Dean's Dispatch for Alumni

From the desk of Dean Boise

Although a hush has fallen over the classrooms and corridors of Dineen Hall without the 1Ls and 2Ls here, there is still plenty of activity going on. Many of you will remember early summer after graduation as a time for bar prep, so spare a thought and wish best of luck to our graduates who are hitting the review books, supported by faculty and staff, even as the days grow warmer and longer in Central New York. Faculty and staff are also hard at work on a number of initiatives this summer, including delivering or preparing for LondonEx and other externship programs, Orange Edge, 1L Orientation, Law Reunion Weekend, the first JDinteractive cohort, and more.

This issue of the Dispatch will be the only one of the season, so I look forward to reconvening with you in the fall in time for the excitement and challenges of a new academic year! In the meantime, wherever you are, I hope you enjoy a wonderful and refreshing summer surrounded by friends and family.

Thanking Carey Ng, and Welcoming New SULAA President Amy Vanderlyke Dygert

In early June, Carey Ng L’02 ended his term as President of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association (SULAA). During his tenure, Carey worked tirelessly to foster strong bonds of community among our alumni family, both at home and abroad. His pride as an alumnus and his can-do attitude are both remarkable—and contagious. Carey was instrumental in planning special events for students in New York City and always made time to return home to Syracuse for Convocation, Reunion, Commencement, and other celebrations. Under his leadership, the SULAA Board achieved 100% participation in the Law Annual Fund this year, an extraordinary accomplishment that bodes well for the College’s future and reflects the passion with which Carey embraced his role. It’s been an honor to work with Carey, and I thank him for his truly exemplary service.

Taking the SULAA helm from Carey is Amy Vanderlyke Dygert L’06, G’03, G’06. Amy is Director of Copyright Services at Cornell University, where she drafts, negotiates, and reviews policies, contracts, and license agreements. Previously, she was an Attorney at Sugarman Law Firm LLP in Syracuse and also an Adjunct Professor at SU’s Newhouse School, where she taught regulatory, advertising, First Amendment, and other areas of the law to media students. In addition to her J.D., Amy holds master’s degrees in journalism and new media from Newhouse, and instructional design from SU’s School of Education.

“I am thrilled and honored to be elected president of SULAA,” says Amy. “I am thankful for Carey’s leadership during the past two years and his creation of a board structure focused on actively engaging with the College. I am excited to continue this momentum to ensure that SULAA takes on meaningful challenges to directly support our fellow alumni, the College, and its students.” Please join me in congratulating Amy on her accession. I look forward to working with Amy and the entire SULAA board during her two-year term.

  • Congratulations to our newest SULAA Board Members: James P. Domagalski L’90 of Barclay Damon LLP; Michelle Perrin-Steinberg L’05 of Deloitte Tax LLP; Amanda Hiffa Dondero L’11 of Change Healthcare; Staci Dennis-Taylor L’14, of the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office; Lawrence Raab L’14, G’14 of Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman PL; and Jesse Feitel L’16, G’16 of Arnold & Porter LLP.
  • And a fond farewell and deep appreciation to Robert E. Futrell Jr. L’94, Michael Drayo L’01, Kevin J. Roggow L’05, and Aaron M. Tidman L’07, whose terms on the SULAA Board have expired. I thank each of them for their service, and I know I will be seeing them on and off campus often.

Your Input Requested: Curriculum Review Survey

Thank you to all those who have taken our curriculum survey. Your answers are a critical component in our “soup-to-nuts” review of courses, which will help us prioritize our current offerings and identify areas of the law that are becoming indispensable in the practice world.

The brief survey—it should only take about five minutes—asks you about the classes that best prepared you for practice and about which areas of the law we should add. Please take a few minutes to offer your input. I thank you for your time and look forward to reviewing your answers.

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Other College of Law News


Making Connections in Korea

In May, I had the privilege of returning to Seoul, Korea, for a few days, during which I met with strategic partners to expand College of Law programmatic goals and spent quality time with many of our alumni. I was joined by Esther Feng, who serves the University’s international alumni as Director of Development for Asia.

I had the pleasure of playing in the Korean Law Alumni Association’s (KLAA) annual golf tournament and dining with about 20 of our alumni later that evening. At dinner, I was honored to receive, on behalf of the College, a generous financial gift from the Association, for which many Korean alumni had pooled their resources. Words cannot express my profound gratitude. Thank you to KLAA President Seuk Joon Lee L’99, G’00, Partner at Yulchon LLC, for his leadership in arranging this gift, which will be used to support Korean law students. We look forward to continuing this rich tradition of engagement and philanthropy. Many thanks to members of our College of Law Korean family!

Tenured & Promoted Faculty Members

I am happy to announce that the SU Board of Trustees granted the following professors tenure as members of the College faculty at the Board meeting in May:

  • Todd Berger—Professor Berger is Director of the Criminal Law Clinic and Faculty Advisor to the Moot Court Honor Society. He received a Teaching Recognition Award from the University’s Meredith Professors last spring.
  • Lauryn Gouldin—Professor Gouldin received the Res Ipsa Loquitur Award from the J.D. Class of 2018.
  • Andrew Kim—Professor Kim’s paper “Deportation Deadline” was recently published in the Washington University Law Review.
  • Cora True-Frost L’01—Professor True-Frost received the University’s Meredith Professors Teaching Recognition Award last spring and the Lucet Lex Mundum Award from the LL.M. Class of 2018.

Additionally, the Board promoted A. Joseph Warburton, who has a shared appointment with SU’s Whitman School, to full Professor of Law and Finance. His paper “Mutual Fund Capital Structure” was published recently in the Marquette Law Review.

New Faculty Appointments Announced

As we look ahead to the fall semester, I’m pleased to welcome the following new faculty to the College of Law family:

  • Jennifer Breen—Professor Breen joins the College of Law as a Faculty Fellow. She will teach classes in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, and Property. Among her previous jobs before joining our faculty, Breen was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Rosemary S. Pooler, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
  • Roy Gutterman L’00—An Associate Professor in the Newhouse School, Director of the Tully Center for Free Speech, and a law alumnus, Professor Gutterman has been awarded a courtesy appointment in the College of Law. Roy teaches the interdisciplinary Law, Politics, and the Media course.
  • Lauren Monforte L’07, G’07—Professor Monforte returns to her alma mater as an Adjunct Professor, to teach Legal Interviewing and Counseling. She is an attorney at Lindenfeld Law Firm.

Grasak Joins Admissions Staff

Please join me and Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management Denée Page in welcoming Michelle Grasek to the College as Assistant Director of Admissions Operations. Grasek joins us from NY Chiropractic College, where she served as Senior Admissions Counselor. She will work with our Director of Admissions Steve Budgar.


Students & Alumni in the News


Alumna Samantha Pallini’s Pro Bono Scholars Resolution to be Considered at ABA Annual Meeting

In recognition of the thousands of hours of pro bono service law students and graduates provide, the state of New York spearheaded its Pro Bono Scholars Program in 2014.

Now, a recent College of Law grad is hoping that her resolution encouraging all 50 states to implement similar scholar programs will pass the House of Delegates at the ABA Annual Meeting.

“We hope … to embolden law schools, courts, and bar associations nationwide to design and implement pro bono scholars-style programs in their respective states,” says Samantha Pallini L’18.

Read more about Pallini’s work.


Christopher Clark L’18 Participates in Top Gun

Christopher Clark L’18 recently participated in the Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition held at Baylor Law School. Assisted by 3L Sara Fitzpatrick, Chris was one of 16 students invited to the competition, which is open to students with the best record in the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition and National Trial Competition. In this year’s competition, his second time on the elite roster, Chris made it through four rounds, bowing out in the quarterfinals. As Professor Travis Lewin reported, “He had quite a run.” Well done, Chris, and thank you for so ably representing the College.

Significant Alumni Milestones

  • Alan K. Halfenger L’93—Optima Partners has announced that Board of Advisors Member Alan Halfenger has been appointed Partner. In his new role, Alan will focus on the regulatory and compliance needs of private equity managers, hedge funds, broker-dealers, and global financial services firms.
  • Joanna Geraghty L’97, G’97—Joanna has been appointed JetBlue’s new President and Chief Operating Officer. In this position, she will manage day-to-day airline operations, focusing on customer service, structural cost initiatives, and operational performance.

In other news …

We recognize students’ hard work and achievements in the service of equal justice and technology commercialization:


How You Can Make a Difference


Leadership Reaches 100% Participation

I am very pleased to share that this fiscal year both our Board of Advisors and the SULAA Board have achieved 100% philanthropic participation. I am very proud of the support we receive from our alumni leaders. It is making a huge impact.

As our leadership knows, philanthropic giving plays a vital role in the success of our college, and most importantly in the success of our graduates. This short video celebration of the diligent and gifted class of 2018 is a moving reminder of why giving matters.


If you have yet to make your gift to the College, please consider giving to the Annual Fund by the end of the fiscal year (June 30) to help launch the next generation of Syracuse lawyers.

No matter the size of your gift, your contribution to the Annual Fund will support every aspect of College programming, including our research institutes, experiential learning opportunities, the advocacy program, our clinics, and much more. Thank you.

Give Now

Recruitment Opportunities: OCI & Résumé Collect

The College’s On-Campus Interview (OCI) and Résumé Collect programs invite rising 2Ls and 3Ls to apply for 2019 part-time or full-time positions at your places of employment. Employers are welcome to conduct interviews at Dineen Hall, off-site, or via phone/video. The next OCI round begins August 21 (with employers receiving résumés beginning August 2).

The Résumé Collect option collects résumés for your organization’s openings and forwards them in a bundle. For more information and to meet our exceptional students, contact Director of Career Services Stacey Wiley L’00 today at or 315.443.1941.


Scholarship in Action


Our faculty define areas of the law through their research and provide timely policy advice and news commentary. The range of recent topics covered by their scholarship is characteristically broad: lawyers with disabilities, cybersecurity and voting, pharmaceutical patents, legal writing, the Yemen Crisis, and the Trump/Kim Summit:


Alumni Events Round-Up


Syracuse, NY

Thanks to all alumni, faculty, and friends who attended the June 6 Syracuse-Area Alumni Reception at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. A great time was had by all at one of Syracuse’s culinary landmarks! Thanks also to Board of Advisors Chair Marc Malfitano L’78 and SULAA Board President Amy Vanderlyke Dygert L’06, G’03, G’06 for offering welcoming remarks.

More Photos

Buffalo, NY

In May, Western New York alumni and I enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of William Mattar L’89 and Kathleen Mattar at their home for the annual Buffalo Alumni Reception. Thank you for making us feel welcome, Kathleen and Bill.

More Photos

For Your Calendar


Syracuse Law Reunion Registration Now Open!

Return home to Syracuse on Sept. 27-30, 2018, for celebrations and a full program of special events, including the Law Honors Award Ceremony and Reception, Networking Breakfast, Lunch with the Local Judiciary, the SU vs. Clemson Watch Party, and much more. Read details about all Reunion events and view travel details.

Register Today!

Summer Reception Set for DC

Join fellow alums in DC this summer for a get-together at Carmine’s, 425 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004. The event takes place on July 10 from 6-8 p.m. To register, contact Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby at or 315.443.9532.


And Finally …


Scene at Center Ice

Joseph M. Di Scipio L’95, Senior Vice President, Legal and FCC Compliance at Fox Broadcasting Company, celebrates a Washington Capitals goal during game four of the Stanley Cup Finals. Not everyone rooted for the Caps to win the cup, but it brings a smile to my face to see one of our alumni gleaming with happiness!

100 Years Young

A remarkable milestone has been reached by Bob Gang L’42, of Skaneateles, NY. Bob recently turned 100 years old, with a ceremony held in his honor at American Legion Post #239. Many happy returns, Bob!

For More Information

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

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