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Law 2020

We’re counting down the hours to our Law Alumni Weekend 2020 virtual conference. We begin tomorrow on Zoom with the Women’s Law Student Association Networking Event at noon and continue through Saturday, September 26.

Join any one or more of a compelling array of events, including roundtable discussions and exchanges on hot topics; my State of the College Address; alumni award ceremonies; CLE credit programs; the annual Supreme Court Preview; Advocacy Program, DLPP, and LLM alumni reunions; and many other opportunities to network and reminisce with your classmates, current students, faculty, and friends.

If you haven’t done so already, please check out our LAW2020 website, browse the schedule, see who else will be joining us online, check in with class reunions, check out our sponsors, and most of all, register!

When you register, we’ll send you instructions for downloading the Whova conference app. The app is a convenient way for you to follow the agenda, plan your schedule, get Zoom session links, create virtual meet-ups with fellow attendees, communicate with the audience, receive handy session reminders, and add memories to our Scrapbook.

See you tomorrow!

BROWSE OUR ATTENDEES LIST on the Whova app to see who’s coming to LAW2020—more than 550 alumni, faculty, students, and friends have signed up so far!

College of Law News

Shubha Ghosh and Lauryn Gouldin

Recognizing their significant scholarship and thought-leadership, as well as their excellence in teaching, I have re-appointed Professor Shubha Ghosh as Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and appointed Professor Lauryn Gouldin as Crandall Melvin Associate Professor of Law, each for a five-year term … READ MORE


In other important faculty news, I have appointed Professor Kristen Barnes—an expert in property and housing law, anti-discrimination, and civil rights—as the College’s new Associate Dean for Faculty Research beginning in January… READ MORE

Will Barclay

On August 18, we welcomed the J.D. residential program Class of 2023; the JDinteractive Class of 2024; and the Master of Laws Class of 2021 at an online Convocation ceremony. The students heard from University Chancellor Kent Syverud and New York State Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay L’95 (pictured) … READ MORE

Law Yearbook 2020

If you haven’t yet read our 2020 Yearbook, I highly recommend browsing our online version, which reviews a momentous and historic academic year, features an article on disability law for land use lawyers by Professor Robin Paul Malloy, and celebrates our 125th anniversary … READ IT HERE

It’s been a banner year for the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic. THIS VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS how our students are serving veterans, trainING advocates, and changING lives.

Alumni Engagement

Carey Ng

Congratulations to Carey Ng L’02, one of five new University alums named to the Syracuse University Alumni Association (SUAA) Board of Directors, Ng, a former President of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association (SULAA), joins President Jim Kidder L’01 on the SUAA Board … READ MORE


Kudos also go to Joanne Van Dyke L’87, a long-time coach in our nationally 15th-ranked Advocacy Program. Van Dyke has been elected to the position of National Association of Legal Advocacy Educators Region 2 Representative, part of the inaugural NALAE leadership team. More than 100 law schools participated in the vote … READ MORE


Student News

Vera House

I’m extremely proud of the way our clinic and pro bono students stepped up this summer to help Vera House draft petitions for orders of protection during the COVID-19 lockdown. “Syracuse law students have saved this program,” says Bryn Lovejoy-Grinnell, Director of the Legal Project at Vera House … READ MORE

Lisa Cole

Demonstrating the excellence of our student body, 3L Lisa Cole is among 12 law students nationwide honored with a Ms. JD Fellowship. Cole is Business Editor of the Syracuse Law Review, a member the regional winning team for the 2019-2020 National Trial Competition, a semifinalist in the prestigious Tournament of Champions advocacy competition, and Treasurer of the Women’s Law Student AssociationREAD MORE

Ryan Marquette

I highly recommend this brief reflective essay by 2L Ryan Marquette, who attended our comprehensive summer clinic experience while serving in the National Guard. As Ryan says, our clinics offer “the perfect experiential opportunity” … READ MORE


Faculty & Department News


Our Burton Blatt Institute has received a $4.3 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research to lead a new national Rehabilitation Research Training Center on “Disability Inclusive Employment Policy” … READ MORE

Paula Johnson

Professor Paula Johnson, Co-Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative, has joined the Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission. Appointed by the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, Johnson will help the Commission educate and advise decision-makers throughout the New York court system on issues affecting both employees and litigants of color … READ MORE

Beth Kubala

In recognition of her service to our nation and military veterans, Beth Kubala, Executive Director of the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic, was sworn in as one of six civilian aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) in a virtual ceremony in August. CASAs promote good relations between the Army and the public and advise the secretary on regional issues … READ MORE

Scholarship with Impact

Our faculty continue to add their voices to important national discussions on COVID-19, elder care, climate security, democratic institutions, and other pressing topics. These are just a few of our recent media hits. You can find many more on our website or on our social media channels, where we hope you will share our faculty’s expertise with your colleagues and friends and contribute to raising the College’s national profile.

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How You Can Make a Difference

Boost the Cuse 2020

Save the Date—October 1—for the 2020 edition of the University’s Boost the ’Cuse and look for reminders about this annual Day of Giving in your email and on social media.

We recognize the present moment is fragile, but across the 24 hours of Boost the ’Cuse you are encouraged to give in any amount as we look to meet our goal of 400 donors.

Boost the ’Cuse is a perfect opportunity to support your alma mater, and this year there is an extra incentive—our Board of Advisors and SULAA Board have agreed to match your gifts up to $10,000. Thank you for your support—your generosity drives our mission!

Give Here

During these uncertain times and in this difficult job market, we need the Power of Orange more than ever to buoy the spirits of our 2020 grads as they continue to prepare for the bar and pursue job opportunities.

If you are seeking newer grads or have or know of career opportunities, please contact Sam Kasmarek, Interim Director of Career Services, and she will connect you with our amazing new alums! 

We encourage you to watch virtual rounds of our fall 2020 intracollegiate advocacy competitions online. Up next—the September 24 round of the Mackenzie Hughes LLP Edmund H. Lewis Appellate Advocacy Competition being streamed via YouTube.

For Your Calendar


Our 2nd annual Syracuse National Trial Competition—hosted by the Travis H.D. Lewin Advocacy Honors Society—takes place online from October 16 to 18. Interest among schools nationally was high again this year; 22 teams will take part. Learn more about the participating teams and this year’s fact pattern at the Competition webpage, where we will also post details about how you can watch final rounds online. 

The College of Law and the Onondaga County Bar Association (OCBA), along with other community partners and local law firms, have launched a new educational series: “Race & Justice in Central New York”.

The inaugural event is the “Racial Justice Community Book Read,” featuring discussion of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Participants can register for the series and receive a complimentary copy of Just Mercy via the OCBA website. The book is also available at our Law Library or through Onondaga County Public Libraries.

Open to all members of the CNY community, the book read discussions continue through November 23 … LEARN MORE


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 315.443.9532.

Contact us at 315.443.1964 or 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.

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