Karen Frink Wolf Named in Top 250 Women in Litigation
Verrill is proud to announce trial attorney Karen Frink Wolf, a Syracuse University College of Law alumna, was once again named one of the nation’s “Top 250 Women in Litigation” by Benchmark Litigation.
Brian Butler named managing member
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Brian J. Butler has been named managing member of its Syracuse office
William Mattar named a Western New York top C-Level Executive
William Mattar Law Offices, is pleased to announce that William K. Mattar, Esq., has been named one of Western New York’s top C-Level Executives by Buffalo Business First.
New Counsel to NYS Office of Court Administration
Eileen Millett has left her post as a partner at Phillips Nizer and will begin her new role at the end of October as Counsel to the New York State Office of Court Administration.
Professor Paula Johnson writes about William H. Johnson L’1903 Posthumous Admission to the NYS Bar
William Herbert Johnson L'1903
Professor Paula Johnson writes on the significance of the posthumous admission to the New York State Bar of William Herbert Johnson L’1903, the College’s first African American graduate.
The ceremony will take place Friday, October 18 at 10 a.m. at the Onondaga County Courthouse.
3Ls Davida M. Hawkes and Richard Miller Prevail at the 42nd Annual Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition
Richard Miller and Davida M. Hawkes
The team of 3Ls Davida M. Hawkes and Richard Miller, representing the plaintiff, prevailed over 3Ls Alecia Frye and Troy Gayle, representing the defendant, at the 42nd Annual Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition. Frye was the recipient of the Frank H. Armani L’56 Advocacy Award.
Created in 1978, this annual competition held by the Travis H.D. Lewin Advocacy Honor Society offers students the opportunity to grow as oral advocates and to hone their experience in trial advocacy. The competition was established by Richard Grossman ’51, L’55 and Dr. Murray Grossman ’43, G’45, as an 80th birthday gift in honor of their father, Lionel O. Grossman, a 1916 graduate of the College of Law.
This year’s case was Bobby Daley v. Simon Properties, LLC d/b/a Scooter’s Ice Cream Parlor. In this case, Bobby Daley has brought a claim of Negligence against Scooter’s Ice Cream Parlor to recover damages for the injuries sustained when he was attacked on or near the ice cream parlor.
The Hon. Glenn T. Suddaby L’85, Chief US District Court Judge of the Northern District of New York, was the presiding judge. The evaluators were the Hon. Brenda K. Sannes, US District Judge for the Northern District of New York, the Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91, US Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of New York, Professor Emeritus Travis H.D. Lewin, and Ed Menkin L’77, sole practitioner.
State Bar Association and Syracuse University College of Law Collaborate on Technology and the Law Course
The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and Syracuse University College of Law are collaborating during the fall 2019 semester on a cutting-edge Technology and the Law course available to Syracuse law students.
This one-credit course provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of how technology intersects with the practice of law. The course immediately follows the success of a similar, first-of-its kind teaching collaboration that took place this past spring between NYSBA and the City University School of Law, which will be repeated in 2020.
“The same technological changes that have changed the world, have had a seismic impact on the practice of law,” said NYSBA President Hank Greenberg. “There’s no better time than as law students to begin learning how legal technology will help you become better and more efficient lawyers and improve your practice, foster communication and empower us to do the public good.”
“On behalf of the Association, I’d like to thank Syracuse University College of Law and Dean Craig Boise for sharing in our vision for this innovative collaboration,” Greenberg added. “I’d also like to thank Mark A. Berman and Professor Deborah Kenn for all their hard work in developing this vitally beneficial course.”
Berman, co-chair of NYSBA’s Committee on Technology and the Legal Profession, and Professor Kenn, associate dean of clinical and experiential education at Syracuse University College of Law, developed the course, which features multiple nationally and internationally renowned tech experts as guest speakers. Classes focus on what young lawyers need to know to practice law, including how technology affects law practice, the legal system and legal ethics.
“This is why NYSBA is so important to law students, as through this course it shows how we can make young lawyers the best they can be. And where there is a professional duty of technology competence in our Rules of Professional Conduct, there is a need to properly prepare law students for practice in the electronic world,” said Berman. “Through a groundbreaking course like this, law students are able to receive the legal education that best prepares them to practice in our ever-changing digital world.”
"It is the mission of Syracuse University College of Law to prepare law students for 21st century practice, and one way we are doing it is through our robust Technology and the Law collaboration with the New York State Bar Association," says Dean Craig M. Boise. "I commend Hank Greenberg's leadership, and particularly his focus on the impact of emerging technologies on our profession. I am grateful to Mark A. Berman and Professor Kenn for developing a trailblazing course that is creating buzz around Dineen Hall."
Topics covered in class include an overview of technology and law, social media, cybersecurity, professional responsibility and protecting confidential client and law firm information, artificial intelligence, biometrics, facial recognition, drones, autonomous vehicles and emerging uses of blockchain and cyber currencies, eDiscovery and admissibility of digital evidence.
Albany Law School plans to unveil a similar course for the Spring 2020 semester.
About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.
About Syracuse University College of Law
Founded in 1895, Syracuse University College of Law offers a forward-leaning, rigorous legal education. The College's classroom and practical curriculum ensures that graduates have the knowledge, discipline, and analytical skills to succeed in the 21st-century legal profession and related fields. The College also promotes the development of law and justice by engaging in creative legal scholarship and by participating in local, national, and international legal communities. law.syr.edu
The Burton Blatt Institute to Host “Disability Arts and Culture as Vital Performance”
“Disability Arts and Culture as Vital Performance”
Syracuse University’s Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) will be hosting “Disability Arts and Culture as Vital Performance”—a two-day symposium on disability arts and culture featuring a book reading and panel discussion—on Oct. 17-18, 2019.
“Disability Arts and Culture as Vital Performance” is supported by the 2019 Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant program and BBI’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach.
Thursday, October 17
“In the Province of the Gods”: A Reading by Kenny Fries
Kenny Fries is a poet and nonfiction writer who has explored multiple facets of disability and cross-cultural experience from the Galapagos to Japan to contemporary Europe. He will read from his recent work.
4-5:30 p.m., with a reception and book signing to follow
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons
114 Bird Library
Friday, October 18
New Opportunities for Contemporary Disability Writing and Cultural Diplomacy: A Panel Presentation
A panel featuring disabled poets and writers Jennifer Bartlett, Sheila Black, Kenny Fries, and Connie Voisine, with Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Moderated by University Professor Stephen Kuusisto, CUSE Grant Principal Investigator.
The panel will discuss the development of a new international disability and cultural diplomacy initiative, including experiences and thoughts on disability and cultural engagement, what they mean, what a grassroots disability arts project could be in a global context, and efforts to create an International Disabled Writing Program.
Cortland Lecture Hall, Room 340
Syracuse University College of Law
“The goal of our symposium is to highlight disability writing and culture, and to plan for a larger international cultural diplomacy program which will introduce disability arts and culture in select global locations,” says Kuusisto.
“This coming spring, we will be hosting a second disability literature symposium as part of this grant project to address our goal of establishing an International Disabled Writer’s Program in partnership with the University of Iowa,” adds Professor Diane Wiener, Co-Principal Investigator and Associate Director of BBI’s Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach. “Additionally, the disability poetics and literature journal, Wordgathering, will be transitioning to Syracuse University, under the collaborative leadership of the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach and Syracuse University Libraries. The fall 2019 and spring 2020 symposium events and the eventual establishment of an International Disabled Writer’s Program are all interconnected with Wordgathering’s new home at Syracuse University.”
American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided during the reading and panel, and ASL interpretation will be provided during the reception and book signing. For other accommodations, contact Rachael Zubal-Ruggieri at 315-443-2156 or email@example.com.
Professor Roy Gutterman Talks Free Speech and Social Media on WXXI
Professor Roy Gutterman, Associate Professor of Magazine, News, and Digital journalism in the Newhouse School, Director of the Tully Center for Free Speech, and Professor of Law was interviewed for the WXXI program "“Connections: Discussing the Intersection of Free Speech, Politics, and Social Media.”
A federal court recently ruled that politicians can't block followers on Twitter. The decision came after critics of President Donald J. Trump sued him because he blocked them on the platform. The court ruled that followers would miss out on access to politicians and public information provided by them, and that violates their First Amendment rights ...
The Hon. James E. Baker Named a NAPA Fellow
Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism Director the Hon. James E. Baker is among four Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs faculty members selected to join the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) as 2019 Academy Fellows.
Baker, who has a joint appointment as Professor of Law and Professor of Public Administration, is joined by Leonard Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics; Leonard Lopoo, Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Public Policy; and Peter Wilcoxen, Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration.
NAPA is a congressionally chartered, nonpartisan, and nonprofit academy providing expert advice to government leaders in building and managing more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. Fellows are selected based on their substantial scholarly contributions to the field of public administration, or significant and broadly applicable administrative experience.
Inducted fellows contribute to the field of public administration by serving on NAPA boards, panels, or committees; serving on specific project panels (which conduct studies under contract with government agencies or with the support of foundations, corporations, and associations); participating in symposia and seminars; and providing congressional testimony.
Induction into NAPA is considered one of the leading honors for scholars in the discipline. The new NAPA Fellows join former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors, state legislators, prominent scholars, business executives, nonprofit leaders, and public administrators.
The End of Bail Bonds? Professor Lauryn Gouldin Assesses Flight Risk with the LA Times
Facing eradication, the bail industry gears up to mislead the public about its value
(Los Angeles Times | Oct. 4, 2019) Few businesses enjoy a reputation for providing a public service as inflated as the bail bond industry.
To hear bail agents talk, they’re virtually the only people who can protect innocent communities from violent chaos perpetrated by defendants let out of jail before trial. “The most effective form of release in terms of ensuring appearance at court were releases on a financially secured bail bond,” the American Bail Coalition, the industry’s trade group, says on its website.
In California, the business of issuing bail bonds for profit is under attack as it is nowhere else in the nation. With the signature of then-Gov. Jerry Brown on a bill dubbed SB 10 in 2018, the state outlawed cash bail for criminal defendants. SB 10 created a new system allowing judges much greater discretion in setting terms of pretrial release for all but the most violent defendants ...
... The U.S. Justice Department calculated in 2009 that 83% of all felony defendants released before trial appear for all court dates, and of the remainder, almost all returned to court within a year. Only 3% remained fugitives after that time.
The statistics don’t materially change in jurisdictions that have largely, if not entirely, dispensed with cash bail, such as the state of New Jersey and Santa Clara County in California. “Concerns about a possible spike in crime and failures to appear did not materialize” after New Jersey reformed its pretrial release system in 2017, the state courts reported this year.
In part, this reflects misunderstandings about why people miss their court dates. Studies show that a large proportion of failures to appear are due to defendants’ confusion over court dates, difficulty getting time off from work or securing child care so they can make it to court, or other such factors unrelated to a desire to evade justice.
“There’s an imprecision in the conversation about failures to appear,” says Lauryn Gouldin of Syracuse University law school, an expert on the bail system. “There’s a historic shorthand about ‘flight risk,’ but that doesn’t capture the majority of the problem. Most people aren’t going to flee the jurisdiction" ...
William Herbert Johnson L’1903, the College’s first African American graduate, will be posthumously admitted to the New York State Bar
William Herbert Johnson L'1903
What: Posthumous Admission of William Herbert Johnson L’1903 to the New York State Bar
When: Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 10 a.m. - noon
Where: S.F. Hancock Ceremonial Courtroom
Onondaga County Courthouse
401 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY
Who: Presiding Justice Gerald J. Whalen and Justices of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department; the Hon. Shirley Troutman, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department and Co-Chair of the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission on Minorities; Mr. Johnson’s Family; Members of the Syracuse University College of Law; the Founders of the Syracuse Black Law Alumni Collective; and other distinguished guests.
Why: Born in Syracuse in 1875, William Herbert Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Boston University, served in the Army in the Spanish-American war of 1898, and then returned to his hometown and enrolled in law school at the Syracuse University College of Law.
After his graduation from law school in 1903, Johnson was unable to gain admission to the New York bar. Notwithstanding the fact that he was not admitted to practice law, Johnson became a pillar of the Syracuse community, hosting such luminaries as Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver, and opened doors of opportunities for others in the African-American community that had been denied to him.
Johnson died in 1965 at the age of 90. Despite the fact that Johnson was not a lawyer, the minority bar association of Central New York was thereafter named the William Herbert Johnson Bar Association in his honor, and an award in his name is given annually by the College of Law.
Johnson will be admitted to the Bar, posthumously, to correct this longstanding injustice and celebrate his many contributions to the Syracuse legal community and community at large.
Adam P. Mastroleo selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers
Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Adam P. Mastroleo - Employment Litigation: Defense, has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers.
Fred Price selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers
Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Fred Price - Intellectual Property has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers.
Stuart F. Klein selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers
Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Stuart F. Klein - Business Litigation, has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers.
Laura H. Harshbarger selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers
Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Laura H. Harshbarger - Employment & Labor has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers.
George R. McGuire selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers
Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce George R. McGuire - Intellectual Property, has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers.
Brian Laudadio named 2019 Super Lawyer
Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Brian Laudadio - Business Litigation, has been selected for inclusion in 2019 Super Lawyers.
Cressida A. Dixon named to 2019 Super Lawyers
Bond Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce Cressida A. Dixon - Estate & Probate was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers.
Butler named to 2019 Super Lawyers
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Brian J. Butler, Business Litigation, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers.
Burns 2020 Best Lawyers Honoree
Henson Efron has named Christopher Burns - Trusts and Estates, Elder Law, Litigation to 2020 Best Lawyers.
Janet Moon joins Bousquet Holstein PLLC
Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that attorney Janet E. Moon has joined the firm as Senior Counsel in the Immigration Practice Group. Janet concentrates her practice in the areas of family-based green card and visa applications, removing conditions, citizenship and naturalization; transitioning from a student exchange visitor status to employment; and employment-based petitions and visas, as well as complex admissibility or denial issues. She offers her clients thorough legal analysis and responsive service, as she helps them navigate various immigration issues.
Coppola now a certified court mediator
Lisa A. Coppola, founder of The Coppola Firm, has been certified as a federal court mediator by the United States District Court for the Western District of New York’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.
Lisa A. Coppola, founder of The Coppola Firm, has been certified as a federal court mediator by the United States District Court for the Western District of New York’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.As an ADR mediator, Ms. Coppola will assist in disputes in the cities of Buffalo and Rochester. Her areas of practice include Commercial Litigation, General Litigation, Employment & Employee Issues, Personal Injury, and School Law.
David E. Worthen joins Plave Koch
David Worthen joins the firm with a litigation record matched by few in the franchise bar. His broad experience representing franchisors includes intentional underreporting of sales, tax fraud, standards enforcement, covenants not to compete, encroachment, defending claims of franchise disclosure (FDD) violations, nonpayment, trademark violations, unapproved products, and vicarious liability. Worthen’s experience also includes non-franchise cases involving patent infringement, insurance coverage, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. He received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his Juris Doctor from the Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude.
Moses honored as 2019 Distinguished Lawyer Recipient
Edward J. Moses, a partner at Mackenzie Hughes LLP, has been named the 2019 Distinguished Lawyer award recipient by the Onondaga County Bar Association (OCBA). Moses currently serves on the legal committee and as an honorary trustee on the board of trustees at the Christian Brothers Academy, a member of the board of directors of the Georgetown Club of Central New York and its University Regional Alumni Interview Committee, and as a member of the Catholic Charities – House of Providence Annual Dinner Committee. Previously, Moses has been recognized both by the Christian Brothers Academy and Catholic Charities for his distinguished service and commitment to the community.
Bland joins Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano Disability
Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano Disability is pleased to announce that it has added Alexandria Baland as a Social Security disability associate with the nationwide advocacy group. Ms. Baland has dedicated most of her career to providing legal assistance to disabled individuals. Her knowledge and experience should be a tremendous asset in helping the group serve those with disabilities.
Woodward joins Empire Justice Center
Stephanie Woodward has left her position as director of advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights. She will continue to serve marginalized communities in her new role as a victims of crime attorney at Empire Justice Center
Nugent Joins Bond, Schoeneck & King
Daniel Nugent joined Bond, Schoeneck & King as an associate attorney in the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice.
Wright Elected Partner
Andrew Wright was elected partner at Hodgson Russ, where he focuses his practice on state and local tax matters.
Professor William C. Banks Reflects on Trump Impeachment for China Daily
Democrats Start Trump Impeachment Probe
(China Daily | Sept. 26, 2019) Republican president calls US House's drive 'positive', yet tweets with fury
Democrats made their move against US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives will open an impeachment inquiry over a phone call Trump had with Ukraine's president in which former vice-president Joe Biden and his son were reportedly discussed.
"The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the Constitution," Pelosi said after meeting with House Democrats at the Capitol. "The president must be held accountable. No one is above the law."
The phone conversation was reported to be included in a whistleblower complaint that the Trump administration has not turned over to Congress, although a news report on Tuesday said the White House would release it.
The impeachment probe will center on whether Trump sought help from a foreign government in his bid for reelection next year. Biden is now a leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination ...
... William C. Banks, a law professor at New York's Syracuse University, told China Daily: "If the allegations are true, the abuse of power is significant, and many members of Congress will be motivated to conduct impeachment proceedings." He is the co-author of a 1994 book about tensions between the executive and legislative branches, National Security Law and the Power of the Purse.
As for the impact on the 2020 election, Banks said: "It's too early to say. It could be the beginning of the end for President Trump, or the proceedings could backfire and propel Trump to reelection" ...
William C. Banks Publishes 2019-2020 Supplement to National Security Law & Counterterrorism Law
National Security Law Sixth Edition & Counterterrorism Law Third Edition, 2019 Supplement. Wolters Kluwer, 2019. (With S. Dycus, P. Raven-Hansen, & S.I. Vladeck)
Write authors William C. Banks, Stephen Dycus, Peter Raven-Hansen, and Stephen I. Vladeck, it is an increasingly Herculean task to stay abreast of developments in our field, given their dizzying pace and substantive breadth.
Even with new editions of National Security Law and Counterterrorism Law slated for publication in Spring 2020, the 2019–2020 Supplement will help students and teachers stay up to date during the coming academic year.
By including the most important recent cases, legislation, and executive branch actions, the new Supplement also underscores the critical work that lawyers do to keep this nation both safe and free.
Recent developments addressed in the 2019-2020 Supplement:
- Fallout from the Mueller Report
- U.S.-Mexico border wall, emergencies, and related issues
- Russian interference in U.S. elections
- Congressional access to Executive Branch information
- The next generation of Guantánamo litigation
Vice Dean Keith Bybee Explains Why Online Civility Is Important
Scripps National News | Sept. 20, 2019
Professor William C. Banks Publishes on "Hybrid Threats, Terrorism, and Resilience Planning"
Hybrid Threats, Terrorism, and Resilience Planning. International Centre for Counter-Terrorism Perspective (2019). (With K. Samuel.)
We live in an inter-connected, inter-dependent world, not only in digital spaces, but increasingly between the physical and digital worlds. While our inter-connectedness and the accompanying rapid technological change bring with them widespread societal benefits, they can also deepen existing vulnerabilities and create new ones, such as in relation to critical infrastructure interdependencies. These technology-rich and highly dynamic circumstances can be exploited by those with criminal and malicious intent, including terrorists, with potentially extensive and catastrophic consequences, as the 2017 WannaCry cyber-attack with global reach, which nearly brought the United Kingdom’s National Health Service to its knees, illustrated.
We will illustrate this ironic confluence of good news/bad news by focusing on hybrid threats posed by cyber technology to critical national infrastructure. Our op-ed begins by briefly examining the concept of hybrid threats, before examining how they are materialising in the cyber world. The discussion then turns to examining how best to counter hybrid threats to our Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). We propose the development of more dynamic, integrated and innovative resilience planning solutions beyond those that currently exist.
The Concept of Hybrid Threats
Hybrid threats posed by state and non-state actors are expected by many to increasingly challenge countries and institutions globally. In 2016, this recognition led to the creation of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE), which recognises diverse and wide-ranging forms of terrorism as a potential source of hybrid threats. The Hybrid CoE has defined a hybrid threat in the following terms:
- Coordinated and synchronised action, that deliberately targets democratic states and institutions systemic vulnerabilities, through a wide range of means;
- The activities exploit the thresholds of detection and attribution as well as the different interfaces (war-peace, internal-external, local-state, national-international, friend-enemy);
- The aim of the activity is to influence different forms of decision making at the local (regional), state, or institutional level to favour and/or gain the agent’s strategic goals while undermining and/or hurting the target.
As the broad parameters of this definition reveal, hybrid threats can take a multitude of diverse forms. They can pose many practical and legal challenges too, such as how to detect, investigate, and attribute them in order to identify and bring to account their perpetrators, whether state or non-state actors ...
Edwin J. Kelley, Jr. was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Edwin J. Kelley, Jr., Government Finance, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers.
Nicholas J. D'Ambrosio, Jr. selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Nicholas J. D'Ambrosio, Jr., Employment & Labor, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers.
Joseph Zagraniczny was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Joseph Zagraniczny, Real Estate, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers.
Richard D. Hole selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Richard D. Hole, Employee Benefits, was selected for inclusion in 2019 New York Super Lawyers.
David A. Lerner among 2020 Best Lawyers in America
David A. Lerner, Partner at Plunkett Cooney, named Best Lawyer in America for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law,
Hermes Fernandez named Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Hermes Fernandez has been named the 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Health Care Law. Hermes has advised and represented health care providers on board governance, statutory and regulatory compliance, surveys and audits and fraud and abuse matters.
R. Daniel Bordoni named Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that R. Daniel Bordoni has been named the 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Education Law. Dan is a labor and employment law attorney who for nearly 40 years has represented management in a wide variety of private and public sector labor and employment law matters.
Paul W. Reichel named Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Paul W. Reichel has been named the 2020 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Tax Law. Paul is a tax attorney who concentrates his practice in public finance transactions and taxation of business and non-profit organizations. He has extensive public finance experience, regularly serving as bond counsel to municipalities, school districts and public agencies.
John Imhof Admitted to Practice Law in Marshall Islands
Vedder Price is pleased to announce that Global Transportation Finance Shareholder John F. Imhof Jr. has been admitted to practice law in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (“RMI”). Mr. Imhof joined Vedder Price in November 2018. He has nearly 30 years of experience advising lenders, lessors, investors, borrowers and lessees in the domestic and cross-border financing of transportation and logistics assets. The Maritime practice group is integral to the Global Transportation Finance team and represents nearly all segments of the maritime industry throughout the world, delivering advice under U.S., English, Marshall Islands and Liberian law.
Santos Vargas serving as Director for SABA
Santos Vargas is now serving in his second year for the San Antonio Bar Association (SABA) as an elected Director after serving as President from 2018-2019.
Heidi Wickstrom elected Membership Liaison of Professional Negligence Section
Heidi L. Wickstrom (J.D. 2008) has been elected the Membership Liaison of the executive board of the Professional Negligence Section for the American Association for Justice. Ms. Wickstrom’s new role involves making sure attorneys are familiar with the benefits of membership, encouraging attorneys to get involved with and join the section, and welcoming new members. She was elected to the role at last week’s AAJ Convention. Ms. Wickstrom is an attorney at the Illinois personal injury law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard.
Danielle Katz Joins Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon announces Danielle Katz, associate, has joined the firm. She works out of the Syracuse office. Katz is a member of the Corporate and Trusts & Estates Practice Areas, primarily concentrating on corporate transactions and general trusts and estates matters. She also uses her financial-services and tax background to best advise clients. Prior to Barclay Damon, Katz was a legal intern at Vontobel Securities Ltd. and Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors AG.
Lawrence Allen Raab joined Bryan Miller Olive P.A.'s Tampa Office
Bryant Miller Olive P.A. is pleased to announce that Lawrence Allen Raab, Esq. joined the firm’s Tampa office as an associate. Raab holds a J.D., cum laude from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York; an MPA from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of Florida. His practice focuses on matters relating to public finance and economic development throughout the State of Florida. He has represented municipalities, state agencies, interlocal public bodies, 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, real estate developers, and financial institutions in taxable and tax-exempt bond issues.
Marc DeCandia joins Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.
Lerch Early is pleased to welcome real estate attorney Marc DeCandia as a principal in the Real Estate practice. Marc represents developers and lenders primarily in Maryland and Washington, DC. His practice focuses on the development of complex mixed-use, vertically subdivided projects governed by condominium, covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs), or reciprocal easement structures.
Christopher Burns, Receives 2019 Super Lawyers & 2018 North Star Lawyer Honors.
Henson Efron is pleased to announce attorney and shareholder, Christopher Burns has recently received both 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers and 2018 North Star Lawyer honors. This is the sixth year he has received both of these honors. In addition to his practice, Christopher teaches continuing education courses to lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors on a variety of estate planning, business succession planning, and estate administration topics.
Tetreault named Board Chair for the Valley of the Sun United Way.
The Board of Directors of the Valley of the Sun United Way recently named Jenny Holsman Tetreault as its new chair. Her two-year term as chair began July 1.
Tetreault, who serves as region legal counsel for US Foods, has been extensively involved in the United Way on the local and national levels, as well as a broad spectrum of philanthropic groups in the Valley. Tetreault is a current member of United Way’s Women United Global Leadership Council,
Bond Names Stuart Klein as Albany Managing Member.
Bond, Schoeneck & King is pleased to announce that Stuart F. Klein has been named managing member of its Albany office. Stuart F. Klein concentrates his litigation practice in commercial matters and has extensive experience in all phases of federal and state court practice, as well as resolving matters through either mediation or arbitration.
Philip S. Bousquet was been re-elected to serve on Bousquet Holstein's Board of Managers.
Philip S. Bousquet was been re-elected to serve on Bousquet Holstein's Board of Managers. Phil Bousquet has been Member of the firm since its formation in 2000 and was a principal in its predecessor firm. Phil leads the firm's Business Law and Brownfield practice groups. Phil is a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law and Syracuse University School of Management, and earned his Bachelor of Arts at Kenyon College.
Hodgson Russ, LLP, recently named Andrew W. Wright as partner.
The law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP is pleased to announce Andrew Wright has been elected to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1, 2019. Andrew focuses his practice on state and local tax matters and manages many different types of tax matters before the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and New York City Department of Finance from audit through appeal, with a particular focus on New York residency audits.
Macy T. Laster has joined Wisler Pearlstine, LLP.
Wisler Pearlstine, LLP is pleased to announce that its Education Law Department, one of the largest and most respected in the state, has added Macy T. Laster to its ranks.
Shubert selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upsate New York Super Lawyers.
Ronald S Shubert, Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers in the area of real estate law, and in Best Lawyers in America- Lawyer of the Year Litigation- Buffalo-2018, as well as 2019 Best Lawyers in America in the categories of real estate law and litigation.
Elizabeth Strout to be published in Ploughshares.
Ploughshares is pleased to announce that “Hunts and Saboteurs” by Elizabeth Strout will be published in the Summer 2019 issue. Elizabeth Strout is the author of six books of fiction, including Olive Kitteridge (Random House, 2008), winner of The Pulitzer Prize, and My Name is Lucy Barton (Random House, 2016), No. 1 New York Times Bestseller.
Erika Hooker joins Bousquet Holstein PLLC.
Bousquet Holstein PLLC is pleased to announce that Erika H. Hooker has joined the firm as an attorney in the Trusts and Estates and Agriculture Practice Groups. Erika is a 2019 magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.
Lou Luba (JD/MPA '93) was recently awarded the State of Connecticut Oliver Ellsworth Award.
Lou Luba (JD/MPA '93) was recently awarded the State of Connecticut Oliver Ellsworth Award and recipient of a Governor's Proclamation from Governor Ned Lamont as the 2019 Prosecutor of the Year, for his continued work with victims of sexual assault, as well as work on the case of State v. Christopher Lamb.
Luke Cooper was a finalist for the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Luke T. Cooper L'01 named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Mid-Atlantic finalists.
Mark A. Kompa celebrates 30th anniversary of his firm.
Mark A. Kompa ’80 (LAW) is celebrating the 30TH anniversary of the Law Offices of Mark A. Kompa located in Laguna Hills, California. Mr. Kompa has been “AV”-rated since 1993 and emphasizes the representation of commercial landlords, including The Irvine Company and Brookfield Properties and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), in sophisticated lease litigation, including breach of lease and unlawful detainer actions.
Christine Fletcher Named Co-Chair of Private Client Group
Burns & Levinson announced today that partner Christine Fletcher has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s nationally acclaimed Private Client Group. Fletcher has over 20 years of experience advising clients on estate planning, trust and estate administration, probate litigation, and family business matters.
Philip Kirkpatrick receives International Innovation Award
Philip Kirkpatrick, regional general counsel for Rabobank, the world’s largest food and agricultural lender, has been recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel as a 2019 ACC Value Champion. The ACC Value Champions recognize corporate legal departments that have achieved “best-in-class” innovations that drive value and dramatically improve efficiencies. Philip has served in executive leadership roles at St. Louis-based Rabo AgriFinance and Rabobank since 2013.
Commentary: Second Thoughts About Taliban Peace Talks
Second Thoughts About Taliban Peace Talks
By Corri Zoli
(Re-published from Newsday | Sept. 9, 2019) Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, from small-arms fire during combat late last month. We likely won’t know specific details about the service members' identities or circumstances for some time.
But what we do know is that ongoing attacks by the Taliban will test America's resolve to end what President Donald Trump has called an “endless” war. In fact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly is reluctant to sign an "agreement in principle" between the Taliban and the United States, brokered by U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. And, the president has decided to cancel peace talks with the Taliban, at least for now.
Secondly, the deaths of the U.S. soldiers run against the grain of many Americans’ usual assumptions about war — and this post-9/11 war in particular — and most Americans’ feelings about losing service members in asymmetric conflicts.
The two service members were fighting on behalf of NATO’s Operation Resolute Support — a noncombat “train, advise, and assist” mission of more than 17,000 troops in Afghanistan, which started Jan. 1, 2015, after the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ended Dec. 28, 2014.
While commanded by U.S. Army Gen. Austin Scott Miller, as the name suggests, this is a NATO mission. NATO allies with the Afghan government made the decision in 2012 (it has been reaffirmed frequently) to develop Afghan military capacity to defend and protect its citizens.
While Americans’ own security interests are at stake in this mission — no one wants to see another attack like 9/11 by al Qaeda operatives harbored in Afghanistan — the enormous investment in Afghanistan’s military capacity and security infrastructure comes at great price to Americans and citizens from other NATO-member states who have died in these combat and noncombat missions. Clearly, even this noncombat mission is beset with the armed conflict and violence associated with combat missions.
Of the 17,000-plus troops, the United States (8,475), Germany (1,300), and the United Kingdom (1,100) have provided the vast majority of “boots on the ground.” NATO members France and Canada, for instance, have zero troops in the fight. When U.S. administrations from Clinton to Trump pressure NATO members to contribute more to their own defense, the issue is not only about raising their GDP percentage contribution to NATO’s defense budget, it is also who is actually fighting in these security initiatives that European and NATO partners have deemed a priority ...
College of Law Faculty Discuss Current Scholarly Projects in the Annual Lightning Round Colloquium
Each year, the College of Law faculty gather for a special Faculty Colloquium that focuses on their current research and scholarly projects. In order to accommodate all the topics in a short time frame, each faculty member has just five minutes to provide their colleagues with an update on their work in this “Lightning Round.”
“Our faculty are continually engaged in their research projects, papers, presentation and other scholarly works but we like to kick off our Faculty Colloquia (and the academic year) with a forum that connects our faculty with their colleagues’ works in progress,” says Professor Lauryn Gouldin, Associated Dean for Faculty Research. “Our faculty are doing interesting and ambitious work across a range of topics and disciplines and the Lightning Round is a nice way to celebrate the breadth of our work.”
Research topics discussed during the “Lightning Round” included the impact of evictions on generational poverty, the relationship between human rights treaty bodies, the perspectives of women veterans, law as civility, defining elder law across different audiences, inclusive capitalism, diversity and the bar exam, Hamilton’s law and finance, public perceptions of the FDA’s blood donation restrictions, pretrial decision-making, the campaign for comparable worth, the separation of powers and presidential accountability, the emergence of a public-private law paradigm concerning housing markets, and how to teach and develop skillful reading.
Commentary: You Have a First Amendment Right to Follow Trump on Twitter
You Have a First Amendment Right to Follow Trump on Twitter
By Professor Roy Gutterman
(Re-published from syracuse.com | Sept. 5, 2019) President Donald Trump and firebrand Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be polar opposites on the political spectrum, but they have one thing in common: They both blocked critics from their Twitter accounts.
Both politicians employ social media as vital components to their modern political communications machines. Trump’s Twitter footprint totals nearly 64 million followers, while AOC, as she is colloquially known, has more than 5 million followers. In the past couple years, both blocked followers from their social media accounts -- Trump because he does not like his critics, and AOC because she says some of her critics were harassing her.
Either way, both are violating the First Amendment rights of citizens who want to receive information about public policy issues through the public officials’ public social media accounts.
Citizens and the institutional press sometimes decry the president’s nearly exclusive use of Twitter as a means of communicating with the public -- floating policy initiatives, flinging vitriol at opponents, conducting foreign policy and even firing cabinet members. Trump’s knee-jerk tweets, which sometimes delve into insulting opponents and critics, and disseminating half-baked policy initiatives, nevertheless make news and inform the public.
The president’s Twitter feed also has opened the door to an important First Amendment challenge.
After Trump – either at the behest of the president himself or communications staffers who also manage the account – blocked several critics from the Twitter feed, a group of seven represented by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University sued him in federal court in New York. A similar case emerged earlier this year in North Carolina after a county official blocked a user from her Facebook page.
Social media has empowered politicians, particularly this president, who has regularly expressed open hostility toward individual reporters and the press as an institution. In November 2018, CNN’s Jim Acosta sued the White House because his “hard pass” was revoked. It took a federal court to reinstate Acosta’s access. Just a few days ago, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., reinstated the press pass for another reporter, Playboy’s Brian Karem, who had his press pass revoked after a Rose Garden confrontation with former White House aide Sebastian Gorka.
The Supreme Court’s Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote that it seemed perfectly logical for someone to want to silence an opponent or critic. But that rhetorical flourish could not have envisioned the modern world of social media. Or perhaps, Holmes could envision a marketplace of ideas where speakers – critics, opponents and ideological enemies – would exchange dialogue and even vitriolic rhetoric in such a place ...
Bernard J. Turi Honored by New York Insurance Association
Bernard J. Turi, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, General Auditor and Chief Risk Officer with the Utica National Insurance Group, was recently honored by the New York Insurance Association (NYIA).
Tyson Hubbard recognized as a 2019 Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine.
Downey Brand is excited to announce Tyson Hubbard, Estate Planning & Probate, was named a Top Lawyer by Sacramento Magazine.
Matthew Lucarelli opened his own firm in Watertown, CT
Lucarelli pened his own firm in Watertown, CT - Mancini & Lucarelli, focusing on personal injury and workers' compensation matters. Selected for inclusion in the 2019 Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Stars in the field of personal injury - plaintiff.
Ashley M. Monette joins Goldberg Segalla
Goldberg Segalla added associate Ashley M. Monette to the law firm’s Corporate Services and Commercial Litigation Practice Group and Workers’ Compensation Practice Group in New York City.
Professor Kevin Maillard Discusses Marriage Licenses and Racial Labels with The Washington Post
"Aryan" and "Octoroon": Couples challenge racial labels to get married in Virginia
(The Washington Post | Sept. 6, 2019) When they applied for a marriage license in Rockbridge County, Virginia, Brandyn Churchill and Sophie Rogers were told they could not have one unless they each chose a race, from a list that included “Aryan” and “Octoroon.”
The Supreme Court struck down Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage over half a century ago. Yet the mechanism by which that prohibition was enforced remains on the books: a requirement that all would-be newlyweds identify by race. To fill out the form falsely is a felony.
So, weeks away from their planned Oct. 19 wedding at a barn in Fincastle, Va., the couple is challenging the law in Virginia federal court. Joined by two other engaged couples, they argue the law is a racist holdover that has no place in modern marriage ...
... Kevin Maillard, a law professor at Syracuse University who has studied interracial marriage, said that while researchers might use the data, “I don’t know what the compelling reason that the state would have in retaining tracking of those categories would be.”
But he was skeptical of an effort to move away from race altogether.
“I think with the deep history of racial strife we have in the United States, these categories are going to remain incredibly important,” Maillard said. “My mother is racially mixed, but she considers herself a black person" ...
Law Library Debuts New Text-A-Librarian Service
With the start of the new academic year, the Law Library is introducing its Text-A Librarian service. Law students can send a text to the librarian staffing the Reference Desk if they have a question or need information. The service is only available during regular Reference Desk service hours. The text number is 315-516-8661.
Professor William C. Banks Comments on Southern Border Wall Funding for Vox
Trump is taking money from Puerto Rico’s recovery and European security to fund his wall
(Vox | Sept. 5, 2019) A National Guard readiness center in Puerto Rico. A hazardous material storage building on a US military base in Germany. A training facility for special operations forces working to deter Russia in Europe. Upgrades at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Those are just some of the 127 affected military construction projects that will be defunded and delayed so President Donald Trump can build roughly 175 miles of wall on the southern border. In total, construction efforts in nearly half of all 50 states — as well as 19 countries, three US territories, and some classified locations — will have their funding diverted to pay for the barrier.
The Trump administration announced last February it would find $3.6 billion from previously approved military construction projects to fund the wall effort. But it wasn’t until Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s letter outlining the funding diversions was released to the public on Wednesday evening that the full scope of the financial diversion became clear ...
... The growing fury means it’s possible Democrats in Congress might try to block the move — which means a bruising political fight could be around the corner.
“The battles will be more political than legal,” William Banks, an expert on national security law at Syracuse University, told me. “It’s possible for Congress to enact — over a veto — funding restrictions on this or new funds that the president wants or needs. There’s lots of horse trading to come" ...
Sara E. Payne named to New York Law Journal New York Trailblazers list.
Barclay Damon announces Sara Payne, cannabis team leader, was named to the inaugural New York Law Journal “New York Trailblazers” list.
Joel M. Helmrich named to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers 2019
Joel M. Helmrich, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, was recently named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list for 2019.
Frank W. Ryan elected US Chair of DLA Piper
DLA Piper elected Frank Ryan as the new US Chair of the firm, effective January 1, 2021. He will succeed Roger Meltzer and Cameron “Jay” Rains, who are currently serving in their second four-year terms as US co-chairs, which will expire December 31, 2020. Meltzer and Rains will also continue to serve as global co-chair and global co-CEO, respectively, through December 31, 2022. Ryan is a proud two-time Syracuse alumni, graduating from both Syracuse University and Syracuse University College of Law magna cum laude.
David A. Goldstein recently co-authored article in Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
David recently co-authored an article in the Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law titled, "Changing the Paradigm: Creating Scale and Keeping Local Expertise in Nonprofit Affordable Housing Development—How to Stop Competing with Fellow CDCs and Embrace a Joint Ownership Structure". David is a co-founder and managing partner at the real estate law firm GoldsteinHall.
Zac Cahmp named Chief of Staff to FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
D. Zachary Champ ’10 (JD/MPA), was recently named Chief of Staff to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. He and his wife Jane ’09 (MPA) reside in Washington, D.C.
Aresh Homayoun elected Partner at Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP
Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP (MMM), a full service AmLaw 200 firm with national and international reach, elected Aresh Homayoun to Partner. Aresh is located in the D.C. office.
Dennis C. Brown awarded 2019 Medal of Honor Award for Professionalism
Dennis C. Brown, senior counsel at Bond, Schoeneck & King, has been awarded the 2019 Medal of Honor Award for Professionalism by the Collier County Bar Association.
Paul S. Rhee ranked lawyer for Competition/Antitrust by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2019
Paul S. Rhee (L ‘96), Partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group at Yoon & Yang LLC in Seoul, South Korea, was highly recommended as a ranked lawyer for Competition/Antitrust by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 2019. Paul received the Global Competition Review (GCR) Award for his antitrust work as lead partner for United Technologies/Rockwell Collins merger that won "Merger Control Matter of the Year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa” in March 2019.
Philip V. Martino named 2019 Florida and Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Philip V. Martino, Partner, was named as a Super Lawyer and Rising Star for 2019 in both Florida and Illinois.
Joseph M. DiOrio named Lawyer-of-Year 2020
Congratulations to firm founder Joe DiOrio who was named 2020 Lawyer-of-the-Year for the category of Banking and Finance Law in the Providence metro area by Best Lawyers.
Walter L. Meagher selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Walter L. Meagher, Jr. has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Meagher is a partner at the Firm and has over 40 years of experience in the areas of personal injury, premises liability, automobile liability, construction accidents and products liability litigation.
Mary C. King selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Mary C. King has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Ms. King is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Elder Law & Special Needs, and Family Business Succession Planning Practices.
Marion H. Fish selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Marion H. Fish has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Ms. Fish is a partner in the Trusts & Estates, Family Business Succession Planning, Tax, Corporate and Elder Law & Special Needs Practices.
John F. Corcoran selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John F. Corcoran has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers“ for 2019. Mr. Corcoran is the Leader of the Firm’s Education and Municipal Practices, and formerly served as Chair of the Labor & Employment Department.
Daniel B. Berman selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Daniel B. Berman has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Berman is a partner in the Litigation Department and has more than 35 years of experience litigating cases throughout New York.
Bill Kibler nominated to serve on NJ Highlands Council
Bill Kibler, director of policy for Raritan Headwaters, was nominated by Governor Phil Murphy to serve on the New Jersey Highlands Council.
Jamie J. Hunsicker selected as Upstate New York Super Lawyer - Rising Star for 2019
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Jaime J. Hunsicker has been selected as an “Upstate New York Super Lawyer – Rising Star” for 2019. Ms. Hunsicker is an associate in the Elder Law & Special Needs, Tax and Trusts & Estates Practices. Ms. Hunsicker assists clients with trusts, estate planning and retirement planning matters.
John G. Powers included in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that John G. Powers has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Powers is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.
Alan J. Pierce included in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Alan J. Pierce has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Pierce is a Partner in the Litigation Practice and Leader of the Appellate Practice. He has more than 30 years of litigation experience, concentrating on appellate practice, insurance coverage, defamation and civil and commercial litigation.
Murphy included in Upstate New York Super Lawyers for 2019
Hancock Estabrook, LLP is proud to announce that Timothy P. Murphy has been selected for inclusion in “Upstate New York Super Lawyers” for 2019. Mr. Murphy is the Firm’s Managing Partner. He has 28 years of experience representing clients in product liability, motor vehicle, construction accident, medical malpractice, negligence, premises liability, toxic tort, and commercial cases in state and federal court.
3L Samuel Cohn Places Second in the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications Law & Policy Division Student Writing Competition
3L Samuel Cohn, a dual degree Master’s candidate in the Newhouse School of Public Communications New Media Management program, won second place in the student writing competition for the Law & Policy Division of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications.
His paper, “Funding Secured:” A Forty Million Dollar Tweet that Highlights First Amendment Issues Associated with Regulating Speech on Social Media, examines the legal fight surrounding Elon Musk’s use of social media and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.
Syracuse University College of Law Welcomes the LL.M. Class of 2020
In August 2019, Syracuse University College of Law welcomed a cohort of 29 foreign lawyers, representing the legal systems of 19 countries, enrolled in the Master of Laws in American Law program. The new students join seven LL.M. students who began their studies in January 2019, along with two visiting researchers and three semester exchange students.
With these students, the College of Law adds four new countries to its ranks: Belgium, Hungary, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
“This year’s LL.M. class is comprised of a truly impressive group of students attracted to Syracuse through meaningful partnerships and institutional relationships,” says Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew S. Horsfall. “The group includes five Open Society Fellows, two Disability Rights Fellows, two Civil Society Leadership Fellows, two Palestinian Rule of Law Fellows, one Fulbright Scholar, as well as three employees of Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration.”
Among this cohort are several students who are already experienced practitioners in their home countries. The class includes private practitioners, corporate lawyers, federal attorneys, public interest lawyers, entrepreneurs, IT specialists, academics, researchers, and legal advisors for human rights organizations, a youth organization, and a capital investment company.
LL.M. Class of 2020
Yasir Abakar (Sudan): Yasir Abakar is a recipient of Civil Society Leadership Award (CSLA) offered by the Open Society Foundation. He obtained his LL.B. from Sudan’s International University of Africa in Khartoum in 2008. He also obtained a Higher Diploma concentrated in Human Rights at the University of Khartoum in 2016. Abakar contributed to the establishment of the Youth Forum Organization in 2008 and became its legal advisor in 2014. He will pursue courses in human rights and international law during his LL.M. studies.
Uzoma Agbaegbu (Nigeria): Uzoma Agbaegbu obtained his LL.B. at the University of Nigeria in 2014. He is also a 2015 graduate of the Nigerian Law School in Abuja, Nigeria. Agbaegbu is member of the Nigerian Bar Association and has worked both in private practice and as the head of the legal department at Softball Capital Investment, Ltd. He will study business and commercial law during his LL.M. studies.
Bukre Agsak (Turkey): Bukre Agsak obtained her LL.B. from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey in 2016. She became a licensed attorney and member of the Ankara Bar Association in 2018. She interned at the New York State Supreme Court in the Third Judicial District, in Albany during the summer of 2018, where she worked on foreclosure cases. Agsak has experience in business and contracts law. She plans to study corporate and transactional law and intends to take the New York State Bar Exam after completing her LL.M. studies.
Abdullah Alqahtani (Saudi Arabia): Abdullah Alqahtani obtained his LL.B. from King Abdul-Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in 2015. He practiced criminal, commercial and labor law in private practice before becoming a Training Assistant in the Legal Department of Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration in 2017. Alqahtani will pursue courses in criminal law as part of his LL.M. studies.
Mohammed Alqarni (Saudi Arabia): Mohammed Alqarni obtained his LL.B. from Dar Al Uloom University, in Saudi Arabia, in 2016. He has worked as a legal researcher at Allied Cooperative Insurance Group since 2016. He will enroll in business and corporate law courses during his LL.M. studies.
Beatriz Andraus (Brazil): Beatriz Andraus obtained her LL.B. from the University of São Paulo in 2017. She worked as an associate attorney at Traldi & Saggioro Associates in São Paulo before pursing post-graduate studies in Family & Inheritance Law at Damásio Educacional. During her LL.M. studies, she will pursue a broad range of topics and take courses that will prepare her for the New York Bar Exam.
Jose David Jalil Arellanes (Mexico): Jose Arellanes received in LL.B. from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 2019. He held various positions within ITAM and most recently completed an internship in tax litigation. He will pursue subjects in business, corporate, and tax law during his LL.M. studies.
Turki Bin Muhaiza (Saudi Arabia): Turki Bin Muhaiza obtained his LL.B. from King Saud University, in Saudi Arabia, in 2016. He trained in the criminal court system through the Ministry of Justice before becoming a Teaching Assistant in Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration. Bin Muhaiza will study administrative law while enrolled in the LL.M. Program.
Bhranti Desai (India): Bhranti Desai completed her LL.B. at the University of Mumbai in 2019. During her studies, she held several internships that focused on contracts, workers compensation, and human rights law. During her LL.M. studies, Desai will study intellectual property law, business law, and corporate law.
Michel Gruenberg (Brazil): Michel Gruenberg obtained his LL.B. from Mackenzie Presbyterian University in São Paulo in 2017. During his undergraduate studies, he held an internship in which he focused on criminal and tax law. He also worked as a legal translator for a law firm in Montevideo, Uruguay. He will pursue courses in international law, business law, and corporate law, during his LL.M. studies.
Nazia Hanjrah (Pakistan): Nazia Hanjrah is coming to the LL.M. Program as a Fulbright Scholar. She obtained her LL.B. from the University College of London’s External Program in Karachi in 2014. Prior to come to Syracuse, Hanjrah worked at a litigator in the provincial Sindh District Courts and as a junior associate in the High Courts of Sindh in Pakistan. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of legal theory while enrolled in our LL.M. program.
Eronmwon Irogue (Nigeria): Eronmwon Irogue received her LL.B. from the University of Benin in Nigeria in 2015. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and served as a deputy platoon leader in the National Youth Service Corp before arriving in Syracuse. She will pursue courses in international law during her LL.M. studies.
Daria Ivasiuk (Ukraine): Daria Ivasiuk obtained her LL.B. and LL.M. from the National University’s Odessa Law Academic, in Ukraine, in 2017 and 2019, respectively. She worked in Ukraine as an information technology specialist and as a translator before coming to Central New York to live with family. She will pursue courses in subjects that will prepare her for the New York Bar Exam during her LL.M. studies.
Xi “Jason” Jin (China): Jason Jin is the recipient of the J&K Wonderland Scholarship. He obtained both his LL.B. and LL.M. from Ningbo University in Zhejiang, China in 2011 and 2014, respectively. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Soochow University in Taiwan. Jin will pursue courses in comparative disability law, human rights law, and international law while enrolled in the LL.M. program.
Lucky Mbonani (Kenya): Lucky Mbonani is the recipient of the JAF Foundation Scholarship. She obtained her LL.B. from Moi University in Kenya in 2015. She worked with children with disabilities at the Kuhenza for the Children Foundation, in Kenya, before arriving to Syracuse. Mbonani will focus her studies on comparative disability law and international human rights law.
Thuy Dung Nguyen (Vietnam): Thuy Nguyen obtained her LL.B. from the University of Law of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in 2018. She also holds a Bachelor in Economics from the Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen is a legal manager at KPMG where she specializes in mergers & acquisitions, and corporate law. She will study international and corporate law while enrolled in the LL.M. program.
Manase Nyaga (Kenya): Manase Nyaga received his LL.B. at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda in 2009. He currently works as a senior law assistant at Hiscock Legal Aid Society, in Syracuse, where he works on appellate and foreclosure cases. Nyaga plans to take the New York Bar Exam upon graduation from the LL.M. program.
Stephen Ogbolu (Nigeria): Stephen Ogbolu obtained his LL.B. from Benson Idahosa University in Benin City, Nigeria in 2017. He currently works as a State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice in Nigeria. Ogbolu hopes to enhance his understanding of the American legal system as well as international and environmental law during his time in the LL.M. program.
Frederico Paiva (Brazil): Frederico Paiva obtained his LL.B. from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil in 2000. He is a federal prosecutor and has experience working as a federal attorney with the Ministry of Labor and Employment and as a judge in the federal court system. He will pursue courses in international law and criminal law as an LL.M. student.
Betania Rodriguez Allo (Argentina): Betania Rodriguez Allo obtained her LL.B. from the University of Morón in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2017. She completed her Masters in International Relations at Harvard University in 2019. She is the co-founder of OpenContracts, which provides technical services to improve legal services. Rodriguez Allo intends to study cyber security and cyber terrorism during her LL.M. studies.
Dorottya Rozgonyi (Hungary): Dorottya Rozgonyi received a Juris Doctor from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, in 2016. Upon graduation, she served as law clerk for the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry where she participated in dispute resolution and arbitration proceedings. Before arriving in Syracuse, Rozgonyi was an associate at a law firm where her practice focused on real estate transactions. She plans to enroll in courses that focus on counterterrorism and international human rights law during her LL.M. studies.
Nour Salibi (Palestine): Nour Salibi is a recipient of the LL.M. Fellowship offered by the Open Society Fellow for the Palestinian Rule of Law Program. She obtained her LL.B. from Al-Azhar University of Gaza in 2017. Since graduating, she has worked as a trainee lawyer at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. She will pursue courses in human rights while enrolled in the LL.M. program.
Brian Sampaio (United States): Brian Sampaio obtained his LL.B. from the State University of Feira de Santana in Brazil in 2015. He worked as a lawyer for the Public Ministry of Labor where he handled labor law violations cases. Sampaio will enroll in courses that will prepare him to take the New York Bar Exam upon graduation from the LL.M. program.
Prachi Parman Singh (India): Prachi Singh completed her LL.B. at Jayantilal H. Patel Law College in Mumbai in 2019. During her LL.B. studies, she completed an internship in the area of criminal law. Singh desires to learn more about the American legal system as she pursues her LL.M. degree.
Elizabeth Temba (Tanzania): Elizabeth Temba is the recipient of the Open Society Fellowship for the Disability Rights Scholarship Program. She obtained her LL.B. at Mzumbe University in Morogoro, Tanzania in 2014. Most recently, Temba has served as a program coordinator for Projects Abroad Tanzania. She hopes to gain more knowledge about the field of comparative disability rights law during her LL.M. studies.
Thuch Mading Agok Thuch (South Sudan): Thuch obtained his LL.B. from Nkumba University, in Uganda, in 2012. He obtained his Advocate License from the South Sudan Bar Association in 2013. Since graduating, he worked as a legal aid attorney at the South Sudan Law Society and as a protection officer at the Norwegian Refugee Council where his work focused on community development projects. Thuch plans to pursue courses in comparative disability law and human rights law during his LL.M. studies.
Tuan Tran (Vietnam): Tuan Tran obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Law of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam in 2017. He also holds a Bachelors in International Business Administration from the Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh City. Tran is a junior associate at Indochine Counsel Company Limited where he works on mergers & acquisitions negotiations. He intends to enroll in corporate law and courses that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam during his LL.M. studies.
Renci Xie (China): Renci Xie is the recipient of the J&K Wonderland Scholarship. She holds an LL.B. from the Southwest University of Political Science & Law in Chongqing, China. She is currently a trainee lawyer in a private firm where she works on inclusive educations cases for children with disabilities. Xie will pursue courses in international law and comparative disability law while enrolled in the LL.M. program.
Tuleen Zain (Syria): Tuleen Zain holds three degrees from Damascus University: a Bachelors in Accounting, an LL.B., and an LL.M. She worked as a lawyer in private practice in Syria before emigrating to the United States in 2016. She currently works as a medical records clerk at a community health center. Zain plans to enroll in courses that will prepare her for to take the New York State Bar Exam after completing her LL.M. studies.
Spring 2019 LL.M. Students
Mohammed Al-Ezzi (Iraq): Mohammed Al-Ezzi obtained his LL.B. from Al-Nahrain University College of Law in Baghdad, Iraq in 2011. He practiced criminal and tax law in Iraq before arriving in the United States in 2014, where he has a sister living in Syracuse. He is dedicating his studies to courses that will prepare him for the New York State Bar Exam.
Gian Marco Bovenzi (Italy): Gian Marco Bovenzi obtained his LL.B. at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2014 and a Masters in Forensic Science from Sapienza University of Rome in 2018. He worked as an intern in the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime in 2015 and was admitted to practice law in Italy in 2017. Bovenzi is pursuing courses in criminal and comparative international law while pursuing his LL.M. degree.
Amadou Dieng (Senegal): Dr. Dieng comes to the College of Law with over 20 years of experience in contracts, international commercial law, mediation, and commercial arbitration. He has an LL.M. in Public Law from University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar in Senegal and a doctoral J.D. with a specialization in International Investment Law from the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis in Nice, France. He is admitted to the bar in France and has taught at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle. During his LL.M. studies, Dieng is studying courses in American business law and pursue subjects that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam.
Gurjas Grewal (United Kingdom): Gurjas Grewal obtained his LL.B. from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom in 2018. Since graduating, he worked as a commercial operations officer at TD Canada Trust. Grewal is focusing his LL.M. studies in commercial law.
Ejiofor “Roland” Nwokedo (Nigeria): Roland Nwokedi obtained his LL.B. from the University of Nigeria before attending The Nigerian Law School in 1996. He worked as an attorney and managing director of two financial services institutions in Nigeria before emigrating to Syracuse, New York, in 2017 with his wife and six children. He is taking courses in corporate law, banking law, and subjects that will prepare him for the New York Bar Exam.
Juliana Pereira (Brazil): Juliana Pereira obtained her LL.B. from the São Paulo University in 2005. She worked in private practice in Brasilia, Brazil, specializing in labor and employment matters before coming to Syracuse. She has been studying employment law and enhance her understanding of the American legal system.
Shuai Yuan (China): Shuai Yuan obtained his Bachelor of Law from the Science and Technology College of Nanchang University in 2012. Before arriving in Syracuse, he practiced criminal law specializing in defending individuals accused of homicide. Yuan is focusing his studies on comparative law and the American legal system while pursuing his LL.M. degree.
Visiting Researchers & Semester Exchange Students
Mun Hui Kang (South Korea): Mun Hui Kang is a Judge with the Seoul District Court in Seoul, South Korea. She will be visiting the College until December 2019. Judge Kang will engage in the study and research of summer jury trials, their use in civil cases, and their potential as a dispute resolution mechanism in South Korea under the guidance of Professor Gary Pieples.
Hojin Choi (South Korea): Hojin Choi is a 2016 alum of Syracuse University College of Law’s J.D. program. As a student, he participated in the LondonEx summer program, served as the Research Assistant to Professor Aviva Abramovsky, and pursued courses and internships in disability law. Upon graduation, Choi remained in Syracuse to pursue employment with the local disability rights community. He is currently pursuing research projects supervised by Professor Arlene Kanter as well as conducting research for the Burton Blatt Institute.
Ariela di Gioacchino (Italy): Ariela Di Gioacchino is enrolled at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, in Italy. During her semester in Syracuse she will pursue a broad range of courses in U.S. law
Joanna Rychter (Poland): Joanna Rychter is enrolled in the University of Bialystok, in Poland. During her semester in Syracuse, she will enroll in courses in intellectual property law, negotiation, and entertainment law.
Paulien Wymeersch (Belgium): Paulien Wymeersch is enrolled at the University of Ghent, in Belgium. During her semester in Syracuse, she will enroll in a broad range of courses, including contract law, national security law, and intellectual property law.
Syracuse University College of Law Welcomes New Students at its 2019 Convocation
On Aug. 15, 2019, Syracuse University College of Law welcomed 272 new students at a Convocation ceremony in Dineen Hall, including 185 in the residential juris doctor program (Class of 2022); 50 in JDinteractive, the College's online law degree program (Class of 2023); and 29 pursing a Master of Laws in American Law (Class of 2020).
The new students heard from College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise, Syracuse University Provost Michele G. Wheatly, and Henry M. Greenberg L'86, President of the New York State Bar Association, who thanked the students on behalf of a "grateful profession" for choosing to become lawyers.
Greenberg noted that the students must reckon with a profession rapidly changing in terms of technology, diversity, and a public loss of faith in the "institutions that lawyers built." "The communities where you have settled—or will settle—need lawyers," he said. "They need our wisdom, our expertise, and our special gift to see both sides of an issue."
"At Convocation, new students commit to studying the law by reciting the College's Oath of Professional Education. I have no doubt that this year's diverse, talented, and ambitious community of scholars will, in the words of the oath, 'cultivate creativity and an open mind and be receptive to new ideas,'" says Dean Boise. "I look forward to following the progress of these eager students and to discovering the impact they will have on the College, their communities, the legal profession, and society at large."
Illustrating the College’s strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, 35% of the new juris doctor and master of laws students identify as students of color; there is a nearly even mix of men and women; 53 students are the first in their families to attend college; and 17 are veterans or active duty military members. Among the students, 28 countries and 36 states are represented and at least 25 languages are spoken.
Whereas the residential juris doctor cohort's average age is 24, that of the JDi Class of 2023 is 35, illustrating the attractiveness of the JDinteractive program to non-traditional students, those seeking to supplement their credentials or change careers.
LSAT and GPA scores for all incoming juris doctor students once again are strong. The 75th percentile LSAT score (157) improved one point over that for the Class of 2021, which matriculated in 2018. The incoming students' average GPA holds steady at 3.61. Further demonstrating the academic strength of the incoming cohorts, 36 students (J.D. and LL.M.) hold a master’s degree or higher diploma, and four students hold doctorate degrees.
Many of the LL.M. students are already practicing lawyers in their home countries. Moreover, this academic year the College hosts three employees of Saudi Arabia’s Institute of Public Administration. Other international students arrive in Syracuse thanks to growing government and academic partnerships in Brazil and Mexico.
"This year’s LL.M. class is comprised of a truly impressive group of students attracted to Syracuse through meaningful partnerships and institutional relationships. I am proud to say that with these students, we have added four new countries to our ranks: Belgium, Hungary, Tanzania, and Vietnam," says Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew S. Horsfall L’10. "This experienced group of scholars and practitioners includes five Open Society Fellows; two Disability Rights Fellows; two Civil Society Leadership Fellows; two Palestinian Rule of Law Fellows; and one Fulbright Scholar."
Professor Nina Kohn's Comments About Oklahoma Opioid Verdict Picked Up by Numerous Media Outlets
In a widely watched trial involving the state of Oklahoma and drug manufacturer Johnson & Johnson, a judge ruled on Aug. 26, 2019, that the drug giant and its distributor must pay the state more than half a billion dollars in damages for deceptive marketing of painkillers. In coming to his verdict, the district judge applied the state's public nuisance law.
It's a ruling that could have national consequences as other jurisdictions look to hold drug manufacturers— and their allegedly deceptive marketing practices and misleading statements—accountable for a nationwide opioid epidemic.
David M. Levy L'48 Professor of Law Nina A. Kohn's comments on this ruling were picked up by several media outlets, including NPR affiliate WHYY (Philadelphia), The Sentinel-Echo (London, KY), and The Cumberland Times-News.
Pa. counties encouraged by landmark J&J opioid decision in Oklahoma
(WHYY | Aug. 27, 2019) ... The Oklahoma ruling could prompt more pharmaceutical companies to settle. In March, Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family that owns it settled a case with that state for $270 million. The company settled with Kentucky in 2015 for $24 million. Both are substantially smaller amounts than the $572 million ruling in court against Johnson & Johnson, but legal scholars say smaller entities should not be discouraged by the smaller payout, either.
“While the amount awarded was far less than Oklahoma requested, this should actually encourage other plaintiffs,” wrote Nina Kohn, the David M. Levy professor of law and associate dean for online education at Syracuse University’s College of Law. “It means that even if the Oklahoma judgment is upheld after appeal, there will be a lot more money left in the Johnson & Johnson piggy bank to pay other states and cities.”
The states of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania have all filed separate suits against opioid manufacturers ...
Syracuse University College of Law Welcomes JDinteractive Class of 2023
On Aug. 12, 2019, Syracuse University College of Law welcomed 50 new students into JDinteractive (JDi), the College's ABA-accredited, fully interactive online law degree program. This is the second group of students to matriculate into the first-of-its-kind program, which combines intensive on-campus courses with online courses that contain both self-paced and live class sessions.
The new JDi students began their law degree studies with a weeklong residency in Syracuse, NY, where they took an immersive course designed to introduce them to the American legal system. The students also took part in other academic and social activities—along with new residential juris doctor, JDi Class of 2022, and masters of laws students—including meeting with distinguished alumni and attending a baseball game on August 14 between the Syracuse Mets and Durham Bulls at NBT Stadium.
"JDinteractive once again has attracted a talented and ambitious group of students. I could not be more pleased to welcome them into the College of Law community and to a law degree program that is reimagining how legal education is delivered in the 21st century," says College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise. “I strongly believe their diversity of background and perspectives will broaden and deepen the student’s law school experience. I have no doubt this cohort will represent the College strongly and leverage their legal knowledge for the benefit of the profession and of society."
The JDi Class of 2023 gathers a diverse group of individuals from across the United States:
• The cohort's average age is 35.
• One-third identify as students of color.
• The students represent 29 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.
• Thirty percent were the first in their families to attend college.
• Approximately a quarter are members of the military or military-affiliated, including graduates of the US Naval Academy and US Coast Guard Academy, a retired US Army sergeant, a Lieutenant in the US Navy, and a US Marine Corps Master Sergeant.
JDinteractive is designed to work with the schedules of students who are currently employed or have other commitments. Looking at students’ occupations, among the members of the Class of 2023 are an environmental supervisor for a multinational packaged foods company, a law firm chief operating officer, a police officer, a political media consultant, a vice president of sales in the telecommunications industry, a professor of musicology, a preventive case worker, an attending emergency physician, a pastor, a structural designer, a legislative analyst, and the founder of an insurance consulting firm.
"We designed JDinteractive to deliver Syracuse University College of Law's J.D. program to well-qualified students who cannot relocate for a residential program, but who nevertheless desire a high-caliber legal education," says Associate Dean of Online Education and David M. Levy Professor of Law Nina Kohn. "The students themselves are proof that the program has the ingredients to entice highly motivated, deeply experienced, and academically strong individuals. Indeed, among the Class of 2023 are the holders of a Ph.D. in Computer Science, an M.B.A. in Accounting, a D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine, an M.S.L. in Business Law, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, to name a few."
Dirty Little Wars and the Law: Did Osama bin Laden Win?
By David M. Crane
(Re-published from The Hill | Aug. 18, 2019) The past week marked the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions of 1949. This laudable treaty, signed by every country, codified centuries of custom, treaties and protocols to protect individuals found on the battlefield. There are four articles to the Geneva Conventions protecting the wounded and sick, prisoners of war and civilians. This is an attempt to bring law and order onto the battlefield. These conventions are part of a larger set of treaties, protocols and rules called international humanitarian law, or the “laws of armed conflict.”
The Geneva Conventions were part of a promising four years after World War II that attempted to prevent the horrors of future conflict. The Nuremberg Principles were adopted, the United Nations Charter was signed, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Genocide Convention were created. These became the cornerstones to settle disputes peacefully and use force only as a last resort. The focus was on international peace and security.
Originally drafted to protect those found on the battlefield during international armed conflict, the protocols additionally drafted in 1976 brought in non-international armed conflict. The minimum standard under what is called “Common Article 3,” found in each of the four parts to the conventions and the additional protocols, is that regardless of status on the battlefield, everyone should be treated humanely. That remains the minimum today. Not maintaining this standard can be a war crime in and of itself. Essentially, any armed conflict is covered by the rule of law and those who break international humanitarian law are committing war crimes.
For the past several decades, conflict has evolved from the vast industrial age conflicts, such as the World Wars and Operation Desert Storm, into the nuanced, kaleidoscopic conflicts of today. In these “dirty little wars,” the parties largely fail to follow the laws of armed conflict. There are no protections, particularly for civilians and even more importantly for women and children. The Geneva Conventions single them out to be especially protected; yet, one only has to look to the Syrian civil war to see that this key principle of law is ignored by all parties to that conflict.
A majority of casualties in dirty little wars of the 21st century are civilians, a protected group under international law. Intentionally targeting civilians is a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions. Those who violate this principle are war criminals and remain so for the rest of their lives, since there is no statute of limitations for such crimes. By way of example, we still prosecute Nazi camp guards from World War II, all of whom now are in their 90s ...
Power on the Go: ILC Assists HopLite Power with Commercializing Novel Smartphone Charging Technology
It's a frustration many can relate to. You're on the go with your smartphone, juggling business and personal calls and texts, when you suddenly realize you're low on power. No worries. Just dip into a friendly café with your charger and power up while you are getting coffee'd up. So you reach into your bag for the charging cable ...
Enter Hoplite Power, a startup company that has created a remarkable and convenient solution for those inevitable times when you leave home without your charger or when there are no power outlets nearby.
A client of the New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC), part of the Syracuse University College of Law’s Innovation Law Center (ILC), Hoplite Power has developed a smartphone "charge-sharing" system. "Any customer who is low on battery can go to one of our kiosks in network and rent a portable battery pack to charge their phone on the go," says Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Nikolas Schreiber, adding that the kiosks operate in a similar way to a RedBox DVD dispenser or CitiBike bike rental kiosk.
Each kiosk—called a Hoplite Hub—stores, dispenses, re-accepts, and automatically recharges Hoplites, which are small, ergonomically designed, universal battery packs for smartphones. These packs can be rented from and returned to any Hoplite Hub in the network.
"This means the customer can then charge when and where they need it, not having to remember to bring a battery or be tied down to an outlet. This system is perfect for high density and high value areas such as sports stadiums, live venues, and convention centers," notes Schreiber.
Schreiber recently took time to answer some questions about how NYSSTLC—and specifically second-year law student Viviana Bro and Adjunct Professor Dom Danna—have assisted Hoplite Power as it commercializes its novel technology.
How did you discover the NYSSTLC/Innovation Law Center and the services it provides businesses and entrepreneurs?
We are working with NYDesigns Incubator, Futureworks, FuzeHub, the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC), the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), the Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC), and finally the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP). It was CEBIP that made the direct introduction to the Innovation Law Center and NYSSTLC.
What type of assistance has NYSSTLC provided Hoplite Power?
We were able to consult with NYSSTLC on a full intellectual property (IP) strategy, including prior art, freedom to operate, and patentability.
How useful has the NYSSTLC research and proprietary report been for your commercialization process?
The report and work done was quite good. While there were no amazing "aha" moments, it was incredibly assuring to look through some patents and understand that we did have freedom to operate where before we had some concerns.
Not just that. We were encouraged that there might be specific aspects of our technology—especially given a number of unique mechanisms—that could be patented, where, again, we had had our doubts.
Now that you have engaged NYSSTLC, what are the next steps for Hoplite Power?
We have been in the Design for Manufacturability (DFM) process for a year now, and ideally—in late summer 2019—we are just a few weeks away from our version 2 pilot launch. Following this launch and its success, we plan on to follow up by filing additional IP protections, including both design and utility patents. A strong IP and a functioning pilot will allow us to ideally raise capital by the end of the year.
What advice do you have for an entrepreneur looking to commercialize a new technology, based on your experiences so far?
There are so many ways to go with this, but I think one thing that gets lost is proving the product market fit. Your new technology might be cool, but if it does not serve a market need, then it is not a company.
Being able to get into the market quickly and iterating through versions of the product is a very important aspect when building a successful company, regardless of the level of readiness. I know that we have taken too long to perfect things. Getting some test units in the market quickly—even in hardware, where it is very difficult—nevertheless is a driving force to building a sustainable company.