JUNE 2021

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From the desk of Dean Boise

Although this year’s virtual and in-person Law Commencement ceremonies are still fresh in our minds, there’s much to look forward to as we prepare to welcome students back to Dineen Hall in the fall, including Law Alumni Weekend 2021, September 23-25.

We are currently planning to host our alumni reunion in person, with live streams and virtual programs to encourage the worldwide coverage and participation that made last year a spectacular event. Based on current public health guidelines, indoor gatherings on campus are limited to 250 persons per event, so we are exploring multiple-space concepts and alternative spaces—including outdoor spaces—to augment in-person attendance. Of course, these guidelines may well change over the next few months, and we’ll adjust accordingly.

As you can see below, plans for a robust gathering and conference (including CLE events) are well underway. As you make your travel plans, bookmark our LAW 2021 website to keep abreast of event details, registration, reunion information, updates, and more.

I look forward to seeing you in person this fall! Please remember that the Dean’s Dispatch takes a summer break; it will return in September. If you’d like to reach us over the summer, please don’t hesitate—we welcome your calls and visits. I wish you a safe and relaxing summer and thank you again for the extraordinary ways you helped us surmount the challenges of 2020-2021.

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Law Alumni Weekend 2021 Schedule


STAY TUNED: LAW 2021 registration opens in late June! For more information, contact Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby. For full schedule details, visit alumniweekend.syr.edu.

Thursday, September 23

• Noon-1 p.m. Women’s Law Student Association Networking Event (student event, in person)

Moderator: Professor Cora True-Frost L’01

• 2-5 p.m. An Afternoon with the Corporate Law Society (student event, in person)

Moderator: Prashanth (P.J.) Jayachandran L’98, Chief Supply Chain Counsel, Colgate-Palmolive

• 6-7 p.m. Disability Law and Policy Program Alumni Networking Event (virtual)

• 7-8 p.m. Advocacy Honor Society Affinity Group Social Event (in person)

Friday, September 24

• 8:30-9:30 a.m. Dean Craig M. Boise’s State of the College Address (in person/live-streamed)

• 10:30-11:30 a.m. Virtually Litigating: Pros and Cons of Litigation Practices Developed During COVID-19 (CLE 1 credit; in person)

Host: Michael A. Kaplan L’11, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP

• Noon-1 p.m. Lunch with Judiciary and Alumni (in person)

Keynote Speaker: Hon. James P. Murphy L’84, NYS Administrative Judge, Fifth Judicial District

• 1:30-4:30 p.m. Supreme Court Preview Afternoon Lecture and Panel Discussion (CLE 3 credits; in person/live-streamed)

Guest Lecturer: David G. Savage, Supreme Court Correspondent, Los Angeles Times

• 4-5 p.m. Syracuse Law Review Open House (in person)

• 6-7 p.m. Syracuse Law Honors Awards Ceremony (in person/live-streamed)

• 7-9 p.m. Law Alumni Reunion Party (in person)

• 8:30-10:30 p.m. Fourth Annual Fireside Chat (in person)

Hosted by the Black Law Student Association and Latin American Law Student Association.

Saturday, September 25

• 9-10 a.m. Supporting Veterans in Our Community and at the College of Law (in person/live-streamed)

• 9-10 a.m. LL.M. Alumni Virtual Reunion (virtual)

Host: Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew Horsfall L’10 

• Noon-2 p.m. College of Law Classes of 2020 and 2021 Reunion Lunch (in person)

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fourth Annual Alumni of Color Awards Ceremony and Reception (in person/live-streamed)

Don’t Forget …

• Start mingling on our Virtual Scrapbook! Add your memories, quotes, gifs, memes, pix, or videos that express your LOVE OF ORANGE!

• Back by popular demand, thanks to last year’s rave reviews! We will use the free Whova app during LAW 2021, a convenient way to plan your schedule, receive session reminders and alerts, communicate with attendees, and create virtual meet-ups. Look for instructions about downloading the app and accessing our event page once you have registered.


College of Law News


In case you missed it, Chancellor Kent Syverud recently appointed me Dean Representative to the SU Board of Trustees. I will serve a two-year term and will participate, ex officio, on the Academic Affairs Committee, reporting to the Board at Executive Committee and full board meetings. I will be joined by a new law student representative, one of two new student positions approved by the Board of Trustees

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Joining our two other hosted advocacy competitions, Syracuse Law has teamed up with the National Disabled Law Students Association to launch the inaugural National Disability Law Appellate Competition (NDLAC), to be held virtually March 25-27, 2022. Co-sponsored by the Travis H.D. Lewin Advocacy Honor Society and the Disability Law Society, NDLAC is the first national appellate advocacy competition to focus exclusively on disability law.


Alumni Engagement


I encourage law alums who served in ROTC to connect with the University’s new ROTC Alumni Network Group on LinkedIn, a networking initiative headed by US Army Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Peggy Combs ’85, H’21.

President Biden speaking to Class of 2021 graduates

There’s only one university and law school that can boast a President of the United States among alumni offering well wishes to the Class of 2021! “Syracuse didn’t just educate us, it gave us a greater sense of life’s possibilities,” says President Joseph R. Biden Jr. L’68 in this SU Alumni Congratulations video.

Carla Palumbo

Alumna Carla M. Palumbo L’82, President and CEO of the Legal Aid Society of Rochester, is the new President of the New York Bar Foundation’s Board of Directors. Palumbo has served on the Board for 15 years and has been active on the Foundation’s grants review, nominating, and personnel committees, while also serving as vice president since 2018. Congratulations, Carla!

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I’m proud to join several of our extraordinary Upstate New York Orange law alumni on the inaugural WNY Daily Record Power 50 List: Carla M. Palumbo L’82, Hon. James P. Murphy L’84, Anna E. Lynch L’86, Sandra J. Doorley L’88, Brian J. Butler L’96, Cressida A. Dixon L’96, and Jared C. Lusk L’98. Read biographies of—and Q&As with—these leaders at the Power 50 webpage.


Student News

Scott Deutsche

Looking back on Memorial Day, please enjoy this reflection by rising 3L Scott Deutsch, a Certified Public Accountant, who served as a US Army captain. In his article, Deutsch honors a friend and colleague killed in combat in Afghanistan.


Faculty & Department News


Please join me in congratulating professors Todd Berger and Lauryn Gouldin. With the concurrence of Chancellor Syverud and the SU Board of Trustees, both have been deservedly promoted to the rank of full professor at Syracuse University.

Shannon Gardner

Recognizing her many student-centered contributions to learning, Teaching Professor Shannon Gardner has been awarded a Syracuse University 2021-2022 Meredith Teaching Recognition Award for Continuing Excellence in Teaching. The award is one of the highest teaching honors bestowed by the University. Well done, Professor Gardner!

Beth Kubala speaks to 2021 student veteran graduates

Beth Kubala—Director of the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC) and a retired US Army lieutenant colonel—had the honor of addressing the 2021 Student Veteran Commencement. Observed Kubala: “I don’t think Chancellor Tolley ever envisioned how his part in drafting the GI Bill and opening Syracuse’s doors to returning veterans would continue to influence how veterans get an education and proper training at Syracuse University today.”

Chantal Wentworth-Mullin

VLC Managing Director Chantal Wentworth-Mullin has begun her term on the NYSBA Committee on Veterans, assisting colleagues in program development, advocacy, and strategic collaborations that address the legal issues and needs of military servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

Nina Kohn

Among the recommendations adopted by the Fourth National Guardianship Summit, hosted by the College of Law and the Syracuse Law Review on May 10-14, is the abolition of plenary (unlimited) guardianship in the US. If adopted, this recommendation will be “groundbreaking,” says Summit organizer Professor Nina Kohn. Look for the Summit’s final recommendations—alongside articles presented at the meeting—in a future issue of the Law Review.

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Throughout summer stay up-to-date with our experts in the news via Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter (links below), and thank you for sharing their comments with your social media networks.

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How You Can Make a Difference

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Are you a VIP (Very Influential Person)? We think you are! We are currently recruiting Boost the ’Cuse 2021 influencers in preparation for this year’s day of giving on October 7. Sign up as a VIP to recruit friends and help spread the word about #BoostCuse, and we’ll send some cool swag your way!


Your Support Fuels Our Success

If we haven’t said it enough—and on behalf of our students, faculty, and staff—we couldn’t do it without you. Thank you for the myriad ways you’ve engaged with your alma mater, made a difference in our students’ lives, and helped them to find success.

One simple way you can help is to renew your annual gift before June 30. Your gift in any amount ensures that the next generation of Orange students has the support to thrive in law school.

Please make your gift here. If you have already made your annual gift, THANK YOU! 


For Your Calendar


2021 marks my fifth anniversary as Dean. To help mark this occasion, please join me and Alumni of Color later this month to reflect on the progress and advances we’ve made toward diversity, equity, and inclusion at your alma mater. I hope to see you then!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the College of Law
June 24 | noon – 1 p.m. EST | Via Zoom

Join the Conversation

And Finally …

Dean Boise meets Bob Gang L'42

On June 6—fittingly the anniversary of D-Day—I had the honor, along with Professor Beth Kubala and 3L Ryan Marquette, of meeting our oldest alum, Robert Gang ’39, L’42. We joined Honor Flight Syracuse to celebrate his 103rd birthday, presenting him with a proclamation officially recognizing “Bob Gang Day.” Bob has an extraordinary biography, having served in both World War II and the Korean War. Thank you for your service, Bob, and many happy returns!


For More Information


Questions? Please contact Sophie Dagenais, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs, at sdagenai@syr.edu or 315.443.4536, or Kristen Duggleby, Director of Alumni Relations at klduggle@syr.edu or 315.443.9532.

Contact us at 315.443.1964 or LawAlumni@syr.edu to send us your news. Remember, you can also update your contact information on ’Cuse Community.

I’ll keep you updated on our news in future editions of the Dean’s Dispatch, and for those of you who use social media, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for timely updates and photographs.

You also can connect with me on my own LinkedIn account.

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