Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen is a legal manager at KPMG where she specializes in mergers & acquisitions, and corporate law. She will study international and corporate law while enrolled in the LL.M. program.

Manase Nyaga (Kenya): Manase Nyaga received his LL.B. at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda in 2009. He currently works as a senior law assistant at Hiscock Legal Aid Society, in Syracuse, where he works on appellate and foreclosure cases. Nyaga plans to take the New York Bar Exam upon graduation from the LL.M. program.

Stephen Ogbolu (Nigeria): Stephen Ogbolu obtained his LL.B. from Benson Idahosa University in Benin City, Nigeria in 2017. He currently works as a State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice in Nigeria. Ogbolu hopes to enhance his understanding of the American legal system as well as international and environmental law during his time in the LL.M. program. 

Frederico Paiva (Brazil): Frederico Paiva obtained his LL.B. from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in 2000. He is a federal prosecutor and has experience working as a federal attorney with the Ministry of Labor and Employment and as a judge in the federal court system. He will pursue courses in international law and criminal law as an LL.M. student. 

Betania Rodriguez Allo (Argentina): Betania Rodriguez Allo obtained her LL.B. from the University of Morón in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2017. She completed her Masters in International Relations at Harvard University in 2019. She is the co-founder of OpenContracts, which provides technical services to improve legal services. Rodriguez Allo intends to study cyber security and cyber terrorism during her LL.M. studies.

Dorottya Rozgonyi (Hungary): Dorottya Rozgonyi received a Juris Doctor from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, in 2016. Upon graduation, she served as law clerk for the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she participated in dispute resolution and arbitration proceedings. Before arriving in Syracuse, Rozgonyi was an associate at a law firm where her practice focused on real estate transactions. She plans to enroll in courses that focus on counterterrorism and international human rights law during her LL.M. studies. 

Nour Salibi (Palestine): Nour Salibi is a recipient of the LL.M. Fellowship offered by the Open Society Fellow for the Palestinian Rule of Law Program. She obtained her LL.B. from Al-Azhar University of Gaza in 2017. Since graduating, she has worked as a trainee lawyer at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. She will pursue courses in human rights while enrolled in the LL.M. program.

Brian Sampaio (United States): Brian Sampaio obtained his LL.B. from the State University of Feira de Santana in Brazil in 2015. He worked as a lawyer for the Public Ministry of Labor where he handled labor law violations cases. Sampaio will enroll in courses that will prepare him to take the New York Bar Exam upon graduation from the LL.M. program.

Prachi Parman Singh (India): Prachi Singh completed her LL.B. at Jayantilal H. Patel Law College in Mumbai in 2019. During her LL.B. studies, she completed an internship in the area of criminal law. Singh desires to learn more about the American legal system as she pursues her LL.M. degree.

Elizabeth Temba (Tanzania): Elizabeth Temba is the recipient of the Open Society Fellowship for the Disability Rights Scholarship Program. She obtained her LL.B. at Mzumbe University in Morogoro, Tanzania in 2014. Most recently, Temba has served as a program coordinator for Projects Abroad Tanzania. She hopes to gain more knowledge about the field of comparative disability rights law during her LL.M. studies. 

Thuch Mading Agok Thuch (South Sudan): Thuch obtained his LL.B. from Nkumba University, in Uganda, in 2012. He obtained his Advocate License from the South Sudan Bar Association in 2013. Since graduating, he worked as a legal aid attorney at the South Sudan Law Society and as a protection officer at the Norwegian Refugee Council where his work focused on community development projects. Thuch plans to pursue courses in comparative disability law and human rights law during his LL.M. studies.

Tuan Tran (Vietnam): Tuan Tran obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Law of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in 2017. He also holds a Bachelors in International Business Administration from the Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City. Tran is a junior associate at Indochine Counsel Company Limited where he works on mergers & acquisitions negotiations. He intends to enroll in corporate law and courses that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam during his LL.M. studies.

Renci Xie (China): Renci Xie is the recipient of the J&K Wonderland Scholarship. She holds an LL.B. from the Southwest University of Political Science & Law in Chongqing, China. She is currently a trainee lawyer in a private firm where she works on inclusive educations cases for children with disabilities. Xie will pursue courses in international law and comparative disability law while enrolled in the LL.M. program.

Tuleen Zain (Syria): Tuleen Zain holds three degrees from Damascus University: a Bachelors in Accounting, an LL.B., and an LL.M. She worked as a lawyer in private practice in Syria before emigrating to the United States in 2016. She currently works as a medical records clerk at a community health center. Zain plans to enroll in courses that will prepare her for to take the New York State Bar Exam after completing her LL.M. studies. 

Spring 2019 LL.M. Students

Mohammed Al-Ezzi (Iraq): Mohammed Al-Ezzi obtained his LL.B. from Al-Nahrain University College of Law in Baghdad, Iraq in 2011. He practiced criminal and tax law in Iraq before arriving in the United States in 2014, where he has a sister living in Syracuse. He is dedicating his studies to courses that will prepare him for the New York State Bar Exam. 

Gian Marco Bovenzi (Italy): Gian Marco Bovenzi obtained his LL.B. at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2014 and a Masters in Forensic Science from Sapienza University of Rome in 2018. He worked as an intern in the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime in 2015 and was admitted to practice law in Italy in 2017. Bovenzi is pursuing courses in criminal and comparative international law while pursuing his LL.M. degree.

Amadou Dieng (Senegal): Dr. Dieng comes to the College of Law with over 20 years of experience in contracts, international commercial law, mediation, and commercial arbitration. He has an LL.M. in Public Law from University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar in Senegal and a doctoral J.D. with a specialization in International Investment Law from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis in Nice, France. He is admitted to the bar in France and has taught at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle. During his LL.M. studies, Dieng is studying courses in American business law and pursue subjects that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam.

Gurjas Grewal (United Kingdom): Gurjas Grewal obtained his LL.B. from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom in 2018. Since graduating, he worked as a commercial operations officer at TD Canada Trust. Grewal is focusing his LL.M. studies in commercial law. 

Ejiofor “Roland” Nwokedo (Nigeria): Roland Nwokedi obtained his LL.B. from the University of Nigeria before attending The Nigerian Law School in 1996. He worked as an attorney and managing director of two financial services institutions in Nigeria before emigrating to Syracuse, New York, in 2017 with his wife and six children. He is taking courses in corporate law, banking law, and subjects that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam. 

Juliana Pereira (Brazil): Juliana Pereira obtained her LL.B. from the São Paulo University in 2005. She worked in private practice in Brasilia, Brazil, specializing in labor and employment matters before coming to Syracuse. She has been studying employment law and enhance her understanding of the American legal system.

Shuai Yuan (China): Shuai Yuan obtained his Bachelor of Law from the Science and Technology College of Nanchang University in 2012. Before arriving in Syracuse, he practiced criminal law specializing in defending individuals accused of homicide. Yuan is focusing his studies on comparative law and the American legal system while pursuing his LL.M. degree.

Visiting Researchers & Semester Exchange Students

Mun Hui Kang (South Korea): Mun Hui Kang is a Judge with the Seoul District Court in Seoul, South Korea. She will be visiting the College until December 2019. Judge Kang will engage in the study and research of summer jury trials, their use in civil cases, and their potential as a dispute resolution mechanism in South Korea under the guidance of Professor Gary Pieples.

Hojin Choi (South Korea): Hojin Choi is a 2016 alum of Syracuse University College of Law’s J.D. program. As a student, he participated in the LondonEx summer program, served as the Research Assistant to Professor Aviva Abramovsky, and pursued courses and internships in disability law. Upon graduation, Choi remained in Syracuse to pursue employment with the local disability rights community. He is currently pursuing research projects supervised by Professor Arlene Kanter as well as conducting research for the Burton Blatt Institute. 

Ariela di Gioacchino (Italy): Ariela Di Gioacchino is enrolled at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, in Italy. During her semester in Syracuse she will pursue a broad range of courses in U.S. law 

Joanna Rychter (Poland): Joanna Rychter is enrolled in the University of Bialystok, in Poland. During her semester in Syracuse, she will enroll in courses in intellectual property law, negotiation, and entertainment law.

Paulien Wymeersch (Belgium): Paulien Wymeersch is enrolled at the University of Ghent, in Belgium. During her semester in Syracuse, she will enroll in a broad range of courses, including contract law, national security law, and intellectual property law. 

Syracuse University College of Law Welcomes New Students at its 2019 Convocation

Dean Boise addresses the 2019 College of Law Convocation.

On Aug. 15, 2019, Syracuse University College of Law welcomed 272 new students at a Convocation ceremony in Dineen Hall, including 185 in the residential juris doctor program (Class of 2022); 50 in JDinteractive, the College's online law degree program (Class of 2023); and 29 pursing a Master of Laws in American Law (Class of 2020).

The new students heard from College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise, Syracuse University Provost Michele G. Wheatly, and Henry M. Greenberg L'86, President of the New York State Bar Association, who thanked the students on behalf of a "grateful profession" for choosing to become lawyers. 

Greenberg noted that the students must reckon with a profession rapidly changing in terms of technology, diversity, and a public loss of faith in the "institutions that lawyers built." "The communities where you have settled—or will settle—need lawyers," he said. "They need our wisdom, our expertise, and our special gift to see both sides of an issue."

"At Convocation, new students commit to studying the law by reciting the College's Oath of Professional Education. I have no doubt that this year's diverse, talented, and ambitious community of scholars will, in the words of the oath, 'cultivate creativity and an open mind and be receptive to new ideas,'" says Dean Boise. "I look forward to following the progress of these eager students and to discovering the impact they will have on the College, their communities, the legal profession, and society at large." 

Illustrating the College’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, 35% of the new juris doctor and master of laws students identify as students of color; there is a nearly even mix of men and women; 53 students are the first in their families to attend college; and 17 are veterans or active duty military members. Among the students, 28 countries and 36 states are represented and at least 25 languages are spoken. 

Whereas the residential juris doctor cohort's average age is 24, that of the JDi Class of 2023 is 35, illustrating the attractiveness of the JDinteractive program to non-traditional students, those seeking to supplement their credentials or change careers. 

LSAT and GPA scores for all incoming juris doctor students once again are strong. The 75th percentile LSAT score (157) improved one point over that for the Class of 2021, which matriculated in 2018. The incoming students' average GPA holds steady at 3.61. Further demonstrating the academic strength of the incoming cohorts, 36 students (J.D. and LL.M.) hold a master’s degree or higher diploma, and four students hold doctorate degrees. 

Many of the LL.M. students are already practicing lawyers in their home countries. Moreover, this academic year the College hosts three employees of Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration. Other international students arrive in Syracuse thanks to growing government and academic partnerships in Brazil and Mexico.

"This year’s LL.M. class is comprised of a truly impressive group of students attracted to Syracuse through meaningful partnerships and institutional relationships. I am proud to say that with these students, we have added four new countries to our ranks: Belgium, Hungary, Tanzania, and Vietnam," says Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew S. Horsfall L’10. "This experienced group of scholars and practitioners includes five Open Society Fellows; two Disability Rights Fellows; two Civil Society Leadership Fellows; two Palestinian Rule of Law Fellows; and one Fulbright Scholar."

Professor Nina Kohn's Comments About Oklahoma Opioid Verdict Picked Up by Numerous Media Outlets

Nina Kohn

In a widely watched trial involving the state of Oklahoma and drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, a judge ruled on Aug. 26, 2019, that the drug giant and its distributor must pay the state more than half a billion dollars in damages for deceptive marketing of painkillers. In coming to his verdict, the district judge applied the state's public nuisance law. 

It's a ruling that could have national consequences as other jurisdictions look to hold drug manufacturers— and their allegedly deceptive marketing practices and misleading statements—accountable for a nationwide opioid epidemic.

David M. Levy L'48 Professor of Law Nina A. Kohn's comments on this ruling were picked up by several media outlets, including NPR affiliate WHYY (Philadelphia), The Sentinel-Echo (London, KY), and The Cumberland Times-News. 

Pa. counties encouraged by landmark J&J opioid decision in Oklahoma

(WHYY | Aug. 27, 2019) ... The Oklahoma ruling could prompt more pharmaceutical companies to settle. In March, Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family that owns it settled a case with that state for $270 million. The company settled with Kentucky in 2015 for $24 million. Both are substantially smaller amounts than the $572 million ruling in court against Johnson & Johnson, but legal scholars say smaller entities should not be discouraged by the smaller payout, either.

“While the amount awarded was far less than Oklahoma requested, this should actually encourage other plaintiffs,” wrote Nina Kohn, the David M. Levy professor of law and associate dean for online education at Syracuse University’s College of Law.  “It means that even if the Oklahoma judgment is upheld after appeal, there will be a lot more money left in the Johnson & Johnson piggy bank to pay other states and cities.”

The states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have all filed separate suits against opioid manufacturers ...

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New Database: West Academic Study Aids

​SU Law students now have access to this extensive collection of legal study aids to assist in learning and mastering legal concepts.   West Academic Study Aids includes popular West titles including Nutshells, Acing Series, Hornbooks, Sum and Substance audio files and more.  Students will need to authenticate using their NetIDs when connecting through the link here.  

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Syracuse University College of Law Welcomes JDinteractive Class of 2023

JDinteractive

On Aug. 12, 2019, Syracuse University College of Law welcomed 50 new students into JDinteractive (JDi), the College's ABA-accredited, fully interactive online law degree program. This is the second group of students to matriculate into the first-of-its-kind program, which combines intensive on-campus courses with online courses that contain both self-paced and live class sessions.

The new JDi students began their law degree studies with a weeklong residency in Syracuse, NY, where they took an immersive course designed to introduce them to the American legal system. The students also took part in other academic and social activities—along with new residential juris doctor, JDi Class of 2022, and masters of laws students—including meeting with distinguished alumni and attending a baseball game on August 14 between the Syracuse Mets and Durham Bulls at NBT Stadium. 

"JDinteractive once again has attracted a talented and ambitious group of students. I could not be more pleased to welcome them into the College of Law community and to a law degree program that is reimagining how legal education is delivered in the 21st century," says College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise. “I strongly believe their diversity of background and perspectives will broaden and deepen the student’s law school experience. I have no doubt this cohort will represent the College strongly and leverage their legal knowledge for the benefit of the profession and of society."

The JDi Class of 2023 gathers a diverse group of individuals from across the United States: 

• The cohort's average age is 35. 

• One-third identify as students of color.

• The students represent 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

• Thirty percent were the first in their families to attend college.

• Approximately a quarter are members of the military or military-affiliated, including graduates of the US Naval Academy and US Coast Guard Academy, a retired US Army sergeant, a Lieutenant in the US Navy, and a US Marine Corps Master Sergeant. 

JDinteractive is designed to work with the schedules of students who are currently employed or have other commitments. Looking at students’ occupations, among the members of the Class of 2023 are an environmental supervisor for a multinational packaged foods company, a law firm chief operating officer, a police officer, a political media consultant, a vice president of sales in the telecommunications industry, a professor of musicology, a preventive case worker, an attending emergency physician, a pastor, a structural designer, a legislative analyst, and the founder of an insurance consulting firm. 

"We designed JDinteractive to deliver Syracuse University College of Law's J.D. program to well-qualified students who cannot relocate for a residential program, but who nevertheless desire a high-caliber legal education," says Associate Dean of Online Education and David M. Levy Professor of Law Nina Kohn. "The students themselves are proof that the program has the ingredients to entice highly motivated, deeply experienced, and academically strong individuals. Indeed, among the Class of 2023 are the holders of a Ph.D. in Computer Science, an M.B.A. in Accounting, a D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine, an M.S.L. in Business Law, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, to name a few."

JDinteractive Class of 2023
JDinteractive Class of 2023

Dirty Little Wars and the Law: Did Osama bin Laden Win?

David Crane

By David M. Crane

(Re-published from The Hill | Aug. 18, 2019) The past week marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions of 1949. This laudable treaty, signed by every country, codified centuries of custom, treaties and protocols to protect individuals found on the battlefield. There are four articles to the Geneva Conventions protecting the wounded and sick, prisoners of war and civilians. This is an attempt to bring law and order onto the battlefield. These conventions are part of a larger set of treaties, protocols and rules called international humanitarian law, or the “laws of armed conflict.”

The Geneva Conventions were part of a promising four years after World War II that attempted to prevent the horrors of future conflict. The Nuremberg Principles were adopted, the United Nations Charter was signed, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Genocide Convention were created. These became the cornerstones to settle disputes peacefully and use force only as a last resort. The focus was on international peace and security.

Originally drafted to protect those found on the battlefield during international armed conflict, the protocols additionally drafted in 1976 brought in non-international armed conflict. The minimum standard under what is called “Common Article 3,” found in each of the four parts to the conventions and the additional protocols, is that regardless of status on the battlefield, everyone should be treated humanely. That remains the minimum today. Not maintaining this standard can be a war crime in and of itself. Essentially, any armed conflict is covered by the rule of law and those who break international humanitarian law are committing war crimes. 

For the past several decades, conflict has evolved from the vast industrial age conflicts, such as the World Wars and Operation Desert Storm, into the nuanced, kaleidoscopic conflicts of today. In these “dirty little wars,” the parties largely fail to follow the laws of armed conflict. There are no protections, particularly for civilians and even more importantly for women and children. The Geneva Conventions single them out to be especially protected; yet, one only has to look to the Syrian civil war to see that this key principle of law is ignored by all parties to that conflict. 

A majority of casualties in dirty little wars of the 21st century are civilians, a protected group under international law. Intentionally targeting civilians is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. Those who violate this principle are war criminals and remain so for the rest of their lives, since there is no statute of limitations for such crimes. By way of example, we still prosecute Nazi camp guards from World War II, all of whom now are in their 90s ...

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Power on the Go: ILC Assists HopLite Power with Commercializing Novel Smartphone Charging Technology

HopLite Power

It's a frustration many can relate to. You're on the go with your smartphone, juggling business and personal calls and texts, when you suddenly realize you're low on power. No worries. Just dip into a friendly café with your charger and power up while you are getting coffee'd up. So you reach into your bag for the charging cable ...

Enter Hoplite Power, a startup company that has created a remarkable and convenient solution for those inevitable times when you leave home without your charger or when there are no power outlets nearby.  

A client of the New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC), part of the Syracuse University College of Law’s Innovation Law Center (ILC), Hoplite Power has developed a smartphone "charge-sharing" system. "Any customer who is low on battery can go to one of our kiosks in network and rent a portable battery pack to charge their phone on the go," says Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Nikolas Schreiber, adding that the kiosks operate in a similar way to a RedBox DVD dispenser or CitiBike bike rental kiosk. 

Each kiosk—called a Hoplite Hub—stores, dispenses, re-accepts, and automatically recharges Hoplites, which are small, ergonomically designed, universal battery packs for smartphones. These packs can be rented from and returned to any Hoplite Hub in the network.

"This means the customer can then charge when and where they need it, not having to remember to bring a battery or be tied down to an outlet. This system is perfect for high density and high value areas such as sports stadiums, live venues, and convention centers," notes Schreiber.

Schreiber recently took time to answer some questions about how NYSSTLC—and specifically second-year law student Viviana Bro and Adjunct Professor Dom Danna—have assisted Hoplite Power as it commercializes its novel technology. 

How did you discover the NYSSTLC/Innovation Law Center and the services it provides businesses and entrepreneurs?

We are working with NYDesigns Incubator, Futureworks, FuzeHub, the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC), the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), the Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC), and finally the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP). It was CEBIP that made the direct introduction to the Innovation Law Center and NYSSTLC.

What type of assistance has NYSSTLC provided Hoplite Power?

We were able to consult with NYSSTLC on a full intellectual property (IP) strategy, including prior art, freedom to operate, and patentability.

How useful has the NYSSTLC research and proprietary report been for your commercialization process?

The report and work done was quite good. While there were no amazing "aha" moments, it was incredibly assuring to look through some patents and understand that we did have freedom to operate where before we had some concerns.

Not just that. We were encouraged that there might be specific aspects of our technology—especially given a number of unique mechanisms—that could be patented, where, again, we had had our doubts.

Now that you have engaged NYSSTLC, what are the next steps for Hoplite Power?

We have been in the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) process for a year now, and ideally—in late summer 2019—we are just a few weeks away from our version 2 pilot launch. Following this launch and its success, we plan on to follow up by filing additional IP protections, including both design and utility patents. A strong IP and a functioning pilot will allow us to ideally raise capital by the end of the year.

What advice do you have for an entrepreneur looking to commercialize a new technology, based on your experiences so far?

There are so many ways to go with this, but I think one thing that gets lost is proving the product market fit. Your new technology might be cool, but if it does not serve a market need, then it is not a company. 

Being able to get into the market quickly and iterating through versions of the product is a very important aspect when building a successful company, regardless of the level of readiness. I know that we have taken too long to perfect things. Getting some test units in the market quickly—even in hardware, where it is very difficult—nevertheless is a driving force to building a sustainable company. 

Professor Shubha Ghosh Discusses Cayuga Nation's Defamation Lawsuit Against Showtime

Shubha Ghosh

Cayuga Nation Sues Showtime Networks for Defamation, Law Expert Says May be Difficult to Win

(Spectrum News | Aug. 15, 2019) "Offensive and defamatory,” is how the scenes from "Billions" are described in a new lawsuit against Showtime Networks.

The Cayuga Nation and federal representative Clint Halftown say a character was created to portray their people in a negative light.

The character's name is Jane Halftown, and she's a council member for the Cayuga Iroquois. She participates in an illegal casino land deal, using bribery and blackmail.

The lawsuit says permission wasn't granted to use those names.

But experts say it might be a tough case to win.

"Halftown is a public figure and it's a lot harder to force a public figure to bring a defamation lawsuit,” said Shubha Ghosh, a Syracuse University law professor. “The standard is higher."

Ghosh says the Nation has to prove more happened than just damage to their reputation.

"Would have to also show that that statement was used with technical term ‘reckless disregard for the truth,’” said Ghosh. “Basically, saying things that has no basis and fact, didn't research it ...

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Professor Cora True-Frost Participates in Exchanging Hemispheres Program

From Aug. 5-7, 2019, Professor Cora True-Frost participated in the Exchanging Hemispheres program at Mackenzie Law School, part of Mackenzie Presbyterian University, a private university in São Paulo, Brazil. True-Frost taught the short course "Comparative Constitutional Rights: US Supreme Court and STF Cases".

Mackenzie Presbyterian University and Interinstitutional Cooperation Coordination developed the Exchanging Hemispheres program to enhance international understanding and the exchange of ideas through the delivery of interdisciplinary short courses. 

Luiz Dellore, a recent College of Law Visiting Scholar, invited True-Frost to teach in the program. Dellore is a professor at Mackenzie and a law practitioner, as well as True-Frost's student during his semester in Syracuse. 

During her scholarly trip to Brazil, True-Frost also gave talks—on “Hot Topics Before the US Supreme Court: Rights Intersections in Context"—at the School of Magistrates of the 4th Federal Court in Porto Alegre and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. 

Fall Hours Posted

​The Law Library has posted its service desk hours for Fall 2019 on its Law Library Hours web page.

Regular fall service desk hours begin on August 19.

Professor Corri Zoli Comments on Foreign Countries' US Travel Warning

Corri Zoli

Japan joins list of countries warning of US travel, Venezuela lists Tennessee city

(WZTV Nashville, TN | Aug. 7, 2019) Japan has joined a list of countries issuing travel alerts for the United States in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend.

The country of Venezuela warned their citizens to avoid cities they called the “20 most dangerous in the world,” based on a report from Forbes Magazine. Among the cities listed are Memphis, Tennessee, Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia ...

... A national security expert from Syracuse University called the travel advisories likely political in nature. Corrine Zoli, Director of Research for the university’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism says “there is likely a political message embedded in especially Venezuela’s travel alert in light of President Trump’s announcement on Monday of expanding US sanctions, which will freeze all Venezuelan government assets and ban all Americans from doing business with Maduro’s administration.”

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Commentary: A Fitter Statute for the Common Law of Patents

Shubha Ghosh

By Professor Shubha Ghosh

(Re-published from PatentLYO | Aug. 1, 2019) As a law professor, I am in the camp of those who are critical of the proposed bipartisan, bicameral legislation (“the Coons-Tillis bill”) to amend provisions of the Patent Act dealing with patentable subject. I am also in the camp of those who find the “two-step test” introduced by the Supreme Court in its Mayo v, Prometheus, 566 U.S. 66 (2012), and Alice v CLS Bank, 573 U.S. 208 (2014), decisions unworkable and inconsistent with its own precedent. I am also in the perhaps much smaller camp that is skeptical of the approach adopted by the Court in its Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad, 569 U.S. 576 (2013) decision (even if I agree with the result that identified genetic sequences are not patent eligible). Here are my thoughts about the Coons-Tillis bill and the comments in the letter from the ACLU and the law professors and practitioners organized by Professor Ted Sichelman of University of San Diego Law School.

A proposed provision of the Coons-Tillis legislation states: “No implicit or other judicially created exceptions to subject matter eligibility, including ‘abstract ideas,’ ‘laws of nature,’ or ‘natural phenomena,’ shall be used to determine patent eligibility under section 101, and all cases establishing or interpreting those exceptions to eligibility are hereby abrogated.”

The language expresses frustrations with judge-made exceptions to patentable subject matter based on implications drawn from the language of the Act or from judge made common law reasoning. If enacted, the amendment would not only remove established exceptions to patentable subject matter, but also would limit the power of the federal judiciary to create exceptions based on its own reasoning and interpretation of the Patent Act. Such legislation is in conflict with the long-established relationship between federal courts and Congress. If enacted, it would invite constitutional challenges claiming violation of the separation of powers, under Article III, of the Constitution. The proposed amendment would very likely be found unconstitutional.

Federal courts have as their role the interpretation of statutes. By abrogating the federal court’s power to develop any implications from the statutory language and to engage in common law reasoning in interpreting the statute, Congress invades long-standing judicial power.  Although a full analysis of the separation of powers is beyond the scope of this post, Congressional limitations on judicial power in other realms have failed under judicial scrutiny. At the extreme, Congress is limited in its power to legislate that federal courts cannot hear certain cases or controversies. See Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. 723 (2009) (suspension of writ of habeas corpus unconstitutional); United States v. Klein, 80 U.S. 128 (1871) (Congress’ limitations on claims relating to confiscated and abandoned property unconstitutional). But see Patchak v. Zinke, 138 S.Ct. 897 (2018) (Congress’ stripping federal court jurisdiction over claims arising from Department of Interior’s taking of land into trust was not unconstitutional).

I am not suggesting that the proposed abrogation goes as far as the suspect legislation in Boumediene and Klein. Federal courts can still adjudicate patent law questions under the Coons-Tillis bill. But the bill does put limitations on how courts can decide cases. This attempt to bind the way federal judges approach a federal question is as problematic as taking away their power to adjudicate in the first place. The Coons-Tillis bill if enacted as drafted will invite substantive litigation which may well lead to the legislation being struck down, in part, as an unconstitutional exercise of Congressional power.

The drafters of the ACLU letter express the concern that the abrogation of the established exceptions will essentially reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in Myriad that isolated gene sequences are not patentable subject matter. I am not as sure of the specter of genes coming back under patent should Coons-Tillis be enacted. My hesitation stems from what I find to be the opacity in the Supreme Court’s analysis in Myriad. If the Court’s reasoning rested on a constitutional holding that natural occurring substances like genetic sequences are not the “discovery of an inventor” contributing to “progress” in the “useful arts,” as required by Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution, then perhaps the Myriad holding survives a possible enactment of the Coons-Tillis bill ...

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Professor William C. Banks Helps CNN Fact-Check the President

William C. Banks

Donald Trump made 78 false claims last week

CNN | July 30, 2019

Article II of the Constitution

"Then I have an Article II, where I have the right to do whatever I want as President." -- July 23 speech at Turning Point USA's Teen Student Action Summit

Facts First: Article II of the Constitution, which outlines the powers of the executive branch, does not grant the president the ability to do "whatever" they want.

"The President's assertion is false, by a long shot," said William Banks, a law professor at Syracuse University. "The President, like every actor in our national government, is bound by the Constitution. Article II of the Constitution allows the President to take certain actions, but the list is quite short, especially compared to the long list of Congress's Article I powers."

The first line of Article II, Section 1 says, "The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America." Subsequent items establish the process of choosing the president, who is eligible for the presidency, the State of the Union update the president must give to Congress, the president's role as commander-in-chief, and presidential powers such as making treaties and granting pardons. Notably, Article II also includes the provision that allows for the president to be impeached.

"The main point is that the President is subordinate to the Constitution and laws," said Banks. "He is not a monarch, nor running an autocracy."

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Syracuse University College of Law Researchers Awarded CUSE Grants

Syracuse University

The effectiveness of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and other human rights treaties, the role of disability art in international relations, and exploring best practices for utilizing restorative practices in cases of elder abuse are the topics of Syracuse University College of Law research projects funded by the 2019 Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program. 

The purpose of the intramural CUSE Grant Program is to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations, to grow the research enterprise, and elevate scholarship at Syracuse University in order to attract extramural funding and facilitate high-quality scholarly output. CUSE Grants encourage faculty to build teams across campus and produce preliminary data that will help their efforts to obtain outside funding for basic, translational, and applied research, thereby increasing the recognition of the awardees, their programs, and the University.

"These CUSE grant awards will help to amplify the College of Law's strengths in disability law and policy, international law, and aging studies, " says Professor Lauryn Gouldin, Associate Dean for Faculty Research. "I am particularly pleased and excited that all three projects will invite world-class researchers and practitioners to the University and College. I congratulate the Principal Investigators and their colleagues on their awards."

2019 College of Law CUSE Grant Projects

Syracuse University Seminar on the Effectiveness of Human Rights Treaties

Principal Investigator: Professor Arlene Kanter, College of Law

Other College of Law Collaborators: Professor Cora True-Frost and Associate Teaching Professor Corri Zoli, College of Law

The Seminar on the Effectiveness of Human Rights Treaties will gather experts in different disciplines from within SU and around the world to develop new methodologies and indicators for assessing the effectiveness of human rights treaties. During the first two years, the group will focus on the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, adopted by the United Nations in 2006.

Specific objectives of the seminar are to develop a shared knowledge base of theories, methodologies, indicators, and practices that currently inform assessments of the effectiveness of human rights treaties; to bring together University faculty, staff, and students who research human rights enforcement, implementation, and monitoring; to invite to campus a select group of world-renowned scholars and practitioners; and to prepare a book proposal based on the new methodologies, indicators, and theories developed during the seminar. 

The project aims to leverage the results of the initial CUSE grant for external funding and to continue the seminar in order to advance innovative methodologies regarding the effectiveness of human rights treaties, which may provide the foundation for a new University-wide interdisciplinary human rights center or institute.

The Wordgathering Symposium: Cultural Diplomacy, Disability, and Literature

Principal Investigator: University Professor Stephen Kuusisto, Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, Burton Blatt Institute

Co-Principal Investigator: Professor Diane Weiner, Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach, Burton Blatt Institute

The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Office of Interdisciplinary Programs' award will be used to facilitate ongoing work with the US Department of State and cultural organizations to explore the role of disability art in international relations. 

The Wordgathering Symposium formalizes an approach to disability literature, envisioning it as a core component in a University initiative in disability and cultural diplomacy. Modeled on work by University Professor Stephen Kuusisto, who has traveled extensively with American writers under the auspices of the US Department of State, BBI hopes to extend the University’s groundbreaking role as the first American university to develop a program in Disability Studies by creating an international project to introduce disabled writers from the US to several foreign locations.

This interdisciplinary research grant is tied to a foundation funding proposal currently in process that will establish an International Disabled Writer’s Program (IDWP) in partnership with the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. The CUSE Grant will fund a literary symposium at Syracuse University to showcase disability writing and plans for a larger international cultural diplomacy program that will introduce disability arts in select global locations. 

Restorative Practices and Elder Abuse: Opportunities and Challenges

Co-Principal Investigator: Professor Mary Helen McNeal, College of Law

Co-Principal Investigator: Professor Maria T. Brown, Aging Studies Institute, Falk College

The seminar Restorative Practices and Elder Abuse: Opportunities and Challenges will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by using restorative practices to address elder abuse. Elder abuse is an epidemic, affecting an estimated 141 million people worldwide, and numbers are expected to grow as the population ages. Existing research and scholarship measuring successful interventions and preventions is scant, and even less evaluates the use of restorative practices. 

Therefore, this seminar will gather a dynamic group of international scholars working at the intersection of restorative practices and elder justice. They will share their work, perspectives, and findings, resulting in a fruitful dialogue to further innovations in responding to elder abuse and to generate “best practices” for utilizing restorative practices in this context. 

Papers presented at the seminar will be published in an edited volume of the “Society and Aging” series. The Co-PIs previously secured a research grant to conduct empirical research, a literature review, and a community forum on this topic.

Commentary: Trump’s Role Model

David Driesen

Trump’s Role Model

By Professor David Driesen

(Project Syndicate | July 30, 2019) US President Donald Trump did not invent his immigration policy. Instead, he borrowed much of it from his fellow autocrat Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, who fanned anti-migrant sentiment among a large enough share of voters to gain the political power he needed to dismantle Hungarian democracy.

Given Trump’s imitation of Orbán, US liberals who bewail the cruelty and stupidity of Trump’s immigration policies, and conservatives who advocate “border security,” miss the point. Trump is not using such measures to try to make America great; like his role model, he is trying to manufacture an immigration-related crisis to help him establish an autocracy. And although Trump’s efforts in this regard are less far advanced than Orbán’s nine-year-old project in Hungary, he has made more progress than most Americans realize.

Orbán, like Trump, has made demonization of immigrants a defining feature of his administration. Both leaders pursue racist policies of turning back immigrants from the south (mostly Central American asylum seekers trying to enter the United States, and Syrians coming to Hungary). Both justify their policies in part by claiming – with little or no evidence – that immigrants fleeing extreme violence and poverty are engaged in terrorism.

Hungary has not experienced a terrorist incident. But Orbán nonetheless managed to secure a terrorism conviction of an exhausted and frustrated Syrian asylum seeker (later released) for throwing stones when the government built a razor-wire fence on Hungary’s southern border to block migrants making the arduous journey across the Balkans.

Similarly, Trump has sought to deflect attention from low crime rates in America’s immigrant communities by highlighting violent incidents among the much larger naturalized immigrant population. In particular, Trump repeatedly cited three brutal murders in California to bolster support for his harsh immigration policies.

The Hungarian government built its fence on the country’s border with Serbia in 2015. Trump has since copied Orbán by advocating construction of a wall on the much longer southern US border. And, just as Orbán used emergency powers to deploy Hungary’s army along its border and to build his fence, Trump has tried to use similar powers to order the US Army to fortify the southern border.

In defiance of international law, Hungary has limited asylum claims in order to prevent even immigrants fleeing extreme violence from entering the country. The Hungarian authorities have also put asylum seekers in detention camps pending processing of their applications, and have tried to restrict the number of asylum claims by relying on a third country, Serbia, to absorb the refugees ...

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Carla Villarreal Lopez: A Rising Career in International Disability Rights

Carla Villarreal Lopez LL.M. '17 standing at the Alley of the Flags, Palais Des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Before arriving in Syracuse to pursue her Master of Laws degree, Carla Villarreal Lopez LL.M. '17 was already an experienced human rights lawyer. In her native Peru she served as a Commissioner at the Ombudsman's Office, as well as a professor at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Today, with her master's degree and impressive awards added to her résumé, Villarreal Lopez is supporting the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the heart of the international law community, in Geneva, Switzerland.

"In Peru, Carla engaged in advocacy efforts, monitored public policies on women and disability rights, conducted training programs, and worked for legal reforms in line with human rights standards, including the reform of the civil code on legal capacity," says Professor Arlene Kanter, Director of the Disability Law and Policy Program, and Villarreal Lopez's former professor and mentor. "Until recently, the rights of women with disabilities to access justice and to be free from violence were widely ignored by the international community. In Peru, however, Carla brought attention to this issue."

While at Syracuse, Villarreal Lopez's academic strengths and commitment to public service were recognized with one of the University's most prestigious awards. As the first law student ever to win the Robert B. Menschel Public Service Fellowship, Carla was able to augment her practical experience working in Washington, DC, for Women Enabled International.

"Carla is now working in the Office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, as one of only two international fellows in the entire world—the other is also a Syracuse University graduate, Jean Molly Ameru G'18—to receive the prestigious Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation International Public Policy Fellowship," says Kanter. "I cannot underscore enough what a spectacular rise Carla has experienced in the world of international disability rights since she left Syracuse."

Villarreal Lopez recently took the time to answer questions about her burgeoning career, her tireless advocacy, and the state of international disability rights.

Why did you originally choose to focus your career on the rights of women and persons with disabilities?

I grew up surrounded by the devastating effects of an internal armed conflict in Peru and a dictatorship that corrupted institutions, jeopardized human rights, and impeded the democratic process. This context reinforced my decision to pursue a career in human rights. I consider law an effective tool of social change for implementing inclusive public policies and providing equal opportunities for the most excluded groups, including women and persons with disabilities. 

Given that you were already an accomplished lawyer and advocate on women’s and disability rights in your native Peru, why did you decide to pursue an LL.M. at Syracuse?

I was a Commissioner at the Women’s Rights Department of the Ombudsman’s Office and a Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru when I received the Open Society Foundations’ Disability Rights Scholarship to study the LL.M. at Syracuse University from 2016 to 2017. 

It was the best option for advancing my career in disability rights because the College of Law offers human rights and disability-related courses conducted by amazing professors, including Arlene Kanter and Cora True-Frost. At the same time, I could complement my legal background with a course at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, which was important for me as a civil servant. 

Furthermore, College of Law Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew Horsfall and the staff of the LL.M. program have been very supportive, and every international student has a faculty advisor and a mentor. Likewise, the College of Law has a great infrastructure and all the resources for promoting an inclusive educational environment. The Disability Law and Policy Program is a leading academic center for disabilities rights worldwide. There are also different extra-curricular opportunities to be engaged, including the Disability Law Society, research assistantships, academic visits, international events, and more. 

What skills and lessons did you learn at Syracuse that have helped you further your advocacy? 

My experience at Syracuse University allowed me to grow as a researcher and human rights advocate. The College of Law helped me to foster critical thinking and the ability to analyze complex legal issues, as well as my research and writing skills. I co-authored, with Professor Kanter, an article on violence against women and girls with disabilities that was solicited for publication for a special volume of the Northeastern Law Review.

Syracuse University also strengthened my advocacy strategies and enhanced my ability to connect academia with legislative and policy reforms. Moreover, I learned more about the value of diversity and inclusive learning environments. I met persons from different cultures and backgrounds, and I learned from their experiences of promoting human rights in their own communities.

Can you describe your current work and activities at the UN Office of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? 

I am a Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation International Public Policy Fellow serving Catalina Devandas, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I am responsible for assisting in research and supporting research-related activities with other special procedures and other human rights mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, treaty bodies, and UN agencies and programs, states representatives, civil society organizations, universities, and various institutions. I contribute to thematic reports with particular focus on persons with intellectual disabilities, analyzing literature, legislation, and good practices. I also assist with briefing notes, statements, presentations, material for awareness-raising, and follow-up activities, as well as organizing and coordinating expert meetings.

Catalina Devandas is an independent expert mandated to support the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). She develops a regular dialogue with states and other stakeholders; receives communications on violations of the rights of persons with disabilities; conducts country visits; and make recommendations on how to advance the rights of all persons with disabilities. 

How would you describe the current state of international disability rights?

Since the signing of CRPD in 2006, state parties have started to consider the exclusion of persons with disabilities as a problem that impacts society as a whole. There have been advances, but there are still many more challenges, including legal reforms in line with CRPD standards, such as legislation recognizing the legal capacity of all persons with disabilities. 

It is also fundamental to design, implement, and monitor inclusive public policies with consultation and active participation of persons with disabilities, as well as change discriminatory practices and attitudes in society. As the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has pointed out, only by embracing diversity can we aspire to a world in which nobody is left behind in the framework of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

You still have a long career ahead of you—what would you like to accomplish in the coming years?

I would like to work for the UN or any international organization to further implement human rights standards into domestic legislation and public policies, including the gender and disability perspective. I would like to be engaged in projects in Latin America, including Peru, in relation to issues that in particular affect girls and women, as well as persons with intellectual disabilities. For instance, I am very interested in working on inclusive education, legal capacity, sexual and reproductive rights, gender-based violence, and access to justice.

What advice would you give someone—especially a student of disability rights—thinking of studying for an LL.M. in Syracuse?

I would recommend to apply now and take advantage of all the opportunities Syracuse University can offer, including the Disability Law and Policy Program, a leading academic center for disabilities rights worldwide. Studying abroad is an amazing experience at the academic, professional, and personal level. Syracuse’s LL.M. Program offers interesting disability-related courses conducted by excellent professors, and you can complement this learning with courses at other schools for a truly interdisciplinary course of study. Plus, you will feel supported all the time in the best inclusive educational environment.

Solar Cell Manufacturer’s “Flexible” Approach Brings Renewable Energy to Unprecedented Places

Pvilion’s flexible solar panels can be integrated into clothing, as shown with this prototype jacket.

By Julia Scaglione

It’s 2019, and the world continues its rapid transformation. The physical earth itself changing in a time defined by environmental disruption, while exponential advancements in high tech are happening throughout the world. As the planet and technology undergo these developments, businesses—especially in the clean tech sector—must rapidly adapt to stay relevant or risk becoming extinct. 

One clean tech company, however, has been designed specifically to embrace change and stay abreast of these constant transformations. Meet Pvilion, a client of the New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC), part of the Syracuse University College of Law’s Innovation Law Center.

Pvilion can be viewed as a change-expert. Its business model is built quite literally upon the concept of “flexibility”. The company specializes in solar products, but these are not your typical rigid rooftop panels. Pvilion designs and manufactures a flexible solar-powered fabric that can be used on any surface. Want a solar-powered backpack or jacket? Pvilion can make it. Or perhaps you’re thinking bigger—flexible solar panels on a boat cover, tent, or even stadium roof? That can be done at the hands of the Pvilion team. 

Currently headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, Pvilion is not your standard DUMBO Brooklyn Community Laboratory startup. The company was born out of FTL, a business with nearly 25 years’ experience in advanced technology innovation. Specifically, FTL Solar—a subdivision of FTL—created the flexible solar cell technology that is the core of Pvilion’s business. Pvilion now operates as a small business led by co-founders CEO Colin Touhey, President Todd Dalland, and Vice President Robert Lerner. Although small in size, Pvilion’s operations—and its ambitions—are not miniscule in the slightest. 

Pvilion works daily with subcontractors and industry experts to innovate its solar cell technology in new and creative ways. One such partner may seem an unusual fit for a solar energy company: fashion giant Tommy Hilfiger. Pvilion has collaborated with the famous brand to create jackets and bags with USB charging capabilities. The unique partnership demonstrates Pvilion’s opportunity to work across a spectrum of markets due to its one-of-a-kind, adaptable technology. 

“Take a product like an umbrella,” Touhey says. “Solar cell manufacturers are trying to integrate their technology into the product, and umbrella companies are trying to add value to their product through working with cheap solar cell manufacturers.” In this and other cases, its novel technology places Pvilion in a rare market position, between companies scrapping at both ends of the value chain. Its custom fabric can enter as the happy medium between two ends of this economic spectrum. “Pvilion is in a unique position to be agnostic,” says Touhey, enjoying his position as a protagonist without many antagonists in the solar cell fabric game.

Looking toward the future, Pvilion aims to infiltrate new markets in addition to those they currently operate in. In order to optimize its penetration, the company has been working with the Innovation Law Center as a client of NYSSTLC. On behalf of NYSSTLC, faculty and students provide companies with assessments of their intellectual property, as well as market and regulatory landscapes, to promote the commercialization of new technologies.

Specifically, the students are helping Pvilion determine where to penetrate by providing—as part of its proprietary report—a comprehensive summary of different markets for their technology. The students are enabling Pvilion to make smart market decisions by using strategic, data-powered evaluation and streamlined quantitative analysis. 

Backed by the student research, Pvilion hopes not only to find industry partners in new markets, thus expanding its current reach but also to optimize its current partnerships and grow its business in the markets it currently participates in. Discovering its full potential is the aim. 

Touhey speaks on behalf of the Pvilion team when he says that they have a “grand vision for what the future of solar could be.” He adds, “We are thrilled about the new strategic market partnerships to come.” 

So, as the physical and technological worlds continue to evolve and companies attempt to adapt, keep an eye out for Pvilion—perhaps on a new jacket, bag, or tent—the “flexible disruptors” of the renewable energy industry.

Julia Scaglione is Communications Assistant for the New York State Science and Technology Law Center and a B.S. in Public Relations candidate (2020) in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Can the President Do Whatever He Wants? Professor William C. Banks Clarifies for The Washington Post

William C. Banks

While bemoaning Mueller probe, Trump falsely says the Constitution gives him ‘the right to do whatever I want’

(The Washington Post | July 24, 2019) President Trump believes the Constitution gives him a wide breadth of power. That’s the message he delivered―not for the first time—on Tuesday while addressing a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington.

There are numerous viral video clips from Trump’s 80-minute speech at the conference, but one of the most controversial moments came as he discussed Article II of the Constitution, which describes the powers of the president.

Trump lamented the duration and cost of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which he has repeatedly said found “no collusion, no obstruction" ...

... William C. Banks, a professor of law at Syracuse University, told The Washington Post on Tuesday that Trump’s comments are an affront to “basic points that every schoolchild learns in civics.” Trump took an oath to support and defend the Constitution when he became president, Banks noted, meaning he can only do what the Constitution permits him to.

“It’s certainly not a grant of unlimited power,” Banks said. “He’s not a monarch, he’s the chief executive ... and he’s bound to uphold the rule of law.”

The lawsuits Trump faces in federal courts serve as a reminder of that notion, Banks said. The professor cited various delays to Trump’s border wall, as well as the challenges the president has faced while implementing immigration reform ...

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Dean Boise Visits DCEx Participants at the American Chemistry Council

Dean Boise speaks with DCEx students in July 2019.

Michael P. Walls L’84, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), welcomed Dean Craig M. Boise and DCEx participants to the trade association in July 2019, where they conducted an open dialog on the DCEx program and the College of Law. 

DCEx participants shared with Dean Boise their work placement responsibilities and discussed the evolving legal profession. Dean Boise then spoke about the success of the College’s Externship Program in the Capital and its expansion into New York City, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, GA. Stressing the importance of externships, Dean Boise explained that “there is a huge difference between sitting in a classroom and only learning substantive law, versus learning the law and applying it in the actual workforce that students hope soon to join.” 

Dean Boise also spoke about core initiatives and new programs at the College, including the re-branded and re-configured Innovation Law Center; the revamping of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism; the integration of Burton Blatt Institute within the law school; the Trial Advocacy Program’s inaugural Syracuse National Trial Competition; JDinteractive, the College’s online J.D. program; and the 3+3 program with three Atlanta-based HBCUs. 

Dean Boise’s visit with DCEx students at ACC concluded with a question and answer session, where participants raised concerns and posited ideas for the Externship Program and the College of Law.

Dean Boise speaks with DCEx students in July 2019.

Dean Boise speaks with DCEx students in July 2019.

BBI Chairman Peter Blanck Comments in The New York Times on Scalia Nomination to be Labor Secretary

Peter Blanck

Peter Blanck, Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute, was quoted about class action suits and the Americans with Disabilities Act in a July 19, 2019, The New York Times article: “Trump’s Labor Pick Has Defended Corporations, and One Killer Whale.”

"Peter Blanck, a professor at Syracuse University who has written extensively about the disabilities law, said that class action suits are often critical to allowing individuals to realize their rights under the law. Absent the class certification, the plaintiffs agreed to a settlement with the company.

"In these and other lawsuits involving his clients, Mr. Scalia has 'consistently sought to narrow ADA protections on a variety of issues, including the definition of disability and class certification.'"

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Professor Michael Schwartz Publishes Article on Health Care for Deaf People in Northern Ireland

Michael Schwartz

Schwartz, Michael. "What’s the CRAIC? Health Care for Deaf People in Northern Ireland." Touro Law Review, 35:1 (Symposium Issue on Disability Rights Law, 2019)

Northern Ireland, one of the four political entities constituting the United Kingdom (UK), is subject to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) because the UK ratified the UNCRPD on June 8, 2009, writes Professor Michael Schwartz in the Touro Law Review. Article 25 of the UNCRPD requires access to health care for people with disabilities, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

A Fulbright scholar at Queen’s University Belfast in 2015, Schwartz conducted a study of deaf people’s access to Northern Ireland’s health care system. His study, confirmed over several subsequent visits to Northern Ireland, suggests that work needs to be done to fully effectuate Northern Ireland’s compliance with the UNCRPD.

Interviews with deaf people, sign language interpreters, and health care personnel underscore three key themes, observes Schwartz: the need for cultural awareness on the part of health care providers, the shortage of sign language interpreters, and the impact of the interpreter on the dynamic between the deaf patient and the hearing health care provider. 

"The overarching theme of the research demonstrates that there is an urgent need for training for all of the key stakeholders," writes Schwartz. "The article suggests several steps to address these themes."

Professor Doron Dorfman Discusses Disability Law & "Deservingness" on Ipse Dixit

Doron Dorfman

(Ipse Dixit | July 16, 2019) In this episode, Doron Dorfman, Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law, discusses his article "[Un]Usual Suspects: Deservingness, Scarcity, and Disability Rights," which will be published in the UC Irvine Law Review. 

Dorfman begins by explaining his work on disability studies, health law, and law and psychology. He briefly explains the basis for modern disability law and how the ADA protects the rights of disabled people. 

He describes the empirical study, utilizing survey experiments as well as qualitative interviews, he conducted in relation to how Disneyland guests and parking lot users experience and perceive accommodations provided to disabled people. And he reflects on how the results of his study should inform our approach to disability policy. 

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Professor Deborah O'Malley Presents on Intergroup Dialog at Legal Storytelling Conference

Deborah O'Malley

Associate Teaching Professor Deborah O'Malley presented "Sharing Our Stories, Coming Together: The Power of Intergroup Dialogue in Legal Education" at the Seventh Biennial Conference on Applied Legal Storytelling at the University of Colorado at Boulder, July 9-11, 2019. 

"During my presentation, I talked about the intergroup dialogue I hosted at the College of Law in fall 2018," explains O'Malley. "I posited ways I believe intergroup dialogue can be utilized to help students develop key lawyering skills."

In May 2018, O’Malley was awarded a Syracuse University Diversity and Inclusion Grant for her project "SU College of Law Student Leader Transformative Dialogue". This project engaged student leaders in a dialogue group with their peers to help foster recognition and understanding of individual and group differences. A follow-up study investigated whether intergroup dialogue can be an effective tool for helping law students develop professional skills such as compassion, empathy, and the ability to recognize and appreciate multiple perspectives. 

"My session described how the College implemented intergroup dialogue to create new levels of understanding between, and action by, student leaders," adds O'Malley. "Participants were encouraged to share stories, listen actively, and suspend judgment during discussions addressing issues of privilege and oppression. In the wake of our success, I propose using intergroup dialogue as a tool to help law students develop key lawyering skills."

The Seventh Applied Legal Storytelling Conference was a collaboration of the Legal Writing Institute and the Clinical Legal Education Association. The program explored a spectrum of topics in legal storytelling, including presentations about wills, guardianships, criminal law, resistance and resilience, testimonial oaths, and gender discrimination.

Deborah O'Malley presents at the Seventh Applied Legal Storytelling Conference.
Deborah O'Malley presents at the Seventh Applied Legal Storytelling Conference.

Professor Corri Zoli Talks Iran & Economic Warfare on WAER

Corri Zoli

SU National Security Expert: "Economic Warfare" With Iran, Others Might Achieve Results

(WAER | July 17, 2019) With the Iran Nuclear deal hanging by a thread, a Syracuse University national security expert says Iran is using it as a tool to push back against the US, Britain, and other allies to gain a stronger foothold in the region.  Corri Zoli is a law professor and Director of Research for the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at SU.

"They can create enough of a division such that the EU will continue to back their nuclear deal and keep giving them support.  They can continue to try and beef up their economic standing, and still do their proxy war meddling in the region.  Then they can ultimately achieve their 'Persian Crescent,' the idea that they will try to  dominate the Middle East."

Zoli says the nuclear pact is full of structural and policy limitations that allow Iran to push the limits.  She says playing nice just doesn’t work with a pro-conflict actor like Iran that has repeatedly tried to destabilize the region.  Zoli says the sanctions are a form of diplomacy, even if it seems to be ramping up tensions.

"It's highly coercive.  It's highly hard power.  But as an alternative to actual military intervention, it's a very strong and powerful tool and the US is uniquely positioned to use it because we have one of the strongest economies in the world."

Zoli says the Trump administration’s economic sanctions are strategic, if not unpredictable, and could reap results that evaded the Obama administration’s softer touch.

"The accommodationist strategy can be extremely risky.  The more economic warfare strategy...not the soft power, but the hard power approach, can be more effective.  Political respect is a wonderful thing, a very idealist conception.  But many of these nations said 'prove it.'  Then you're in the realm of pragmatics.  Unless you play in that realm, it's very hard to get the policy outcomes that you want."

ECONOMIC WARFARE AS A LARGER STRATEGY 

Professor Zoli says the Trump Administration’s use of what she calls “economic warfare” with Iran and others seems to be part of a larger and perhaps effective approach to pressure countries into action.  

"You've got all the hard power of economics, which is even more pernicious than war.  You can really destroy whole economies.  In a war, you can hurt certain areas of a country, but you usually don't grenade the entire economy.  Whereas with economic warfare, you truly can."

Zoli acknowledges this runs the risk of ramping up tensions with Iran, which is being targeted for violating the nuclear deal.  She says, however, that political polarization and personalities seem to distract from what might result in positive policy outcomes.

"You have the Middle East/North Africa region going through this enormous transformation right now.   Iran is trying to get leverage, trying to be an agent of change in that transformation. The gulf monarchies, with the US as an ally and others, are trying to block that power move."

Zoli says we’re seeing much the same strategy playing out with North Korea and its nuclear program.

"Where is the economic pressure on North Korea?  China.  There you've got the economic warfare web.  The Trump Administratiion and his advisors know that North Korea is essentially a client state of China.  Anything it decides to do or not do is going to be based on some kind of prior relationship with China."

Zoli knows allies might be a bit disgruntled, but NATO’s European states are contributing more to their own defense for the first time in history. 

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Professor Peter Blanck Discusses the ADA and Web Accessibility on Knowledge@Wharton

Peter Blanck

"... [T]he whole point of the Americans With Disabilities Act is that people with disabilities, regardless of their impairments, should have the opportunity to do everything that people without disabilities do. That our environment, that we build, that we create, should not be made inaccessible."

On July 3, 2019, BBI Chairman Peter Blanck was interviewed on the Knowledge@Wharton podcast. Joining Blanck was Lex Frieden, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Blanck and Frieden discussed companies being sued—such as Domino's Pizaa—for allegedly operating non-ADA compliant websites. They also addressed the future of accessibility, smart technology, universal design, and artificial intelligence.

Hosted by Dan Loney, Knowledge@Wharton is a daily, call-in business interview program, broadcast from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Listen to the podcast and access the transcript.

Professor Arlene Kanter's Disability Law & Policy Work Featured on The Heumann Perspective

Arlene Kanter

(July 12, 2019) Join Judy Heumann, former Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the US Department of State, and Professor Arlene Kanter in a webcast discussion about how Kanter's work as the Founder and Director of the Syracuse University College of Law's Disability Law and Policy Program has facilitated the discussion of disability and disability inclusion. 

Matthew Wallace L'19 Discusses Student Resolutions on ABA Law Student Podcast

Matthew Wallace

(ABA Law Student Podcast | July 12, 2019) This year, the law student division is bringing three resolutions for consideration before the ABA House of Delegates at the Annual Meeting. 

In this episode, Ashley Baker is joined by Matthew Wallace L'19 for a deeper look at two of these resolutions and what law students hope to achieve through them. First, they discuss the resolution calling for the ABA to encourage widespread adoption of pro bono scholars programs. 

Matthew explains the benefits of programs of this kind and offers insight into what this type of opportunity would look like for a typical law student. 

Later, they discuss how the resolution for increasing the number of law student division delegates from three to six would give law students the voice they deserve in the ABA House of Delegates. 

College of Law Announces 2019 Law Honors Awards Recipients

Law Alumni Weekend

On Sept. 20, 2019, the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association and the College of Law will celebrate the singular achievements of five alumni at the Syracuse Law Honors Awards Ceremony during Law Alumni Weekend.

This year’s award recipients have distinguished themselves with achievements in advocacy for the aging, military and veteran affairs, public service inside and outside the courtroom, employment and labor law, and environmental issues.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees:

  • Richard M. Alexander L’82, for his successful career in banking and finance services law, his leadership on behalf of the College and University, and his advocacy of justice for the aging.
  • Lt. Thomas M. Caruso L’14, for his service to the nation as a JAG officer and his tireless work on behalf of justice for military veterans.
  • Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91, for her active and engaged career on the bench and her unceasing support of her community, the rule of law, and diversity initiatives.
  • Bernard T. King L’59, for his nationally recognized body of work in employment and labor law and for his service to the College and his community.
  • Eileen D. Millett L’74, for her long and esteemed career in land use and environmental law, her public service on behalf of New York State, and her championing of environmental issues and regulation.

Read their biographies here.

Learn more about the Syracuse Law Honors Awards celebration, all Syracuse Law Alumni Weekend programs, and register at this link.  

Law Honors Awards recipients 2019
Law Honors Awards recipients 2019

Professor Shubha Ghosh Reviews the State of Gene Editing with ValueWalk.com

Shubha Ghosh

(ValueWalk.com | July 11, 2019) In this interview, Professor Ghosh discusses his background, the Human Genome Project, the current state of gene editing, 3D printing for organ operations, and gene editing regulation.

Can you tell us about your background as it relates to intellectual property?

I earned my law degree at Stanford Law School and took numerous courses in intellectual property and business law (as well constitutional law and international law). I did my third year paper on parallel importation of products protected intellectual property, and this work has been the basis for numerous publications, including a 2018 book from Cambridge University Press. I have taught intellectual property law courses at numerous law schools for nearly 25 years and am the author of several law school casebooks in the field of intellectual property law.  In addition to my scholarly work, I have served as a consultant in several cases involving intellectual property.

When I was growing up, I remember learning about the genome being mapped – can you explain what that means and how much we have progressed since then?

The Human Genome Project was a multi-country, multi-university project funded by the National Institute of Health, launched in 1990 and declared complete in 2003. The goal of the project was to identify the nucleotides, or chemical codes,  for all the genes in the human body,  over 3 billion base pairs.  After 13 years, the mapping was considered completed, but do keep in mind that the mapping is based on a composite across all samples that the many researchers were studying.  So there is much more to learn about the specific genes in any given individual and how they work.”

In addition to the NIH sponsored project, there was private sector initiative as well, and many companies are working to further understand the chemical structure and function of genes.

Can you help folks without medical or legal backgrounds understand the current state of gene editing?

It is perhaps best to think of two ways genes are manipulated. One is recombinant technology that allows for inserting new genes in existing organisms in order to create an enhanced organism. You can think about recombinant technology as doing in a lab what happens in nature whenever two individuals reproduce. Recombinant DNA technology has been with us for over three decades and is responsible for genetically modified crops as well as modified animals.

A relatively new technology called CRISP-R allows for gene editing in the body of a living organism, much like surgery allows for removal or implantation of tissue or mechanical/electronic devices.  This current technology is what the press refers to as gene editing. It is controversial because of the ethical implications and the still developing science of how such editing would work. There are legal debates ongoing over the patents, and much of the application is still in the preliminary phases ...

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Jonathan Pilat Selected for the Crime Victims Justice Corps

2L Jonathan Pilat

Second-year law student Jonathan Pilat has been selected to join the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps (CVJC) Student Program. Supported by an award from the US Department of Justice, CVJC mobilizes postgraduate fellows and law students across the country to deliver civil legal assistance and enforce the rights of crime victims.

Pilat joins 29 other public interest law students working alongside postgraduate fellows during summer 2019 at legal services organizations nationwide. Pilat is working at Legal Assistance of Western New York, and, as a member of the corps, he will receive a stipend for his public interest service. 

Student corps members help CVJC provide legal services to address issues—including family law, education, and employment—arising from crime victimization, as well as provide outreach and training to community partners.

Professor Roy Gutterman Discusses Court of Appeals POTUS Twitter Ruling

Roy Gutterman

Appeals Court: Trump Can't Punish Twitter Critics

(Multichannel.com | July 9, 2019) The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that President Trump can't selectively block people from his Twitter account because he does not like what they tweet, upholding a lower court ruling last May that that constituted "unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination.

The three-judge panel ruling can be appealed to the full court.

The court said the President has used Twitter to conduct official business and interact with the public. The White House has said that tweets were official statements, so it did the spadework for the ruling itself ...

... “The Second Circuit today made a bold statement about how government officials like the president can use social media and how it relates to the flow of public information and debate on public issues," said Syracuse University Professor Roy Gutterman, director of the Tully Center for Free Speech. "The First Amendment prevents the president from blocking twitter followers because it would deprive users access to official government information. The opinion acknowledges that there are myriad First Amendment issues at play here, but the bottom line is the president should not deprive twitter users access to his official presidential account and reap the benefits of viewing his tweets, retweets and replies. If public speech is taking place in social media venues, then citizens should have access to the information under the First Amendment.”

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Inns & Outs of UK Law: LondonEx Wraps Up Its 42nd Summer Program

With the battle to choose a successor to Prime Minister Theresa May in its final stages, arguments about how the UK should leave the European Union still rumbling, and the possibility of a suspended Parliament and a subsequent constitutional crisis looming, summer 2019 is certainly an interesting time to study law in London. 

The College of Law's 42nd LondonEx summer externship program wrapped up on July 5, with the all-female group of 15 externs returning Stateside after an intensive six-week immersion in the UK legal, justice, and political systems. 

Supervised by LondonEx Director Professor Mary-Helen McNeal and Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew Horsfall, the students—including two from outside the College of Law—spent time in the classroom and in practice learning how the UK, European, and international legal systems work; reflecting on the differences in education and training of lawyers in the UK and in the US; and understanding the impact of culture on lawyering and professional environments. 

"This year's LondonEx program saw a dynamic group of students pursue externship opportunities at MSCI Inc., State Street Global Advisors, US Bank, Withers LLP, the AIRE Center, REDRESS, the Borough of Islington, Woolwich Crown Court, barristers' chambers—or 'sets'—and solicitors' firms," explains Horsfall. 

"I absolutely loved my placement," says 2L Frances Rivera Reyes, who externed at MSCI Inc. "All the passionate individuals in the team created a positive work environment and became connections that will last me a lifetime."  

Students began their London experience with a weeklong orientation session centered around five core themes. "This session offered foundational exposure to British legal education, the British legal system, comparative ethics and professional responsibility, British politics, and access to justice in criminal and civil settings," says Horsfall.

Lectures and events included a night at the theatre to see courtroom drama "Witness for the Prosecution"; panel discussions on life on an in-house counsel team and on "Women in the Law"; a discussion of European General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR); a seminar on "crime and punishment" by the Old Bailey Insight & Legal London Group; and shared perspectives from practicing barristers and solicitors.

"LondonEx program alumna Ashley Brickles-Shapiro L’10, Managing Director at FTI Consulting, also talked to the students about her experiences learning and now living and working in London, along with her husband and fellow LondonEx alum Jeffrey Shapiro L'10, an eDiscovery Support Manager at Clifford Chance," adds McNeal. 

An innovation for this year's program was a full day of lectures on international law and politics featuring alumnus Jim Bergeron L'90, Political Advisor to NATO’s Allied Maritime Command; Charlie Loudon, International Law Analyst at human rights advocates REDRESS; and Nuala Mole (founder) and Hannah Smith (International Legal Advisor), both of the legal charity the AIRE Centre. 

Site visits included a Legal London Walking Tour through the Inns of Court and visits to the UK Supreme Court, Parliament, the Royal Courts of Justice, and the Hackney Law Centre.

In addition to their externships and legal studies, the students enjoyed a traditional reception on the terrace of the Middle Temple Inn, one of the four Inns of Court, the professional associations that regulate barristers in the UK. "On the weekends, the students also traveled to Dublin, Paris, Bruges, Amsterdam, Marbella, Edinburgh, Stockholm, among other European destinations," adds Horsfall.

"The LondonEx program was definitely one of my best decisions since coming to Syracuse," concludes 2L Morgan Mendenhall, who assisted Peter Susman QC at Henderson Chambers. "It provided an opportunity to not only experience London but also to apply the legal skills I learned in my first year. The networking opportunities are unparalleled as they reach across the world!"

Amalfe Featured in "Client Service All-Stars"

Christine Amalfe

Christine Amalfe, Chair of the Gibbons PC Employment & Labor Law department, was featured in BTI Consulting Group's 18th annual "Client Service All-Stars" list, which lists only 335 attorneys nationwide.

Polimeni Joins Harter Secrest & Emery

Karianne Polimeni

Karianne Polimeni joined Harter Secrest & Emery as an associate in the firm's Real Estate practice.

Corelli Joins Harter Secrest & Emery

Mike Corelli

Mike Corelli joined Harter Secrest & Emery as an associate in the firm's Corporate and Transactional practice group.

Castro Wins 2019 Young Practitioners' Award

Camille Castro

Camille Castro, a Senior Associate PBGC Participant and Plan Sponsor Advocate, won the International Pension & Employee Benefits Lawyers Association's 2019 Young Practitioners' Award for her paper, "'Where Did My Pension Go?' A Discussion of Pension Registries."

Pooler, Jr. Joins Bond, Schoeneck & King

Richard Pooler, Jr.

Richard Pooler, Jr. joined Bond, Schoeneck & King as Of Counsel in the firm's environmental and energy practice.

Yim Joins Drinker Biddle & Reath

Jinho Yim

Jinho Yim joine Drinker Biddle & Reath as a partner in the Corporate & Securities Group of the firm's New York City office.

Nicholas Joins Lathrop Gage

Anderson Nicholas

Anderson Nicholas joined Lathrop Gage's Denver office as Of Counsel in the Tax and Employee Benefits practice group.