The Monday following the bar exam, Cory Schoonmaker began his law career working as an Appellate Court Attorney for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department. As an Appellate Court Attorney, Schoonmaker offers preliminary legal analyses and recommendations to the Justices of the Fourth Department on complex legal issues by reviewing collections of facts and appellate submissions, and summarizing records on appeal. “I am constantly engaging with new and diverse legal issues to research and write about,” says Schoonmaker, who enjoys the variety of New York State law, including child custody, criminal procedure, contract disputes, insurance claims, land use and zoning, personal injury, and unlawful discrimination, to name a few.
“Taking a broad range of doctrinal classes in law school prepared me most for the work as an Appellate Court Attorney,” says Schoonmaker. Tutoring first-year students as a 2L and 3L also helped keep first-year courses freshly in mind as he began applying those concepts. “I also could not have succeeded without my the legal research, writing, and analysis skills honed through the legal writing program, Law Review, and the Externship Program,” says Schoonmaker. The latter even allowed him to have actual judicial writing experience before graduating. “In my mind,” says Schoonmaker, “my success at the Appellate Division was a direct result of the opportunities and experiences I had access to at Syracuse University College of Law.”