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Joanne Van Dyke L'87 Elected to NALAE National Leadership

Posted on Thursday 8/6/2020

Joanne Van Dyke L'87, a long-time coach in Syracuse University College of Law's 15th-ranked Advocacy Program and Founding Partner of Cote & Van Dyke LLP, has been elected to the position of National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators Region 2 Representative, part of the inaugural NALAE leadership team. 

More than 100 law schools participated in the vote. Van Dyke becomes one of 15 NALAE regional representatives.

A newly-formed organization, NALEA seeks to unite teachers and coaches of advocacy competition programs by encouraging expansion, improvement, and diversity in advocacy skills education; improving the quality of competition experiences; furthering the interests of advocacy skills teachers; and promoting access to justice.

"Joanne has dedicated more than 25 years to coaching our trial teams and helping to coordinate our trial team program," says Professor Todd Berger, Director of Advocacy Programs. "She is well known in the national advocacy community—she is on the Board of the prestigious Tournament of Champions and is Co-Director of the Syracuse National Trial Competition—and her accession to the position of NALEA Region 2 Representative will greatly benefit the College and enhance our national reputation and advocacy ranking."

In 2019, recognizing her contributions to Syracuse Advocacy Program, the Travis H.D. Lewin Advocacy Honor Society awarded its Models of Excellence in Advocacy Scholarship in Van Dyke's name. 

As an adjunct professor, Van Dyke teaches the courses Mock Trial-Trial Advocacy and Mock Trial-Litigation Skills to undergraduates in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences.