Behold, Your Syracuse University Bucket List

Posted on Tuesday 8/22/2017

To prove just that, our mascot, Otto the Orange, posted a Syracuse University bucket list to Instagram. Here are a few of the things he did—and the things you should do while you're here to get the full SU experience.

#1 Catch a game in the Dome. Experience the excitement of an SU football, basketball, or lacrosse game in our 49,262-seat stadium. (And maybe get a chance at #2, a photo with Otto.)

#5 Camp out at Boeheimburg. This January, over 100 of our students braved 13 days of near-freezing temperatures to reserve their spots in line for the men's basketball game versus Duke. A 13-day camp out might not be in the cards for a law student, but witnessing our students' dedication is an experience in itself.

#8 Selfie with Chancellor Syverud. Chancellor and president, Kent Syverud, became the 12th leader of the University in January 2014. He served as a witness in the landmark affirmative-action case, Grutter v. Bollinger, and has published law review articles related to civil litigation, insurance law, and negotiation. (Great conversation starters while you're acquiring that selfie.)

#9 Relax in the Orange Grove. The Orange Grove, widely considered the University's landmark, is located adjacent to the Quad. It's lined by a walkway of granite pavers that are engraved with donors' names. Not only is it a great place for our students to study or socialize in the sun, but it's also a place to leave your legacy after graduation.

#11 Coffee at People's Place. Tucked underneath Hendricks Chapel is our campus's hidden gem, People's Place. Stop for a cup of fair trade organic coffee, bagels, or other baked goods from this student-run and non-profit operation.

If you think you're up for the challenge, plan a trip to familiarize yourself with our campus

Schedule a Visit.

College of Law Professor to Give Webcast on IP-Related Supreme Court Cases

Posted on Monday 8/14/2017

The College of Law’s Technology Commercialization Law Program (TCLP) and New York State Science & Technology Law Center will host an August 24 webcast on recent and upcoming intellectual property law-related Supreme Court cases. Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and director of the TCLP, will host the webcasts, providing insights on issues raised and resolutions of specific cases.

Ghosh will examine the Supreme Court cases of Apple v. Samsung, Dobson v. Dornan, Lifetech v. Promega, SCA Hygiene v. First Quality, Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, TC Heartland v. Kraft Food, Impression Products v. Lexmark, Sandoz v. Amgen, Matal v. Tam, SAS v. Matal, and Oil State Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC.

“During the 2016-17 term, more than 10% of the Supreme Court's opinions were in the field of intellectual property,” said Ghosh. “This webinar looks at what changes the Court has wrought and what insights can be gleaned for the two potentially game-changing patent cases the Court will be deciding next year.”

Recent & Upcoming Supreme Court IP-Related Cases:

Presented by Professor Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Director of
Technology Commercialization Program, Syracuse University College of Law.

August 24, 1:00 – 2:15 PM EST

Click ­here for more information and to register for this webcast.

Recusal & Accusal: Bloomberg Law Examines Trump’s Criticism of the Attorney General With William C. Banks

Posted on Wednesday 7/26/2017
William C. Banks

Stephen Gillers, a professor at NYU Law School, and William Banks, director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University of Law, discuss the latest news in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. They also discuss President Trump’s changing positions on attorney general Jeff Sessions, and whether or not he will be able to keep his job. They speak with June Grasso and Michael Best on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law."

Listen to the segment here

Dean Boise Serves as Distinguished Guest Lecturer at D.C. Externship Program

Posted on Tuesday 7/25/2017

Students in the Semester in D.C. Externship Program had the opportunity to hear from Dean Craig M. Boise as a Distinguished Guest Lecturer during a recent seminar. The Seminar was hosted by former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Vincent Cohen, Jr. L’95 in the offices of Dechert LLP, where Cohen is a partner.

Dean Boise answered students’ questions and discussed his plans for the College of Law. Dean Boise and Cohen both provided insightful career and externship advice to the students that attended. The lecture was followed by an alumni networking reception.

Professor Kohn Serves as Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s “Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Oth‎er Protective Arrangements Act”

Posted on Monday 7/24/2017

On July 19, 2017, at its 126th annual meeting in San Diego, CA, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) approved the “Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Oth‎er Protective Arrangements Act.” David M. Levy L'48 Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Online Education Nina A. Kohn served as Reporter—or principal drafter—of the Act. 

“The Act represents a big step forward, integrating modern understandings of disability rights, trust law, and family law,” explains Kohn. “I expect, and am already hearing, a very excited response from key stakeholder groups.”

The “Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act” is an updated version of the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act, originally promulgated in 1969 as part of the Uniform Probate Code, and revised in 1982 and 1997. The new version of the act is a modern guardianship statute that aims to better protect the rights of minors and adults subject to a guardianship or conservatorship. The Act encourages courts to use the least restrictive means possible and includes a set of optional forms to help courts implement its provisions effectively.

“The Uniform Law Commission is a quasi-government body that conceives and creates legislation for states in order to bring clarity and stability to important issues of state law,” explains Kohn. “Some of the country’s most important laws are the result of the Commission’s work.” The organization is comprised of more than 300 lawyers, judges, and law professors, appointed by the states as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. “When drafting uniform laws, the ULC uses a highly transparent consultation process that brings state-appointed commissioners together to work in collaboration with stakeholders,” says Kohn. “Proposed legislation then comes before the ULC annual meeting to be debated and, if successful, adopted as a new uniform law.” 

“My role as the Reporter on the new uniform act was to be the principal drafter of the legislation,” says Kohn. “The Act brings modern legal theory and understandings to bear on guardianship practice, including a fuller appreciation of the need to engage people with disabilities in decisions about their lives. The aim is not only to create better rules, but to provide those working in the system with the guidance and incentives needed to ensure that those rules will be followed. If you want to make change, you need to get rid of barriers that prevent people from doing the right thing and to incentivize the right behavior.”

Kohn says she will next serve on a ULC enactment committee to support states’ adoption of the new uniform guardianship law. “Some states may adopt the new law in its entirety, but more often than not, states adopt either large portions of a uniform law or use concepts within it to re-write their own law—whatever path is chosen, all these outcomes are welcome.” 

Professor Peter Blanck and BBI Senior Fellow Larry Logue Webinar on Civil War Veterans Now Online

Posted on Friday 7/21/2017

University Professor and Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Peter Blanck and BBI Senior Fellow Larry Logue hosted a free webinar “Did Civil War Veterans Have PTSD? With Some Lessons for Today’s Veterans” on July 26, 2017.

We encounter PTSD in numerous settings these days. It is most commonly associated with veterans, and some scholars have suggested that PTSD affected combatants from ancient conflicts through World War II and in today’s conflicts. Larry Logue and Peter Blanck’s forthcoming book (2018, Cambridge University Press) examines psychological illness and suicide among veterans of the Union army in the American Civil War. Theirs is the first study to use detailed pension records and death registers to estimate the incidence of mental illness and suicide in those who returned from America’s deadliest war. Dr. Logue will discuss the project’s results and the relevance of PTSD to understanding the past. Dr. Blanck will speak to the implications of the historical findings to the struggles of 21st-century veterans. 

Professor Todd Berger comments on the upcoming O.J. Simpson parole hearing

Posted on Thursday 7/20/2017

Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic Todd Berger recently spoke with on the upcoming O.J. Simpson parole hearing.

Professor Mary Helen McNeal comments on legal ethics surrounding Trump lawyer’s threatening emails

Posted on Monday 7/17/2017

In this Huffington Post article, Professor Mary Helen McNeal comments on legal ethics surrounding Trump lawyer’s threatening emails.

Professor Cora True-Frost Presents at the 2017 annual meeting of the Law and Society Association

Posted on Friday 7/14/2017

Associate Professor of Law Cora True-Frost recently presented at the annual meeting of the Law and Society Association. She presented her paper, “Addressing the Conditions Conducive to Terrorism: The Role of “Civil Society” in International Security”, during the Criminal Law and Human Rights session.

Dean Boise and Law in London student externs with the Crown Prosecution Services visit the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Posted on Wednesday 7/12/2017

The Crown Prosecution Service has an extensive training program for Law in London legal externs.  In addition to working on cases and attending court with their mentors, students spend a week at the most historic court in England, the Old Bailey.  Recently they were hosted at the Supreme Court by Lord Hughes, a judge on the Court.  They and Dean Boise also had a meeting with the two Chief Crown Prosecutors for London at CPS headquarters.

Nick Wallace Joins the College of Law as Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management

Posted on Friday 7/7/2017

College of Law Dean Craig Boise has announced the addition of Nick Wallace as Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management. In this role, Wallace will be responsible for the strategic planning, leadership, and implementation of the College’s J.D. enrollment and financial aid initiatives.

Wallace comes to the College of Law from Rutgers Law School where he served as Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid.

“The College of Law is fortunate to be adding someone with Nick’s background and acumen to our senior leadership team at this critical time in legal education,” said Dean Boise. “Nicks’ proven track record of enrolling academically talented and diverse students will play an important role in the College of Law’s growth.”

Prior to Rutgers Law School, Wallace held several enrollment and financial aid positions at the University of Minnesota Law School. He currently serves on the Law School Admissions Council Board of Trustees.

“With its nationally known centers, expanding externship program, and many joint degree options, the College of Law has the assets that potential law students are demanding in today’s marketplace,” said Wallace. “We have the right ingredients to enhance the caliber of our student body.  I am excited about joining an excellent team at the College of Law.”

Wallace received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota – Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 

LSAT Changes and What You Need to Know

Posted on Thursday 6/29/2017

​Like many prospective students, you may have the LSAT on the brain. Recently, LSAC announced some changes regarding the frequency of when students can take the test. LSAC has announced, “that starting with the September 2017 LSAT, there will no longer be any limitations on the number of times a test take can take the LSAT in a two-year period. LSAC has revised this policy as part of its planning for additional administrations of the LSAT. We will provide more information on the LSAT schedule in the coming weeks”. Additionally, LSAC has announced more test dates for the 2018-2019 year. 

If you're one of the prospective law students with a future LSAT pending, we wanted to share LSAT tips and recommendations on where to begin. Tatum Wheeler, from, dished on her LSAT go-to’s and shared advice (spoiler alert: there are FREE online LSAT prep tools). The full article can be found here. If you’re still feeling lost and unsure when to begin studying for the LSAT, review her recommendations/time line here.

As a reminder, if you are considering Syracuse Law, we accept applications until July 1st to account for the June LSAT. If you are interested in applying, click here or contact our office for additional information. 

Best of luck as you begin LSAT prep!

Syracuse Law Associate Professor Nathan A. Sales Nominated to Lead U.S. Counterterrorism Bureau

Posted on Monday 6/19/2017

The White House announced last week its intention to nominate Syracuse University College of Law associate professor Nathan Sales as the State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism. Professor Sales previously served as deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Homeland Security and as senior counsel in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy.

“Professor Sales’ experience serving in high-level government roles, his academic background and overall expertise in national security and counterterrorism make him a strong candidate for this important position,” says Chancellor Kent Syverud. “Professor Sales’ nomination is another instance of Syracuse University faculty playing important roles in shaping public policy, creating change and positively impacting the tone and discourse of our national dialogue.” 

Professor Sales, a Duke University Law School graduate, joined the Syracuse College of Law faculty as an associate professor in 2014. He previously served as an assistant professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.  He teaches and writes in the fields of national security law, counterterrorism law, administrative law and constitutional law.


“It is an honor to be nominated for such a critical position in our government,” says Syracuse Law Dean Craig M. Boise. “As a faculty member in our Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism, Professor Sales is part of an interdisciplinary team that is at the forefront of research and analysis in the fields of national and international security and counterterrorism.  Professor Sales possesses the relevant national security expertise and legal acumen coupled with the international perspective needed to be an effective counterterrorism leader. We look forward to assisting him as he transitions to this important role.”

DOT Honors Attorney Christopher Jennison L’16 Opens 2017 Summer D.C. Externship Program Seminar Series

Posted on Thursday 6/15/2017

Syracuse Law recently began its 2017 Summer D.C. Externship Program with a seminar featuring recent alumnus Christopher Jennison L’16. The seminar series is part of a comprehensive externship program that builds on the College’s extensive alumni network in the capital region and commitment to experiential learning to provide students with a course of study and valuable legal experience in order to understand how lawyers function in the United States capital.

Distinguished Guest Lecturer Jennison is a former participant in the D.C. Externship Program himself and the first to return as a lecturer. He now works as an Honors Attorney in the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of General Counsel’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings. He spoke with the program’s current participants about the importance of networking and that the key to getting a job out of law school is to “apply, apply, apply,” emphasizing the importance of getting applications to prospective employers in good time.

Jennison said he credits his early career success to the fact that he spent time fortifying relationships with people he met through the D.C. Externship Program, in addition to sending out multiple job applications. Jennison also regaled the students with some interesting legal facts about aviation regulation and enforcement. For example, contrary to popular belief, turkeys actually can fly very well—in passenger airplanes as service animals!

Along with working at federal offices and a diverse array of organizations throughout the D.C. area—including at the Department of Justice, NASA, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission—students in the externship program write a research paper on a relevant topic and participate in a series of seminars taught by faculty members and practicing lawyers, many of whom, like Jennison, are Syracuse Law graduates.  

The Syracuse Law D.C. Externship Program is offered to qualified second and third-year students three times a year, in the summer, fall, and spring semesters. The program is coordinated by Professor Terry L. Turnipseed, Faculty Director of Externship Programs. 

Professor Emily Brown Receives University Funding for Climate Change Policy Awareness Project

Posted on Wednesday 6/14/2017

Legal Writing Professor Emily Brown has received a Syracuse University Campus as a Laboratory for Sustainability (CALS) Grant. The grant will enable Brown to work with two research assistants to review climate change rules proposed by the federal government, to distill the proposed rules into accessible summaries, and to share these short policy analyses via a social media campaign. 

As Brown explains, “My proposal asks three related questions. First, is it possible to summarize and convey complex environmental rules in a way that is both interesting and accessible? Second, how can you inspire individuals to feel empowered to participate in public policy decisions about climate change? And, third, how can you reach a large group of people with this information?”

Brown points to a recent social media phenomenon surrounding the Federal Communication Commission, “Net Neutrality,” and the HBO comedy show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver as a template for what she hopes to accomplish. “On June 1, 2014, John Oliver spent 13 minutes explaining the potential ramifications of destroying net neutrality, and he invited his audience to comment directly to the FCC, proving an online link during his show. The next day, the FCC received so many comments, its website crashed. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler embraced the concerns of these commenters and rejected attempts to end net neutrality.”

To generate the same kind of engagement with climate change policy, Brown’s law student research assistants will review and summarize pertinent climate change regulations enacted by previous administrations, monitor proposed legislation that impacts climate change, and draft short summaries describing rules proposed by the new administration.  Summaries of newly proposed rules will appear on the initiative’s homepage, along with links where individuals can directly access the federal government webpages to comment on proposed rules.  The initiative’s homepage will also include links to additional in-depth analyses of proposed rules. 

In addition to the initiative’s website, the grant will fund the development a social media campaign to harness the potential of college student engagement in public policy debates surrounding climate change rulemaking. “Although this engagement will begin on the Syracuse University campus,” says Brown, “the social media campaign will be designed to engage students throughout the United States.”

Brown’s project was one of five selected by the University during the latest round of CALS funding, which called for projects that address climate disruption and that offer opportunity for communication and outreach to the campus and wider community. Funding for CALS grants comes from the Syracuse University Climate Action Plan. As energy efficiency efforts have been implemented in recent years, so some of the savings have gone into this research fund. 

The initial round of funding, totaling $50,000, was awarded in January 2017. For the second round of funding, 15 applications were received, with requests for funding totaling nearly $200,000. The call for proposals encouraged multidisciplinary projects and projects from a broad range of disciplines, applicants, and collaborators across the University. The selection committee was drawn from an advisory group of faculty from all the schools and colleges.

Christopher Clark 3L Finished as Runner-up at Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

Posted on Wednesday 6/7/2017

Christopher Clark 3L was the runner-up in the 2017 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition. Clark won three rounds of head-to-head competition against students representing 15 other law schools from across the country. Nick Dellefave 3L assisted Clark during the competition. 

“Congratulations to Christopher for this amazing accomplishment,” said Kathleen O’Connor, Faculty Director of the Moot Court Honor Society and Advocacy. “Top Gun is a very difficult competition and to have advanced to the finals speaks well of his capabilities and skills as an advocate in the courtroom.”

Top Gun is an innovative, invitation-only mock trial tournament where the single best advocates from some of the top 16 trial advocacy schools go head-to-head for the honor of Top Gun. The winner earns a $10,000 prize.

Unlike other mock trial competitions, participants do not receive the case file until they arrive at Baylor Law School, a mere 24 hours before the first round of trials begin. Preparation includes reviewing depositions, records, and photographs, and taking a trip to the actual places where events in the case supposedly occurred. Shortly before each round, competitors are assigned a witness or witnesses who may be used at their discretion during the round. The jurors for each round are distinguished trial lawyers and judges.

College of Law Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Session of Law in London Program

Posted on Tuesday 6/6/2017

This summer, 23 law students will spend eight weeks in London, England gaining intensive work experience from leading practitioners through the College of Law’s Law in London Program. 

Celebrating its 40th year of providing students will invaluable international legal education, Law in London participants receive mentorship and guidance while building their legal skills in a truly international setting.  In addition to the work placements, students take part in international law seminars, fulfill a writing requirement and engage in a number of cultural activities. 

The twenty College of Law students, joined by students from Brooklyn, Iowa, and Villanova law schools, will also participate in a number of special programs and events scheduled to celebrate the 40th year of Law in London.

“The Law in London program’s longevity and success is tied directly to our placement organizations, many of whom have generously hosted students for many decades,” said Christian Day, Director of the Law in London Program. “This year, we have a broad spectrum of the London legal community represented, including a few new establishments, and College of Law alumni who are employed in London and are now mentors.”

Student placements this summer include:

AIG Limited (insurance and compliance)

AIRE Centre (human rights law)

Chambers of Roger Henderson, QC (civil barrister)

Coram Chambers (civil barrister)

Crown Prosecution Service (criminal law)

Europe Arab Bank (banking law)

Islington Council (municipal law)

MSCI (financial law)

Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati (solicitors)

Powell Spencer & Partners (criminal law)

Selborne Chambers (civil barrister)

State Street Global Services (financial law)

US Bank Global Corporate Trust Services (financial law)

V&S Solicitors LP (solicitors)

Withers LLP (solicitors)

Woolwich Crown Court (judicial)

College of Law Kicks Off Summer Semester of D.C. Externship Program

Posted on Monday 6/5/2017

The College of Law’s D.C. Externship Program Summer Semester recently began for 23 students who will be participating in full-time externships in a wide variety of legal settings. Now in its fourth summer, the D.C. Externship Program combines focused coursework, guest lecturers from the legal profession along with the externship placements that enable students that give them experience and a professional network of contacts.

This summer, students are gaining work experience in:

Federal Government

o U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

o U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of General Counsel, Employment and Labor Law

o U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

o U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Indian Gaming

o U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

o U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of the Chair Ann Marie Buerkle (L ’94)

o Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

o Federal Communications Commission

o U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division

o U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review

o U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia

Federal Military 

o U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service 

Foreign Government 

o Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq 


o Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council

o The LGBT Bar

Local Government 

o Office of Public Defender, Montgomery County, Maryland


o The Honorable J. Jeremiah Mahoney L’69, Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development

In-house Corporate 

o HBW Resources

Law Firms 

o Garfield Law Group, LLP

o Rolinski & Suarez, LLC

o Ron M. Landsman, P.A.

“The placements represent the cross-section of the American legal system within the unique legal environment of the nation’s Capital,” said Professor Terry L. Turnipseed, Faculty Director of the College of Law’s Externship Programs. “Students benefit from putting their classroom learning to practical use through daily interactions with mentors while beginning to build that network of professional contacts that will become indispensable after graduation.

The D.C. Externship’s Distinguished Guest Lecture Series will feature the following speakers during the summer semester:

May 30, 2017

Christopher Jennison (L ’16), Honors Attorney at Office of Aviation Enforcement & Proceedings, U.S Department of Transportation

June 19, 2017

James Voyles (L ’14), Policy Counsel and Director of Communications, HBW Resources

July 12, 2017

Dean Craig Boise

July 28, 2017

David Falk, Founder and CEO, FAME

Professor Ghosh Presents at Law & Business Symposium at National Chengchi Univ. and the International Trademark Assn. Meeting

Posted on Thursday 6/1/2017

Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program, recently presented the keynote address at the Law & Business of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Symposium at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.

He presented, “Business Lawyering in a World of Spillovers: The Case of Intellectual Property Licensing” to an international group of business, law and economics professionals. Click here to view the presentation.

Ghosh also presented twice at the annual meeting of the International Trademark Association: “First Amendment and the Death of Trademark” and “Shaping Up – Understanding the Protection of Shapes in the International Trademark and Designs Systems” with Cesar Ramirez-Montes, School of Law, Leeds University.

BBI Chairman Peter Blanck to Speak on Diversity and Inclusion at Global Law Firm Reed Smith

Posted on Tuesday 5/30/2017

BBI Chairman and University Professor Peter Blanck will speak at Reed Smith, a global law firm, at their June 1, 2017, Diversity Summit. The Summit explores how diversity and inclusion enriches organizations, along with practical strategies for improving and sustaining diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Dr. Blanck will discuss the recent American Bar Association nationwide study, to be conducted by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, to identify the biases encountered by LGBT and/or disabled lawyers in the legal profession and to help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases.  Preliminary results are expected to be released in September from the national online surveys, interviews, and focus groups. Click here for more information on the American Bar Association Study.

About BBI

The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities.  For more information about BBI, visit:


Syracuse Selected to Participate in the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition; Christopher Clark 3L Named as Representative

Posted on Tuesday 5/30/2017

Syracuse University College of Law is one of 16 law schools from around the country who have been selected to participate in the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition at Baylor Law June 1-4.

Christopher Clark 3L has been designated as the College of Law’s representative at the competition. Clark was named Top Advocate in Region II during the National Trial Competition preliminary round. He will be assisted in the competition by Nick Dellefave 3L.

Top Gun is an innovative, invitation-only mock trial tournament where the single best advocates from some of the top 16 trial advocacy schools go head-to-head for the honor of Top Gun. The winner earns a $10,000 prize.

Unlike other mock trial competitions, participants do not receive the case file until they arrive in Waco, a mere 24 hours before the first round of trials begin. Preparation includes reviewing depositions, records, and photographs, and taking a trip to the actual places where events in the case supposedly occurred. Shortly before each round, competitors are assigned a witness or witnesses who may be used at their discretion during the round. The jurors for each round are distinguished trial lawyers and judges.

Burton Blatt Institute Commissioned by American Bar Association for study of disabled, LGBT lawyers

Posted on Wednesday 5/24/2017

The American Bar Association has launched a first-of-its-kind nationwide study, to be conducted by the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, to identify the biases encountered by LGBT and/or disabled lawyers in the legal profession and to help develop and implement strategies to ameliorate such biases.  Preliminary results are expected to be released in September from the national online surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

Diversity and inclusion programs typically focus on gender and race. Too often, the LGBT communities and/or those who have disabilities are not included in efforts to expand career and professional diversity, especially in the legal profession.

“This study is integral to the ABA’s continuing efforts to promote the full and equal participation of all diverse persons, including LGBT lawyers and lawyers with disabilities, in the association and the legal profession as a whole,” said ABA President Linda Klein.

The project, part of the ABA Pathway to the Profession Project, which grew out of the ABA Diversity and Inclusion 360 Commission, will develop benchmarks and strategies for inclusiveness, according to Peter Blanck, professor of Law and chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute, and lead investigator, enabling “the ABA to make a positive impact on the U.S. legal profession and on the lives and careers of LGBT lawyers and/or lawyers with disabilities.” 

“BBI is an interdisciplinary institute closely aligned with the Syracuse University College of Law. It is an ideal choice to conduct this groundbreaking research,” said College of Law Dean Craig Boise.  “The project will build on BBI’s ongoing and extensive research and programs on diversity and inclusion, and engage our law students to help conduct the research.”

Approximately 60 million Americans have disabilities that impact major life activities. Disabilities may be visible such as blindness or paraplegia or invisible such as dyslexia and depression.  Accurate estimates of LGBT Americans have proven elusive, ranging from 9 to 12 million Americans.

The number of openly LGBT+ lawyers has more than doubled over the last 10 years, according to statistics from the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).  Nonetheless, when compared with other legal professional demographic groups, LGBT legal professionals are more likely to be employed by public interest organizations rather than by law firms. 

For law professionals with disabilities, NALP reports that less than 2 percent of graduates self-identify as having a disability.  Those that do report their disability were less likely to be employed compared to men, women, minorities or graduates identifying as LGBT+.

About the American Bar Association

With more than 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law. View our privacy statement online. Follow the latest ABA news at and on Twitter @ABANews. 

About BBI

The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities.  For more information about BBI, visit

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Professor Cora True-Frost Presents at William & Mary Law School’s International Law Workshop

Posted on Monday 5/22/2017

Assistant Professor of Law Cora True-Frost was invited to participate in William & Mary Law School’s International Law Workshop, a gathering of international law professors from Harvard, University of Virginia, Duke, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Queen’s College, Willamette, and William & Mary. 

Professor True-Frost presented, “When the UN Addresses the ‘Conditions Conducive to Terrorism,’ What Happens to Human Rights?” as part of the two-day workshop with these other noted international law scholars.  The topics discussed included international human rights law, international finance, international criminal law, public international law, and international trade.  

Professor True-Frost examined how the United Nations’ (UN) embrace of countering violent extremism (CVE) affects international human rights law: embracing CVE will both open and foreclose opportunities to advance international human rights law at the national and international levels. The UN Charter obliges the UN to uphold and promote human rights, including freedom of expression and association. This obligation is unchanged when the international organization weighs those rights against international and domestic terrorism. By embracing CVE programs, the UN has both limited and expanded its capacity to promote and develop human rights norms. On the one hand, the UN may have curtailed its ability to leverage social stigma against states that violate human rights norms through their CVE programs. She developed an additional concern: the Secretary-General’s call for National CVE Action Plans may generate a drive towards uniformity among States, creating a race to the bottom in human rights standards, as well as redirecting important state resources from social services to security. On the other hand, the article also analyzes some limited ways that the UN’s position on CVE programs may promote human rights-respecting outcomes. This is because the UN’s agenda will now offer multiple opportunities for transnational advocacy networks, and other stakeholders to contest CVE programs not only nationally, but also at the international level and through programs within the UN. 

Carla Villarreal Lopez L’17 Selected to Receive the Robert B. Menschel Public Service Fellowship Award

Posted on Friday 5/19/2017

Carla Villarreal Lopez L’17, a 2017 LL.M. graduate and disability rights Open Society Fellow, is one of two Syracuse University graduate students selected to receive the University’s Robert B. Menschel Public Service Fellowship Award.

The Fellowship Award was established to recognize Syracuse University graduate students who have chosen post-graduate employment in the public sector in any of the following areas: non-profit organizations; city, state or federal government; or Non-Government Organizations (NGOs.)

Lopez will work this summer as a Legal Fellow in the Washington, D.C. office of Women Enabled International, an organization that “advocates and educates for the human rights of all women and girls, with an emphasis on women and girls with disabilities, and works tirelessly to include women and girls with disabilities in international resolutions, policies and programs addressing women's human rights and development.” She is a lawyer in her home country of Peru, where she has served as Commissioner of the Women's Rights Department of the Ombudsman's Office of Peru.

Common J.D. Fears (That You Don't Have to Worry About Here)

Posted on Wednesday 5/17/2017

Are you worried about...

...focusing on your grades and your job search?

At Syracuse Law, we understand that it takes some time to transition to law school. While 1Ls are invited—and encouraged—to attendcareer services programming, you aren’t expected to come and meet one-on-one with a counselor until October, giving you time to settle in and breathe a bit. Our resume workshops and other programs will ensure that you are prepared (but not stressed) by the added work of a job search.

 ...not being able to keep up with the coursework?

First off, give yourself some credit! Due to the fact that you've at least considered law school, it's safe to assume that you're a hard-working, diligent student with goals. You probably won't let yourself fall behind, but if it's really a concern of yours, know this: you'll have support here. Our faculty is extremely approachable and dedicated to student success. You'll find that your peers here are always up for collaboration, study groups, and keeping each other on track. On top of all this, a quick look at the academic support section on our website should calm your fear in seconds. As you'll see, you'd be automatically assigned to a tutor during your first few weeks here, and you can take academic skills development sessions that focus on note-taking, outlining, stress management, and more.

 ...the exams?

Yes, midterms and finals are still a thing when you go to graduate school. But think about it this way: you'll now be taking tests on subject matters you're really interested in. And once again, you won't be going at this alone! Syracuse Law offers an incredible professonal development program called Orange SLICE, which holds classes for 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls on topics like "strategies for midterm success" and "how to use your midterm results to prepare for your finals." Take advantage of these classes, and worrying about exams will become a thing of the past. Plus, you'll meet other students just like you who really want to do well. 

 ...not knowing if you should pursue a joint degree?

Nothing to worry about here either. While you can apply for joint degree candidacy before starting, most Syracuse Law students apply during their first year of law study. So if you're thinking about it after you start your classes, our career counselors can help you determine if getting an M.S. in, say, Forensic Science or International Relations would better prepare you for your intended career path. And if you decide that's the route you'd like to take, you can go ahead and apply. We have lots of options

Feel better? Good! Still want some information on getting ready for law school? Check out our complimentary ebook, which is full of tips and advice on how to develop your professional image beforehand.

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College of Law Celebrates 2017 Commencement

Posted on Monday 5/15/2017

On Friday, May 12, Syracuse Law celebrated its 2017 commencement. During the ceremony, the College conferred 148 Juris Doctor and 27 Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law degrees.

Judge James E. Graves Jr. L’80, G’81, United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District, served as the commencement speaker. Judge Graves imparted to the graduates to “never let your view block your vision.”

Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor William Banks was selected by the 2017 class as the recipient of the annual Res Ipsa Loquitur Award, recognizing the faculty member who has made an impact on the class. Legal Writing Professor Shannon Ryan was selected by the LL.M. class as the recipient of the Lucet Lex Mundum Award, recognizing a faculty member who made a significant impact on the LL.M. class. Class president Dalya Bordman and LL.M. Student Bar Association senator Maria D. Robledo delivered addresses. 

Live Stream Today's College of Law Commencement Ceremony

Posted on Friday 5/12/2017

The College of Law will hold its Commencement ceremony Friday, May 12 at 1 P.M. in the Carrier Dome. Judge James E. Graves Jr. L’80, G ’81, United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, will be the commencement speaker. Click here to live stream the event and here for more information about the event.

College of Law Students and Faculty Deliver “Issues in Local Zoning” Continuing Education Workshop to Zoning Officials from Onondaga County

Posted on Friday 5/12/2017
Emily Keable, Kimberly Grinberg, Professor Malloy, Shannon Crane Fiedler, Portia Kayanthos Skenadore-Wheelock

Students in the College of Law’s Center on Property, Citizenship and Social Entrepreneurism program, under the guidance of Professor Robin Paul Malloy, E. I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law, recently conducted a continuing education workshop on “Issues in Local Zoning” for 36 zoning officials from throughout Onondaga County.

Shannon Crane Fiedler 3L, Kimberly Grinberg 2L, Emily Keable 2L, and Portia Kayanthos Skenadore-Wheelock 2L presented on a number of zoning topics, including: medical marijuana dispensaries, nonconforming use, sidewalk regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), regulating “tiny houses” and dealing with issues of affordable housing, accessory uses, and an update on ADA requirements and zoning. 

“The annual zoning program provides an excellent opportunity for our law students that are interested in these zoning and land use issues to conduct research, develop a presentation and ultimately deliver the presentation to zoning officials that will use this information in their jobs,” said Professor Malloy. “We addressed some very novel, emerging concepts in this year’s program, such as medical marijuana dispensaries and tiny houses, which are becoming more common and require zoning professionals to quickly be current on laws and regulations.”

The four-hour program qualified for the annual continuing education requirement for New York State zoning officials and was sponsored by the College of Law’s Center on Property, Citizenship and Social Entrepreneurism and the Town of DeWitt. 

Community Development Law Clinic Accepted into Trademark Practice Area of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinic Certification Program

Posted on Thursday 5/11/2017
Community Development Law Clinic Directors Deborah Kenn and Jessica Murray meet with clinic students

The College of Law’s Community Development Law Clinic (CDLC) has been accepted into the trademark practice area of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Law School Clinic Certification Program, effective August 1, 2017.

This certification allows student attorneys in the CDLC to practice trademark law before the USPTO under the supervision of College of Law clinical faculty. 

“The certification allows students to draft and file trademark applications with the USPTO on behalf of our non-profit and small business clients so these organizations can protect their trademarks and service marks,” said Jessica Murray, Co-Director, Community Development Law Clinic. “Our students will gain valuable experience drafting applications, completing the filing process, responding to Office Actions, and interacting directly with USPTO attorneys. These are skills that are highly transferable to any area of the law they pursue after graduation.”

Professor William C. Banks Speaks to National Media After the Firing of FBI Director James Comey

Posted on Thursday 5/11/2017

In the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey on May 9, 2017—at a time when this agency and others are probing the influence of Russian intelligence in the 2016 presidential election— Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor and Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism Director William C. Banks’ knowledge of constitutional and national security law was in high demand by the media …

Why a thorough investigation of Russian election meddling is still possible (Christian Science Monitor | May 10, 2017)

… In the current charged political environment, a national commission might be the only path to a new approach acceptable to both parties.

“Trump couldn’t stand in the way of that” if Congress moves in that direction, says William Banks of Syracuse University.

The problem here is that congressional investigations already exist. The probe overseen by the House Select Committee on Intelligence is currently a tangled mess, given the move by chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R) of California to secretly visit the White House to view documents he said might help prove Trump’s accusation that he was wiretapped by President Obama during the campaign …

President Trump and Russia: How would a special prosecutor get appointed? (USA Today | May 10, 2017)

… During his confirmation hearings for the No. 2 post at the Department of Justice, Rosenstein refused to commit to Democrats’ calls for a special prosecutor to oversee the inquiry.

Syracuse University law professor William Banks said it’s unrealistic to expect action from Rosenstein. “Even if the deputy wanted to do this, he would be shot down by the White House, I imagine,” Banks said …

James Comey’s Firing Has People Calling for an Independent Prosecutor. What’s That? (Time | May 10, 2017)

… A commission, a committee, and a special prosecutor would all be charged with investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, or specifically, possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia. But only a special prosecutor has the power to actually take legal action; a committee or a commission would only gather the facts and present the findings to the Department of Justice.

“No one’s going to jail as a result of what the commission does but they could with a prosecutor,” explained William C. Banks, a law professor and Director of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University. “Congress has the power to investigate but power to prosecute is in the Executive Branch” …

Here's how a special prosecutor investigating Trump and Russia would get appointed (Business Insider - May 9, 2017)

In the article, Banks clarifies the difference between a special prosecutor and special counsel.

Live Stream the College of Law’s Commencement Ceremony

Posted on Thursday 5/11/2017

The College of Law will hold its Commencement ceremony Friday, May 12 at 1 P.M. in the Carrier Dome. Judge James E. Graves Jr. L’80, G ’81, United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, will be the commencement speaker. Click here to live stream the event and here for more information about the event.

Professor David M. Crane L'80 Receives Honorary Degree From Ohio University

Posted on Tuesday 5/9/2017

Ohio University alum and College of Law Professor of Practice David Crane, who earned a bachelor’s degree in History in 1972 and a master’s in African Studies in 1973, was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree at Ohio University's Graduate Commencement on April 28.

He earned a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law in 1980 and is now a professor of practice teaching international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and national security law 

“My life and all it is and has stood for began here at Ohio University,” Crane said. “I learned the joy of learning; of standing up for what is right; to be a critical thinker; to become a leader and manager; and I learned the importance of lifelong friendships and, most importantly, the true meaning of love. A love that has lasted almost 45 years.”

Crane has held many positions during his 30-year career with the U.S. federal government. Some of them include: judge advocate for the U.S. Army, assistant general counsel of the Defense Intelligence Agency and founding director of the Office of the Intelligence Review in the Department of Defense. He also has served as the Waldemar A. Solf Professor of International Law and chairman of the International Law Department in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School.

Among his duties were prosecuting cases, educating attorneys on international humanitarian law and overseeing investigations into acts of terrorism and international aggression.

After retiring, he was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan as the founding chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He was responsible for evaluating and prosecuting individuals who committed crimes against humanity and violations of international human rights that occurred during the Sierra Leone civil war, 1991-2002.

He is the founder and vice president of the “I am Syria” campaign, which educates the world on the Syrian Conflict. He also founded “Impunity Watch,” a law review journal and news reporting site that caters to government officials, non-governmental organizations and international lawyers.

Lauren Henry, Class of 2017, Receives New York State Bar Association 2017 President’s Pro Bono Service Award

Posted on Monday 5/8/2017
NYSBA President Elect Sharon Stern Gerstman, NYSBA President Claire Gutekunst and Lauren Henry.

Third-year student Lauren Henry received the New York State Bar Association 2017 President’s Pro Bono Service Award in the law student category. Henry beat out nominees from across the state for this recognition and was the only student in NYS to receive the award at a special ceremony held in Albany on May 2, 2017. 

Henry has interned at Legal Assistance of Western New York over recent summers, working on veterans and health law matters. As a student, she was a student attorney in the Elder Law Clinic, a member of the Cold Case Justice Initiative and the spring events coordinator for the Syracuse Public Interest Network, among other activities.

Each year the New York State Bar Association proudly bestows the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards. These awards recognize outstanding pro bono contributions made by individual attorneys, law students, law firms, corporate counsel and/or government offices. One award is presented to an outstanding law student pro bono volunteer.

Sarah A. Ballard 3L Receives Onondaga County Bar Association Award

Posted on Friday 5/5/2017
Dean Craig Boise, Sarah A. Ballard 3L, Criminal Defense Clinic Director Todd Berger

Sarah A. Ballard 3L is the recipient of the annual Onondaga County Bar Association Award. 

This award is given “to the graduate who has made a significant contribution toward the relationship between the College of Law and the community through service in clinical programs. Ballard participated in the College’s Criminal Defense Clinic.

She was presented with the award at the Onondaga County Bar Association’s annual Law Day event.

D.C. Externship Program Closes the Semester with a Look Inside the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Posted on Friday 5/5/2017

The Spring 2017 D.C. Externship Program had the opportunity to close their semester with a seminar at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) hosted by the director, Avis E. Buchanan.

For the last ten years, Buchanan has been the director of PDS, which provides defense, and related legal and non-legal services, to indigent adults and children charged with crimes and delinquent acts in the local D.C. courts. PDS is widely regarded as one of the best public defender offices in the country, local or federal; Avis is the longest-serving director in PDS history.

As director of PDS, Buchanan oversees an extensive range of cutting-edge legal and non-legal services aimed at providing the best possible representation to criminal defendants. PDS has a staff of 220, roughly half of whom are lawyers. PDS has seven legal units and, uncommonly, pulls from those to create practice groups that focus, for example, on forensics and mental health, two chief aspects of trial and sentence-mitigation work. Specialists not only assist in individual cases but push for reforms of local and federal policies and legislation. They also run training programs for lawyers, social workers, investigators, and others working on the front lines of D.C. justice.

The participants had the opportunity to learn why PDS is the best public defender service in the country and what they are doing to maintain that title. Buchanan kept the participants engaged by explaining her personal journey to becoming the director of PDS as well as speaking about what it is like to be an attorney for PDS Buchanan also took questions regarding how their public defender service differs from many of those around the country and why their procedures are so successful. Finally, Buchanan discussed the possible changes that could arise for PDS because of the new administration. 

College of Law and University Community Celebrate Professor Aviva Abramovsky

Posted on Thursday 5/4/2017

Colleagues, students, alumni and friends from the College of Law and Syracuse University recently gathered to celebrate Professor Aviva Abramovsky on being appointed Dean of the University at Buffalo Law School.

Christopher Clark 2L Receives Inaugural Emil M. Rossi L’72 Scholarship for Trial Advocacy Participants

Posted on Wednesday 5/3/2017
Christopher Clark 2L with Kathleen O'Connor, Faculty Director, Moot Court Honor Society

Christopher Clark, 2L, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Emil M. Rossi L’72 Scholarship. Each year, the Fund will support a scholarship awarded to a rising third year student who participated in an intercollegiate trial competition in their second year and demonstrated excellence in trial advocacy. 

Among other accomplishments, Chris participated in the National Trial Competition and Tournament of Champions this past year.

The Emil M. Rossi L’72 Scholarship was established by Professor Emeritus Travis Lewin and College of Law alumni. 

D.C. Externship Program Student Lishayne King Completes Semester with Department of Commerce

Posted on Tuesday 5/2/2017
College of Law’s Lishayne King, to Secretary Ross' immediate left, with other Department of Commerce Interns

Wilbur Ross, the newly appointed Secretary for the Department of Commerce, recently held a meet and greet with the Department of Commerce interns from the Spring 2017 semester, including D.C. Externship Program participant Lishayne King 2L.

He discussed the important role of the Department of Commerce in making information available to the public, as the Department of Commerce oversees bureaus including NWS (National Weather Service), and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), among many others. Secretary Ross also briefly discussed how his prior banking and investing experiences helped to prepare him for his current role. 

Secretary Ross encouraged interns to become involved in public service at some point in their careers, as he has found working at the Department of Commerce to be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Following his remarks, Secretary Ross answered a few questions from the interns. 

Professors William Banks and David Driesen on President Trump’s first 100 days in office

Posted on Monday 5/1/2017

Professors William Banks and David Driesen have co-authored an op/ed on President Trump’s first 100 days in office.

The article, "100 Days, Trump, And Precaution," discusses "the precautionary principle" and how it may prove useful in managing the potential threats that an erratic and unpredictable Trump Administration may pose to national security in the next 100 days and beyond. 

Professor Robert Ashford to Present on Inclusive Capitalism at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and London School of Economics

Posted on Monday 5/1/2017

Professor of Law Robert H.A. Ashford will be making a series of presentations on inclusive capitalism at Oxford University, the London School of Economics and Cambridge University.

Professor Ashford will be speaking at:

 "Inclusive Capitalism: The UK's Ownership-Broadening Road to Prosperity in the Post-Brexit Era," Oxford University St. Anne's College, May 3

“Beyond Austerity and Stimulus: Making Employment and Growth More Sustainable by Widening Capital Ownership with the Earnings of Capital,” London School of Economics, May 4

“Beyond Austerity and Stimulus: broadening Capital Acquisition with the Earnings of Capital as a Means to Sustainable Fuller Employment and Growth,” Cambridge University St. Catherine's College, May 10

In response to widely‐expressed pessimism regarding the UK’s economic prospects in the Post‐Brexit era, Professor Robert Ashford points to a much greater obstacle to widely‐shared prosperity and the amelioration of poverty: the alarming three‐decade long declining labor share of total income experienced not only in the UK but throughout Europe.

To address labor’s declining income share, Ashford advances a more inclusive approach to capitalism: broadening competitive market opportunities to acquire capital with the earnings of capital. According to Professor Ashford, the prospect of such ownership broadening will unleash much presently suppressed productive capacity in the UK because the prospect of more broadly distributed capital earnings in future years provides great untapped incentives to profitably employ more labor and capital in earlier years.

Professor Ashford will explain how the same market mechanisms that presently assist mostly wealthier people to acquire capital with the earnings of capital (even as they sleep) can also be opened to assist poorer people to acquire capital with the earnings of capital without redistribution.

Syrian Accountability Project Releases Report on 2016 Siege of Aleppo

Posted on Friday 4/28/2017

Siege, the blockade and subjugation of a city, is an ancient and enduring strategy of war, responsible for some of the cruelest events in modern conflict: the battles of Sevastopol during the Crimean War, of Leningrad during World War II, and of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War.

Add to these notorious examples the 2016 Siege of Aleppo, an attritional campaign of the Syrian Civil War that lasted 160 days, from July to December, pitting the victorious Syrian Arab Republic against a rebel coalition mixed into a civilian population of some two million. Taken together, the Battle of Aleppo, which began in 2012, and the subsequent siege killed an estimated 31,000 people, with 75% of those believed to be civilians. One of the world’s oldest cities and a cultural capital, Aleppo was reduced to rubble.

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Syrian Accountability Project—a student-run organization based in the SU College of Law and led by Professor David M. Crane, a former war crimes prosecutor—published its latest white paper detailing this sad chapter of the civil war: Covered in Dust, Veiled by Shadow: The Siege and Destruction of Aleppo.

A close examination of the multiple war crimes and crimes against humanity that occurred during the 2016 blockade, the Covered in Dust release event took place in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3, Syracuse University. Discussants at the event were Ken Harper, Associate Professor, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; Cora True-Frost, Associate Professor of Law, SU Law; and Professor Corri Zoli, Director of Research, Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.

Authored by law students Kaitlyn Degnan, Zachary Lucas, and Sean Mills, Covered in Dust uses open sources, media accounts, and contacts in the field to describe events and to document crimes that occurred during the siege in violation of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and the Syrian Penal Code.

Although siege itself is not banned under customary international law, this strategy often employs tactics that are considered crimes. In terms of targeting citizens and the aid workers trying to help them, the Siege of Aleppo was especially egregious. Covered in Dust documents six distinct categories of incidents that are representative violations: the use of siege to starve a civilian population; indiscriminate shelling of civilians and specifically the dropping of “barrel bombs”; the use of chemical weapons (there were reportedly at least eight chlorine gas attacks during the blockade); attacks on humanitarian and medical operations, including on aid convoys and hospitals; and extrajudicial killings, especially during the final days of the battle.

The information in this white paper is drawn from SAP’s extensive legal analysis, now in its sixth year. The project’s comprehensive Conflict Narrative and Crime-Based Matrix are detailed accounts of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the civil war. The narrative is a daily accounting of recorded and pertinent crimes taken from open sources, while the matrix highlights specific incidents from the narrative, noting the date, location, description, and responsible party. The matrix also provides the relevant source of potential legal liability under the Rome Statute, the Geneva Conventions, and/or the Syrian Penal code.

The purpose of this white paper and SAP’s wider work is to aid the eventual administration of transitional justice for the people of Syria after the war. To this end, Covered in Dust will be sent to the newly created United Nations Syrian Accountability Center, which was formed with the help of Professor Crane in December 2016. The report also will be sent to these clients of SAP: the UN Undersecretary General for Legal Affairs; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chief Prosecutor International Criminal Court; Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes; and various UN ambassadors.

Covered in Dust joins two previous SAP white papers that also draw from the project’s Conflict Narrative and Crime-Based Matrix. Looking Through the Window Darkly: A Snapshot Analysis of Rape in Syria (released March 2016) carefully documents 142 cases of the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war by all sides of the Syrian conflict. Idlib Left Breathless: The Chemical Attack in Kahn Sheikhoun, released in April 2017, documents the sarin gas attack on a rebel-held town that reportedly killed at least 87 people, including 28 children.

Syracuse Law Review and Professor Shubha Ghosh Host Symposium on “Forgotten IP Cases”

Posted on Thursday 4/27/2017

The Syracuse Law Review, along with Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program, hosted “Forgotten IP Cases”, a Syracuse Law Review symposium on April 22 in Washington, D.C.

“The symposium featured seven prominent intellectual property professors presenting on forgotten, yet relevant cases,” said Ghosh. “Cases to be discussed include a split Supreme Court decision about Jack Benny’s parody of the movie Gaslight; a late nineteenth-century case involving antitrust actions brought against a large corporation with patents on harrows; the US government’s failure to recognize patents for inventions by slaves; a copyright infringement case involving maps of NYC and Philly and another one involving the now cliché of a villain tying a helpless person to railroad tracks; and several more that take us back to consider paths not taken by judges and Congress. ”

This coming year, Syracuse Law Review will publish a book focusing on intellectual property law.

Presenters included:

Bruce Boyden, Associate Professor of Law, Marquette Law School, on Palmer v. Daly

Robert Brauneis, Professor of Law and Co-director of the Intellectual Property Law Program, George Washington Law School, on CBS v. Loew’s

Sam Ernst, Associate Professor, Chapman Law School, on Boyden v. Westinghouse

Brian Frye, Associate Professor of Law, University of Kentucky Law School, on In re Invention of a Slave

Jessica Kiser, Assistant Professor of Law, Gonzaga Law School, on Wallpaper Manufacturers v. Crown

Amelia Rinehart, Associate Dean Faculty Research and Development, Professor, University of Utah Law School, on Bement v. Harrow

Zvi Rosen, U.S. Copyright Office, on Perris v. Hexamer

Professor Arlene Kanter Receives Champion of Independence Award from ARISE

Posted on Wednesday 4/26/2017

Professor of Law Arlene Kanter was honored by ARISE as a Champion of Independence at their recent annual dinner. The Champion of Independence award was created by ARISE in 2014 “to highlight and honor a person or an organization that had demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to access, independence and full inclusion of people with disabilities. Recipients have changed lives and impacted the world through their vision, dedication, and unwavering commitment.”

“Inclusion and respect for the dignity of people with disabilities are at the core of my teaching and scholarship,” said Kanter. “I am honored to be recognized by ARISE with this award, but am reminded that we, as a society, have much to do to fully achieve an inclusive world that values disability as part of our diversity.” 

Professor Kanter is the founder and director of the Disability Law and Policy Program, which houses the world’s first joint degree program in law and disability studies and a masters in law program for international students in human rights and disability law. She is also a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence and the 2012-2014 Bond Shoeneck & King Distinguished Professor of Law. 

Her scholarly work includes numerous books, articles and book chapters on the rights of people with disabilities in the U.S. and other countries. Her book, “The Development of Disability Rights Under International Law: From Charity to Human Rights” (Routledge 2015) is based on her work with the United Nations on drafting the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.  In 2017-18, she will be a visiting scholar at Harvard University Law School in the fall semester and at Hebrew University Faculty of Law in the spring semester. 


Since 1979, ARISE has provided opportunities so that people with disabilities can live freely and independently in the community. Everything ARISE does is based on the independent living philosophy, the belief that people with disabilities have a right to self-determination – the freedom to make choices and work toward achieving personal goals and systems change.

As a designated non-residential Independent Living Center, ARISE is organized and directed by people with disabilities. Many of our services are available to people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. Each year, ARISE serves more than 7,000 people from our offices located in five Central New York counties: Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, and Seneca. All our programs are consumer directed, maximizing choice and opportunities for the people we serve.

Professors Berger, Chhablani and True-Frost Receive Teaching Honors from Syracuse University

Posted on Tuesday 4/25/2017
Provost Michele G. Wheatly, Professor Sanjay Chhablani, Chancellor Kent Syverud

Three College of Law professors recently received significant teaching honors from Syracuse University for their teaching excellence. 

Professor of Law Sanjay Chhablani was awarded the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence. The Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence is a high honor from the University that recognizes and rewards outstanding faculty and emphasizes the importance the University places on teaching.

Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Defense Clinic Todd Berger and Associate Professor of Law Cora True-Frost received the Teaching Recognition Award sponsored by the Meredith Professors. The Teaching Recognition Award Sponsored by the Meredith Professors is an award program for non-tenured faculty that recognizes excellence and encourages a culture of collegial mentoring among faculty members.

“Sanjay, Todd, and Cora are very deserving educators who are passionate about teaching and dedicated to the student experience. This is a significant achievement and reflects positively on their years of contributions to the College of Law and the University,” said College of Law Dean Craig Boise.

Professor Shubha Ghosh to Participate in Panel Discussion on Lee v. Tam, Trademark Law and the First Amendment

Posted on Friday 4/21/2017

Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program, will participate in a panel discussion on Lee v. Tam at the University at Buffalo School of Law on Wednesday, April 26. The panel, “Disparaging Trademarks and One Rock Band’s Road to the Supreme Court” is presented by the University at Buffalo School of Law’s Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal.

After hearing oral arguments on January 18, the Supreme Court is on course to decide a pivotal case concerning trademark law and the First Amendment: Lee v. Tam. The Asian-American rock band, The Slants, filed a trademark application for their band name, “The Slants,” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO initially refused to register the proposed mark, deeming it offensive to Asian-Americans in violation of a federal prohibition barring the registration of disparaging marks.   

The Slants’ founder, Simon Tam, appealed the decision, asserting that he did not violate the prohibition because he was reclaiming an offensive term on behalf of the very group historically disparaged by that term. Tam also argued that the prohibition on disparaging marks violates the First Amendment. A 2015 decision in the Federal Circuit found in Tam’s favor, stating that “the First Amendment forbids government regulators to deny registration because they find the speech likely to offend others.” The government petitioned for Supreme Court review, which was granted. 

Among the many issues at stake in Lee v. Tam is whether the disparagement prohibition is unconstitutionally vague, whether the federal trademark registration program is “government speech,” and whether there is any legitimate purpose behind the registration program beyond preventing consumer confusion. The outcome of this case could impact another high-profile dispute over trademark registration: the litigation over the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins. Particularly relevant to the case are recent Supreme Court cases involving specialized license plates bearing the Confederate flag, street signs advertising church and other events, and a recent Supreme Court decision finding that prohibitions on credit card surcharges possibly violate the First Amendment. The last decision is reviewing a New York statute. 

Commentators, like Professor Tara Helfman, make strong arguments that the prohibition against registering offensive trademarks violate the First Amendment. Professor Ghosh will make the case that the Federal Circuit ruling, based on First Amendment prohibitions against content-based and viewpoint-based statutes, went too far in its reasoning, which potentially undermines many other provisions of federal trademark law.  Professor Ghosh will argue that the Supreme Court should either find a narrower basis to affirm the court of appeals or reverse.

Joining Professor Ghosh on the panel will be Simon Tam, lead singer of “The Slants”; Anne Downey, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP; and Christine Haight Farley, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law.

Pre-registration is required for CLE credit. For more information and to register, click here.

College of Law Moot Court Teams Garner Success and Acclaim at Regional and National Competitions

Posted on Friday 4/21/2017

The College of Law’s Moot Court Honor Society intercollegiate competition teams completed a successful spring, with several teams advancing deep in competitions and a number of students receiving individual honors. 

“Congratulations to all the students who put in the time and effort to excel in these highly competitive events,” said Kathleen O’Connor, Faculty Director of the Moot Court Honor Society. “We are pleased we can offer our students these opportunities to develop their advocacy skills and improve their legal writing skills. We also thank all the coaches who provide the students with invaluable instruction and guidance during countless hours of preparation and practice.”

American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition

The College of Law team consisting of Sally Ashkar 3L, Yolanda Beasley 3L, Nick Dellefave 2L and Jennifer Pratt 2L won the AAJ Regional competition held March 9-12, 2017 in Philadelphia.  The Syracuse team won each of its five trials through the regional rounds of competition, facing law school teams from Penn State, Villanova, Seton Hall and Drexel to win the Regional competition.  The team advanced to the national round held in Cleveland, Ohio.  

The Student Trial Advocacy Competition is sponsored by the American Association for Justice, which seeks to inspire trial advocacy excellence through this student competition.  This year’s problem was a civil case based on the Pokémon Go game.  

Joanne VanDyke L’87 coached the AAJ Mock Trial Team, and the team alternates were Tom DeBernardis 2L and Raul Velez 2L.

American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition

The ABA National Appellate Advocacy team advanced to the semi-final round of the regional competition held in Brooklyn, New York.  This is the best result for this team in recent history!  In addition, judges recognized Aya Hoffman 2L, among the competition’s best overall oralists for the regional competition.

We commend all three Syracuse team members –Hoffman, Ryan Lefkowitz 2L and Megan Thomas 3L - for their hard work, professionalism, and fantastic arguments.  In addition, alternate Veronica Ramirez 2L worked tirelessly to help prepare the team for the competition.  Congratulations ABA National Appellate Advocacy team!

Professor Shannon Ryan coached the ABA National Appellate Advocacy team.

Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

Second-year students Joshua Baumann, Ian Ludd and Erin Shea recently competed in the 25th Annual Duberstein Moot Court Competition in New York City.  Students submitted an appellate brief and presented three appellate arguments during the competition.  The Duberstein competition is an appellate competition sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and St. John’s University School of Law.  The competition’s problem focuses on significant issues in bankruptcy practice.  

Coach Ed Fintel L’84, Esq. prepared the team well with practice arguments leading up to the competition.  Local bankruptcy practitioners evaluated practice rounds and assisted students for weeks in advance of the competition.  Thank you, coach Fintel and congratulations Duberstein Team!

Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Team

The 2017 Jessup team of Andrew Dieselman 3L, Sean Mills 3L, Ethan Peterson 3L, Colin Tansits 3L, and alternate Samantha Netzband 2L, did a fantastic job in four tough rounds at the New York regional earlier this month.

The team received high (and deserved) praise from all the panels before which they argued.  One of the judges emphasized that this particular region’s competition is by far the most difficult region in the world and stated that the arguments she’d just heard (on both sides—from Syracuse and Cornell) were—in her estimation--strong enough to be finalists in the global competition.  

Unfortunately, although SUCOL’s team did a bang-up job, they did not advance.  Rather, three of their four opponents - Harvard, Cornell and St. John’s - advanced and battled for the final rounds. The luck of the draw did not work to our advantage, and yet our students held their own and really did SUCOL proud. Congratulations Jessup Team!

Professor Cora True-Frost L’01 coached the Jessup team.

Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

Tara Blotnick 2L, Carlos Armando Giron 2L, Stephanie Martin-Thom 2L and Alphonse Williams 3L competed in the Northeast Regional of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition at the end of January.  The competition was held in Boston, Massachusetts in connection with the NEBLSA convention.

The Syracuse team advanced through the preliminary rounds and finished as quarterfinalists.  Our students were well-prepared thanks to the efforts of our new coaches Staci Dennis-Taylor L’14, Jarrett Woodfork, and John Boyd L’16.  Congratulations Thurgood Marshall Team!

National Basketball Negotiation Competition

Third-year students Joe Betar and Austin Hiffa won the National Basketball Negotiation Competition at Fordham University in New York City in March.  The team competed in six rounds, including three rounds of head-to-head negotiating against other teams, before being named this year’s champion team over 35 teams from schools around the country.

Hiffa and Betar took Chancellor Syverud’s Negotiation course and practiced fact patterns daily to prepare for the competition. Congratulations Austin and Joe!

The team was coached by Professor John Wolohan of Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

National Trial Competition

Christopher Clark 2L, Joe Gattuso 3L and Justin St. Louis 3L recently competed in the New York State regional round of the National Trial Competition.  The team traveled to New York City in the snowstorm on February 9th to make sure they’d be ready to compete the next evening.  The team advanced to the semi-final round, and judges recognized each student for their outstanding advocacy skills, listing them among the best competitors in the categories of best direct examination, best cross-examination, and best overall advocate.

The competition judges named Christopher Clark best overall advocate for the regional competition.  Christopher will be invited to attend the New York State Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section meeting this summer to receive the prestigious Anthony J. DeMarco Jr. Award for Best Overall Advocate.  Congratulations Clark and National Trial Competition team!

Joanne VanDyke L’87 coached the National Trial Competition Team.

Syrian Accountability Project Releases New Report on April 4 Chemical Attack in Khan Sheikhoun

Posted on Wednesday 4/19/2017

The Syrian Accountability Project, an initiative at Syracuse College of Law, is unveiling new evidence that the catastrophic gas attack of the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun was a crime against humanity and a war crime.

The 45-member organization, staffed by College of Law students and led by Professor David Crane, a former war crimes prosecutor, has released its latest white paper, “Idlib Left Breathless: A Report on the Chemical Attack in Khan Sheikhoun.”

The paper details the April 4, 2017, attack that killed at least 87 people and injured more than 500. The paper offers compelling evidence that the gas used in the attack was the nerve agent sarin, one of the most potent and fast-acting chemical weapons, banned under international law ever since the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention.

“This white paper continues the Syrian Accountability Project’s careful analysis of war crimes and crimes against humanity that have been committed by all sides during the six-year-long Syrian Civil War, a list of horrors that beyond the use of chemical weapons also includes the torture of prisoners, siege of cities, denial of humanitarian aid, rape and deliberate targeting of civilian populations,” says Crane. “Our aim is to provide future prosecutors with a database of evidence that will help the Syrian people seek justice for these crimes after the war concludes. To this end, we will send this and other analyses to the newly created United Nations Syrian Accountability Center, which was formed with my help in December 2016.”

The white paper’s sources include first-hand accounts of the chemical attack, subsequent news reports from both local and international news agencies, and other open-source materials. The Syrian government denies that it launched the attack.

The chemical attack happened at 6 a.m. on April 4 when two or three aerial strikes occurred on the town of Khan Sheikhoun, located in northwestern Syria, a stronghold of anti-Assad forces. People reported choking and gasping for air, and first responders reported people lying on the ground and convulsing, symptoms that are consistent with the use of a nerve agent such as sarin.

Specifically, sarin gas targets a body’s neurotransmitters, and even in small doses it can quickly cause respiratory failure due to lung paralysis. Unlike chlorine gas, a powerful irritant that also has been reportedly used during the Syrian Civil War, sarin is lethal even when dispersed outdoors. Images from the attack, including the deaths of young children, shocked the world, and they were the catalyst for the United States government to reverse its current policy toward directly targeting the Assad Regime by launching 59 missiles on April 7 at the Syrian air force base where the attack was unleashed.

The white paper was written by College of Law students Kaitlyn Degnan, Andrew Dieselman, Kseniia Guliaeva, Casey Kooring, Sean Mills, Zachary Lucas and Colin Tansits. Further support for the project came from Newhouse School Associate Professor Ken Harper, first director of the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement. Margaret Mabie was responsible for the graphic design of the paper.

This is not the first white paper detailing crimes against humanity and war crimes by the Syrian Accountability Project. In 2016, the project released the groundbreaking “Looking Through the Window Darkly, a Snapshot Analysis of Rape in Syria, 2011-2015,” which analyzed 142 sexual crimes perpetrated by all sides in the Syrian Civil War and which revealed that the Syrian Regime perpetrated 62 percent of the total incidents.

College of Law Meets with LL.M. Alumni in Saudi Arabia

Posted on Friday 4/14/2017

Andrew Horsfall L'10, Executive Director of International Programs and Initiatives, joined a group of LL.M. program alumni for dinner in Riyadh while on a recruiting visit to Saudi Arabia. 

Alumni traveled from the west coast city of Jeddah and the east coast’s Dammam to meet fellow alumni at this reunion in Saudi Arabia’s capital city. On this visit Executive Director Horsfall is also meeting with prospective students at the Ministry of Education’s 7th Annual International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education. 

The D.C. Externship Program Gets an Inside Look into the Presidential Transition

Posted on Friday 4/14/2017

The Syracuse University College of Law D.C. Externship Program had the opportunity to learn what it is like to be part of the Presidential Transition from Thomas Beck, a leading attorney in the field of Labor Law.  Beck is Vice President, Labor & Employee Relations for the Hospital Corporation of America, a Fortune 100 company with more than 220,000 employees.  

In December 2016 and January 2017, Beck took a leave from his duties at HCA and worked for the Presidential Transition of Donald Trump.  During his time with the Transition, he recruited and recommended top candidates for 30 presidentially-appointed, senior executive positions in the federal government; advised Transition leadership about workplace policy; and helped a Cabinet nominee prepare for his Senate confirmation hearing.  

Beck gave the participants an “insider’s look” into the most recent Presidential Transition and everything that is involved. Not only did Beck lay out what being part of the transition was like, he also spoke about what qualifications candidates needed to have to be recommended and seriously considered for a part in the administration. Beck gave the participants a chance to experience the time crunch and other stresses that members of the transition team are under each day leading up to inauguration day. 

Professor Ghosh Participates in PatCon 7 Patent Conference

Posted on Wednesday 4/12/2017

Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program, recently presented at the Seventh Annual Patent Conference at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Ghosh presented at the invitation-only conference on the internal dynamics of a new proceeding within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office allowing challenges to recently granted patents.

“My initial finding is that while this proceeding was implemented to weed out improperly granted patents, many petitions settle before there is a review by the Patent Trial and Appellate Board,” said Ghosh. “I plan future research to examine whether these settlements reflect the fact that the petitions may have been improper or whether these settlements are collusive arrangements to keep improperly granted patents from being invalidated. This research should offer insight into the dynamics of patent litigation and the administrative proceedings created by the America Invents Act of 2011.” 

Please send all inquiries about this research or related questions to Professor Ghosh

SU Abroad Director, College of Law Professor Win Diversity Abroad Innovation Award

Posted on Friday 4/7/2017

Dr. Louis Berends, the SU Abroad Director of Academic Programs, and Syracuse University College of Law Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Disability Rights Clinic Michael Schwartz were one of three winners of the Diversity Abroad Innovation Competition, held at the annual Diversity Abroad conference in Minneapolis on March 22.

Berends and Schwartz were among 10 finalists chosen to vie for the awards. The finalists presented their ideas and then were judged on the spot during the closing plenary session of the conference. Their presentation, “Diversifying the disability perspective: Exploring inclusive practices in Japan and the U.S.,” proposed the creation of an academic faculty-led program in Japan for students of color and students with disabilities, two core populations that are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad. The proposal envisioned the recruitment of a racially diverse group of students, some with disabilities and some without, for a credit-bearing trip.

The implementation of the program would involve a national drive to recruit students of color and students with disabilities. For instance, Gallaudet University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the California State University, Northridge, have racially diverse populations of students with disabilities, some who are deaf or hard of hearing. Accompanying the group to Japan would be a team of sign language interpreters experienced in international travel and customs. The goal of the program would be to compare the two nations’ approach to disability law, policy, and practice, and to meet Japanese people with disabilities.

According to Berends, the prize money will go toward Professor Schwartz’s travel to the three aforementioned schools to recruit students for the program. The program will be a part of the SU Abroad short-term program offerings in the 2017-18 academic year.

College of Law Students, Faculty and Staff Participate in “It’s On Us” Week of Action Events

Posted on Thursday 4/6/2017

College of Law students, faculty and staff are participating in a number of College of Law and Syracuse University-sponsored events during It’s on Us week of action during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This includes a screening of and panel discussion about the documentary "The Invisible War" in the Melanie Gray Courtroom and participation in by-stander training, wearing teal on Tuesday to raise awareness and other activities.

SUCOL’s National Women’s Law Student Association is sponsoring an “It’s On Us: Be Orange” Bystander Workshop for all interested students on Friday, April 14th from 12-2 in room 340.  The interactive 2-hour workshop engages participants in dialogue about the complexities of sexual violence prevention. Participants will explore what it means to be an empowered bystander.  Participants will also have the opportunity to apply the concept of empowered bystander to their everyday lives. This workshop was adapted from © 2013 University of New Hampshire Bringing in the Bystander. 

Click here for further info about Sexual Assault Awareness Month at Syracuse University.

Professor Shubha Ghosh Participates in an Online Ag-Biotech Merger Symposium

Posted on Thursday 4/6/2017

Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program, recently participated in an online symposium on innovation, ag-biotech mergers and antitrust. The symposium was hosted by Truth on the Market and the International Center for Law and Economics.

Professor Ghosh contributed an article on legal considerations of patents as part of a merger analysis.

Professor David M. Crane Speaks to BBC Radio 4 in the Wake of Syrian Chemical Attack

Posted on Wednesday 4/5/2017

Professor of Practice David M. Crane speaks to The World at One, a news program broadcast on BBC Radio 4, in the wake of the alleged chemical attack against Syrian citizens in Idlib Province on April 4, 2017, a stronghold for rebels opposed to the Assad regime in Damascus.

Crane explains how accountability for this and other war crimes will work, that the process of accounting for these crimes might take years, that forms of justice mechanisms being considered include a Syrian-based system, and that some of the evidence a prosecutor may one day use comes from work he and his students are doing as part of the Syrian Accountability Project at Syracuse Law.

David Crane commentary starts at 15m 00s.

Dean Craig M. Boise Meets with Korean Law Alumni in Seoul

Posted on Wednesday 4/5/2017
Justice Ko Young-Han, Supreme Court of Korea and Minister of the National Court Administration with Dean Craig Boise

In March, Dean Boise traveled to Seoul, South Korea, to meet with members of the Korean Law Alumni Association (KLAA) and key stakeholders in Seoul’s legal community. 

This was Dean Boise’s first visit to Seoul, which featured a dinner that coincided with the KLAA’s annual spring meeting. “Our Korean Law alumni are a truly impressive group of lawyers who have risen to the very top of South Korea’s legal community and who have built a sterling reputation for Syracuse here,” says Boise of the Association’s vast reach. Syracuse Law alumni occupy posts in such industry giants as Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, LG, HSBC, Pfizer, Lilly, and the region’s most prominent law firms including Bae, Kim & Lee, Shin & Kim, and Kim & Chang, and Yulchon. 

The KLAA is the largest association of Syracuse Law graduates outside the United States with over 135 members, and growing; this year, 11 students from Korea are enrolled at the College of Law. The association meets regularly throughout the year and holds networking events, professional development programs, and fundraisers like its annual golf outing. 

President of the KLAA, Mr. Seuk Joon Lee, and over 30 other alumni from Syracuse’s J.D. and LL.M. programs, welcomed Dean Boise and a College of Law delegation that included Sophie Dagenais, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Relations, Aviva Abramovsky, Associate Dean for International Initiatives and Professor of Law, and Andrew S. Horsfall, Executive Director of International Programs and Initiatives. 

This visit to Seoul included a signing ceremony at Kangwon National University’s School of Law (“Kangwon”) where College of Law graduate Seok Mo Hong L’99 currently serves as a Dean. The ceremony marked the renewal of the institutional relationship between the College of Law and Kangwon, which contemplates academic collaboration and mobility opportunities for faculty and students from both institutions. Dean Boise also attended an admissions open house, with prospective J.D. and LL.M. students and recent alumni. 

Dean Boise’s week in Korea included also meetings with justices and representatives of the Supreme Court of Korea, the Korean Bar Association, the International Legal Experts Association, and Kyung Hee University’s College of Law, all of which will advance efforts to elevate the profile of Syracuse Law in South Korea for the benefit of all of our students and alumni. 

“It became clear throughout the week that this trip will not be my last visit to South Korea. There is a world of opportunities right here in Seoul, with leaders in place to help position Syracuse for exciting new programs and initiatives,” said Boise during his address to the KLAA. 

This visit to South Korea builds on Dean Boise’s vision for the College to think outside traditional models of legal education. The Office of International Programs and Initiatives established by Boise earlier this year will lead the expansion of pathways in legal careers for U.S. and foreign scholars, such as professionals seeking to prepare for the D.C. bar exam and students seeking externship opportunities in Seoul. The KLAA has pledged its support of the College of Law’s initiatives within Korea, and its members serve as ambassadors of its programs.

Of his time in Korea, Boise observed, “our Korean alumni were gracious hosts throughout our visit. In addition to opening doors for us, they took such care to help deepen our understanding of Korean culture and norms and sharpen our perspective on the marketplace.  We also enjoyed many excellent, and elegant, meals. We are grateful for our alumni’s generosity.”

Click here for additional photos from the trip.

Professor William Banks Discusses Senate Russian Probe on Bloomberg Radio

Posted on Monday 4/3/2017

William Banks, Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor, discusses the bipartisan Senate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

He spoke with June Grasso and Greg Stohr on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.”

College of Law Team Wins 2017 National Basketball Negotiation Competition

Posted on Monday 4/3/2017

The College of Law’s Austin Hiffa 3L and Joe Betar 3L won the National Basketball Negotiation Competition at Fordham University in New York City.  The team competed in six rounds, including three rounds of head-to-head negotiating against other teams, before being named this year’s champion team over 35 teams from schools around the country.

Hiffa and Betar took Chancellor Syverud’s Negotiation course and practiced fact patterns daily to prepare for the competition. The team was coached by Professor John Wolohan of Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

Professor of Law Emeritus Travis H.D. Lewin to Receive Stetson University College of Law Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Advocacy

Posted on Friday 3/31/2017

This May, Professor of Law Emeritus Travis H.D. Lewin will be honored with the Stetson University College of Law Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Advocacy during its Teaching Advocacy Skills Conference.

Professor Lewin led the College of Law’s trial competition teams for many years as an advisor and coach, and continues to serve as a judge in College of Law competitions.

The Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Advocacy recognizes people who have fundamentally changed the way in which the world approaches the teaching of advocacy. Congratulations to Professor Lewin on this upcoming, and well deserved, recognition.

Professors’ Amicus Brief Followed in the 10th Circuit

Posted on Friday 3/31/2017

In 2015, University Professor David M. Driesen and Legal Writing Professor Emily Brown wrote an amicus brief on behalf of a group of constitutional law professors, including Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor Bill Banks, asking the 10th Circuit to reverse a decision to strike down Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection of the Utah Prairie Dog as beyond the federal power to regulate interstate commerce. The brief argued that the ESA regulates interstate commerce by tempering economic activity. On March 29, 2017, the 10th Circuit unanimously ruled in favor of the ESA and the Utah Prairie Dog’s survival employing reasoning closely tracking the rationale developed in the amicus brief. 

D.C. Externship Program Explores Field of Wireless Infrastructure

Posted on Thursday 3/30/2017

The D.C. Externship Program had the opportunity learn about wireless infrastructure and how the wireless world works from D. Zachary Champ L’10 who is currently working for the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA).

D. Zachary Champ is Director, Government Affairs, for WIA where he coordinates and executes the association’s government relations activities with Congress, the FCC and other federal agencies, state legislatures, and local governments. WIA strives to achieve reasonable wireless facility siting solutions across the country in order to facilitate the delivery of the wireless services that users demand.

The participants had an in-depth conversation with Champ on the importance of wireless infrastructure and his personal experiences with WIA. He explained how wireless infrastructure worked and the role that he plays working for a trade association. The discussion focused on the relationship between the government and the private sector in the wireless world. Champ was also able to highlight his dual-degree experience at Syracuse University. He spoke about how getting a J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law and an M.P.A. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs helped to shape his path to WIA.  

Q & A Session with 2L Brittany Charles: Law in London

Posted on Thursday 3/30/2017

​Think studying abroad in the summer is only for undergraduate students? Think again. Syracuse University College of Law offers a Law in London program that is open to any 1L’s and 2L’s in good academic standing (full-time or part-time) from an ABA-approved law school. This program provides 6 credits towards a student’s J.D. degree as well as an externship placement in London. We sat down with current 2L student, Brittany Charles, to learn more about her experience in the Law in London Program.

Law in London - SU COL
Law in London - SU COL

Why I chose Syracuse Law:

I chose Syracuse Law for the diverse opportunities that it offered students. I had worked in the field of law for four years prior to law school and I knew that I wanted to incorporate additional experience that differed from my previous experience into my legal education. I was also very interested in international law and gaining professional
experience abroad. Programs such as Law in London offered me the opportunity to do both, that really made Syracuse Law stand out for me.

How law school has been so far:

Attending Syracuse Law has been an extremely challenging and rewarding experience for me. My professional interests typically differed from other law students, however, I had met numerous faculty members that became personally invested in my success. The fact that I had such dedicated professors motivated me to pursue my goals and exponentially improved my experience.

About my time participating in the Law in London program:

My internship at Henderson Chambers with Peter Susman, Q.C. trained me to analyze legal, business and contractual issues, devise solutions for those issues and communicate those solutions to a diverse audience. I gained invaluable professional experience handling matters involving property, IT, technology, contractual, tort and employment/labor law across the United Kingdom, European Union and the United States. Furthermore, Mr. Susman was adamant that I gained other professional skill sets for the field of law and encouraged my participation in trial advocacy competitions and meetings with clients, as well as professional networking events hosted by
Henderson Chambers. My time in London was the foundation of my professional legal career as an attorney in my opinion.

My favorite aspect of the Law in London program was:

My favorite aspect of the Law in London program was that not only did I have an internship that allowed me to develop professional skills, I also gained an invaluable professional network. Mr. Susman has mentored for over 25 years and he takes the professional career of his interns very seriously. He allowed me to work with other barristers, interact with their clients and attend networking events. He really encouraged me to spend my time in London meeting professionals and learning to interact with them. As a result, I’ve stayed in contact with almost every professional that I met in London and I’ve have had contacts notify me of professional opportunities or introduce me to individuals here in the states. It’s incredible the amount of professionals that have taken a personal interest in my career.

How this experience will help me going forward:

In my opinion, this experience isn’t just going to help me going forward, this experience was the starting point of
my career in the technological industry. I’ve had several interviews since the experience and every employer has asked me about my work in Henderson Chambers. This experience has made me a much more marketable and competitive candidate overall.

What I hope to do after graduation:

Recently I’ve accepted two internship opportunities, one in the spring and the other in summer, within the tech industry. Ideally, after graduation I would work for a multinational tech company in-house or as a consultant handling regulatory and compliance, government relations, or contractual matters. However, I have a passion for languages, policy and technology so any career that would allow me to demonstrate these passions would interest me. 

My advice for prospective students:

Every time you walk into Syracuse Law, take a second to realize that your time as a law student is much bigger than the walls of Dineen Hall. It’s very easy to become wrapped up in your classes and organizations, however, the law field is being revolutionized. The classes you take, the opportunities you choose and the professors you develop professional relationships with will impact your professional career, so take opportunities like Law in London to distinguish yourself professionally. The goal of law school is to be an attorney and be capable of advocating on behalf of others, not to become a professional law student.

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Syracuse University, Le Moyne College Announce New Academic Partnership, Will Build on Longstanding Relationship

Posted on Friday 3/24/2017

Syracuse University and Le Moyne College announced a new academic partnership that will build on a longstanding relationship. The new partnership will establish two new initiatives and will support the future development of existing academic relationships between Syracuse University and Le Moyne College. Following several months of productive conversations, the two Central New York institutions have agreed upon a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will help enhance research and educational opportunities at both Syracuse University and Le Moyne College to the benefit of the institutions’ respective student bodies, faculties and staffs.

The new partnership will focus on harnessing the potential of two distinctive areas of study by creating innovative collaborations. Expanded specializations and course offerings in information management and information systems will soon be available to prospective graduate students. These offerings will leverage the expertise contained within Syracuse’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and Le Moyne’s Madden School of Business. The other new initiative will support an early admission program to Syracuse’s College of Law for extraordinary Le Moyne undergraduate students interested in pursuing a high-caliber legal education.

“This new partnership will benefit students and faculty at both Syracuse University and Le Moyne College,” says Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud. “Both institutions share a strong commitment to teaching, academic excellence and research. I look forward to the successful partnership moving forward.”

"These academic partnerships leverage the individual strengths of both Le Moyne College and Syracuse University, as we continue our ongoing collaboration on initiatives that will benefit current and future students," said Le Moyne College President Linda LeMura. "Both institutions are currently working on additional pathways for collaboration, particularly within the realm of arts and sciences. The future landscape of higher education in the state of New York and 

beyond will be clearly influenced by partnerships like these.” 

Joint Modular Curriculum Exchange in Information Management and Information Systems

Currently under development is an expansion of curriculum offerings that allows students in Le Moyne’s Madden School to benefit from the expertise of Syracuse faculty in the areas of data science and information security management, and for students from Syracuse to benefit from Le Moyne’s expertise in health information systems and enterprise systems. 

This fusion of complementary curricular offerings from both institutions will introduce outstanding students to graduate programs that prepare them for careers in high-demand fields. The joint curriculum options will empower students to identify personalized pathways that allow them to create and complete their own customized degree using plug and play modules of coursework for each institution. These modules include Certificates of Advanced Study in specialty areas such as information security management (Syracuse); data science (Syracuse); enterprise systems (Le Moyne); and health information systems (Le Moyne). The first students could begin exchanging curriculum modules in the fall of 2017.

“Information technology is a rapidly growing industry with great career and growth opportunities for well-educated college graduates,” says Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., provost and vice president for academic affairs at Le Moyne. “There is great demand in our global society for young talented professionals, whose educational experience combines the business and technical sides of information technology. This partnership is a natural fit and I look forward to hearing feedback from both our faculty and students who will be early participants of this new program.”

Early Admission for Le Moyne Students to Syracuse College of Law

As the legal education field continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of the 21st century global economy, the new partnership between Syracuse’s College of Law and Le Moyne College is poised to prepare the next generation of legal minds for successful careers in practice and academia. The new program, known in higher education as a 3+3, will allow high-achieving Le Moyne undergraduates to complete both their undergraduate degrees and their juris doctor (J.D.) degrees in six years. 

“This partnership will allow Syracuse’s College of Law to attract undergraduate students whose academic excellence positions them for great success in law school,” Michele G. Wheatly, Syracuse’s vice chancellor and provost. “It will also encourage Le Moyne students to pursue a legal education here at Syracuse, where our rigorous and innovative curriculum prepares them for career success in the legal industry. This partnership is a win-win for Syracuse and Le Moyne, but, more importantly, an excellent and rare opportunity for Le Moyne students to have a jump start on achieving a legal education.”

Building on Longstanding Partnership

These two new initiatives build on a longstanding and fruitful relationship between Syracuse University and Le Moyne College. A number of previously launched initiatives remain in effect today. Among those initiatives are: 

• A Fast Track program between Syracuse’s iSchool and Le Moyne College that allows students to earn an accelerated master’s degree – in information management or library and information science – by beginning their graduate coursework their senior year. 

• A 4+1 forensic sciences program between Syracuse’s College of Arts and Sciences and Le Moyne College, which allows Le Moyne students to begin their graduate coursework in forensic sciences while still completing their undergraduate degree. 

• Integrated study abroad programs that support travel abroad opportunities for both Syracuse and Le Moyne students. 

• A partnership between Syracuse’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and Le Moyne College that enables Le Moyne College to offer pre-engineering programs to their math and science domestic undergraduates. The partnership enables Syracuse to enroll talented domestic graduate students. 

Le Moyne students interested in pursuing either of these unique academic experiences are encouraged to contact their advisor in the College's Office of Academic Advising and Support. 

Judge James E. Graves, Jr. L’80, G’81 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to Give Commencement Address

Posted on Thursday 3/23/2017

Dean Craig M. Boise has announced that Judge James E. Graves, Jr. L’80, G’81 of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit will give the College of Law’s Class of 2017 Commencement Address. Judge Graves was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 2011 by President Barack Obama, having previously served for ten years on the Mississippi Supreme Court.

“Judge Graves has a distinguished career as a justice and a lawyer in a number of diverse roles, providing him with a wealth of experience from which to draw on for his address,” said Dean Boise. “His dedication to serving his community, particularly its youth, makes us proud to have such an exemplary alumnus back with us to inspire our graduates as they begin their legal careers.”

Judge Graves’s own legal career has included positions as a staff attorney at Central Mississippi Legal Services; in private practice; as legal counsel for both the Health Law and Human Services Divisions of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office; and as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Mississippi. He was a Mississippi Circuit Court Judge from 1991 until his appointment to the state Supreme Court in 2001.

He is an active legal educator, having served as a Teaching Team Member of the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School since 1998.  Judge Graves has held the position of adjunct professor at Millsaps College, Tougaloo College, and Jackson State University, and has also coached high school, college, and law school mock trial teams. 

Judge Graves has a long history of giving back to the College of Law. He has served as a volunteer judge of several Moot Court competitions, as a guest speaker and lecturer, and as a Jurist-in-Residence.

In addition to a J.D. from the College of Law, Judge Graves holds a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millsaps College.

Commencement will take place Friday, May 12 at 1 P.M. in the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse Law to Host “Valor Day” of Free Legal, Financial and Career Services for Central New York Veterans, Service Members & Families

Posted on Thursday 3/23/2017

Syracuse University College of Law will be holding its eighth “Valor Day” event on Saturday, April 1 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse. Local attorneys, tax preparers, financial advisors, and career services representative will be providing free services for veterans, active-duty service members, and their immediate families. “Valor Day,” or Veterans’ Advocacy, Law and Outreach, demonstrates how College of Law students are dedicated to giving back to those who served in a tangible, beneficial manner.

 Services available during “Valor Day” include brief legal consultations with attorneys that specialize in veterans’ legal issues, family law, criminal law, estate and planning issues, and landlord-tenant issues. Contact “Valor Day” organizers in advance if you wish to discuss other legal issues. Tax preparation assistance and financial services will also be available from local professionals. Attendees can also have resume critiqued and receive credit counseling. The event will include a veterans’ information fair with representatives from more than 10 veteran and government organizations on site to discuss their services. 

“’Valor Day’ enables students to connect with the local veterans’ community and make an impact on their lives,” said Lauren Blau, third-year law student and Executive Director of VISION. “All of the organizations and individuals who are participating in “Valor Day” recognize the need for these services and the unique challenges veteran’s face.”

“Valor Day” is coordinated by VISION (Veterans Issues, Support Initiative and Outreach Network), a student-run College of Law organization. VISION has partnered with Volunteer Lawyers Project and Martin J. Whitman School of Management to offer services at this event. Since its inception in 2012, “Valor Day” has assisted more than 280 veterans and their families by providing access directly to services they need the most. 

Appointments made in advance are suggested and are required for tax preparation services. Free parking is available in Irving Garage during “Valor Day”. For more information or to arrange an appointment, contact or call 315-401-0810.

Professor Tara Helfman Writes on Judge Neil Gorsuch and Originalism

Posted on Wednesday 3/22/2017

Associate Professor of Law Tara Helfman has written on Judge Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing in Commentary Magazine, noting that "Neil Gorsuch makes 'originalism' accessible to the masses."

Click here to read the article.

Professor Arlene Kanter Comments on SCOTUS Decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

Posted on Wednesday 3/22/2017

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence Arlene Kanter has written the following comments on the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.

“The decision is unanimous. It confirms that the Rowley standard, as defined as “merely more than de minimis” is not the right standard.  To meet its substantive obligation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a school must now offer an Individual Education Program (IEP) reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances. 

To me, Footnote #2 is key. It states the following: “This guidance should not be interpreted as an inflexible rule. We declined to hold in Rowley, and do not hold today, that “every handicapped child who is advancing from grade to grade . . . is automatically receiving a [FAPE].” Board of Ed. of Hendrick Hudson Central School Dist., Westchester Cty. v. Rowley, 458 U. S. 176, 203, n. 25 (1982).  In other words, school districts (and lower courts) are now on notice that it is not simply pre-Endrew business as usual. For that reason, I believe the decision is a step forward – not a huge step, but one that moves us forward, nonetheless. “

Click here for the ruling.

Professor Kanter, College of Law students and staff, and Syracuse University faculty and staff contributed to an amicus brief filed in the case.

Professor Shannon Ryan Presents at the 2017 Global Legal Skills Conference in Monterrey, Mexico

Posted on Tuesday 3/21/2017

Legal Writing Professor Shannon Ryan recently presented at the 2017 Global Legal Skills Conference in Monterrey, Mexico.  

The conference was held at the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey and included attendees from over 17 countries around the world.  In its 12th year, the conference unites legal writing and other faculty who are teaching international lawyers and students in the study of law.  Professor Ryan presented on mentoring scholarship for international LL.M. students.

College of Law Students Win Regionals at AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition

Posted on Thursday 3/16/2017

The College of Law team consisting of Sally Ashkar L’17, Yolanda Beasley L’17, Nick Dellafave L’18 and Jennifer Pratt L’18 won the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Regional competition held March 9-12, 2017 in Philadelphia.  The Syracuse team won each of its five trials through the competition, facing law school teams from Penn State, Villanova, Seton Hall and Drexel to win the Regional.  

The Student Trial Advocacy Competition is sponsored by the American Association for Justice, which seeks to inspire trial advocacy excellence through this student competition.  This year’s problem is a civil case based on the Pokémon Go game.  Each of the fourteen regions will send its regional champion to compete in the National Rounds to be held March 30 – April 2 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Joanne VanDyke L’87 coached the AAJ Mock Trial Team. Team alternates are Tom DeBernardis L’18 and Raul Velez L’18.

College of Law Hosts Panel Discussion on Solitary Confinement

Posted on Monday 3/13/2017

The Criminal Law Society, along with Professors Todd Berger, Sanjay Chhablani, Lauryn Gouldin and Cora True-Frost, recently hosted a panel discussion on the use of solitary confinement in the criminal justice system. The event, attended by both students and members of the local community, focused largely on Legal Services of Central New York’s litigation, with the NYCLU, against the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office regarding the use of solitary confinement for juveniles.

Panelist were: Associate Professor of Law Cora True-Frost; Josh Cotter, staff attorney at Legal Services of Central New York; and, Betsy Sterling, PAIMI Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Director at Disability Rights New York and adjunct College of Law professor. Associate Professor of Law Lauryn Gouldin served as moderator. 

Professor True-Frost spoke on juvenile solitary confinement from an international human rights law perspective. Sterling discussed solitary confinement as it relates to individuals affected by mental illness and her work in three prior federal lawsuits and through state legislative reforms to change state practices. Cotter provided background on his involvement in the pending litigation.

Click here for more information on the case.

Melissa Green and Christopher Clark Win 45th Annual Mackenzie Hughes LLP Appellate Advocacy Competition

Posted on Friday 3/10/2017

The team of Melissa Green 2L and Christopher Clark 2L prevailed in the final round of the 45th Annual Mackenzie Hughes LLP Edmund H. Lewis Appellate Advocacy Competition. Melissa Green was awarded Best Overall Advocate and the team of Ryan Lefkowitz 2L and Abdel-Rahman Hamed 3L were awarded Best Brief.

Sixteen teams of two students competed over the course of a month, writing a brief and arguing both the petitioner and respondent sides of a case written by David Katz 3L, before panels of volunteer judges, many of which are College of Law alums. 

At the final round, teams argued before a distinguished panel of judges and evaluators, who included: College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise; Hon. Theodore A. McKee L’75, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Hon. William Q. Hayes L’83, United States District Court for the Southern District of California; Hon. Deborah H. Karalunas L’82, Presiding Justice of Supreme Court, Commercial Division, Onondaga County; and Ramon E. Rivera L’94, Partner, Mackenzie Hughes LLP.

The Competition was conducted by the College of Law Moot Court Honor Society with support from Mackenzie Hughes LLP.

D.C. Externship Program Holds Seminar in Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Room

Posted on Thursday 3/9/2017

The Spring 2017 D.C. Externship Program had the opportunity to hold a seminar in the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Room, where many of the recent confirmation hearings have been held. The seminar was graciously hosted by Distinguished Guest Lecturer Saleela Salahuddin, a Counsel Detailee on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she primarily provides advice and counsel on intelligence law and other matters.  

Salahuddin gave the participants an encouraging and insightful presentation. She focused her talk around the idea that each person defines their own success. Salahuddin spoke about her path and highlighted challenges and lessons that she learned along the way. The participants of the D.C. Externship Program had the opportunity to have an open conversation with Salahuddin and gained important and beneficial career advice.  

Salahuddin is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. Following law school, she clerked for Judge J. Frederick Motz of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and joined the United States Department of Justice through the Honors Program. 

Surveillance of Presidents and People: Professor William C. Banks Speaks to CNN, Bloomberg, Other Media

Posted on Thursday 3/9/2017

In the wake of two surveillance-related stories in the past few days, the media have turned to the national security expertise of Board of Advisors Distinguished Professor and INSCT Director William C. Banks.

The first story concerns the explosive March 4, 2017, claim made by President Donald J. Trump on Twitter that former President Barack Obama personally ordered a “wiretap” of the Trump presidential campaign before the November 2016 election, presumably to ascertain links between the campaign and the Russian government. This claim led to media questions about how and why a wiretap of phones or electronic communications could be made by the government, the workings of the FISA court (where such a request might lawfully be made), and whether or not President Trump could find and release this information in order to quell confusion and concern. Banks addressed these issues nationally with CNN’s Erin Burnett Outfront; MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (on background); and the Sinclair Media Group (“Congress poised to investigate Trump’s wiretap claims”).

Secondly, on March 7, 2017, Wikileaks released thousands of documents that appeared to catalog the CIA’s domestic cybersurveillance and cyberespionage capabilities, and in particular new technology that enables the agency to surveil targets via personal electronic devices. Banks discussed this issue on Bloomberg Radio with fellow national security expert Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas School of Law.

Professor Kevin Noble Maillard Discusses Adoption Custody Case on ABC Nightline

Posted on Wednesday 3/8/2017

Professor of Law Kevin Noble Maillard recently appeared in a Nightline story on a custody case involving an adopted child and her birth father.

Professor Noble Maillard says unwed fathers are often at a disadvantage. “In every state in the country, the way that a father will prove their fitness to be a parent is through money, financial support, child support. That is the currency of being a good parent,” he says.

College of Law to Participate in New York Law School’s March For Justice

Posted on Tuesday 3/7/2017

The Statewide Law School Access-to-Justice Council, which includes representatives from all of New York’s 15 law schools, has launched March for Justice, a series of law school events in March to address access to justice and democratic participation issues. The effort is sparked by recent developments that have increased civic engagement among law students.

The goal of the March for Justice is to bring law school students together with one another, practitioners and law school faculty and staff for pro bono projects and discussions to inform immediate responses to the diminution of individual and civil liberties - particularly for vulnerable populations living in poverty - due to executive and legislative acts on matters such as immigration reform that could further widen the “justice gap.” 

The March events range from Albany Law School hosting a panel discussion focused on connecting law students to social justice and public interest organizations; to New York University School of Law hosting a panel on resistance lawyering; to Syracuse University School of Law hosting a program on "public interest drift" - the disparity between the high percentage of first-year law students who say they would like to practice public interest law and the low percentage who actually do so. A full list of all the events is below.

“We want to raise the profile of access to justice issues and bring together the energy of the New York schools at a moment when our students and faculty are very engaged in these issues and eager to make a difference in the world,” said Matthew Diller, the Dean of Fordham Law School. 

Ellen Chapnick, the Dean of Social Justice Initiatives at Columbia Law School, added, “These programs respond to students' questions about how to use their legal skills and knowledge to engage with the challenges of the current reality. For some, it's providing traditional legal services on behalf of low-income and imperiled individuals and communities. For others, access to justice is empowering broader participation in the democratic process.”

Kim Connolly, the Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Education and Director of Clinical Legal Education at University of Buffalo School, said "The University at Buffalo School of Law has decades of commitment to access to justice in our community and beyond. To celebrate the inaugural March for Justice, we at Buffalo have organized five enthusiastic volunteer attorneys from multiple offices of our long-time community partner Neighborhood Legal Services. The panel of dedicated, active poverty lawyers will discuss their wins, losses, and career options in access-to-justice work.” 

The Statewide Law School Access-to-Justice Council was created in 2012 to promote increased coordination and communication among the State’s law schools on access-to-justice issues. It emerged from a recommendation made in a report to then Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman from The Task Force to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services in New York.

March for Justice events include:

Syracuse University School of Law is planning a March 29 program exploring the phenomenon of public interest drift in law schools. Featuring a panel of legal educators, this program will explore the reasons for public interest drift as well as what role law schools can play in reversing its course. Ultimately, understanding the reasons for public interest drift and minimizing its impact is a necessary step if our nation's law schools are to continue to play an important role in educating the next generation of public interest lawyers. 

Albany Law School will host a panel discussion on “Access to Justice is Social Justice: The Lawyer’s Role in Preserving Democracy and Closing the Justice Gap” on March 30 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The event is focused on connecting law students to social justice and public interest organizations. The event features: James Sandman, President of the U.S. Legal Services Corporation, the federal agency that funds free legal services to low-income communities throughout the United States; City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan (`94); Lillian Moy, Executive Director of The Legal Aid Society of Northeast New York; Joanne Macri (`94), the Director of Regional Initiatives at the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services; and Glinessa Gaillard (`07), Associate Counsel, New York State Workers Compensation Board. At the end of the panel discussion, students, faculty, staff, and community members will break into small groups to talk with alumni and other practitioners who have dedicated their careers to public interest work in a wide variety of areas. 

Brooklyn Law School hosted a one-hour program on March 1 that featured Dale Ho, Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voting Rights Project, who spoke about the recent judicial decisions and pending cases on voting rights as well as the role of lawyers in ensuring the right to vote. The speaker discussed the role law students can play in voter protection and the type of civic engagement law students and lawyers can pursue to protect these rights.

Buffalo Law School hosted a panel discussion on March 6 titled “March for Justice - Victories and Challenges in Modern #PovertyLaw: Practicing Lawyers Discuss Wins, Losses, and Career Options in Access to Justice Work.” This panel was organized by the law school’s Clinical Legal Education Program, which partners with others in the law school to provide service learning opportunities to all law students. For those who can’t attend in person, we will be recording the panel and posting it on the law school’s website.

Cardozo Law School will present “Priming for Advocacy” on March 15, a day of panel discussions and skills-building workshops to provide students with legal tools to respond to legal decrees and acts from the new administration.  Beginning at 12:00 p.m., panelists from Catholic Charities, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Immigration Defense Project will lead a session on “Advocating for Immigrant Communities.” From 4:00 -6:00 p.m., the National Lawyers’ Guild (NLG) will conduct a Legal Observers training; Legal Observers, trained and directed by NLG, attend mass assemblies to observe police tactics. And, the advocacy day will conclude with a 6:15 p.m. “Know Your Rights Workshop on Protesting in New York City,” led by the Advocacy Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Columbia Law School’s program on March 21, “Lawyers' Roles in Democratic Participation,”  will feature Vince Warren, Executive Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CRR) He will talk about how lawyers and law students can respond to the new threats to basic rights and citizen movements, which require new strategies and radical hope. He will inspire students to think about what can be done both inside and outside of courtrooms and legislatures by drawing on CCR’s long history of pioneering, daring and successful use of law as a positive force.

Fordham University School of Law will host a program on March 21, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. titled “Unifying Global and U.S. Access to Justice Movements: The Judicial Perspective” featuring perspectives from senior jurists and from a leading social scientist in the global access to justice research movement on formal and informal pathways to justice. The panelists will consider common challenges in the United States and globally to accessing justice—especially for marginalized people, including in racial, ethnic, or religious communities; the poor; people living in rural areas; women; LGBT people; and others. Lack of access impacts a wide range of civil rights and human rights; the panelists will identify common themes and consider solutions, including the pros and cons of using informal, versus formal, justice systems, and the intersection of those systems. The panel will work to sharpen the research, reform, and advocacy agenda going forward. 

On March 9, Fordham Law School’s Domestic Violence Action Center will host a panel discussion, from 12:30-1-30 p.m., featuring Sandra Park, Senior Staff Attorney, Women’s Right’s Project, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Nabah Ikram, Domestic Violence Program Advocate, Sakhi for South Asian Women, and Connie Neal, Executive Director, NY State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, to explore the unique issues related to gender justice and anti-violence work under the new administration, including the effects of proposed budget cuts, the President's public messaging about women, and other executive actions' effects on survivors, particularly survivors from marginalized communities. 

In addition, the Fordham Law Immigration Preparedness Project (FLIPP) is offering know-your-rights workshops, in several languages, to immigrant teenagers in the New York City public high schools and to their families. These workshops, conducted by Fordham law students trained by Fordham Law Professors Jennifer Gordon and Gemma Solimene, cover avenues to obtain immigration status as well as rights when interacting with immigration enforcement agents. There are 27 workshops scheduled throughout the month of March at public schools in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services has agreed to take referrals of FLIPP know-your-rights workshop participants with further legal questions.

Hofstra Law School is planning to host one or more March programs, focused on constitutional questions raised by recent actions of the Trump administration, including (1) immigration, (2) cutting off funds to sanctuary cities, (3) cutting off funds to public universities; and (4) presidential power to unilaterally alter international agreements, such as NAFTA.

New York Law School, under the auspices of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law, will present a program on voting rights and access in New York, featuring Carlin Meyer, NYLS Professor Emeritus, and Leah Aden, Senior Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. on March 29.

New York University School of Law’s Public Interest Law Center is hosting, on March 20, “Resistance Lawyering,” a panel discussion featuring lawyers from a variety of practice areas, designed to provide students with inspiration and a model for what it looks like to lawyer against those in power.  The discussion will be moderated by Ben Wizner, Director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, and feature panelists Baher Azmy, Legal Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Christina Swarns, Litigation Director of the Legal Defense Fund, Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Jennifer Dalven, Director of the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project, and Anurima Bhargava, Fellow at The Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law’s Student Bar Association will host a Civil Rights Symposium on March 11, featuring panel discussions on criminal justice reform and gender discrimination in legal practice. Legal observer and implicit bias trainings will also be offered to all participants. In addition to its regular caseload, the Pace Immigration Justice Clinic is offering community education programs and free status assessment and advice clinics to immigrant families throughout Westchester County and the Lower Hudson Valley, in municipal centers, public libraries, and houses of worship.  The Clinic has held programs on March 2 and March 6, with additional programs scheduled for March 10, March 13, March 17, March 22, March 26, March 29, and March 31. The Clinic is also conducting workshops on the impact of the Presidential Executive Orders on immigration for students, faculty and staff at the various Pace University campuses with the next workshop scheduled for March 15. 

St. John’s Law School’s Public Interest Center and the Coalition for Social Justice will host a program on March 20 titled “Families, Neighbors, Refugees: How New Immigration Policies Impact Our Community.” The program will feature: Sharone Schwartz-Kaufman, Managing Attorney for Immigration at Catholic Migration Services, who directs the St. John’s Bread and Life Immigration Clinic; and C. Mario Russell, Director of Immigrant and Refugee Services for Catholic Charities of New York, who oversees St. John’s Refugee and Immigrant Rights Litigation Clinic. The speakers will discuss the impact of mass deportations on communities, address issues of restrictions on immigration and readmission for those with green cards, and provide information on how law students can get help those affected by the executive orders on immigration. 

Touro Law Center is hosting a Town Hall Series in March that reflects the law school’s longstanding and continuing commitment to access to justice. The 2017 Town Hall series began with a session that explored how President Trump’s appointments to the bench and other administration policies might affect the justice system.  On March 1, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, BLSA, LALSA, the Criminal Law Society, and the Public Interest Organization of Touro cosponsored a discussion of mass incarceration, over criminalization, the war on drugs, mandatory sentencing, and the privatization of prisons. The forum for students, faculty, and staff began with an edited showing of the 2016 Oscar nominated film,"13th--From Slave to Criminal," which presents an overview of Race and Criminal Justice in America. The film was followed by comments from members of the audience and guest panelists, Orville Reynolds, Touro Alum and current Assistant District Attorney in the newly formed Homicide Bureau of the Bronx District Attorney's Office and Kevin Satterfield, a former prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, and an Attorney with the New York City Department of Correction.  On March 13, Touro's Office of Diversity & Inclusion will be hosting a Youth Law Day for Central Islip High School students that will include using law students, faculty, and local attorneys to introduce high school students to legal advocacy and the justice system.  Finally, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion is working with Touro’s Latin American Law Students Association and local attorneys to present various Street Law programs including the initial program on immigration and labor law.

Professor Kevin Noble Maillard Publishes “Erased Onscreen: Where are all the Interracial Couples?” at New York Times

Posted on Tuesday 3/7/2017

Professor of Law Kevin Noble Maillard contributed the essay “Erased Onscreen: Where are all the Interracial Couples?” to the New York Times.

In the article, Noble Maillard states, “Interracial love is the complicated, unacknowledged silence of the American past. The overwhelming lack of these stories onscreen reveals a tacit cinematic apartheid that insists upon racial separation. The absence of these accounts wordlessly validates the impossibility of integration at the most intimate, personal level. It is the duty of film and art to fill these narrative voids.”

Erika Simonson Wins Hancock Estabrook, LLP First Year Oral Advocacy Competition

Posted on Tuesday 3/7/2017

College of Law student Erika Simonson L’19 won the annual Hancock Estabrook LLP Oral Advocacy Competition for first year students held on Thursday, February 16, 2017 in the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom, Dineen Hall, Syracuse University College of Law.  Esther Aparicio L’19 was runner-up.  

Eighty-nine first year students participated in the appellate-style competition over the course of a week in February.  The case involved the death of a child’s beloved dog in the fictitious jurisdiction of West Pentucky.  At trial, a jury awarded emotional distress damages to the dog’s family-owners, and the defendant appealed.  The West Pentucky Court of Appeals reversed and found no legal basis for awarding noneconomic damages in the case of the death of a family pet.  The dog’s family-owners appealed to the Supreme Court of West Pentucky.  For the competition, students prepared arguments on behalf of the family-petitioner and defendant-respondent.  

Finalists Erika Simonson and Esther Aparicio argued five times before reaching the final round.  At the final round they argued before a distinguished panel of judges and evaluators, who included:  Hon. Mae A. D’Agostino L’80, United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; Hon. Brenda K. Sannes, United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York; Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91, United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York; Janet Callahan, Esq., Partner, Hancock Estabrook, LLP; and Tim Murphy, Esq. L’89, Partner, Hancock Estabrook, LLP.

Assistant Dean Kim Wolf Price to Speak at Colgate University’s Women in Law Event

Posted on Friday 3/3/2017

Kim Wolf Price L’03, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services, will be a panelist at the second annual Women in Law event at Colgate University on March 6.

Wolf Priced will join other Colgate alumni to discuss challenges and success while working in the legal profession and to demonstrate the varied career paths one can take within the legal profession. The event will feature a roundtable discussion, a panel of presentations and networking with student leaders.

Professor Ghosh Files Amicus Brief with SCOTUS in Retractable Technologies, Inc. and Thomas J. Shaw v. Becton, Dickinson & Co.

Posted on Thursday 3/2/2017

Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Program, has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in Retractable Technologies, Inc. and Thomas J. Shaw v. Becton, Dickinson & Co.

The amicus brief is asking the Court to review lower court rulings on the issue of whether disparaging statements made by a company of a competitor's product can be the basis for an antitrust law suit. Right now the lower appellate courts are divided on this issue,” said Ghosh. 

Retractable Technologies, Inc. invented a new type of retractable syringe that minimizes sticks of those administering an injection. The syringe was patented but despite its benefits, the product did not get much traction in the marketplace in part because of proven disparagement by a competitor, Becton Dickinson (BD).  

Ghosh continues, “Although the court found disparagement under the Lanham Act, the court rejected the antitrust claim that BD acted anti-competitively.  The brief argues that the antitrust claim should not have been rejected. Currently, the lower courts are evenly split on the legal issue of whether product disparagement can be a basis for an antitrust claim. Companies who engage in product disparagement harm competition and innovation. The Supreme Court needs to address this legal issue of national importance for innovation and economic growth.”

University Professor David Driesen Comments on President’s Executive Order on the EPA

Posted on Tuesday 2/28/2017

“When Trump promised to drain the swamp, we thought he meant to purge Washington, D.C. of the pestilence of corporate lobbying. Apparently, he meant to destroy the wetlands that filter our drinking water, control floods, and provide vital habitat for birds and other wildlife on behalf of the lobbyists,” said David M. Driesen, University Professor at Syracuse University College of Law and scholar of environmental law. “Trump’s wetlands protection order undoes years of EPA work aimed at resolving a jurisdictional issue that had produced litigation burning through agency resources. It is part of a broader campaign to destroy laws that protect Americans from harm.”

Disability Law Society to Provide Live Commentary During “Speechless” on February 22

Posted on Wednesday 2/22/2017

Students from the College of Law’s Disability Law Society will be using social media to provide real-time perspectives during the airing of ABC’s “Speechless” Wednesday, February 22 at 8:30 PM. The project is being conducted in conjunction with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and ABC.

In the show, “Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his ‘voice.’”

"Our Disability Law Society students and the SU community will be engaging at the national-level this unprecedented, historic show. The show stars Micah Flower, a young actor living with cerebral palsy, as JJ DiMeo. It's all too rare for disability to feature prominently in prime time tv, not least to be the subject of a sitcom, and to cast actors who have disabilities, not least communication disabilities. Our students have the opportunity to raise awareness and shift able-bodied norms through their engagement! Plus, we'll have a fun time!" said C. Cora True-Frost, Associate Professor of Law and faculty advisor to the Disability Law Society.

During the show, Disability Law Society students will post using the hashtags #Speechless and #CPF, along with #Syracuse Law and @CollegeofLaw. Students will also be using the College of Law’s Snapchat account @syracuselaw. 

Syracuse University College of Law, the New York State Bar Association and the Law School Admission Council co-sponsored Diversity Law Day.

Posted on Tuesday 2/21/2017

​Syracuse University College of Law, the New York State Bar Association, William H. Johnson Bar Association and the Law School Admission Council co-sponsored Diversity Law Day on February 17, 2017 in Dineen Hall. This event was part of the initiative to expose students from various racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to the field of law.

The College of Law welcomed approximately 200 students from the Syracuse and Utica area high schools to participate in this year’s program. Events included hearing from current students, local attorneys, recent College of Law alumnus, an interactive question-and-answer panel, and a hands on learning activity. This event also held break out lunch sessions which granted networking opportunities with College of Law students, staff, and alumnus.

The full list of participating high schools were as follows:

  • Henninger High School
  • Nottingham High School
  • Corcoran High School
  • Fowler High School
  • Proctor High School (Utica, NY)

College of Law to Host Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project

Posted on Monday 2/20/2017

On Wednesday, March 1, the Syracuse Law Review will host Steven Wise, President of the Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc., to present to the Syracuse College of Law community. 

Wise has dedicated his career to pushing the boundaries of Animal Law. He has written several books on the subject, taught at many prestigious law schools including Harvard Law School, and been featured on popular programs such as the Colbert Report. Wise’s presentation will be held in the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. A reception, open to all, will follow Mr. Wise's presentation at 12:45 p.m. in the MacNaughton Collaboratory.

In anticipation of the upcoming visit, there will be a screening of the new documentary Unlocking the Cage, a behind-the-scenes account of the work Wise has been doing with the Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. on behalf of chimpanzees here in New York. The screening will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 7 p.m. in Cortland Lecture Hall, Room 340, Dineen Hall. Refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions or would like more information about either of these events, please contact Hillary Anderson at 

Professor Snyder Weighs in on One Year Anniversary of Apple v. FBI Data Privacy Case

Posted on Thursday 2/16/2017

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law William Snyder spoke with Cnet on the one year anniversary of the Apple v. FBI data privacy case.

Snyder commented, "This past year was kind of a missed opportunity to work this thing out. It hasn't gone away. The question is whether you deal with it now when things are calm or later when the stakes are high."

The D.C. Externship Program Gains Insight into the World of Private Data Security

Posted on Wednesday 2/15/2017

The D.C. Externship Program had the opportunity to hear from Distinguished Guest Lecturer Kurt Wimmer L’85 who is a senior partner at Covington & Burling. 

Wimmer spoke to the participants about his path from Syracuse University College of Law to Covington and how his experiences in law school and beyond shaped his career. Not only did he give the participants great career advice, he also spoke about his work in data security.

While at Covington, Wimmer had the foresight to recognize that the field of cybersecurity was becoming increasingly important. By recognizing it early on, he was able to help his clients get a head start on cybersecurity. Unintentional disclosure prevention and containment became Wimmer’s focus. With a client list that includes Facebook, The National Football League, the National Hockey League, Microsoft, Samsung, and CBS, Wimmer has become a leader in the field of data security. 

College of Law to Host Third Annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium

Posted on Wednesday 2/15/2017

The College of Law’s Entertainment and Sports Law Society will host its third annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium on February 18 at Dineen Hall from 10 AM to 2 PM. The event will feature three moderated panels on the intersection of sports, entertainment and the law. 

Panel I – International Sports: Rio 2016 and Beyond

Moderator: Rick Burton ’80, Professor of Sport Management, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Panelists: Caryn Davies, Associate, Goodwin Law

Lucinda McRoberts, General Counsel, USA Swimming

Michael Straubel, Professor and Director of the Sports Law Clinic, Valparaiso University Law School

Panel II – Current Issues and the Changing Landscape of Entertainment Law, Media Law and Intellectual Property

Moderator: Patricia Longstaff, Professor, Newhouse School of Public Communications

Panelists: Marc Guss, Co-founder, ACM Talent

Howard Leib, Trademarks Professor, College of Law

Matthew Matkov L’04, Founding Partner, Saltz Matkov

Panel III – Breaking Into the Industry: Personal Stories and Advice from Industry Professionals

Moderator: Dan Greene L’16. Associate, Smith Sovik Kendrick and Sugnet PC

Panelists: Joseph Hanna G’14, Partner, Goldberg Segalla

David Soskin, Director, Business Affairs, ESPN

Meredith Wolff, Founder. Seek to Be, LLC

Syracuse University College of Law Announces $20,000 Empire State Scholars Grant for NY State Residents Starting Fall 2017

Posted on Tuesday 2/14/2017

Syracuse University College of Law has introduced a $20,000 Empire State Scholars Grant for all admitted New York State residents, beginning with students entering the school in the fall of 2017. Students eligible for the Empire State Scholars Grant may alternatively receive merit-based scholarships for which they qualify that exceed the $20,000 tuition grant.

The Syracuse University College of Law Empire State Scholars Grant positions the College of Law as the least expensive private law school in the state for residents, and in line with many public law schools. “The College of Law has a strong history of serving students from New York State with an exceptional education and preparation for the New York State Bar exam,” said Dean Craig M. Boise. “In recognition of the potential financial barriers to a quality legal education, the Syracuse Law Empire State Scholars Grant reduces the financial burden for students who wish to remain in the state to pursue their legal education.”

For admitted New York State residents, yearly tuition to the College of Law for 2017-18 will be $26,460 based on 2016-17 tuition. While students will still need to complete financial aid applications, the Syracuse Law Empire State Scholars Grant will be automatic and not require additional paperwork other than that required to verify NY residence. The Grant will renew automatically for the second and third years of law school, so long as the student is in good academic standing at the beginning of each school year. “This initiative, coupled with the College’s strong New York State Bar passage rate, the faculty’s engagement with our students, and our rich academic programs, make the College of Law an outstanding option for New York State students,” said Grant Keener, Interim Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management. “With over 5,000 New York State residents applying to law schools each year, this innovative program has the potential to positively impact a great number of students interested in attending Syracuse Law.”

New York State residents seeking to enter law school in the fall of 2017 must submit completed applications by April 1, the College’s priority application deadline, to guarantee qualification for the Grant.

For more information, contact admissions, 315-443-1962.


College of Law Welcomes Spring Cohort of LL.M. Students

Posted on Tuesday 2/14/2017
Standing: Moamin Aljaro, Munahi Alotaibi, Victor Aisenberg, Luis Bernal; Seated: Adnan Alsufyani,Linda Gitonga,Fatimah Aljaroudi

The College of Law recently welcomed the Spring cohort of the Masters of Laws (LL.M.) in American Law Program. The cohort is comprised of nine foreign-educated lawyers representing the legal systems of seven nations, including one Open Society Foundation Fellow sponsored through the Palestinian Rule of Law program.

“The LL.M. in American Law program continues to attract highly qualified professionals from varied backgrounds and have diverse interests in the law,” said Andrew Horsfall, Executive Director of International Programs and Initiatives. “The entire College of Law community benefits from having these foreign-educated lawyers in our classrooms and in our professional and social programs. Our community also shares in the benefits from the unique perspective and professional backgrounds these students bring to local pro bono and other organizations.”

Joining the College of Law’s LL.M. program this Spring are: 

• Victor Aisenberg (Brazil): Mr. Aisenberg obtained his LL.B. from the Universidad do Estado do Rio de Janiero, in Brazil, in 1993. He also received a Master of Laws from the same institution in 2004. Since 2002, he has been a lecturer and professor of civil procedure and civil law at Itauna University. During his LL.M. studies, he will pursue his interest in civil procedure and comparative law. 

• Moamin Aljaro (Palestinian Gaza): Mr. Aljaro is a recipient of the LL.M. Fellowship offered by the Open Society Foundation’s Palestinian Rule of Law Program. He obtained his LL.B. from the University of Palestine at Al Zahra in the Gaza Strip. Since completing his undergraduate studies, he has worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Palestinian Center for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, and the Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Palestine. He plans to specialize his LL.M. studies in criminal law, public interest law, and human rights law. 

• Fatimah Aljaroudi (Saudi Arabia): Ms. Aljaroudi obtained her LL.B. from King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia, in 2013 where she was a top-ranked student in her graduating class. At KAU, Ms. Aljaroudi was a founding member of the law club and she has worked as a trainee lawyer in a private law firm. During her LL.M. studies, she will study subjects in commercial law, banking law, and international business transactions. 

• Munahi Alotaibi (Saudi Arabia): Mr. Alotaibi obtained his LL.B. from King Saud University in 2010. Since that time, he has worked as a Legal Investigator and lead public administrator for legal affairs with the Ministry of Transportation, in Saudi Arabia. In his role, Mr. Alotaibi draft legal memoranda and represents the Ministry in local councils and meetings. During his LL.M. studies, he plans to study general courses that will expose him to the American legal system and the practice of law. 

• Adnan Alsufyani (Saudi Arabia): Mr. Alsufyani obtained his LL.B. from King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia, in 2014. Upon completing his studies, he worked as a legal researcher for a technology and communications company in Riyadh before coming to the United States with his wife to improve his English. Mr. Alsufyani plans to pursue courses in technology transactions, commercial law, and business law during his LL.M. studies. 

• Luis Bernal (Dominican Republic): Mr. Bernal is a citizen of the United States who obtained his LL.B. from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, in the Dominican Republic, in 2015. While pursuing his undergraduate legal studies, he worked as a paralegal in a private law firm specializing in corporate and commercial law. During his LL.M. studies, Mr. Bernal plans to enroll in courses that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam and hopes to eventually pursue a Ph.D.-level degree in law. 

• Linda Gitonga (Kenya): Ms. Gitonga obtained her LL.B. from Moi University, in Kenya, in 2015. She has internship experience in civil litigation, where she has researched and drafted complaints, notice of appeals, and corporate formation documents. She plans to focus her LL.M. studies on international human rights law, business law, and commercial law before returning to Kenya to serve the needs of indigent clients in her community. 

• Anas Maroof (Iraq): Mr. Maroof is a citizen of the United States who obtained his LL.B. from the University of Kirkuk, in Iraq, in 2008. While pursuing his legal studies, Mr. Maroof worked as a linguist and IT specialist embedded within the United States Army in Mosul, Iraq, working as a translator and interpreter during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During his LL.M. studies, Mr. Maroof plans to enroll in courses that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam. 

Diego Sanchez (Mexico): Mr. Sanchez obtained his LL.B. from the Universidad Anahuac, in Mexico, in 2016. While in his undergraduate program, he performed thesis research on the Mexico’s representative democracy and he earned certificates in tax regulation and conflict management. While in the LL.M. program, Mr. Sanchez will enroll in subjects such as human rights law, constitutional law, and international law. 

Diego Sanchez
Diego Sanchez

Syracuse University College of Law Announces $20,000 Empire State Scholars Grant for NY State Residents Starting Fall 2017

Posted on Monday 2/13/2017

Syracuse University College of Law has introduced a $20,000 Empire State Scholars Grant for all admitted New York State residents, beginning with students entering the school in the fall of 2017. Students eligible for the Empire State Scholars Grant may alternatively receive merit-based scholarships for which they qualify that exceed the $20,000 tuition grant. 

The Syracuse University College of Law Empire State Scholars Grant positions the College of Law as the least expensive private law school in the state for residents, and in line with many public law schools.

“The College of Law has a strong history of serving students from New York State with an exceptional education and preparation for the New York State Bar exam,” said Dean Craig M. Boise. “In recognition of the potential financial barriers to a quality legal education, the Syracuse Law Empire State Scholars Grant reduces the financial burden for students who wish to remain in the state to pursue their legal education.”

For admitted New York State residents, yearly tuition to the College of Law for 2017-18 will be $26,460 based on 2016-17 tuition. While students will still need to complete financial aid applications, the Syracuse Law Empire State Scholars Grant will be automatic and not require additional paperwork other than that required to verify NY residence. The Grant will renew automatically for the second and third years of law school, so long as the student is in good academic standing at the beginning of each school year.

“This initiative, coupled with the College’s strong New York State Bar passage rate, the faculty’s engagement with our students, and our rich academic programs, make the College of Law an outstanding option for New York State students,” said Grant Keener, Interim Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management. “With over 5,000 New York State residents applying to law schools each year, this innovative program has the potential to positively impact a great number of students interested in attending Syracuse Law.”

New York State residents seeking to enter law school in the fall of 2017 must submit completed applications by April 1, the College’s priority application deadline, to guarantee qualification for the Grant.

For more information, contact admissions, 315-443-1962.

Professor True-Frost Receives Grant to Disseminate Research and Organize Workshop on “Countering Violent Extremism"

Posted on Friday 2/10/2017

Associate Professor of Law C. Cora True-Frost has received a grant from the Andrew Berlin Family Fund, via the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT), to develop and host a workshop on “Countering Violent Extremism: The Challenges and Opportunities the Initiatives Present.”

The workshop, to include members of academia, students, and legal and law enforcement professionals, will examine “a new dimension of the age-old relationship between security and human rights: the international-level and national-level embrace of preventing or countering violent extremism programs addressing the conditions conducive to terrorism.”

“The workshop will draw upon my current academic work that increasingly incorporates security concerns with my traditional focus on human rights,” said True-Frost. “I anticipate this event to inform my future scholarship and serve as an opportunity for participants to exchange ideas and evolve their own research on this important topic.”

Stay tuned for more info on the upcoming workshop. The Andrew Berlin Family Fund was created in 2010 when the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs received an endowment gift to fund faculty and graduate student research relating to issues of national security. The Berlin Fund, established in honor of Professor David H. Bennett, operates through INSCT, a collaboration between SU Maxwell School and the Syracuse Law. 

Professor Johnson Quoted on New Emmett Till Book

Posted on Friday 2/10/2017

Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative Paula Johnson was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on new findings in the book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.”

Johnson states, “Sixty-two years later, we need to correct the historical record, if not in the court of law, certainly in the public courts.”

Professor Kanter to Present at Harvard Law School

Posted on Thursday 2/9/2017

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence Arlene Kanter will be making a presentation, “The Difference a Treaty Can Make: The Case of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” on February 9 at Harvard Law School. The program is being held by the Harvard Law School Project on Disability.

Professor Crane Contributes Op/Ed: First It’s the Muslims: An Evolution to Dictatorship

Posted on Wednesday 2/8/2017

Professor of Practice David Crane has published an op/ed. First It’s the Muslims: An Evolution to Dictatorship, at

In the article, Crane discusses some alarming similarities between the early days of the Trump administration and the rise to power of Adolf Hitler.

Professor Bybee Comments on President Trump’s “So-called Judge” Tweet

Posted on Monday 2/6/2017

Keith J. Bybee, the Paul E. and the Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor, College of Law; Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; and Director, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media, comments on President Trump’s ”So-called Judge” Tweet regarding Federal District Court Judge James Robart’s ruling on the Executive Order on immigration.

“Although President Trump has promised a whole new way of governing, he has been caught up in a traditional conundrum of American public life. When Trump denounced the ‘so-called judge’ who temporarily suspended the administration’s immigrant ban, Trump tapped into the longstanding public belief that many judicial decisions are influenced by political factors. At the same time, when Trump presented his Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch as a jurist exclusively guided by constitutional principle, Trump tapped into the longstanding public trust of judges as impartial arbiters of law. Like virtually all elected officials, Trump wants to have his cake and to eat too, praising the judges he likes as paragons of impartiality and criticizing the judges he dislikes as mere politicians in robes. The question will be whether Trump, a most unconventional politician, will be able to successfully sustain the thoroughly conventional claim that all judges are political—except when they are not.”   

D.C. Externship Program Seminar Highlights Unique Position at the Department of Justice

Posted on Monday 2/6/2017

The D.C. Externship Program had the opportunity to hear from Distinguished Guest Lecturer Mickey Martinez at the Department of Justice within the Office of Foreign Litigation.  Martinez represents the United States when it is sued in a court in a foreign country.

During his presentation, Martinez gave the participants an interesting look into what happens when a private individual in a foreign country sues the United States.  Martinez has a unique role involving international law and diplomacy, while also requiring him to be a “Jack-of-all-trades” when it comes to legal issues.  This position gives him the opportunity to work with attorneys all over the world, learn the legal systems of different countries and help to create and shape the law where it is not clear. 

Martinez is a Trial Attorney with the Civil Division’s Office of Foreign Litigation.  Prior to joining DOJ, Martinez was an associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and at Gilbert LLP in Washington, D.C.  He graduated in 2007 from Yale Law School and also studied canon law at the Pontificia Universita Gregoriana in Rome, where he received a J.C.L. in 2000.

Download Our eBook: Raising The Bar: Preparing For Law School

Posted on Monday 2/6/2017

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Spring 2017 Law, Politics and the Media Lecture Series Begins with Dahlia Lithwick from Slate

Posted on Friday 2/3/2017

The annual Law, Politics and the Media Lecture Series will begin February 8th with guest lecturer Dahlia Lithwick, Supreme Court correspondent and host of the Amicus podcast for The Series will also feature seven other distinguished lecturers, including Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In the College of Law, the speaker series is coordinated by Keith J. Bybee, the Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor.

Each lecture will begin at 4 PM in Dineen Hall, Feinberg Lecture Hall, Room 360.

February 8

“The Supreme Court Reporter”

Dahlia Lithwick, Supreme Court Correspondent and Amicus podcast host,

February 22

“Unconstrained Global Power? Law, Media and Public Policy Impacts as a new President Assumes the World’s Most Powerful Role”

Steven Schrage, Former Senior Official in U.S. State Department and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

March 1

“Victim Mentality: How Media Portrayals of Crime Victims Contribute to Distortions that Affect Public Opinion and Policies on Crime and Punishment”

Mark Obbie, Soros Justice Media Fellow and Freelance Journalist

March 22

‘Open Access to Law: Why it Matters to More People than You Think”

Thomas Bruce, Co-founder of the Legal Information Institute

March 29

“With Pen and Gavel: How Reporters Fight for Access”

Jennifer Borg, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, North New Jersey Media Group, Inc.

April 5 

“Interpreting the Laws of Congress: A View from the Federal Bench”

Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

April 12

“Voting Rights for Millennials”

Jenny Diamond Cheng, Lecturer in Law, Vanderbilt Law School

April 19

“Polarizing Partisanship in the Media”

Mathew Levendusky, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania

The Law, Politics and the Media Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media, and the Tully Center for Free Speech.

Professor Ghosh Comments on Spectrum Time Warner Cable Lawsuit on Internet Speeds

Posted on Friday 2/3/2017

Crandall Melvin Professor of Law Shubha Ghosh recently spoke with the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin on the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against Spectrum-Time Warner Cable over internet speed claims.

In the article, Ghosh says, "it seems the most difficult issues are the technical ones, whether the items provided did in fact have the potential to reach those advertised speeds. Absent that factual issue — which is a big one — it seems like a fairly straightforward consumer deception claim."

College of Law Celebrates Diversity Week with Programing, Culminating with “Authentic Conversations: Navigating the Hiring Process” Panel Discussion

Posted on Thursday 2/2/2017

The College of Law will celebrate its annual Diversity Week, February 6th through 10th, with a variety of events and programs. 

The goal of Diversity Week is to raise awareness of differences, foster an environment of respect, and to engage the community in dialogue on culture, ideology, and global perspectives that inform leadership and the practice of law. Diversity Week programming is sponsored by the Student Bar Association, Office of Student Life, and Office of Career Services. 

In addition to the events open to the entire campus community, College of Law students will participate in events such as: Bite of Culture; the Bond Schoeneck & King Diversity Week Reception (an evening event) and a networking reception with local attorneys and alumni regarding the legal hiring process. 

Events open to the campus community include:

Monday, February 6

Diversity Week Open House

11:45 AM, Levy Atrium

Informational tables from many College of Law affinity organizations.

Wednesday, February 8

L.A.W. Series – Social Experiment

11:45 AM, Levy Atrium

An event to teach students more about privileges and how they interplay with social, political and economic justice, access and opportunity.

Thursday, February 9

L.A.W. Series – Conversation

11:45 AM – Empire Room 440

A conversation with students, faculty and staff to educate the College of Law community about the effects that micro-aggressions and implicitly biases have on diversity and inclusion.

Friday, February 10

“Authentic Conversations: Navigating the Hiring Process”

12:30 PM – Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom

A panel of alumni will share insights into the hiring process and how to best promote your own diversity. They will also discuss diversity initiatives in their respective fields of work. The panel will include:

Judge Theodore McKee L’75

Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Third District

(video introduction)

Keisha Audain-Pressley L’00

Senior Vice President and Senior Compliance Officer, Pacific Investments Management Company

Luke Baeta L’12

Hancock Estabrook LLP

Upnit Bhatti L’15

Law Clerk, Third District Court of Appeals

Michael Drayo L’01

Senior Counsel, The Vanguard Group

Cary Ng L’02

Assistant District Attorney, New York County

Aaron Hodukavich

Director and ADA/503/503 Coordinator, Syracuse University

College of Law Launches New York City Externship Program

Posted on Thursday 2/2/2017

The College of Law has introduced the New York City Externship Program. Available to qualified second-and third-year College of Law students, the New York City Externship Program will provide legal placements across the spectrum of career paths, from traditional law firms to government agencies to the judiciary.

The New York City Externship Program will be offered in the Fall, Summer and Spring. In addition to the full time legal work placements, students will participate in a bi-weekly seminar held by a Distinguished Guest Lecturer from the New York City legal community and will write a short research paper.

“The New York City Externship Program is modeled after our successful D.C. Externship Program, which has provided nearly 200 students with meaningful professional experience and invaluable connections to help launch their careers,” said Terry L. Turnipseed, Professor of Law and Director of the New York City Externship Program and D.C. Externship Program. “With the New York City Externship Program, our students have another option to put their classroom training into practice and expand their professional network in one of the most dynamic cities for lawyers.”

The New York City Externship Program will host its first placements in the Spring 2018 semester.

Professor Driesen Writes: Tax Credits and Public Spending on Infrastructure

Posted on Wednesday 2/1/2017

University Professor David Driesen has contributed the article Tax Credits and Public Spending on Infrastructure at the Center for Progressive Reform blog:

Donald Trump based his candidacy on the claim that he would serve working-class people who established politicians have neglected. He promised $1 trillion of infrastructure investment over 10 years, which could generate a lot of blue-collar employment while potentially repairing crumbling bridges and roads, replacing antiquated wastewater treatment systems (in Flint and elsewhere), and creating a mass transit system that could move us into the 21st century in that realm. A sound infrastructure program, unlike anything else that Trump has proposed, really would grow the economy and help hard-hit workers across the country. 

Unfortunately, he did not propose that government raise and spend $1 trillion on infrastructure. Instead of funding his program with a modest tax increase and bond revenue, he promised a $9 trillion tax cut primarily benefitting wealthy people like himself.

Click here for the full article.