Online Guide to Supreme Court Program

Posted on Tuesday 10/17/2017

The Law Library has published an online guide to accompany the Program and CLE being held at the College of Law on Friday, October 20: “United States Supreme Court: the 2017-2018 Term.” The guide is intended as a resource for attendees, as it highlights the cases and topics that will be discussed at the program.

The guide is available among the Law Library’s online research guides, or you can access it directly through the following link: 

Accessing Databases Through the Drop Down Menu on the Law Databases tab

Posted on Thursday 10/12/2017

Mac users may experience problems connecting to the databases contained in the drop down menu on the Law Databases tab under Find Library Materials on the Law Library's top web page.  Users experiencing these problems should click the Browse Law Databases link found under the drop down menu and access databases through the web pages found there.  

All of the databases found on the drop down menu can also be found on the Browse Law Databases pages.

Please note:  Most law databases are available to College of Law users only.  

Shubha Ghosh Publishes Two-Volume Research Handbook “Intellectual Property and Innovation”

Posted on Tuesday 10/10/2017
Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Technology Commercialization Law Center, has published a two-volume research handbook Intellectual Property and Innovation with Edward Elgar Publishing, part of its Critical Concepts in Intellectual Property Law series.

“Everyone is familiar with the phrase, ‘Build a better mousetrap and the world will blaze a path to your door,’ says Ghosh, “but there are lots of impediments to building that path. The articles collected in this volume identify these impediments and provide solutions.”

The collection presents 39 leading articles, dating from 1990 to 2015, on the theory and practice of intellectual property law as it applies to the promotion of innovation in economic, social, and legal dimensions.

Introduced with an essay by Ghosh, topics include the role of law and incentives, cumulative and open forms of innovation, as well as discussion of intellectual property and innovation’s social dimensions, relationship with market institutions, and how to chart a course for future innovation policy.

Writes Pam Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California-Berkeley, “Innovation has become a vitally important field of study in the modern era. This compilation offers the single best collection of insights that scholars of innovation—including but not limited to intellectual property professors—have to offer about what innovation is, why it is essential to economic growth, and how to foster it. It is a major accomplishment to have brought these insightful works together.”

More information, including the table of contents, can be found here.

Stacey Wiley Joins the College of Law as Director of Career Services

Posted on Monday 10/9/2017

Stacey Wiley has joined the College of Law as Director of Career Services. Wiley, a 2000 graduate of the College of Law, will be responsible for the strategic planning, ongoing management and leadership of the College’s career services office, staff, and initiatives.

Wiley comes to the College of Law from State University of New York (SUNY) College at Geneseo where she served as Director of Career Development.

“Stacey brings a wealth of experience in career development, both in law schools and in a broader higher education setting, which gives her a critical perspective today as the career paths for law graduates are more diverse than ever,” said Sophie Dagenais, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs. “I know our students will benefit from her insights and creativity, and the passion for our profession that she will bring back to her alma mater.”

Prior to SUNY Geneseo, Wiley held career service positions at Quinnipiac University School of Law and Cornell Law School. Before academia, she practiced ERISA, trusts and estates, and tax law for several years at a local Syracuse firm.

“Career paths for law school graduates are continually evolving, and the Office of Career Services must be nimble and responsive to the student and legal marketplace needs,” said Wiley. “I look forward to providing our students with the support and guidance that will enable them to achieve their career goals.”

In addition to her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, Wiley holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Cortland and a Master of Science in Counseling from Syracuse University.

“Why Should You Protect IP?” Shubha Ghosh Speaks at USPTO IP Workshop

Posted on Monday 10/9/2017

Shubha Ghosh, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director, Technology Commercialization Law Center, discussed protecting intellectual property (IP) at the IP Workshop for North Texas Inventors and Entrepreneurs on Sept. 30, 2017. 

The full-day workshop was held at Texas A&M University School of Law and was co-sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the State Bar of Texas IP Section. In addition to his talk, Ghosh joined USPTO examiners and registered patent and trademark attorneys to consult with inventors and answer their questions. 

Photo by 3L Lauren Lyons.

In a Forthcoming Book, Robin Paul Malloy Re-Assesses Adam Smith’s Theory of Jurisprudence

Posted on Monday 10/9/2017

If the ghost of Adam Smith were to haunt the undergraduate classrooms of Syracuse University this Halloween Season, he would perhaps be mortified about how his ideas are being remembered. Despite publishing and lecturing extensively during the 18th century on moral philosophy, political economy, and the law, Smith today is most well-known for the image of the “invisible hand of the market” associated with his magnum opus,  An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). 

However, E.I. White Chair and Distinguished Professor of Law Robin Paul Malloy believes it’s time to re-assess Smith’s ideas on morality, markets, and justice and to revise the way we apply Smith’s philosophical ideas to the law.

In a forthcoming book—as well as at a talk at the Midwest Law and Economics Association at Marquette University Law School, Oct. 19-22, 2017—Malloy will argue that despite Smith’s deep influence on market theory, the Scottish philosopher intended not for economics but for justice to be the central pillar of society. Justice, Smith believed, is what mediates between self-interested individuals and the demands of society as a whole. Malloy believes that a fuller understanding of Smith’s concepts can better inform the way law is theorized and practiced, for the betterment of individuals, social order, and economic progress. 

“The dominant image of Adam Smith as the creator of a dispassionate, mechanical, and wholly rational economic theory emerged from the interpretation of George Stigler and the Chicago School of Economics,” explains Malloy. “Stigler extracted the ‘invisible hand’ as a metaphor for market theory and employed it as a central tenet of economics to advance the idea that rational, self-interested actors could behave in a way that miraculously benefits society as a whole.” Malloy says that lawyers borrowed this somewhat one-dimensional understanding of Smith’s work from economists “and applied it to law in order to advocate for efficient legal rules and in an effort to make the law more scientific by removing moral reasoning from legal judgments.” 

However, Malloy’s latest scholarship illustrates that there is much more to Smith’s work than the simple interpretation of the “invisible hand.” After all, in Smith’s other book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), he develops a theory of morality and provides another of his grand metaphors: the “impartial spectator.” The “impartial spectator” is used to explain how individuals develop moral thinking from the blank slate of birth. Individuals, argued Smith, grow up seeking approval for their moral ideas from other people, or—if the observer is internalized as the “impartial spectator”—from what might be described as a conscience. 

“Smith’s plan was in fact to write three books,” continues Malloy. “The Theory of Moral Sentiments, the Wealth of Nations, and a book on jurisprudence.” Malloy explains that Smith, also a lawyer and legal scholar, spent a large part of his life working on a theory of jurisprudence, but when he died he wanted this unfinished work to be burned. 

Nevertheless, some of Smith’s legal ideas survived, including lecture notes taken by his students. It’s these theories—and how Smith connected jurisprudence to moral philosophy and economics—that Malloy has been exploring for more than 30 years, in two books (Adam Smith and the Philosophy of Law and Economics and Adam Smith and Law) and several chapters and articles. 

The central question of my new book is “What is Smith’s theory of jurisprudence?” says Malloy. “This is a side of Smith that is seldom fully explored by lawyers seeking to apply economics to law.” 

In re-reading Smith’s legal theories, Malloy says a third metaphor—the “man in the mirror”—should be added to the “invisible hand” and “impartial spectator.” The “man in the mirror” addresses jurisprudence and the social context in which we act. “The mirror reflects ourselves and the other people with whom we interact,” explains Malloy, adding that with this third concept, an alternative and more complete model of Smith’s moral, legal, and social universe emerges. The “invisible hand” represents the self-interested actions of individuals, which are in tension with the interests of others as represented by the “man in the mirror” who critiques our self-interested actions. In turn these two are mediated by the concept of justice, or the “impartial spectator.” 

In fact, observes Malloy, Smith used a legal analogy—the common law magistrate—to explain the role of justice in society. Smith saw the English common law magistrate as someone who must practically weigh the interests of individuals against the mores and norms of society. According to Malloy, reconciling Smith’s ideas about the marketplace, justice, and morality is consistent with the desire for modern societies to increase prosperity and protect liberty. “Economic progress occurs in a framework based on morals and justice,” says Malloy. “This understanding of Smith opens the door to a broader than currently existing dialogue in law concerning the proper relationship between—as well as a more diverse and inclusive approach to—law and economics.”

Candice Geller L’16 Discusses D.O.J. Position as DCEx Distinguished Guest Lecturer

Posted on Friday 10/6/2017

On October 2, 2017, the College of Law’s Fall 2017 DCEx externs had the pleasure of meeting Candice Geller L’16 and current Honors Attorney at the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Employment Law Branch.

Geller’s responsibilities at the Bureau of Prisons include processing administrative complaints of discrimination and providing advice and training on government ethics, providing legal advice to Bureau management on labor/management and personnel issues, and representing management in various administrative and judicial forums. Geller also discussed her positive experiences in the Summer Law Intern Program at the Bureau of Prisons during her 2L summer and the wide array of opportunities that are available to law students within the Bureau of Prisons.

Additionally, externs had the opportunity to hear from Jenifer Grundy Hollett, an attorney in the Employment Law Branch of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and B. Kevin Cardwell, Associate General Counsel for the Bureau of Prisons. Grundy Hollett shared some of her most memorable experiences from working as an attorney for the Bureau of Prisons, including time spent at Federal Penitentiaries across the country. Grundy Hollett also discussed the role of attorneys in furthering the Bureau of Prison’s mission, which is to ensure that federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, properly secure, and provide reentry programming to ensure their successful return to the community. Cardwell shared valuable advice regarding the interview and application processes for the Department of Justice’s legal hiring programs.

After the seminar was completed, the externs gathered and discussed their most recent experiences with DCEx at an informal dinner.

Nina Kohn Discusses “Surrogate Decision-Making” at Saint Louis University School of Law

Posted on Thursday 10/5/2017

“The New Era of Surrogate Decision-Making” was the subject of Associate Dean for Research and David M. Levy Professor of Law Nina A. Kohn’s public lecture at Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, MO, on Oct. 4, 2017. Kohn was invited to speak as part of the law school’s Health Law Distinguished Speaker Series.  

In her lecture Professor Kohn described the forces that are coming together to disrupt traditional approaches to surrogate decision-making, and shared what a next-generation approach looks like as embodied by the newly adopted Uniform Act governing guardianship and conservatorship. Kohn currently serves as the Reporter for the Third Revision of the Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act.

Kohn’s research focuses on elder law and the civil rights of older adults and persons with diminished cognitive capacity. Recent articles address issues such as supported and surrogate decision-making, financial exploitation of the elderly, vulnerability and discrimination in old age, and the practical and constitutional implications of elder abuse legislation. She is the author of Elder Law: Practice, Policy, and Problems (Aspen, 2014).

Turning the Law on Its Head: William C. Banks Reviews the New Supreme Court Session with WAER

Posted on Wednesday 10/4/2017

(WAER | Oct. 3, 2017) A Syracuse University Law Professor says President Trump’s appointment of new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch should not be significant in the Justice’s decisions moving into his official first term. Professor William Banks thinks that Gorsuch’s values will be much more impactful.

 “I think Mr. Gorsuch is going to prove himself to be one of the most, if not the most conservative Justice on the court. Probably more conservative than Justice Scalia, or at least as conservative.”

Professor Banks adds that while the Supreme Court will face multiple important decisions down the line, a few already stick out to him.

 “One that will decide the availability of remedies for big time political gerrymandering in legislative districts. Another one that will decide the rights of business owners to decline the rights of gay or lesbian customers.”

Banks feels even stronger about one particular topic than impacts most Americans, smartphones. This decision will decide if police are allowed to monitor the location of cell phone users through site location data, a decision Banks thinks could have a strong impact on recent law history. 

“The Fourth Amendment case on cellphone site location - if it comes out in favor of those whose location was given up - is a change in Fourth Amendment doctrine that will turn about 50 years of law on its head” …

To read the full article, click here.

A System and Method for Tracking and Managing Skills: TCLC Helps a Rochester Entrepreneur Protect a Bright Idea

Posted on Tuesday 10/3/2017

It is perhaps difficult to remember a time before the Nutrition Facts Label. Before 1990, information about the calories, cholesterol, fat content, and vitamins in the food we eat was sparse and non-standard. Now the label is a mandatory, ubiquitous, and familiar part of our lives, the recipe for its success being its simplicity, uniformity, and a reader-friendly design—it’s something anyone from a child to an adult can understand.

With a similar idea in mind, Ryan M. Frischmann, a web and application developer, writer, and entrepreneur from Rochester, NY, has created the Skills Label for use in the education and training industry. With help from the College of Law’s Technology Commercialization Law Center (TCLC), as well as the New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC), Frischmann has moved his idea through intellectual property (IP) landscaping to the patent protection stage. 

“The Skills Label—like a nutrition label on food or a résumé of professional experiences—offers a clear and concise way to represent skills someone has learned by performing any task or experience,” explains Frischmann. Using an easy-to-read display, the Skills Label can succinctly express learning outcomes for activities inside and outside a classroom, a short course, a training module, online games, and so on. “Essentially the Skills Label can be used anytime learning takes place,” explains Frischmann. “It is designed to be adaptable for all types of institutions, such as schools, colleges, executive education, and vocational institutions.”

In an age of multiple types of testing, certification, skills acquisition, and learning management systems, Frischmann says “there’s a need to standardize the way testing and skills acquisition is communicated, for teachers, students, and parents. Right now, it’s a fragmented landscape, and it is still unclear how a student tracks his or her learning through each educational stage.”  

The spark for Skills Label came from Frischmann’s prior experience working in competency based learning. “In 2011, I was developing a methodology—and, later, an application—for the ‘Skills Based Approach’ to learning, a way to standardize a person’s list of skills within his or her level of expertise. In 2013, I published A Skills Based Approach to Developing a Career to share this methodology with a wider audience.”

In trying to reduce the amount of typing in managing tasks within the application, Frischmann says he thought of creating a new, standardized display: the Skills Label. “When someone clicks on the label, all the information about that person’s learning experience becomes immediately available. By 2016, I had created a workable solution.”

After developing the labels prototype, Frischmann recognized that there was not a predefined standard in the marketplace for tracking learning. He performed a patent search and filed two provisional patent applications for Skills Label in 2016. 

“As I was deciding whether to file a non-provisional patent, I decided to approach the New York State Science and Technology Law Center at the College of Law,” says Frischmann. “I worked with them to develop an IP landscape to get a sense of the value of the patent, and NYSSTLC performed a market analysis and an independent patent search. They found some interesting concepts, but nothing that directly conflicted with mine. Skills Label was clearly distinguished as a novel concept.” 

“Professor Dean Bell, with the help of College of Law students, researched Frischmann’s technology as part of our summer program,” explains NYSSTLC Associate Director Molly Zimmerman. “The work we did for Ryan demonstrates how the NYSSTLC program helps entrepreneurs determine whether to continue investing time and resources into a new technology.” In fact, Skills Label was as one of 14 summer 2017 projects for NYSSTLC, completed with guidance from Bell and fellow adjunct professors Dominick Danna and Chris Horacek. 

After working with NYSSTLC, Frischmann’s next step was to ask Professor and Shubha Ghosh, Director of TCLC, for help moving the Skills Label concept from the IP landscape stage to the patent filing stage. Ghosh reviewed the patent landscape and provisional application, filed in fall 2016, in time for him to file the final application in August 2017. 

“Ryan has a useful invention, and he has submitted a strong application,” notes Ghosh. “The next steps are to beta-test and develop the invention for commercialization. We have been encouraging Ryan to move on to that next step. In the meantime, he is waiting to hear about his patent application and is looking into marketing opportunities outside the United States.” 

Frischmann says the skills label will create value by introducing familiarity and a basis for “comparisons of like objects.” So in addition to course credit, students can earn and track specific skills themselves, and the teacher (or institution or textbook company) can put these learning outcomes “right on the label,” placed up front on a book, website, curriculum, or task sheet. “In this way, the Skills Label will present standardized information the way the nutrition label tells us about vitamins on a cereal box,” observes Frischmann.

Other aspects of Frischmann’s patent include verifying the accuracy of the expectations and outcomes on the labels, assigning credentials earned, and deriving a return of investments (ROI) for learning resources. “In the long term, the data collected from these labels might provide a strong step towards tracking learning through a lifetime,” Frischmann adds. 

Frischmann says he’s approached professors and other educators who say his idea “makes a lot of sense.” “So now I’m looking to see if publishers or educational institutions will pick up the Skills Label idea, and I’m looking for funding, collaborators, and partnerships to move the idea forward,” adds Frischmann. “The reason I wanted to apply for a patent is to protect my idea so that I can approach a potential partner and feel confident that they won’t say, ‘This concept is great … let’s make some tweaks and do it ourselves.’”

Sophie Dagenais Named Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation

Posted on Monday 10/2/2017

Sophie Dagenais, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs, has been named a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation.

Fellows are nominated by peers and recognized for distinguished achievements, dedication to the legal profession, and commitment to the organized bar and service to the public. “Being a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation is an honor,” states Chair of the Fellows, Emily F. Franchina. “Fellows represent one percent of the New York State Bar Association membership. Being nominated and elected is a notable achievement.” 

“Being named a Fellow is a great distinction, and I am truly honored to be a member of this important group,” says Dagenais. “I look forward to collaborating with the other distinguished Fellows to advance the practice of law across the state and to support the Foundation’s dynamic programs and initiatives.”

As Foundation ambassadors, Fellows exemplify the spirit of caring and sharing by demonstrating their belief that the practice of law is a helping profession. For more information regarding the Fellows or the New York Bar Foundation, visit

Michael Schwartz to Serve on NYS Committee to Promote Court Access for People with Disabilities

Posted on Friday 9/29/2017

On Sept. 26, 2017, the New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks announced the formation of an advisory panel charged with developing an action plan to improve access to state courts for all persons, including those with visual, hearing, communication, mobility, cognitive and other disabilities.

Serving on the Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities will be Professor Michael Schwartz, Supervising Attorney and Director of the Disability Rights Clinic in the College of Law’s Office of Clinical Legal Education.

“It’s a great honor to be included in such an important group that will advise the courts of the State of New York on improvements to its accessibility for people with disabilities,” says Schwartz. “I look forward to this exciting work. I hope my experiences as a deaf lawyer for more than 35 years will provide some guidance to my colleagues on the committee.”

Schwartz joins state Unified Court System judges, clerks, and administrators, as well as representatives from legal services providers, law firms, and advocacy groups from around New York State. The Committee will be led by Hon. Rosalyn H. Richter, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, of the New York State Supreme Court. 

The advisory panel will examine a broad scope of issues, including the procedures for requesting accommodations; the availability of sign language interpreters and the quality of remote video interpreting services for the deaf and hard of hearing; the navigability for those with visual and other disabilities of online court programs and services; barriers faced by jurors who have a disability; and training and other needs to ensure best practices in providing access for court users with special needs. 

The Committee will submit its recommendations to the Chief Judge on these issues, among other topics of concern. 

Court users are protected from disability discrimination by the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and other statutes. Each courthouse has a liaison to assist in providing reasonable accommodations to litigants, attorneys, and other court users with special needs. The court system employs a statewide coordinator to oversee the facilitation of such requests, offering training, technical, and other resources to the liaisons, as well as to judges and other court staff. 

Advisory committee member Deputy Chief Administrative Judge Edwina G. Mendelson—who heads the courts’ newly expanded Office for Justice Initiatives (OJI), which works to ensure meaningful access to justice for all those who pass through New York’s state courthouses—will work closely with committee members to seek ways the OJI can enhance accessibility for court users with special needs. 

New York Courts’ Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities 

  • Hon. Rosalyn H. Richter, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department 
  • Maureen Belluscio, Staff Attorney, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Disability Justice Program 
  • Anne Callagy, Director of Government Benefits, The Legal Aid Society - Civil Practice 
  • Beth Diebel, District Executive, Third Judicial District, New York Courts 
  • Hon. Vincent DiNolfo, County Court Judge, Monroe County 
  • Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler, Chief of Office of Policy and Planning, NYS Office of Court Administration 
  • Hon. Deborah Kaplan, Statewide Coordinating Judge for Family Violence Cases, NYS Office of Court Administration 
  • Kleo King, Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel, NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities 
  • Eve Markewich, Partner, Markewich and Rosenstock LLP 
  • Hon. Edwina G. Mendelson, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge, Office for Justice Initiatives, New York Courts 
  • Hon. Juanita Bing Newton, Dean, New York State Judicial Institute 
  • Charles Perreaud, Jury Commissioner and Court Interpreting Coordinator, Seventh Judicial District, New York Courts 
  • Hon. Robert Pipia, District Court Judge, Nassau County 
  • Michael Schwartz, Supervising Attorney and Director, Disability Rights Clinic, Office of Clinical Legal Education, Syracuse University College of Law 
  • Liz Sergi, Senior Social Worker, Helen Keller Services for the Blind 
  • Charles Small, Chief Clerk for Civil Matters, Kings County Supreme Court 
  • Nahid Sorooshyari, Senior Staff Attorney, Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY Legal Services) 
  • Dan Weitz, Director, Division of Professional & Court Services, NYS Office of Court Administration 
Counsel to the Committee
  • Barbara Zahler-Gringer, NYS Office of Court Administration 

Wohl Family Veterans Legal Clinic Receives Generous Community Support at Utica Fundraiser 

Posted on Thursday 9/28/2017

A Syracuse University College of Law fundraising event at the @171 Genesee venue in downtown Utica, NY, proved a spectacular success last night. Friends of the Wohl Family Veterans Legal Clinic, Oneida County officials, College of Law representatives, and others gathered to build awareness of the clinic's partnership with the county, and raised in excess of $100,000 for the clinic’s important work providing free legal services to Central New York veterans and their families, training local attorneys, and educating the next generation of veterans advocates at the College of Law. 

“Thank you to all who made this fundraising event so successful, especially Jackie and John Romano, Linda Romano and Russ Petralia, Robert Esche of the Save-of-the-Day Foundation, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Rear Adm. Garry White, and Lt. Tom Caruso L’14,” says College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise. “The ongoing collaboration between the College and Oneida County will ensure that veterans from the county will continue to receive high-quality, pro bono legal services, to the benefit of all citizens, and the money raised will help the legal clinic not only remain at the heart of the College’s mission but also become the premier national center for the training of veterans’ advocates.”

“Thank you to our generous benefactors and to Oneida County,” says co-founder Tom Caruso. “As the audience heard last night, support of the clinic’s work is a winning proposition with a triple bottom line: client veterans who have given their all for our country receive the benefits they have rightly earned; College of Law students are gaining invaluable experience in a highly specialized, growing area of the law; and our local communities, such as Oneida County, are strengthened by strong and supported military families.”

“The Syracuse University College of Law Wohl Family Veterans Legal Clinic not only provides our local veterans a vital service but also gives young law students the benefit of hands-on experience,” says Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “Oneida County is proud to partner with this outstanding organization and help further its good work.”

Opened in January 2015, the Wohl Family Veterans Legal Clinic is the first comprehensive legal clinic in New York providing free legal assistance to veterans as they apply for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), appeal adverse VA decisions, and attempt to upgrade their military discharge. Directed by Yelena Duterte, the Clinic operates as part of the College of Law’s Office of Clinical Legal Education. Students who work for the clinic conduct research, investigations and advocacy on behalf of clinic clients. In addition to client representation, the clinic engages in community outreach in Syracuse, NY, and in Utica, NY, and partners with social services agencies to connect clients to available resources designed to support veterans and families.

Learn more about the clinic in this short, informative video:

Professor Robert Ashford’s “Inclusive Capitalism” Gains International Support

Posted on Wednesday 9/27/2017

According to Bond Schoeneck & King Distinguished Professor of Law Robert Ashford, “In the time needed to read this article, the wealthiest 1% of the American people will have acquired more capital wealth with the earnings of capital than most people will earn in their lifetimes, no matter how long and hard they work.” 

Although most people earn from their labor, thanks to the institutions of corporate finance the top 1% achieve much greater growth in wealth not by working, according to Ashford, but rather by “acquiring capital with the earnings of capital.” Moreover, says Ashford, the same institutions of corporate finance that facilitate such vast sums of capitation acquisition for primarily the top 1% could facilitate much more capital acquisition more profitably, without redistribution or inflation, if everyone were included in the capital acquisition process. 

These observations were advanced by Ashford in a series of well-received lectures on “Inclusive Capitalism” delivered earlier this year in the United Kingdom at Cambridge and Oxford universities, the London School of Economics, and Syracuse University’s Faraday House in London. His pioneering work has now culminated in a contract with Cambridge University Press to publish a book tentatively entitled Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom: Missing Truths, False Promises, and Better Ways. In his book—intended for undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as the general public—Ashford plans to identify missing truths and false promises in Friedman’s widely accepted analysis that prevent contemporary capitalism from producing and distributing much greater and more widely shared prosperity and to offer better capitalistic ways of achieving it. 

Ashford—who teaches a seminar on “Inclusive Capitalism, Property Rights, and Binary Economics,” as well as courses in Business Associations and Professional Responsibility—says he agrees with the basic premise of Friedman’s enormously influential best-seller that some form of capitalism is necessary for personal freedom in a post-industrial society. But he finds serious fault with Friedman’s book because Friedman’s analysis rests on simplistic economic assumptions. 

“Friedman ignores the institutional realities of mega-corporations, private wealth concentration, and exclusionary property rights,” Ashford explains, “that needlessly deny most people more equal, practical opportunities to acquire wealth the way the top 1% routinely do and therefore deny them the robust personal freedom that would spring from a more inclusive approach to capitalism.” Quoting the words of Justice Louis Brandeis from more than 75 years ago, Ashford observes, “We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both." 

Although widely conceived as distinct disciplines, Ashford’s scholarship maintains that in post-industrial societies, economics and law are inseparable because virtually all economic opportunity requires property rights to be practically realized. “Law is the invisible infrastructure that channels and facilitates economic activity,” says Ashford. “In contemporary capitalism, property rights work to concentrate private wealth, when they could more profitably work to create and distribute much greater private wealth much more broadly without any redistribution or inflation.”

Acceptance of Ashford’s approach among professional economists is increasing as evidenced by his lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics, all hosted by economists. Paul Davidson, founding editor of The Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, endorses Ashford’s work, calling it a “promising antidote to the eroding earning capacity of poor and middle-class people.”  Richard Hattwick, founding editor of The Journal of Socio-Economics, agrees, noting that Ashford’s innovative approach to fuller employment and per capita growth based on capital productiveness and broadening property rights deserves a prominent place in mainstream economic analysis. Moreover, Demetri Kantarelis, founding editor of Global Business & Economics Review—who has co-authored several articles based on Ashford’s scholarship—calls Ashford’s scholarship “the most important contribution to economic theory in many decades.”

The timely relevance of Ashford’s scholarship to contemporary global economic concerns is revealed in the titles to his recent UK lectures: “Inclusive Capitalism: The UK's Ownership-Broadening Road to Prosperity in the Post-Brexit Era” (at Oxford University); “Enhancing Individual Earning Capacity in the Age of the Robots by Broadening Capital Acquisition with the Earnings of Capital” (at SU's Faraday House in London); and, at Cambridge University and London School of Economics, “Beyond Austerity and Stimulus: Making Employment and Growth More Sustainable by Widening Capital Ownership with the Earnings of Capital.”

“Austerity” and “stimulus” are shorthand terms for competing mainstream responses to the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008, the Great Recession, the crisis in the European monetary union, and the Brexit issues in the UK. The terms also frame the ongoing macroeconomic debate between advocates of the conflicting “free market” and government solutions believed necessary to move capitalist economies to fuller employment in order to produce greater per capita growth and more broadly shared prosperity. 

Ashford’s Inclusive Capitalism approach to fuller employment and greater per capita growth places it squarely in the middle of this great global debate. Drawing from private property principles too often ignored in mainstream economic analysis, Ashford’s book will advance a strategy for achieving fuller employment and stronger per-capita growth that is “beyond austerity and stimulus.” Observes Ashford, “In my travels to the UK, I didn’t meet anybody who wasn’t interested in economic policy alternatives to austerity and stimulus.”  

The fuller-employment logic underlying Ashford’s Inclusive Capitalism approach (ignored by both austerity and stimulus advocates) is remarkably simple: because investment is always future looking, a broader distribution of capital acquisition with the earnings of capital promises a broader distribution of capital income (and therefore greater consumer demand) in future years and therefore greater market incentives to invest in labor and capital in earlier years.

“One key institution is the professional trust fiduciary,” continues Ashford. “Currently, existing ones—such as Fidelity, TIAA-Cref, T. Rowe Price, and Vanguard—assist mostly wealthier people to acquire capital with the earnings of capital roughly in proportion to their existing wealth.” With an understanding of Inclusive Capitalism, Ashford says such companies can also profitably assist poorer people with capital acquisition in proportions not limited to their existing wealth. Likewise, once corporate fiduciaries, financial advisors, lenders, investment banks, and capital credit insurers come to understand that broadening capital acquisition with the earning of capital will enhance corporate and investment profitability, corporations will begin to voluntarily include their employees, customers, and neighbors in large-scale capital acquisition programs. “The barriers to producing more goods and services that people need and desire are not technological,” notes Ashford. “The barriers are in understanding how to do so profitably and sustainably.” 

With Ashford's “inclusive, competitive capital acquisition rights” approach to fuller employment and per capita growth, poor and middle-class Americans will see their earnings and wealth increase in an age of stagnant wage growth (yet high productivity). “A broader distribution of capital earnings will promote fuller employment and growth by enabling poor and middle-class people to better afford more of the necessities and simple luxuries of life that richer people have long enjoyed from capital income,” says Ashford. Furthermore, with more broadly distributed capital income, there will be “reduced need for welfare dependence, government spending, borrowing, and taxes.”

Ashford concludes that Inclusive Capitalism would enhance personal freedom and strengthen democracy, goals at the heart of Friedman’s book: “Widespread, practical access to capital acquisition—represented by a broadly diversified portfolio of America’s 3,000 or so largest credit-worthy corporations, precisely the sort of investment portfolio that routinely earns for the top 1%—is necessary for individual prosperity, personal freedom, and the citizen participation required for robust democracy.” 

College of Law Partners with the International Legal Experts Association to Bring Doctrinal U.S. Law Courses to South Korea

Posted on Tuesday 9/26/2017
Dean Craig M. Boise and ILEA Vice Chairman Ki Tae Kim

The College of Law and the International Legal Experts Association (ILEA), a legal industry association based in Seoul, South Korea comprised of legal and non-legal professionals, have formed a partnership for College of Law faculty to teach doctrinal U.S. law courses in Seoul. 

Through this non-degree program, ILEA members will be able to complete coursework in doctrinal subjects like Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and other subjects tested on the MBE and MEE. Classes are anticipated to begin later this year. 

In addition to arranging curriculum and faculty, the College of Law is working with the University College’s English Language Institute to launch an online Legal English course offered to members before beginning the academic program. 

“The partnership with ILEA leverages the College’s contemporary curriculum and noted faculty to bring an extensive introduction to the U.S. legal system to qualified professionals currently working in Seoul,” said Andrew S. Horsfall, Assistant Dean of International Programs. “This program will advance the College’s commitment to being a leader in international legal education.”

Recently, Ki Tae-Kim, Vice Chairman, and Jerry Yang, Secretary General from ILEA visited the College of Law to officially sign the agreement, tour Dineen Hall, and meet with faculty.

“By partnering with Syracuse University College of Law, ILEA members will have access to relevant courses that will greatly benefit their careers, or ultimately prepare them for a bar exam and practice law in the United States,” said Ki Tae Kim, Vice Chairman of ILEA. “The program further meets our goal of providing our growing membership, from lawyers and patent attorneys to CPAs and law professors, with high-quality educational opportunities.”

ILEA is affiliated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners with the Korean Legal Aid Corporation, a national provider of pro bono legal services.

Lauryn Gouldin Invited to Chapman University Works-in-Progress Workshop

Posted on Thursday 9/21/2017

With a working draft of an article tentatively entitled “Framing for Release” in hand, Associate Professor of Law Lauryn Gouldin travelled to Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, in Orange, CA, to take part in a Sept. 22, 2017, junior faculty works-in-progress workshop.

“I’ll be presenting my analysis of how well current pretrial reform efforts address perennial problems with pretrial judicial decision-making and how current reform efforts could be adjusted to lead to meaningful reductions in pretrial detention,” explains Gouldin. 

Gouldin was invited by Professor Professor Donald J. Kochan, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Chapman University, who designed the program to bring together eight promising young scholars to meet and engage with each other and the faculty at the university. The idea behind the workshop’s timing is that early fall is an optimal time to share drafts developed over the summer and to exchange feedback for the refinement process leading up to the spring academic journal submission cycle.

To further refine her ideas, Gouldin says she also will workshop her new article at the ABA Criminal Justice Roundtables in Washington, DC, in November 2017.

Quiñones, Harrison Win 2017 Bond, Schoeneck & King ADR Competition

Posted on Wednesday 9/20/2017

The final round of the sixth Bond, Schoeneck & King Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition was held in the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom, Dineen Hall, on Sept. 19, 2017, with Astrid Quiñones 3L and Julian Harrison 3L emerging as winners of the overall competition. The runner-up team was comprised of Anna Pinchuk 3L and Steve Yurkonis 3L. Additionally, Quiñones won the distinction of Best Overall Advocate.

“All the students were impressive, but I did think the finalists were able to work really well together as teams,” says Professor Shubha Ghosh, who ajudged a preliminary round.

The Bond, Schoeneck & King ADR Competition is open to two-person teams consisting of second- and third-year College of Law students. The competition gives students an opportunity to practice resolving clients’ conflicts through negotiation. “This competition may be the most important advocacy competition we run because it calls for students practice skills they will use in every day legal practice: negotiation skills,” says Professor Kathleen M. O’Connor, Faculty Director, Moot Court Honor Society and Advocacy. “Appellate and trial competitions are great learning experiences for our students but not many attorneys practice in court every day. All practicing attorneys, however, are involved in reaching resolutions for clients almost every day.”

This year’s final problem was a fictitious dispute between two healthy alternative grocery stores. NaturalMart has been a family run staple for generations in Ithaca, NY. A disagreement arises because MarketNatural, a grocery store powerhouse, wants to build a location in the center of Ithaca. “It is up to the competitors to negotiate whether MarketNatural can build their new grocery store in Ithaca,” explains O’Connor. Quinones and Harrison represented MarketNatural and Pinchuk and Yurkonis represented NaturalMart.

During the three-day competition, practitioners and professors evaluated teams, and the final round was open to the public. “Thank you to our evaluators for their time: professors Rakesh Anand, Emily Brown, Sanjay Chhablani, Shubha Ghosh, Andrew Greenberg, Margaret Harding, Thomas Maroney, and Richard Risman and Assistant Dean Sophie Dagenais,” says O’Connor. “I also thank Competition Director Ryan Boyle 3L, who wrote four interesting problems and organized the competition; Moot Court Honor Society Executive Director Ryan Lefkowitz 3L; Professor Liz August for her efforts as faculty competition director; and Professor Gary Pieples for running the boot camp.”

“Finally, I want to thank Bond, Schoeneck & King for their continued support of the College of Law and this important competition experience,” says O’Connor.


Final Round

  • Andrew D. Bobrek '07, Attorney, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC.
  • Professor Emily Brown
  • Professor Daniel G. Cantone
  • Sophie Dagenais, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs
  • Professor of Law Emeritus Thomas J. Maroney

Semifinal: Roger Bradley; Sanjay Chhablani; Anthony Galli; Margaret Harding; Chaim Jaffe; Ted Smith

Quarterfinal Round: Rakesh Anand; John Boyd; Emily Brown; Amy Ganetis; Ashley Menard; Richard Risman

Preliminary Round: John Boyd; Arlene Bradshaw; Brian Butler; Dean DiPilato; Amy Ganetis; Stephen Ganetis; Shubha Ghosh; Andrew Greenberg; David Katz; Karin Kukla; Amber Lawyer; Karen Marris; Ashley Menard

Professor True-Frost Invited by the European Society of International Law to Speak About Countering Violent Extremism Efforts

Posted on Friday 9/15/2017

Associate Professor Cora True-Frost recently spoke at the 2017 Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law. She presented her upcoming publication, “What Happens to Human Rights When the United Nations Addresses the ‘Conditions Conducive to Terrorism’?”

“The various organs and agencies of the United Nations have embraced state efforts to counter violent extremism.  The UN’s embrace has simultaneously opened opportunities for and created obstacles to its promotion of international human rights,” said True-Frost.  “This panel addressed the numerous new challenges in the fight against terrorism, with contributions on migration law, countering violent extremism law, and private international law remedies.  Practitioners, scholars, and diplomats present affirmed that the panel discussion would be very helpful to their work going forward.” 

True-Frost attended the conference in Naples, Italy, through a grant from the Andrew Berlin Fund via the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism.  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.

College of Law Alumnus Introduces DCEx Externs to the Complex World of Political Ad Compliance

Posted on Friday 9/15/2017

On Sept. 11, 2017, the Syracuse College of Law Fall 2017 Washington, DC, externs met Joseph M. Di Scipio L’95, a College of Law Honors Graduate and current Senior Vice President of Legal and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Compliance for 21st Century Fox.

One of Di Scipio’s responsibilities is reviewing the content of advertisements in order to determine whether or not they are within standards established by the FCC.  His presentation focused specifically on political advertisements and his role in determining whether the ad runs or is sent back to the producer for changes that will bring it into compliance. In relation to political ads produced by political action committees (PACs), this review mitigates the chances that 21st Century Fox will be subject to litigation from any number of sources, and particularly the political target of the advertisements. 

Di Scipio also walked the DCEx externs through the differences between political advertisements produced and approved by bona fide candidates on the federal, state, and local levels, concentrating on federal candidates. The externs viewed several political ads, and Di Scipio then solicited the assistance of the group to determine whether the ad would or would not be allowed to run or if it needed compliance changes. 

“The seminar was enlightening, and it was fun to work through the ads and listen to each interns reactions,” says Professor Terry L. Turnipseed, Faculty Director of Externship Programs.

After the seminar, the DCEx externs participated in their second networking event, getting an opportunity to meet influential capital region legal practitioners and gaining their perspectives on not just the Washington, DC, legal environment but the contemporary legal field as a whole.


Dr. Shubha Ghosh, TCLC Helps a Scientist Bring a Diagnostic Innovation to Market

Posted on Friday 9/15/2017
Dr. Magnolia Ariza-Nieto
In 2000, when she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to travel from Colombia to study genetic engineering at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Magnolia Ariza-Nieto says she thought she had won the lottery. But with that elation came a sense of responsibility. “When you are on a Fulbright scholarship, you feel you have a moral imperative to pay something back for the benefit of mankind,” she says. 

Now, thanks to Dr. Shubha Ghosh, and the Syracuse University College of Law Technology and Commercialization Law Center (TCLC) that he leads as Director, Ariza-Nieto is poised to put her more than 35 years of discovery to practical use with the creation of a diagnostic epigentic kit and complementary precision medicine service that she calls epiWELL.

“epiWELL is a diagnostic kit for healthcare providers to monitor changes in a person’s epigenome, to help with prevention and treatment strategies for a host of diseases, including obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease,” explains Ariza-Nieto. “Epigenetics is concerned with the function of genes and their role in metabolic disorders. In my opinion, even aging can be considered an epigenetic disease. When people who are aging well say ‘I have good genes,’ they are essentially correct. In aging, some genes are getting turned off and some turned on, causing the diseases of old age. Having a diagnostic kit to prevent these comorbidities is greatly desired.”

Ariza-Nieto’s path from molecular biologist and genetic engineer to medical industry entrepreneur passed through Cornell University, where she has been a researcher for more than a decade. “Originally, I was interested in plant genetics and how GMO plants might affect human health,” she explains. “I joined Cornell University’s biofortification project, which was looking at the nutritional improvement of plants and how that impacts the quality of the food matrix. That’s when I became interested both in epigenetics and the use of in vitro modelling to study the function of genes and genetic biomarkers.”

However, there was a problem with the in vitro methods being used at Cornell University, explains Ariza-Nieto, especially for a researcher looking at how the human epigenome is affected by real-world “biotic and abiotic” stressors. “My research is about creating ways to measure the benefits of physical and cognitive fitness, diet, and happiness,” she explains. Existing in vitro models were using cancer cell lines for their models, “but I couldn’t use those for epigenetics because they are compromised cells, so I wanted to develop a cell line using uncompromised cells.”

The use of liver cells for in vitro models looked promising, but Ariza-Nieto says there was still the problem of finding biomarkers for disease. She then realized that to study how genes function in the human body, she should use actual human subjects. “My idea was to use human subjects to investigate epigenetic changes caused by exercise, diet, recreational drugs, and medication.” When the large National Institutes of Health grant Ariza-Nieto was working on ended in 2015, she decided to develop her discoveries, methods, and data into a diagnostic tool for healthcare providers, by licensing her invention and forming her own company.

Ariza-Nieto's first engagement with the College of Law's technology commercialization expertise came at a 2016 Cornell University PreSeed Workshop, where a team from the College's New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC) reviewed her epiWELL concept. "We evaluated the technology at an early stage," explains Molly Zimmerman, NYSSTLC Associate Director. "PreSeed workshops look at the issues that help make an early 'go /no-go' decision. Our team met with Magnolia for two days and provided research and information on key issues, including potential purchasers, distribution channels, the size of the opportunity, competitors, and a value proposition." 

The evaluation allowed Ariza-Nieto to pursue her innovation, but she was soon faced with a complex problem—how to start her own business, publish her research, and file a patent while at the same time licensing technology and datasets from her former employer and satisfying her medical industry collaborator. “I didn’t know how to balance all the issues, so the business advisor I was working with suggested I return to the College of law and meet with Professor Ghosh,” recalls Ariza-Nieto. 

“Dr. Ariza-Nieto has made significant discoveries about the behavior of specific biomarkers that will have great importance for diagnostics and drug testing,” says Ghosh. “Her story in procuring patent rights through Cornell University is a typical one for an innovator who develops an invention while employed by a university and while collaborating with another entity, in this case Guthrie Health, which assisted her research with human subjects.”

“Professor Ghosh began to help me with the patent, licensing agreement, and more," says Ariza-Nieto. "In the end, we decided that EpiWell and Cornell University would share the patent 50/50. I was so glad to meet Shubha. When I started, I didn’t understand the legal language being used, and it seemed scary. Shubha helped with IP issues and licensing and now I’m learning.” 

Together, Ghosh and Ithaca, NY, Small Business Development Center advisor Chuck Schwerin successfully negotiated with Cornell University to move Ariza-Nieto’s patent application forward while preserving her rights to publish and to patent. “My research paper is ready to be published in Endocrine Connections once my probational patent is filed,” says Ariza-Nieto. “After that I will look for grant money and venture capital for my company.” 

“I’ve had some good mentors in my life,” continues Ariza-Nieto, including her late father Dr. Uriel Ariza-Pardo, a professor of Agriculture and Human Health at the Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario, and professors Michael Shuler and Ross Welch, a biomedical engineer and a plant physiologist respectively at Cornell University. “When you get a Fulbright Scholarship, you discover a network of support from professors and researchers, and now, thanks to NYSSTLC and Professor Ghosh, I have found one in the business world.”

College of Law Partners with NDNY Federal Bar Association to host CLE on Supreme Court

Posted on Monday 9/11/2017
Amy Howe
A new partnership between the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association and The College of Law brings the CLE event, "United States Supreme Court: The 2017-2018 Term" to Dineen Hall on Friday, October 20, 1:30 - 4:15 p.m. The event is also sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media. The CLE will feature guest lecturer Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog reporter and former editor, who will present, “When Elections Matter: The Supreme Court, the Scalia Vacancy, and the 2016 Election.”

Following the lecture, the Hon. Rosemary Pooler, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and College of Law faculty William Wiecek, Lauryn Gouldin, and Andrew Kim will join Howe in a panel discussion, “Supreme Court Preview: 2017-2018 Term,” moderated by Keith Bybee, Vice Dean and Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper ’72 Judiciary Studies Professor of Law.

The program is free to College of Law alumni and members of the NDNY Federal Court Bar Association. For all others, the cost of attendance is $25. For more information and to register, click here. The event will coincide with the College's Law Reunion Weekend.

Professor Arlene Kanter Continues “Revolutionary” Research on Services for Students with Disabilities in Israel

Posted on Friday 9/8/2017
Continuing her engagement with disability rights scholarship and advocacy around the world during her sabbatical year away from the College of Law, Professor Arlene Kanter visited Israel in August 2017 to work on a research project to support students with disabilities in higher education.

In collaboration with five faculty members from Haifa University—Drs. Naomi Schreuer, Dalia Sachs, Sagit Mor, Carmit Shpigelman, and Miri Sarid—the research project seeks to assess the efficacy of Israeli university and college centers that have been developed in the past five years to support students with disabilities. 

“This project grew out of research I began when I was in Israel as a Fulbright Scholar at Tel Aviv University in 2009 and 2010, and as a Distinguished Switzer Fellow, supported by the US Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research, in 2010 and 2011. In those years, I conducted comparative research on access to higher education for students with disabilities in the US and Israel.” 

What Kanter found in Israel was that there were no laws or policies about access to higher education for students with all types of disabilities, and little information or research about these students or the services they receive at the universities and colleges in Israel. 

“As a result of my findings, I suggested to the National Insurance Institute’s (NII) Office of Special Projects of the need for a nationwide system of centers to support students with disabilities in universities and colleges,” Kanter continues. “NII enthusiastically accepted my proposal, and in 2010, the institute initiated a government-funded program to create a nationwide system of centers to address the needs of students with disabilities in higher education.” 

Known as the “Revolution in Higher Education,” Kanter says that this program resulted in government funding to support the development of centers at Israel’s eight public universities and at about 40 of Israel’s 60 private colleges. 

“This is the first such program of its kind in Israel and perhaps the world,” Kanter notes. “Prior to this program, some services were available to students with certain learning disabilities, but only at a few of Israel’s universities and colleges. This ‘Revolution in Higher Education’ program applies to all students with all types of disabilities at all of Israel’s institutions of higher education.” 

In addition to funding the centers, the NII also sponsored a training program for staff of the centers. The program was developed by Kanter and Dr. Nitsan Almog, whose dissertation at Bar Ilan University—on Israeli university students with vision impairments—was supervised by Kanter. The training program designed by Kanter and Almog—in cooperation with NII staff—was largely modeled on successful centers that support students with disabilities in US universities and colleges, such as the one at Syracuse University.” 

Subsequently, NII chose Kanter and a research team at Haifa University to conduct a five-year study on the efficacy of these centers and their role in changing the culture of universities to become more inclusive of students with disabilities. 

In August 2017, Kanter and her colleagues reviewed their preliminary research results. She explains that the research uses focus groups, questionnaires, and interviews with students, staff, and faculty (conducted in Hebrew by the Haifa University researchers). Data will be compiled into what will be Israel’s first nationwide database on students with disabilities, the barriers they face in accessing higher education, and the role the centers play in meeting their needs. 

Kanter also will be the lead author of an upcoming article about the research project and about a new regulation that was enacted by the Israeli Parliament requiring all Israeli colleges and universities to have support centers for students with disabilities. This upcoming article will discuss the efficacy of these new centers and how they are addressing the barriers students face in higher education in Israel. The article moreover will discuss the new regulation which, according to Kanter, is “one of the most important results of the ‘Revolution in Higher Education’ project since it creates a legal mandate for all universities and colleges in Israel to have centers to support students with all types of disabilities.” 

Israel is appropriate for comparative research on access to higher education for students with disabilities, Kanter explains, because Israel’s “new nationwide system of support centers provides a model for other countries that are seeking to increase access of students with disabilities to higher education, particularly those countries that have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD).” 

Kanter worked with the UN from 2001 to 2006 on drafting the CRPD, including Article 24 that guarantees the right of all children and adults with disabilities to inclusive education, including in higher education. The UN adopted the CRPD in 2006, and since then it has been ratified by 174 countries, including Israel—but not the United States. 

Kanter says she will continue her work on this research project along with other activities, when she returns to Israel after her current semester as a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School. Kanter was awarded the prestigious Lady Davis Fellowship at Hebrew University for the spring 2018 semester. At Hebrew University, she will teach a course on Human Rights and Disability at the law school as well as work with faculty throughout the university on a new Disability Studies program that was launched earlier this year.

NYSSTLC Lab to Market Webinar: CRISPR Patents, with Jacob S. Sherkow, Sept. 14, 2017

Posted on Thursday 8/31/2017

“CRISPR Patents,” a NYSSTLC Lab to Market webinar with Jacob S. Sherkow, Associate Professor of Law at the Innovation Center for Law and Technology, New York Law School

Sept. 14, 2017 | 1 - 2:15 p.m. EST

CRISPR is a revolutionary advance in biotechnology: it allows molecular biologists to edit cells’ DNA with ease and precision unimaginable even a decade ago. 

The technology is also the subject of contentious patent dispute between several universities, and it is governed by a maze licensing agreements among research institutions, nonprofits, biotech startups, and large pharmaceutical developers. Patents in the CRISPR space illuminate numerous problems—and advantages—of university-based intellectual property for groundbreaking technologies. 

The CRISPR patents herald the beginning of skepticism over inter-institutional collaboration, especially for lucrative “translational” technologies. And they have encouraged universities—otherwise committed to licensing their patents widely—to invest in for-profit surrogate companies to narrowly manage their license agreements for them. 

At the same time, CRISPR patents have allowed publicly minded research institutions to retain control over the technology to essentially prevent some of the technology’s greatest potential abuses: runaway genetic modifications in the wild, also known as “gene drives”; seed-saving restrictions for agriculture; and germ-line human engineering. Using several short papers as guides, this talk will present an overview of these issues and discuss their application to future applications of CRISPR and other significant university-developed technology.

With Help from a College of Law Student, New York’s “Dyslexia Bill” Is Signed Into Law

Posted on Thursday 8/31/2017

Before she enrolled at Syracuse University College of Law, Ptahra Jeppe, at just 24 years old, was hired by New York State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon (NY-52) as her Chief of Staff. But despite her youth, Jeppe achieved something that even the most experienced political operative would be proud of, working on dyslexia legislation then helping to advocate for a bill that was passed by both the New York Assembly and the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support.

However, that bill—which amends state education law to address how New York schools assist students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia—sat on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s desk. It might have died there had not Jeppe and other dyslexia advocates then sent letters to the governor urging him to sign it. Their perseverance paid off. On Aug. 21, 2017—coincidently the first day of her second year at the College of Law—Jeppe was informed by Simon that the governor had signed A8262/S06581 into law.

“I was literally in tears because now in New York State we are one step closer to all students getting the opportunity to be successful,” says Jeppe, who describes the bill as “a small step that might make a big difference.” That could be an understatement considering that before this law was passed, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia were not being recognized by name in New York State schools. Instead, they were referred to generically as a “learning disorder,” even though the International Dyslexia Association estimates that about 85% of schoolchildren who qualify for special education have a primary learning disability in reading and language processing and that as many as 15% to 20% of the population as a whole have some symptoms of dyslexia.

Jeppe explains that among New York teachers there was little awareness and understanding of the condition, as well as a lack of language-based interventions needed to help students with dyslexia. A dyslexic herself, Jeppe says she knows intimately how this lack of awareness affects students with the condition. “I was told I wouldn’t graduate high school, and entering 7th grade I was reading at a 2nd grade level.”

Legislation to address assistance for dyslexic students in New York schools was originally proposed some years ago by a reading specialist, who happens to work at one of Jeppe’s childhood elementary schools, in Brooklyn, NY. The “Dyslexia Bill” was first introduced by former state Assemblyman Jim Brennan, then taken up in 2015 by Simon, a fellow Brooklynite, during her first year in the Legislature. The legislation proved a good fit for Simon—not only was her new chief of staff a dyslexia advocate, Simon is a disability civil rights lawyer. Jeppe got to work on another early draft of the bill, and the current form of the bill was re-introduced in June 2017. “I thought it would take a while to go through the legislature, but it passed relatively quickly,” says Jeppe. “I am very proud that it turned out to be a bipartisan bill.”

The new law directs the state Commissioner of Education to issue a guidance memorandum to school districts and the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) informing them of the unique educational needs of students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. It also instructs the state Department of Education to develop a guidance memorandum for schools consistent with federal requirements and informs schools that they now may include the names of specific learning disorders—such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia—in students’ individualized education programs (IEPs) and not just use the broad category of “learning disorder”.

Now the bill is passed, Jeppe says, earlier diagnosis of dyslexia will be encouraged and teachers can research the disability and seek out language-based interventions and technologies that can help. “There will be a greater chance for dyslexic students to find success the way I have.”

One of Jeppe’s professors, Arlene Kanter, who directs the College of Law Disability Law and Policy Program, agrees with her student’s assessment of the bill’s potential to change lives. “Although students with dyslexia are typically entitled to services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act, the new legislation will inform teachers of the unique educational needs of students with dyslexia and related disorders,” says Kanter. “With better-informed teachers, students with dyslexia will have a greater chance to learn and to achieve their own individual potential in school and beyond.”

“New Opportunities for International Justice”: David M. Crane Hosts IHL Dialogues

Posted on Tuesday 8/29/2017

As a Director of The Robert H. Jackson Center, located in Jamestown, NY, INSCT Faculty Member David Crane, Founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, was on hand to open the International Humanitarian Law Dialogues on Aug. 27, 2017, at the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. The annual event, now in its 11th year, gathers current and former international war crimes tribunal prosecutors, renowned academicians, and law experts to speak on current issues in international criminal law.

The theme of this year’s Dialogues is “Changing Times: New Opportunities for International Justice and Accountability.” 

The event opened with the conferring of The Joshua Heintz Award for Humanitarian Achievement, bestowed on Zainab Hawa Bangura in recognition of her distinguished service to mankind and her achievement in the field of international justice. As the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict from June 2012 to April 2017, Bangura worked—and continues to work—in the pursuit of justice for victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity, both in her native Sierra Leone and around the world. 

University at Buffalo School of Law Dean Aviva Abramovsky—a former faculty member at Syracuse University College of Law—accepted the award on behalf of Bangura, who was not able to travel due to a recent humanitarian disaster in her native country. 

A second keynote event was a first-time group interview with Andrew Cayley, Robert Petit, and Nick Koumijian, former and current chief international co-prosecutors for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). The ECCC—referred to as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal—was established by the UN and the Cambodian government to bring to trial those responsible for atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge regime, during which an estimated 1.7 million people were killed.

The Dialogues conclude on August 28 and 29 with public seminars and lectures held on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution. 

The Robert H. Jackson Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, Chief US Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials following World War II.

Syracuse Law Honors Awards 2017 to Recognize Distinguished Alumni

Posted on Monday 8/28/2017

On Oct. 20, 2017, Syracuse University College of Law will honor five distinguished alumni with the prestigious Syracuse Law Honors Award. Established in 2015 and presented by the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association (SULAA), the Syracuse Law Honors Awards is conferred on alumni and friends of the College of Law whose career achievements and service to the College, University, legal profession, and the world at large have earned them a nomination by fellow alumni and friends.

This year, the recipients are Hon. Jonathan W. Feldman, L’81, United States Magistrate Judge in the Western District of New York; Laura H. Harshbarger, L’97, Attorney, Labor and Employment Practice, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC; Hon. Theodore A. McKee, L’75, United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; Lee Michaels, L’67, Founder and President of Michaels & Smolak, P.C.; and Frank W. Ryan IV, L’94, Partner, DLA Piper.

Dean Craig M. Boise—along with the Board of Directors of SULAA and friends—will celebrate the honorees and their extraordinary achievements at a 6 p.m. ceremony in Dineen Hall’s Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom, followed by a reception in the David M. Levy Atrium, where the SU Law Alumni Jazz Combo, featuring Mike Tyszko L’15 and Joseph Frateschi L’14, will provide entertainment.

“This year’s recipients have distinguished themselves with exemplary service both inside and outside the courtroom, representing their alma mater, supporting fellow and future alumni, advancing their professions, positively affecting lives of ordinary
citizens, and always upholding the rule of law,” says Carey Ng L’02, president of the SULAA Board of Directors and Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office. “I look forward to honoring these esteemed ambassadors for the College during the 2017 Reunion Weekend.”

As in past years, the event is a highlight of Reunion Weekend, taking place Oct. 20-21, 2017. Other events during the weekend include a Preview of the United States Supreme Court 2017-2018 term, with special guest lecturer Amy L. Howe, Reporter and Editor, SCOTUSblog, followed by a panel discussion; the Class of 1967 50th Reunion Dinner;  plus the Lunch with the Judiciary and the Dean’s Breakfast. 

Syracuse Law to Host VALOR Day for CNY Veterans, Service Members, and Families

Posted on Friday 8/25/2017

The College of Law will hold its seventh VALOR Day event on Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dineen Hall, 950 Irving Avenue, Syracuse. Local attorneys and professionals will provide free legal, financial, career, and counseling services for veterans, active duty service members and their immediate families. Conceived by College of Law students, VALOR (Veterans’ Advocacy, Law and Outreach) Day is one of the many ways students give back to the community and those who serve our country.

Services available during VALOR Day include legal consultations with attorneys that specialize in veterans’ legal issues, family law, criminal law, estate and planning issues, and other related areas. Attendees can also have résumés 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 provides our students as well as local lawyers and organizations with a way to make direct impacts in the lives of veterans, service members, or their families,” said Yelena Duterte, Director of the College of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic. “We have seen over the past few years how these meetings make a difference in many lives.”

VALOR Day is coordinated by VISION (Veterans Issues, Support Initiative and Outreach Network), a student-run College of Law organization. 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, but not required. Free parking is available in the Stadium lot during VALOR Day. For more information or to arrange an appointment, contact or call (315) 838-5001 or visit

College of Law Welcomes J.D. Class of 2020 and LL.M. Class of 2018

Posted on Thursday 8/24/2017

Syracuse University College of Law recently welcomed 227 students to the study of law at Dineen Hall. 203 of those students are pursuing J.D. degrees, and 24 are seeking LL.M degrees. 

The J.D. Class of 2020 includes an increased number of students of color (27%) and a higher median GPA (3.39) than in the previous year.  The class is comprised of 53% men and 47% women, representing 30 states and four foreign countries (Canada, China, France, and the United Kingdom.)  Students received their undergraduate education at 133 U.S. institutions and two foreign institutions.  Seventeen members of the class hold master’s degrees and one holds a Ph.D., and eleven students are military veterans. The College of Law also welcomed two students with foreign law degrees (from the Republic of South Korea and Saudi Arabia), giving them advanced standing and allowing them to complete the J.D. program in two years.

“The College of Law’s J.D. class of 2020 is a diverse, accomplished group with whom I look forward to engaging as they begin their study of law,” says Dean Craig M. Boise. “Our students are already experiencing the inclusive, welcoming College of Law community that is a priority for us, even as they begin the legal training that, along with experiential opportunities, networking connections, and other resources we offer, will enable them to successfully pursue their career goals.”

The College of Law’s LL.M. in American Law program welcomed 24 students representing the legal education systems of 14 different countries. Included in this cohort are three Fulbright scholars. The LL.M. students come from Albania, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, Colombia, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, and the United States. 

“Our LL.M. program continues to grow and be recognized around the world not only for the classroom experience but also for its rich array of programs and initiatives that integrate these international scholars in all facets of the College, the University, and the local legal community,” says Dean Boise. “Our entire College, as well as the wider SU community, benefit from the presence and involvement of our LL.M students—all of whom are foreign lawyers, as they bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to our learning environment.”

College of Law Students Begin DCEx Fall Session

Posted on Wednesday 8/23/2017

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+.

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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. “

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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.