APRIL 2018

Dean's Dispatch for Alumni

From the desk of Dean Boise

The weeks before final exams and Commencement are hectic. Often we do not have the time to look up from our textbooks or computers and pay attention to the wider context in which we teach and practice the law. But on April 9, I had the pleasure of speaking at a Naturalization Ceremony that showed us all the human side of the law.

The Hon. Thérèse Dancks L’91 presided over the ceremony with grace and a keen sense of occasion in the Melanie Gray Courtroom ceremony, where we welcomed 52 new citizens from all over the globe, including 10 active military personnel. The accompanying four photos offer a glimpse of the event, and of the beaming pride of the new citizens and their families, but I encourage you to see more photos on our Facebook page.

The Hon. John Katko L’88 and Hon. Joanne Mahoney L’87 attended the ceremony and spoke eloquently about the contributions immigrants make to this country. Chol Majok (representing state Sen. David Valesky), and Maria Maldonado-Lewis (representing Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh) urged the new citizens to take full advantage of the opportunities America gives them. Student Bar Association President 3L Sarah Wheeler welcomed the audience and participants, and three student singers—2Ls Alicia Loomis and Sam Buchbauer and 1L Chanan Brown—delivered a stunningly beautiful, harmonious, and patriotic soundtrack to the proceedings. This College continues to attract top musical talent!



Applications Open for JDinteractive

The College is now accepting applications—and receiving them, even ahead of a comprehensive marketing campaign—for our groundbreaking online J.D. program. The deadline for applications for the first cohort of students is Nov. 15, 2018, for matriculation in January 2019. The new program—called JDinteractive—is the nation’s first fully interactive online J.D. program to be accredited by the ABA.

Explains Associate Dean for Research and Online Education Nina Kohn, “JDinteractive allows the College of Law to make our rigorous juris doctor program accessible to students who cannot reasonably attend a fully residential program. The program is designed to prepare students to succeed in a dynamic legal profession, and JDinteractive students will earn the same degree as our residential J.D. students.”


How You Can Help

Curriculum Review Survey

Our Academic Strategic Plan identified “enhancing the student experience” as critical to providing a forward-leaning, 21st century legal education that is responsive to the needs of employers. As an important step toward improving the academic experience, we are now engaged in a soup-to-nuts review of our curriculum. We are prioritizing our current offerings, and—with your help—we are identifying areas that are becoming critically important in the practice world into which our students will graduate.

Your input is of the utmost importance, and greatly welcomed. Please take a few minutes to answer our short curriculum survey. It asks you about the classes that best prepared you for practice and about which areas of the law should be added to our curriculum. I look forward to reviewing your answers.


BBI/ABA 21st Century Legal Profession Survey

Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) Chairman Peter Blanck is soliciting participation in a first-of-its-kind survey that the Institute is conducting in association with the ABA. The research project examines the opportunities and challenges facing individuals in the legal profession of the 21st century, with consideration of women, minorities, people of differing sexual orientations and gender identities, people with disabilities, and others.

Writes Peter, “The 15-minute survey is anonymous and voluntary. It is approved by the Syracuse University Human Subjects Review Board. The findings will be used to help develop best practices in the legal profession.” We encourage you to participate in this groundbreaking research, and please pass the survey along to colleagues. Questions or comments may be addressed to Dr. Ynesse Abdul-Malak.


Other College of Law News

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Law Review Honors Accomplishments, Alumnus

The Syracuse Law Review hosted its annual banquet on April 12. The group celebrated the accomplishments of the Volume 68 staff, including the implementation of a new editing system, a new cover design, the creation of an Alumni Editor position, and the publishing of three themed issues and the Survey of New York Law. In addition, the group honored Philip Rossetti L’81 (pictured) of Latham & Watkins with the Alumni Achievement Award, as well as three College of Law administrators—Kim Wolf Price L’03, Deborah O’Malley, and Courtney Abbott Hill L’09—with distinguished service awards. The Law Review also announced the six Notes and two alternates for publication in Volume 69.


College of Law Hosts International Scholars

On April 11, the College featured two lectures by international scholars from Palestine and Italy. The photo shows Palestinian LL.M. student Cathrine Abuamsha, who—with fellow Palestinian and LL.M. candidate Yasmin Khamis—spoke to faculty and students about the practice of law in Palestine and international law in the context of occupation, settlement, the separation wall, and Jerusalem. On the same day, Dr. Luca Arnaudo, of LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome, was a guest of Professor Robin Malloy. Arnaudo is an expert on law and economics, with a focus on antitrust and regulation.


TCLP Info Session Features Alumni

The Technology Commercialization Law Program (TCLP) hosted an information session on April 11 in Dineen Hall for students interested in innovation law, intellectual property, and entrepreneurship, as well as practical, hands-on experiences in these fields. The guest speakers were alums Benjamin Bergan L’11, James Zino L’14, Brian Restauro L’14, and Erin Phillips L’15, who are all building successful careers in the IP law field.


Sports Law Goes Up to Bat

The accompanying photo is from the second panel of the well-organized and well-attended fourth annual Entertainment and Sports Law Symposium, held on April 6. In the photo, professors Laura Lape and George McGuire ’91, L’96, and DLA Piper’s Matthew Ganas discuss “Current intellectual property issues facing the entertainment industry.” Kevin Belbey L’16, of IF Management/The Montag Group, moderated. Other panels examined the NCAA basketball FBI investigation, amateurism, and rules of professional conduct. This year’s symposium marked the first time CLE credits were offered to attorneys in the audience. Other speakers included Justin DiTolla, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, Syracuse University; Richard Katz, President & CEO, KMG Sports Management; and Gregg Brandon L’01, Vice President & General Counsel, Buffalo Bills. See the full list of speakers here.


Professor of Practice David M. Crane L’80 Announces Retirement from the College of Law

After teaching as a Professor of Practice at his alma mater since 2006, David M. Crane L’80 has announced that he will retire from the College of Law in August 2018. Crane has taught international criminal law, international humanitarian law, military law, and national security law. As a faculty member of INSCT, he developed interdisciplinary projects and courses with colleagues from across the University, including, most recently, a innovative course on media and atrocities with Professor Ken Harper of the Newhouse School.


Distinguished Scholar Joins BBI

Arie Rimmerman, the Richard Crossman Chair for Social Welfare and Planning, and Distinguished Faculty Member in the School of Social Work, Social Welfare, and Health Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel, has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Burton Blatt Institute. “We are extremely honored to have Professor Rimmerman join us to collaborate on the interpretation and development of public policy and law related to persons with disabilities and their families,” says BBI Chairman Peter Blanck.


“Our Discreet & Insular Founders”

Visiting Professor Liam O’Melinn discussed “Our Discrete and Insular Founders: American ‘Degeneracy,’ the American Revolution, and the New Republic” as part of the Faculty Colloquia Series on April 5. Teaching Constitutional Law at Syracuse this spring, O’Melinn is a Professor at Ohio Northern University’s Pettit College of Law.


Students Discover “eDiscovery”

On March 28, students in Professor Gary J. Pieples’ Fact Investigation and Analysis course listened attentively to an animated and fascinating lecture by alumnus Kevin Saunders L’97, a Partner at Nixon Peabody. Saunders discussed eDiscovery, or the identification and collection of electronically stored information in response to a law suit or investigation. Saunders told the students always to be careful about what they post online; he has often turned to social media posts as evidence in lawsuits.


VISION Holds Veterans’ Mental Health Panel

On March 26, the Veterans’ Issues and Support Initiative and Outreach Network (VISION) held a panel discussion with Kynna Murphy-Collins, a mental health professional and Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator with the VA, and Yelena Duterte, Director of the Wohl Family Veterans Legal Clinic. They discussed the ways in which they provide access to resources for veterans suffering from mental illness.


IP Society Hosts USPTO Expert

On March 28, the Intellectual Property Law Society hosted a networking/mentoring lunch with Craig Morris, Managing Attorney for Trademark Educational Outreach for the US Patent and Trademark Office. Morris, who headed the Trademark Electronic Application System for 14 years, discussed trademark practice, the role of the USPTO, and careers in IP law.

Ashley Bogart Portrait

Ashley Bogart Joins Student Systems and Administration Team

College of Law Registrar Zack Kelley has added a new member to his Student Systems and Administration team. Ashley Bogart joined the College at the beginning of March as a Law Support Coordinator. Previously, she was with the Student Centers and Programming Services area of the University’s Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience and before that, a Recruiting Support Specialist at Prudential Financial.

Students in the News


College of Law Team Finishes in the Final Four of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

One of the College of Law’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition teams participated in the competition’s national round held April 5-7 in Washington, DC. Coached by alumnus Brady O’Malley L’11, the team of 3L Ryan Lefkowitz and 2L Donya Feizbakhsh finished in the top four of more than 180 teams. The team also won third place for Best Brief in the national competition, and Lefkowitz was recognized among the competition’s best advocates.

LATE BREAKING NEWS: The American Association for Justice team lost to Akron in the Elite Eight of the national competition. Another good run!


DCEx Students Hear from Acting CPSC Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle L’94

On March 26, the DCEx students heard from Acting Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Ann Marie Buerkle L’94, regarding the history of the agency, its policies and procedures, and the recall process, including two case studies of actual recalls coordinated by CPSC.


NYCEx Externs Hear from Juvenile Law Practitioner Martin Feinman L’83

Law alumnus Martin Feinman L’83—attorney-in-charge for the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice in Brooklyn, NY—was the guest lecturer for a NYCEx seminar on March 5. Professor Margaret Harding led the seminar in which Feinman discussed the juvenile system and the differences between family and criminal court jurisdiction and oversight of matters involving young people within our justice systems. Feinman took participants through a step-by-step simulation of a juvenile case. The externs then heard from Caroline Miller L’11 and Dalya Bordman L’17, who also work at Legal Aid and noted how fulfilling and rewarding their work is.

Olivia Fontana Named an OnVLP Pro Bono Champion

While working as a pro bono volunteer, 2L Olivia Fontana made such a positive impression on the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County (OnVLP) that she will be honored as a “Pro Bono Champion” at an April 19 awards ceremony at the CNY Philanthropy Center in Syracuse. Congratulations and good work, Olivia!


Matthew Wallace Elected ABA Board of Governors Law Student At-Large

Matthew Wallace, a 2019 J.D./M.P.A. candidate, has been elected the national Law Student At-Large on the ABA Board of Governors after an online election on March 13-15. Matthew will be responsible for advocating on behalf of the nation’s more than 120,000 law students during the 2018-2019 academic year. This is a significant and impressive achievement for one of our students—well done, Matthew! The accompanying photo shows another milestone for Matthew. On April 10, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army at a Dineen Hall ceremony presided over by INSCT Deputy Director Robert Murrett, a retired Vice Admiral.


Veterans Law Clinic Students Present to VA Decision Review Officer

On March 21, 3L Cecilia Santostefano and 2L Katie Becker, representing the Wohl Family Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC), each argued a case before the US Department of Veterans Affairs Buffalo Regional Office’s Decision Review Officer (DRO). The students made opening and closing statements and performed direct examination of clients and witnesses. VLC Director Yelena Duterte reports that the DRO commended both students on their thorough presentations.

Faculty & Department News

Human rights, border security, Gerrymandering, and the Second Amendment have dominated the news recently. Our faculty continue to be called on a daily basis by the media to offer their insights on these and other pressing subjects, and this exposure boosts our image and reputation. Please take a few moments to browse their scholarship in action.

William C. Banks Discusses Trump, Rosenstein, and Mueller on Bloomberg Law
David M. Crane Talks with WUNC About the Future of International Justice
Title 32: William C. Banks Explains Uses of the National Guard to Checkyourfact.com
Keith Bybee Discusses Gerrymandering on WAER
William C. Banks Explains What the US Military Can and Can’t Do on the US-Mexican Border
William C. Banks Analyzes the Latest in the Manafort Case with Bloomberg Law
Paula Johnson Co-Writes Brown vs. Board OpEd
David Driesen comments on Health and Human Services’ Delay in Posting Comments on Faith Rules
Bad Cop: Corri Zoli Analyzes Trump’s John Bolton Appointment with Newsday
David Driesen Discusses Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens’ Recommendation to Repeal the Second Amendment
A “Houdini Escape”: Keith Bybee Discusses the Maryland Gerrymander Case
Greg Germain Discusses Remington Arms and Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Arlene Kanter Explores Whether “Human Rights Treaties Make a Difference” at International Law Forum
Greg Germain Discusses the Stormy Daniels Affair with The Huffington Post
Cora True-Frost Explains Extradition in Story About Binghamton University Murder Case
Corri Zoli Discusses North Korea Talks with CNY Central

For Your Calendar

Alumni Events


I hope you can join us in Syracuse for an unforgettable reunion on a spectacular fall weekend—when you’re here, you’re home!

  • Connect with classmates and celebrate the reunion of class years ending in 3 and 8.
  • Have lunch with the judiciary, and attend a lecture by Dahlia Lithwick, Contributing Editor at Newsweek and Senior Editor at Slate. Stay for a SCOTUS preview and earn CLE credits.
  • Celebrate honorees at the Syracuse Law Honors Award ceremony and cocktail reception.
  • Cheer for the Orange at our Syracuse vs. Clemson game watch party at stylish Club 44, the Carrier Dome’s exclusive VIP club lounge.
  • Book your hotel room at a special rate today.

Registration opens in May. More details can be found online.

SULAA Awards Nominations Deadline: May 15

Do you know someone in our law school community who deserves recognition for their contributions to the College of Law, the legal profession, or society? Please consider nominating them for the Syracuse Law Honors Medal. The award celebrates “distinguished achievements in any field of endeavor” by any member of the Syracuse Law family. We’ll celebrate this year’s recipients on Sept. 28, during Reunion Weekend. Submit your nomination via our short form by May 15.


Other Alumni & College Events

Make a date in your calendar to join me, my staff, and fellow alums at the following events in Syracuse, NYC, and DC. If you know a student home for the summer or a prospective student, by all means bring them along to the alumni receptions and introduce them to the Syracuse family. Check our website for event updates.

  • COMMENCEMENT—May 11; 11 a.m.; Carrier Dome. We look forward to an inspiring, and potentially headline-grabbing, Commencement Address from Preet Bharara, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
  • Central New York Alumni Reception—June 6; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St., Syracuse, NY 13202
  • NYC Alumni Reception—June 13; 6-8 p.m.; Marshall Street Bar & Restaurant, 306 E. 49th St., New York, NY 10017
  • DC Alumni Reception—July 10; 6-8 p.m.; Carmine’s, 425 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

To register for upcoming events, contact Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby at klduggle@law.syr.edu or 315.443.9532.

Professional & Enrollment Events

  • Celebrate Law Day on May 1! We are pleased to be hosting a Dineen Hall celebration—in collaboration with the Onondaga County Bar Association—that features Vice Dean Keith J. Bybee as Keynote Speaker and Professor Suzette Melendez, who will moderate a one-credit Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias CLE session. This year Law Day marks its 60th year. More information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities can be found online. We look forward to seeing many of our alumni.
  • April 25—A Construction Accident “Deep Dive” (CLE Credits)
    The New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers (NYSATL) is sponsoring a CLE event in Dineen Hall on April 25 entitled “Safely Falling for the Labor Law: A Deep Dive into Construction Accident Cases.” The event is from 6-8 p.m. Register online.
  • May 22—“Trial Boot Camp: From Voir Dire to Summation” (CLE Credits)
    The Trial Academy will offer a second CLE credit course—“Trial Boot Camp: From Voir Dire to Summation”—on May 22 from 6-8 p.m. Register online.

For More Information

Questions? Please contact Sophie Dagenais, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs, at sdagenai@law.syr.edu or 315.443.4536, or Kristen Duggleby, Director of Alumni Relations at klduggle@law.syr.edu or 315.443.1964.

Contact us at 315.443.1964 or alumni@law.syr.edu to change your address or to send us your updates!

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.

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