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In Honor of Juneteenth, Professor Paula Johnson Participates in Two Symposia on Matters of Race and Law

Posted on Thursday 6/30/2022
Professor Paula Johnson (Center of Photo) at the Franklin H. Williams Commission’s Race and Law Symposium

Earlier this month, Professor Paula Johnson participated in two symposia on matters of race and law in honor of Juneteenth. The first event was the Franklin H. Williams Commission’s Race and Law Symposium. The full-day event took place on June 16th and centered on illuminating modern systemic racism’s roots in slavery and legally codified racial discrimination, including two panel discussions with leading legal academics, practitioners, and historians. 

Johnson moderated the panel, synthesizing multiple complex legal perspectives into an informative and thought-provoking session.  

Later that day, Johnson served as the keynote speaker for the Juneteenth commemoration for the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Association.

In a talk entitled Claiming Freedom: Triumphs and Travails of Emancipation Lawsuits, Johnson examined the efforts of enslaved and formerly enslaved persons of African descent to secure their freedom and legal rights through the court system. Johnson focused her discussion on notable efforts such as Sojourner Truth’s successful New York State lawsuit in 1828, to free her son, Peter, who had been illegally sold in Alabama. This litigation made Truth the first Black woman to successfully sue a White man for a family member’s freedom.  

The discussion also focused on the triumphs and challenges of seeking freedom and other legal rights through the court system during Antebellum and Postbellum periods. Examination of these cases aims to compare the relationships between past and present demands for liberation and equality as a multifaceted and constant struggle, which can lead toward a free and informed future.

Three College of Law Students Awarded 2022 Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarships

Posted on Wednesday 6/29/2022
2022 Tillman Scholars from the College of Law

The Pat Tillman Foundation has announced its scholars for 2022 which includes three Syracuse University College of Law students: Natasha DeLeon (USMC Veteran), Amanda Higginson (Navy veteran), and William Rielly (Army veteran.) They join a fourth Syracuse University Tillman scholar, Anthony Ornelaz, Master of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Science, Air Force Veteran.

“Tillman Scholarships are extremely competitive and are only awarded to those who have made an impact through their service. I am both pleased and grateful that not one, but three College of Law students have been awarded Tillman scholarships for this year. Natasha, Amanda, and William are living extraordinary lives through their military commitments and now they are on the path to becoming extraordinary Orange lawyers,” said College of Law Dean Craig Boise.

 

The three students are enrolled in the College’s JDinteractive (JDi) program. Reilly is in his second year, Higginson is in her first year, and DeLeon will start the program in the Fall 2022 semester.

An ABA-Approved Online Law Degree Program, JDi is taught by Syracuse University College of Law faculty to the same high standards as Syracuse’s residential J.D. program. JDi is designed for students who desire a high-caliber legal education with substantial flexibility, such as those with military commitments. The program combines real-time, live online class sessions with self-paced instruction, on-campus courses, and experiential learning opportunities.

Read this story for more information on the Syracuse University 2022 Tillman scholars.

 

Natasha DeLeon, USMC Veteran

Natasha DeLeon joined the United States Marine Corps to pursue her goal of serving others on a grand scale. As a Marine, she worked to deploy service members to combat locations in support of various operations. In 2014, she deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where she aided in the return of over 120,000 service members to their families back home.

While serving in the Marine Corps, DeLeon began volunteering in San Diego’s foster care system as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate. This led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and work part-time at a group home for teen foster boys. Upon completion of her service, her passion for social work grew. DeLeon earned a Master of Social Work in 2019, while she also interned as a therapist. During this time, she lived in Togo while supporting her husband during his active-duty Marine Corps career. While in West Africa, DeLeon led physical self-defense courses for women in vulnerable positions and volunteered with non-profit organizations centered around eliminating gender-based violence.

Following their tour in Togo, DeLeon and her family moved to Colombia where she began working remotely as a paralegal for a private law firm. This is where she began to connect the injustices in the legal and social work systems. From here, DeLeon developed a passion for criminal defense and family law. She is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree so she can provide legal assistance and advocacy as an attorney.

 

Amanda Higginson, Navy Veteran

Adopted as an infant, Amanda Higginson’s upbringing in South Florida was anything but typical. Her father, who was shot and paralyzed in the Vietnam War, taught her about extreme resilience and persistence in the face of adversity. Wanting to give back to military medicine, Higginson received a Navy Health Professions Scholarship and earned her medical degree at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda and served on active duty for seven years alongside her husband, deploying twice.

Currently the interim Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Higginson supports students on their journey to achieve their personal, academic, and career goals. She continues to practice general outpatient pediatric medicine, caring for children in a largely rural, underserved area. Choosing to enter law school as a mid-career physician, Higginson saw law school as an opportunity to enhance her advocacy for children particularly related to social determinants of health, as well as expand her knowledge of issues that impact the daily functioning of an academic medical center in order to more effectively advocate for her students.  At the intersection of law and medicine, Higginson hopes to create structural change both at work and in her community to empower others to live, work, and achieve their goals at their full potential.

 

William Rielly, College of Law, Army Veteran

William Rielly is an Army veteran and West Point graduate. His career has ranged from leading artillery units in Germany to executive roles at Microsoft and Apple. While working at Apple, Rielly started volunteering in California state prisons and found the incarcerated men he worked with wanted to be accountable for their actions and create a positive future. He discovered immense untapped potential among the incarcerated men and was inspired to leave his job at Apple and focus full-time on reform efforts in the criminal legal and parole system. 

Rielly intends to change the parole and probation laws across the country to create pathways of redemption for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people so they can leverage their talents, achieve their full potential, and positively impact their communities. He intends to lead this innovation and create a better system through legal advocacy, changing the public’s perception of the issues, and enlisting advocates inside and outside the current system. The outcomes he foresees are better, safer communities; more highly qualified employees; and a criminal legal system of accountability and redemption.

University Professor David Driesen Selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Research the Impact of Carbon Pricing

Posted on Wednesday 6/29/2022
University Professor David Driesen

University Professor David Driesen will study the impact of carbon pricing and produce scholarship on his findings as to the outcome of his Fulbright U.S. Scholar selection. Driesen will be conducting his research at the University of Ottawa, Canada beginning on September 6.  He joins Bond, Schoeneck & King Distinguished Professor Cora True-Frost G’01, L’01 as College of Law Fulbright scholars for 2022-2023.

“Professor Driesen is a leading scholar in environmental law and this support will further his thoughtful research in the area of carbon pricing and climate change,” says College of Law Dean Craig Boise. “Fulbright Scholarships are highly competitive and receiving one reflects the value and urgency of an applicant’s research. I look forward to David’s continued scholarship in this area and the impact it will have on our students.”

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

My research focus is on new literature suggesting that carbon pricing (emissions trading and carbon taxes) has not worked very well. I want to evaluate this literature and put it into a kind of conceptual framework. Much of this literature builds on my previous scholarship in this area.

What are your intended outcomes from your research?  

I plan to publish a law review article and probably at least one short peer-reviewed piece reporting the results. I hope to improve the debate about the value of carbon pricing. 

Why did you pursue a Fulbright?

The University of Ottawa has a “Smart Prosperity Institute,” which is very good, and its leadership encouraged me to apply. Canada has required each of its provinces to adopt some sort of carbon pricing program, so it’s a good laboratory for looking at how well it’s working. 

What impact will this have on your teaching/scholarship? 

I expect that this will inform my teaching of climate law and in one way or another inform the future direction of my climate scholarship. I’ve been doing more constitutional law work in the last few years, and this is a way of bridging back to the climate disruption work. 

Professor Paula Johnson Speaks with NewsChannel 9 and CNY Central about the Implications of the Supreme Court’s Ruling to Overturn Roe v Wade

Posted on Monday 6/27/2022
Professor Paula Johnson

Professor Paula Johnson spoke with two local news outlets, NewsChannel 9 and CNY Central, about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.  

In her discussion with NewsChannel 9, Johnson explained that “what has struck me is just how sweeping the opinion is. When we got the draft opinion, we did not get all the concurring opinions and we certainly had not gotten the accenting opinion yet. But now we have all the opinions in their full scope. And I must say from my own perspective, it is quite sweeping and quite devastating.” 

The decision implicates not only reproductive rights, but it also implicates rights to other privacy issues that have to do with American citizens. Johnson believes that the ruling insinuates that women’s lives are subordinate to every other person in society, and even to those who are in embryotic stages. She also expresses that this ruling will have a most profound impact on the lives of women of color and poorer women who will no longer have access to safe and legal abortions for the sake of their own health.

When speaking to CNY Central about how this affects women in the State of New York in particular, Johnson confirms that people will legally be able to come to New York for an abortion if it’s illegal in their home state. Out-of-state patients made up about 9% of those who received abortions in New York in 2019, according to the CDC, which is up from 5% in 2015. 

“The State of New York would also exercise its authority to not comply with requests, say extradition requests or that sort of thing, where they believe that someone has violated the law,” said Johnson.

Professor Peter Blanck, Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute, Discusses the Fair Labor Standards Act on NPR’s Marketplace

Posted on Friday 6/24/2022
Professor Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute

The Department of Labor is suing a Montana ranch that employs people with disabilities, alleging the ranch unlawfully paid them as little as $1.17 an hour, reports NPR’s Marketplace podcast. An exception to the Fair Labor Standards Act permits some certified employers to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage.

According to Professor Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute, the 1938 law came at a time when lawmakers were starting to look at work opportunities for people with disabilities as veterans were returning from World War 1, and previously the Civil War.

“The below-minimum-wage program was kind of a product of its time that was not charity, but was a sense that people with disabilities could in some ways be employed,” Blanck said. In the last century, however, thinking and laws around disability have evolved.

Vice Dean Keith J. Bybee Comments in USA Today on the Lack of a Supreme Court Code of Ethics

Posted on Thursday 6/23/2022
Vice Dean Keith Bybee

In a recent survey of judges across the United States conducted by the National Judicial College and highlighted by USA Today, more than 97% responded “yes” to the question of whether the Supreme Court justices should be bound by a code of conduct. According to the U.S. constitution, a justice does not have to be a lawyer or attend law school to become a Supreme Court justice, so they are not bound by the ethics required of attorneys.

Vice Dean Keith J. Bybee offered comments on the subject, arguing that there should be an ethical code for justices given the fact that in recent decades, all the conservatives on the court were nominated by Republicans and the more liberal members by Democrats.

"The split in judicial philosophy maps perfectly into a partisan split," Bybee explained. "So as a result, it's easier to read decisions on the court as a partisan one."

January 6th committee hearings have brought a potential conflict of interest for Justice Clarence Thomas into light, as his wife Virginia “Ginni” Thomas sent text messages to former President Donald Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and emails to Trump campaign attorney, John Eastman, as part of her alleged efforts to try to overturn the 2020 election. Justice Thomas then chose not to recuse himself from a case about whether Trump's White House records should be turned over to the committee. 

"The first line of enforcement is self-enforcement," said Bybee. "When you're bound by a code of ethics, it leads you to ask questions about your own activities, and to achieve impartiality through a process of question asking."

Don Migliori recognized by Chambers

Posted on Thursday 6/23/2022
Don Migliori

​Motley Rice medical attorney Donald Migliori has been ranked for the second time as USA-Nationwide: Product Liability: Plaintiffs, Band 3 in the 2022 Chambers USA guide. Don Migliori is co-lead counsel for In re Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, and attorney Jonathan Orent is lead counsel for In re Atrium Medical Corp. C-QUR Mesh Products Liability Litigation.

ABA Journal Features Comments from Professor Nina Kohn on the Biden Administration’s Proposed Nursing Home Reforms

Posted on Wednesday 6/22/2022
Professor Nina Kohn

As chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice’s Elder Affairs Committee, Professor Nina Kohn has helped draw attention to policies that closely align with nursing home reforms the Biden administration announced in February. 

Featured in this ABA Journal article, Kohn explains, “the ABA has played a leadership role historically in thinking through the law around long-term care. That has been in part through particular entities within the ABA, such as the Commission on Law and Aging, which has been an important resource for advocates, but also through some discreet resolutions the ABA has adopted over the years.”

More than 200,000 lives of nursing home residents and staff have been taken by COVID-19 in the past two years. Due to this severe impact, the administration has tasked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office (HHS) with developing and implementing reforms aimed to improve the safety and quality of nursing home care, hold nursing homes accountable for the care they provide, and make the quality of care and facility ownership more transparent so that potential residents and their loved ones can make informed decisions about care.

“For decades now, the ABA has understood how important enforcement is in this space,” Kohn says. “On paper, nursing home residents have robust rights related to quality of care and quality of life. The problem is that there is ineffective enforcement of those rights and, as a result, what are on paper very clear requirements end up being treated more as aspirational goals.”

Professor of Law Emeritus William Banks speaks with CBS News About the Legal Implications of the Third January 6th Committee Hearing

Posted on Wednesday 6/22/2022
Professor of Law Emeritus William Banks

Professor of Law Emeritus William Banks spoke with CBS News anchor Jamie Yuccas regarding the legal implications of the findings from the third hearing of the House select committee hearings on the January 6th Capitol riots.

According to the House committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol, aides to former Vice President Mike Pence revealed that conservative lawyer John Eastman pressured Pence to reject certification of the 2020 election. 

“I think Eastman revealed through Mr. Pence’s council that he knew full well that Pence did not have the legal authority to refuse to certify the election,” Banks said. “So he attempted to interfere with the execution of a federal official, the vice president of the United States, through a dubious legal theory that he himself knew not to be valid.” Given the fact that Eastman later went on to seek a pardon, Banks believes he knew that “he was in hot water.”

When asked if we will see any prosecutions from this trial, Banks indicated that it is hard to say at this point. “It’s not up to Congress to decide if criminal cases are brought. It is up to the Justice Department. The Justice Department can decide whether to act on its own, wait for Congressional referrals and evaluate those referrals, or they can simply decide not to initiate prosecutions in several of these instances that are the focus of the hearing.”

Banks does not believe that there will be prosecutions against the high-ranking officials, as they are tough cases to prove given an obstruction case requires an intention to violate the law. 

The Hon. James E. Baker Discusses Biden’s Use of the DPA with the Economist

Posted on Tuesday 6/21/2022
The Hon. James E. Baker

President Joe Biden has repeatedly invoked the Defence Production Act (DPA), previously used mainly as a procurement tool for the armed forces, to manage the economy throughout his current presidency.

Speaking to the Economist, the Hon. James E. Baker, Director of the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law, explains, “given the depth of America’s supply problems today, it is good public policy to test the limits of the DPA, to see what it can accomplish.” 

In March, Biden used the DPA to encourage domestic production of minerals needed to make batteries for electric vehicles. A few months later in May, he called upon the law to ramp up production of infant formula in the face of the shortage across the country. He also used it to spur the production of clean energy such as solar power.

Jeffery M. Cross authors book on Antitrust

Posted on Tuesday 6/14/2022

Cross's book, Antitrust Law: Section 1 of the Sherman Act, was recently published by the Federal Judicial Center. The FJC approached Cross in the Summer of 2016 to write a basic primer on Section 1 for new judges or judges without a great deal of antitrust experience. Although he has been litigating Section 1 cases for over 40 years, and has taught antitrust as an Adjunct Professor for 15, Cross states he "found it both challenging and rewarding to articulate the law as a basic primer for federal judges". Cross is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Antitrust and Complex Litigation Team at Freeborn.

William C. Banks, professor emeritus, joined CBS News to discuss the legal implications of House select committee hearings on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Posted on Tuesday 6/14/2022
Professor William Banks

Professor Emeritus William C. Banks joined CBS News live before the first House select committee hearing on the January 6 Capitol riot. 

"I think the hearings are going to be another important component of establishing historical record. It’s about preserving our most important institutions of our democracy. It’s fundamental to our democratic society that we’ve had for nearly 250 years and when that comes under threat as it did just this past year, I think the whole world pays attention," says Banks.

Christopher J. Burns recognized by Minnesota State Bar Association

Posted on Friday 6/10/2022
Christopher J. Burns

Henson Efron is proud to announce attorney Christopher Burns has been recognized as a 2021 North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association. 

Rita M. Lauer joins Maddin Hauser

Posted on Wednesday 6/8/2022
Rita M. Lauer

Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C., is pleased to announce that Rita M. Lauer has joined the firm as a senior associate. Rita is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Employment and Workforce Management group and brings a wide range of skills and experience to meet the needs of our clients.

“Rita is a highly respected and experienced attorney with a bright future and brings over twenty years of experience practicing law,” said Ronald A. Sollish, executive committee member and chairman of the firm’s Corporate and Employment practice. “She is a wonderful complement to our practice group.”

Rita has industry expertise servicing car dealerships, recreational vehicle dealerships, vehicle manufacturers, boat manufacturers, boat dealerships, recreational vehicle manufacturers, sporting goods manufacturers, municipalities, and non-profit entities.  She has defended both dealership and manufacturing clients in regulatory matters and in litigation, especially regarding warranty and consumer protection claims. Rita has unique expertise in negotiating and drafting regulatory governance agreements for clients and responding to administrative or governmental matters for her clients. She counsels clients on employment and workforce management issues.

A State Bar of Michigan member, Rita is admitted to practice before the State of Michigan Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan. Before joining private practice, Rita served as an attorney for the City of Saginaw City Attorney’s Office and a litigation clerk for the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Ekin Senlet listed as notable practitioner

Posted on Wednesday 6/8/2022
Ekin Senlet

Chambers USA 2022 directory listed Ekin Senlet, partner at Barclay Damon, as a notable practitioner in the field of Energy: State Regulatory & Wholesale Electric Market.

Doris Y. Chau publishes book of poetry

Posted on Wednesday 6/8/2022

Doris Chau has published a book of poetry, under the pen name of Michele Youk. The book is titled "of son and light: poems of healing, loss, mothering others and yourself". 

Professor Roy Gutterman L’00 Discusses the Potential Future of Defamation Law with People Magazine After the Depp v. Heard Verdict

Posted on Wednesday 6/8/2022
Roy Gutterman

Professor Roy Gutterman L’00, Director of the Tully Center for Free Speech, tells People Magazine that the recent verdict that Amber Heard defamed Johnny Depp in her December 2018 op-ed for the Washington Post was “shocking” to some.

"At this point it is difficult to assess the long-term effect this decision will have on defamation law and whether it will chill future speakers and writers from addressing potentially controversial issues,” Gutterman said. “I think it might have a chilling effect. The defamation claim is based on a statement in a newspaper column. The weeks of testimony were at times lurid and even entertaining, but I'm not sure it adequately proved anything beyond the fact that two movie stars had an extremely volatile relationship."

According to Heard, the American Civil Liberties Union wrote the first draft of the op-ed, and teams of lawyers vetted it before finalizing the story. Heard later testified that she did not write or approve the headline used in the online version, which differs from the one used in the print newspaper as it included the term “sexual violence.”

As a result of the trial, the jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages, which the judge later reduced to $10.35 million due to a state law in Virginia. Heard was awarded $2 million in her defamation countersuit, and plans to appeal the verdict.

The U.S. News and World Report Lists the College of Law’s Burton Blatt Institute as One of Two Leading Centers in the Country for Disability Rights

Posted on Tuesday 6/7/2022
Burton Blatt Institute

The Syracuse University College of Law’s Burton Blatt Institute was recently featured in a U.S. News and World Report Article as one of two of the most prominent law schools in the country with specific centers or programs focused on disability rights or advocacy.

The article contains advice for law school applicants with disabilities, offering them tips to successfully navigate the admissions process and the full law school experience. Topics range from disability accommodations for the LSAT and in law school, to the option to disclose disabilities as a law school applicant, and programs and resources for law students with disabilities.

Professor Peter Blanck, chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute, notes, “applying to law school requires strong self-advocacy and patience that puts a unique burden on students with disabilities.” Depending on an applicant’s specific disabilities, those burdens can vary, from stress and time burdens to practical barriers. Not all disabilities are visible, and some applicants may also have impairments such as cognitive or learning disabilities and/or mental health issues.

“Just be the best lawyer you can be,” Blanck advises. “In a competitive legal environment, it is important to have a basic grounding to be a well-rounded lawyer.”

New Database: International Encyclopaedia of Laws (IEL)

Posted on Monday 6/6/2022

The Law Library now subscribes to the online International Encyclopaedia of Laws (IEL).  The IEL is an essential tool for foreign and comparative law research.  The collection includes 26 volumes covering each legal subject with country-by-country descriptions of how each national legal system governs a specific field of law.  Access provided to College of Law users only.

Professor Elizabeth Kubala Awarded Grant from New York Health Foundation to Attend U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Judicial Conference

Posted on Thursday 6/2/2022
Professor Kubala with 3Ls Abby Gorzlancyk, Sunny Lostritto, and Ryan Carson

Professor Elizabeth Kubala, Executive Director of the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic, was recently awarded a grant from the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) to attend the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) 15th Judicial Conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

A statewide health foundation in New York, NYHealth plays a key role in building the field of professionals working to improve veterans’ health in New York State. NYHealth hopes not only to support those already engaged in these efforts, but also attract new professionals to the field. By providing funding for professional opportunities like conference attendance, NYHealth supports veterans’ advocacy leaders by enabling them to learn, grow, share, and advance their work. 

A part of the yearly Judicial Conferences held for Judges of the court, this year’s program focused on the challenging landscape of veterans’ law. Highlights included guest speakers such as U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and the Honorable Denis McDonough Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Topics ranged from legal trends to the Appeals Modernization Act and ethics. The event also featured discussions with the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

“As a veterans legal clinic director, I gained tremendous knowledge and insights through this conference,” said Kubala. “Collaborative opportunities like the CAVC Judicial Conference help us refine the way we both assist our veteran clients and teach our student-attorneys.  I’m thankful for NYHealth’s generosity in supporting conference attendance at such an impactful convening of legal experts focused on improving access to veterans’ healthcare and benefits.”

The conference also served as an official Continuing Legal Education training for Kubala and other veterans law practitioners.

Professor Nina Kohn Offers Comments to Lever News on Nursing Home Deregulation in Florida

Posted on Wednesday 6/1/2022

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently extended protections for the nursing home industry from COVID-19 related liability lawsuits, in addition to reducing the amount of resident care the facilities are required to provide residents. According to Professor Nina Kohn, this is a dangerous step in the wrong direction for resident well-being.

“Research shows that both staffing levels and the availability of skilled nursing staff are important predictors of the quality of care that nursing home residents receive,” said Kohn, an expert in elder law. “Florida’s new law reduces the number of hours of certified nursing staff time that facilities must provide to residents each day. This opens the door to nursing homes substituting trained staff for essentially unskilled labor. That is dangerous for residents and a clear step in the wrong direction."

The full Lever News article includes additional details on the nationwide pattern of shielding nursing homes from lawsuits, and how some facilities are reducing the quantity and quality of care to cut costs.

Syracuse University College of Law Adds Terence Lau L’98 to its Board of Advisors

Posted on Tuesday 5/31/2022
Terence Lau L'98

(Syracuse, NY | May 31, 2022) Syracuse University College of Law has added Dean of the College of Business at California State University, Chico, Terence Lau L’98 to its Board of Advisors, effective September 1, 2022. Lau has extensive experience as a lawyer and as a higher education leader, both domestically and internationally.

“Terence brings a unique, critical set of experiences to the College, as legal education continues to evolve at a rapid pace. His industry experience and his decades-long track record as a leader in higher education, particularly at the intersection of business and law, will certainly enrich our programs and practices,” says Dean Craig M. Boise. “By coming back to his alma mater as a member of our Board, Terence will help shape how we continue on our path to creating best-in-class 21st-century legal education.”

“On behalf of the Board of Advisors, I welcome Terence to our group and am looking forward to working with him on furthering educational excellence at the College,” says Board of Advisors Chair Robert M. Hallenbeck L’83. “His understanding of the challenges in higher education will greatly benefit the Board and College.” 

“I am excited to give back to Syracuse Law, where I started my legal and academic career. The law school played an integral role in all facets of my professional life, and I believe what I’ve learned and experienced in academia will directly benefit the College,” says Lau. “Higher education continues to face myriad challenges that demand focus, creativity, and forward-looking solutions. I hope my involvement on the Board will help the College of Law meet those challenges.”

For the past four years, Lau has been Dean of the College of Business at California State University, Chico.  Previously, Lau held several senior academic leadership positions at the University of Dayton School of Business Administration, including as Executive Director of Academic and Corporate Relations, at the University of Dayton China Institute; Associate Dean of Undergraduate Program; Department Chair, Department of Management and Marketing; Director, International Business Program; and Professor of Business Law.

Lau was also a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, assigned to the Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice, which aids the Chief Justice in his administrative, policy, and ceremonial responsibilities, among other tasks. Prior to his Fellowship, Lau was an attorney in Ford Motor Company’s International Practice Group and served as director of Ford’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Governmental Affairs.

Lau is the long-time editor of American Business Law Journal and has written extensively on international business law topics in several law journals. 

Lau received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Wright State University in 1995 and his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1998.

College of Law Hosts Inaugural Consortium Summer Residency Program in Partnership with AUC HBCUs

Posted on Tuesday 5/31/2022
Inaugural Consortium Summer Residency Program Students

The College of Law held its Inaugural Consortium Summer Residency Program on May 16-20, 2022. Twenty-one undergraduate students from the Atlanta University Center (AUC) HBCUs, representing Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College, came to Syracuse ready to learn through a week full of academic, preparatory, social, and cultural events.

Thanks to a grant from AccessLex, these students, interested in pursuing a law degree, were able to travel to Syracuse to learn about the legal profession and how to prepare for law school. Students arrived at the College of Law ready for the slate of events planned for the week, enjoying a tour of Dineen Hall and their first class session prior to a welcome dinner with an address from Dean Craig Boise, and words of wisdom from several distinguished alumni in attendance.

As the week went on, each day began with classroom lectures and panel discussions in Dineen Hall. Topics included a variety of subjects, encompassing:

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Developments
  • Constitutional Law
  • The Study of Law and the American Legal System
  • Admissions Processes, LSAT Information, and Various Resources

Instructors, speakers and panelists throughout the week included Vice Dean Keith Bybee, Professor Kelly Curtis, Professor Shannon Gardner, Professor Paula Johnson, Professor Kevin Noble Maillard, Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion Suzette Melendez, Professor Deborah O’Malley, Professor Gary Pieples, Mariah Combs L'22, and Keyashia Willis L’22.

Outside of the classroom, students traveled to the Northern District of New York James M. Hanley Federal Courthouse where they heard from and engaged with Hon. Andrew Baxter (United States Magistrate Judge, Northern District of New York), Hon. David Peebles L’75 (Recalled United States Magistrate Judge, Northern District of New York), Hon. Glenn Suddaby L’85 (District Judge, Northern District of New York), and Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91 (United States Magistrate Judge, Northern District of New York) and Law Clerk Michael Langan.

This was followed by a visit to the law office of Bond, Schoeneck and King (BSK) to hear a panel of perspectives from the Judiciary along with a networking reception attended by several alumni and attorneys from the Syracuse area. Panelists at the BSK event included Hon. Vanessa Bogan (Judge, Syracuse City Court), Dancks L’91, Hon. Deborah Karalunas L’82 (Presiding Justice, Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Onondaga County), Hon. Ramon E. Rivera L ’94 (Judge, New York State Court of Claims), and Judge Derrek Thomas (Judge, Fifth Judicial District of New York).

“There was robust engagement, in-depth learning, and connections made among our faculty, staff, alumni, members of our federal and state judiciary, and our local legal professionals from various public and private law firm offices,” Melendez said. “The students exceeded already high expectations with their inquiries and the manner in which they engaged. They demonstrated a great deal of interest and their poised maturity exceeded their years.” 

The final full day of the program included enriching cultural experiences for the students with a few historic Central New York stops. Travelling to Auburn, NY, the group had an opportunity to tour the Harriet Tubman House. While in Auburn, students also visited the Auburn Public Theater to hear from Angela Winfield, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Law School Admission Council (LSAC). They also heard from Ferris Smith from LSAC, earlier in the day and learned of various resources available to them as law school applicants. After a long and full day of activities, the afternoon wrapped up with dinner at Salt City Market, a new Syracuse food hall representing our community with samples of diverse local foods to enjoy.

One of the students who participated in this program, Eric Jones, explained how invaluable this experience has been for him as a rising senior from Morehouse College. 

“I never had a formal introduction to law school,” Jones said. “I’ve talked about it with a few lawyers but haven’t had any exposure to it otherwise. When I came across this opportunity, I thought – why not? The special incentive here was that there was no financial burden for us as a student. We could come and participate for no extra charge.”

This residency is a part of the College of Law’s partnership with the AUC schools, aiding young students in their path to determine how they can achieve their law degrees, the many paths to becoming a successful lawyer, and why the study of law is so important within our society.

Vice Dean Keith Bybee Speaks with the Law Student Podcast on the SCOTUS Leak

Posted on Tuesday 5/31/2022
Vice Dean Keith Bybee

Vice Dean Keith Bybee, Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor, recently discussed the leak of the draft Roe decision with the Law Student Podcast.

Bybee and Law Student Podcast host 2L Meg Steenburgh examine the interplay of courts, politics, and the media, and discuss our nation’s legal processes throughout history.

Recording Available of Professor Shubha Ghosh’s Presentation on how COVID and Other Crises Shape Innovation

Posted on Friday 5/27/2022
Professor Shubha Ghosh

Crandall Melvin Professor of Law Shubha Ghosh recently spoke at the Conference on Innovation and Communication Law, held May 19 and 20 at the Danube University, Krems, Austria.

 

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

 

The audio of his presentation is here.

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

Posted on Tuesday 5/24/2022
Nana Gochiashvili

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

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

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

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

Posted on Monday 5/23/2022
Professor Paula Johnson

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

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

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

Read the complete article here:

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

Posted on Monday 5/23/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Monday 5/23/2022
José Bahamonde-González L'92

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

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

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

Posted on Friday 5/20/2022
Professor Kanter with Nataliya Kolesova

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 5/18/2022
Professor Gregory Germain

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

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

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

College of Law Holds Commencement for Class of 2022

Posted on Tuesday 5/17/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 5/17/2022

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

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

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

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

Posted on Monday 5/16/2022
Burton Blatt Institute

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

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

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 5/11/2022

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

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

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

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

Nicholas Constantino joins Barclay Damon LLP

Posted on Wednesday 5/11/2022
Nick Constantino

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

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

Christine A. Amalfe honored by ECBA

Posted on Wednesday 5/11/2022
Christine A. Amalfe

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

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 5/11/2022
Hannah Gavin

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 5/10/2022

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 5/10/2022
The Hon. Theodore A. McKee L'75 (left) and Chancellor Kent Syverud (right.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Monday 5/9/2022
Syracuse College of Law

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

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


Remarks from Professor Paula Johnson:

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

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

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


Remarks from Professor Keith James Bybee

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Passing of Samantha L. Kurkjy

Posted on Monday 5/9/2022

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

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

Posted on Monday 5/9/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• 30% are students of color.  

• Their median age is 35.

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

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

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

For more information about JDinteractive, contact Online JD.

Graduation Recognition and Celebration

Posted on Thursday 5/5/2022

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

Congratulations to these prestigious award winners, unveiled this evening:

National Association of Women Lawyers Award: Gabriella Kielbasinski

Seeley Johnson Award: Mazaher Kaila

ALI-CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award: Jake Goldsmith

 

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

 

Class of 2022 Academic Excellence

Highest Average: Leita M. Powers

Second Highest Average: Chana Feldbrand

Third Highest Average: Hayley M. Rousselle

 

Academic Success Fellows

Tara L. Andryshak

Alexandra G. Corradi

Lyndon Elizabeth Hall

Shelby R. Petro

Jackson Somes

Grace O. Sullivan

 

Student Recognition

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

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

 

Scribes Award

William J. Cost

Molly N. Graham

Hannah T. Hapeman

Gabriella E. Kielbasinski

Leita M. Powers

Hayley M. Rousselle

Samir Shah


Cold Case Justice Initiative Volunteers

Alejandra J. Bridida

Rachel Brenner

Jillian L. Brodock

Scott M. Cuervels

Jamie C. Davila

Shannon E. Edwards

Emily Hildreth

Julia Kelly

Mathew J. McCartin

Law Library: Summer Hours

Posted on Thursday 5/5/2022

The Law Library is now on its Summer Hours schedule: Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun: Closed.  Law students continue to have 24/7 swipe access to the Library.

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

Class of 2022 Commencement Week Information

Posted on Tuesday 5/3/2022

Grad Fair!

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

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

Travis Lewin Commons

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

Graduate Recognition and Celebration

Thursday, May 5, 2022

David M. Levy Atrium

Dineen Hall

4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Livestream Here

Commencement

Friday, May 6, 2022

Stadium

11 a.m.

Livestream Here

Visit the Law Commencement site for more details.

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

Posted on Tuesday 5/3/2022
Vice Adm. Robert B. Murrett (Ret.)

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

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

Happy Retirement, Professor Day!

Posted on Tuesday 5/3/2022
Professor Day Teaches His Last Class

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

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

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

Advocacy Honor Society Announces 2022 Award and Scholarship Winners at Banquet

Posted on Monday 5/2/2022
Advocacy Honors Society Celebration

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

2022 Award Winners

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

Brandon Bourg and Margaret Santandreu

 

Richard Risman Appellate Advocacy Award

Scott Ceurvels

 

Courtcall Scholarship Award (Advocacy Director Award)

Gabby Kielbasinski, Penny Quinteros, and Morgan Steele

 

Ralph E. Kharas Award

Olivia Stevens

 

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

Austin Milone (2L)

 

Emil M. Rossi L’72 Scholarship Award

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

 

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

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

 

International Academy Of Trial Lawyers Student Advocate Award

Marina De Rosa & Amanda Nardozza

 

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

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

Congratulations to all the award winners this year!

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

Posted on Monday 5/2/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Friday 4/29/2022
Republic of Georgia Bar Association 5-Part Lecture Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

College of Law Remembers Dean Emerita Hannah R. Arterian

Posted on Thursday 4/28/2022
Dean Emerita Hannah Arterian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 4/27/2022
Michael Towey Presents at Annual Zoning Law Update

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

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

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

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

Posted on Monday 4/25/2022
Professor Cora True-Frost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Q: What are your intended outcomes from your research? 

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

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

 

Q: Why did you pursue a Fulbright? 

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

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

 

Q: Why study European law in Norway in particular?

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

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

 

Q: What impact will this have on your teaching? 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Bar Association (SBA) Hosts 2022 Students Award Ceremony

Posted on Monday 4/25/2022
SBA Awards 2022

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

2022 Award Winners

Distinguished Service Awards 

Gabby Kielbasinski  

Abby Neuviller 

Olivia Stevens  

Kayla Wheeler 

 

Outstanding Graduate Award  

Christopher Martz  

 

Paul Shipman Andrews Award  

Mazaher Kaila  

 

Unsung Hero Award  

Kevin Casserino 

Scott Ceurvels 

Evan Groder  

Joseph Hobika  

Gabby Kielbasinski

Seth Owens 

Omnia Shedid  

Payton Sorci 

Caroline Synakowski 

Tia Thevenin 

 

Student Organization of the Year Award  

First Generations Law Students Association  

 

Staff Award  

Kyle Davis 

 

Faculty Award  

Professor Rakesh Anand  

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

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

Posted on Friday 4/22/2022
Lauryn Gouldin

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Thursday 4/21/2022

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl Kempner publishes first book

Posted on Thursday 4/21/2022

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 4/20/2022
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The College of Law Innovation Law Center performed a recent patent analysis for the new medical technology startup JelikaLite, a company focusing on pediatric neurological health that is working to develop a treatment for autism. JelikaLite’s new treatment, Cognilum, received “Breakthrough Device Designation” from the FDA in January and is on the path to go to market post clinical trials. 

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

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

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

William Aseka Oluchina hosted by Haki FM

Posted on Wednesday 4/20/2022

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

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

Jode S. Millman releases latest thriller

Posted on Tuesday 4/19/2022

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 4/19/2022

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Posted on Monday 4/18/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Thursday 4/14/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Thursday 4/14/2022
Professor Shubha Ghosh

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

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

More information on the conference can be found here.

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

Posted on Wednesday 4/13/2022

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

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

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

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

James B. Garland selected to 2022 Super Lawyers

Posted on Wednesday 4/13/2022

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 4/12/2022
Syracuse Law Review Banquet Robert M. Anderson Publication Award Winners

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

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

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

 

2022 Award Winners

2L of the Year: Emilie R. Cullen 

3L of the Year: Hilda Frimpong

Samuel J. M. Donnelly Award: Niloofar Abedzadeh

Faculty & Staff Award: Kyle Davis

Most Dedicated Award: Emilie M. Pascale

Volume 73 Student Notes Selected for Publication

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

Robert M. Anderson Publication Award Winners

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

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 4/12/2022
Robert Rose and Bradley Ace

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

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

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

Posted on Monday 4/11/2022
Russian War Crimes Against Ukraine. The Breach of International Humanitarian Law by the Russian Federation

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

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

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

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

According to the report on Ukraine:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More about David Crane and Syracuse University

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

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

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

Kristen Smith returns to Bond, Schoeneck & King

Posted on Friday 4/8/2022

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

Edwin A. Maldonado joins Rivkin Radler

Posted on Tuesday 4/5/2022
Edwin A. Maldonado

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 4/5/2022
Professor Shubha Ghosh

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

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

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

Posted on Thursday 3/31/2022
Vice Dean Keith Bybee

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

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

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

Posted on Thursday 3/31/2022

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

Posted on Wednesday 3/30/2022
David Cay Johnston

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

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 3/29/2022
Professor Christian C. Day in front of his oil paintings

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

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

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

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

Posted on Thursday 3/24/2022
Professor Paula Johnson

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

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

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

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

Posted on Thursday 3/24/2022

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

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

Horning named associate

Posted on Tuesday 3/22/2022
Payne R. Horning

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 3/16/2022

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 3/16/2022
Professor Doron Dorfman

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

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 3/15/2022
3L Jackson Somes, the Hon. Rodney Thompson, the Hon. Bernadette Romano Clark, the Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby, 3L Morgan Steele

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

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

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

Frink Wolf to serve as US Magistrate Judge

Posted on Monday 3/14/2022
Karen Frink Wolf

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

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

Posted on Monday 3/14/2022
Autumn Burgin, Kendall Anderson, Randi Gray, Abigail Neuviller

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

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

John Boyd L’16 coaches the team.

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

Posted on Friday 3/11/2022
Professor Mark Nevitt

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

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

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

Posted on Thursday 3/10/2022
Professor Arlene Kanter

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

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 3/9/2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 3/9/2022
Judge James E. Baker

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

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

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

Posted on Monday 3/7/2022
Professor William Banks

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

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

Posted on Thursday 3/3/2022
Professor Beth Kubala

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 3/2/2022
Professor David Driesen

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

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

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

Posted on Tuesday 3/1/2022
Professor Mark Nevitt

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

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

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

Posted on Monday 2/28/2022
Professor Paula Johnson

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

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

Posted on Wednesday 2/23/2022
Professor Roy Gutterman

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

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

DiNardo joins Pierce Atwood

Posted on Monday 2/21/2022
Deborah DiNardo

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

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

Posted on Monday 2/21/2022
David Cay Johnston

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

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

Read the full article here.

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

Posted on Friday 2/18/2022
Professor Robert Nassau

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

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

College of Law Adds Four New Board of Advisors Members

Posted on Wednesday 2/16/2022
Syracuse University College of Law

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

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

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

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

Peter Carmen 

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

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

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

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

Prashanth (PJ) Jayachandran 

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

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

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

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

Benita Miller 

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

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

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

David Wales 

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

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

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

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

Keehfus joins Jones Day

Posted on Tuesday 2/15/2022

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