JUNE 2020


From the desk of Dean Boise

I hope you have had a chance to read my Special Message addressing recent nationwide protests sparked by continuous, senseless acts of oppression, violence, injustice, and racism. Recently, I sent a similar message to our students, who are learning the law in some of the most tumultuous times our nation has ever experienced.

As I shared with our students, as both a former Kansas City, MO, police officer and a former commissioner on the Cleveland, OH, Community Police Commission, I care deeply about building positive community/police relations. In order for our society to change for the better, we must develop the capacity to truly listen to one another and be willing to critically examine our own assumptions as we seek answers. That is easier said than done, but I think you’ll agree that it is necessary work that lies at the heart of being an effective legal advocate.

This summer issue of the Dean’s Dispatch will be the last one until September. Read about our distinguished Law Honors Awards recipients below and don’t forget to register for our virtual Law Alumni Weekend. I wish you a safe and relaxing summer.


College of Law News

The new semester will come with an updated look for the College and University, including more prominent use of the “block S” logo on our branding.

Associate Professor of Law Cora True-Frost L’01—an interdisciplinary scholar of international humanitarian and human rights law—has been named the Bond, Schoeneck & King Distinguished Professor for the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 … READ MORE

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College of Law researchers have been awarded two University CUSE grants. One grant funds interdisciplinary and cross-cultural engagement leading up to the March 2021 sitting at Dineen Hall of the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. The second is for an empirical assessment of whether Americans believe family caregivers of older adults should be paid … READ MORE


Following on from the very successful inaugural Syracuse National Trial Competition, the College has invited applications from law schools nationwide to compete in the next SNTC. This year, the competition will take place online—from October 16 to 18—and will be livestreamed.

If you’ve seen any of our students compete, you know you will want to tune in! An online competition gives us the opportunity to engage more of you: you can watch—or volunteer as a judge or evaluator—from wherever you are. Contact Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby to learn more.


Alumni Engagement

Thank you to alums who will be supervising externs and teaching seminars through summer 2020, either remotely or under new guidelines as businessES slowly re-open in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown.
Amy Vanderlyke Dygert

Please join me in thanking Amy Vanderlyke Dygert L’06 for her excellent and productive leadership of the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association over the past two years. As illustrated in this outgoing interview, Amy has been tireless in her efforts to increase board member engagement, including continuing to ensure 100% board giving participation and helping to establish two important new networks: the Inclusion Network and the Advocacy Honors Society Alumni Group.

This July we welcome Mark O’Brien L’14 as the next SULAA Board President. Mark currently serves as a Staff Attorney in the Office of the Chief Staff Attorney of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Thank you, Mark. I look forward to working with you!

Scott Karson L'75

Many congratulations to Scott Karson L’75, who has begun his presidency of the New York State Bar Association. Read about a drive-through parade in his honor and about Scott’s vision in the Stories Book. The College of Law celebrates back-to-back Orange NYSBA presidents!

Cody Carbone L'16

Guest lecturer Cody Carbone L’16 spoke with the Summer 2020 DCEx participants over Zoom for the first DCEx externship seminar of the summer semester … READ MORE


Student News


Adam Leydig L’20 (right), along with second chair rising 3L Tyler Jeffries, placed fifth at the annual invitation-only Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, held online from May 27 to 31 … READ MORE

Connor Hakan and Philip Lee

Students in the Disability Rights Clinic have successfully petitioned the New York State Division of Human Rights to allow student attorneys, practicing under the guidance of a licensed lawyer, to represent clients in a public hearing … READ MORE


Faculty & Department News


In his new book—The Centaur’s Dilemma: National Security Law for the Coming AI Revolution, published by Brookings—the Hon. James E. Baker addresses how national security law should be applied to the emerging field of artificial intelligence … READ MORE


Adopted for classroom use at most American law schools, all of the military academies, and many non-law graduate programs, National Security Law has been published in its seventh edition by Aspen, co-edited by Professor Emeritus William C. BanksREAD MORE


Burton Blatt Institute Chairman Peter Blanck’s new textbook—Disability Law and Policy—presents an overview of the major themes and insights in disability law, as well as anecdotes about how the US legal system responds to the needs of impacted individuals … READ MORE


Professor Todd Berger has published a new casebook—Investigative Criminal Procedure in Focus—which combines pedagogical features to help students master complex legal concepts with hands-on exercises to give them the tools they need to succeed … READ MORE

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Learn how students at the Innovation Law Center assisted electric ATV start-up DVIN with research on patents, market position, and government regulations relevant to a vehicle they hope will revolutionize the all-terrain market … READ MORE

Scholarship with Impact

In a time of pandemic and national protest, our faculty members have remained voices of calm and reason across the media. Selected clips on civil-military relations, COVID-19, elder care, and the First Amendment are below. Thank you for sharing their articles on social media!

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How You Can Make a Difference


As the University approaches its fiscal year-end on June 30, in the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis and as the nation grapples with racism and unrest, your support has never been more important. Gifts in any amount will allow us to continue to expand our programs while responding to the most pressing needs of our students. If you have already made your annual gift, thank you.

Recognizing that COVID-19 knows no bounds, we understand that not all of our alumni will be in a position to make a gift at this time. I thank you for your support and engagement and the impact you make on your alma mater and, above all, our students.


The College of Law remains committed to assisting you with your hiring needs. Although the Fall 2020 On-Campus Interview and Resume Collect programs are postponed to Spring 2021, if you are in a position to start hiring summer 2021 interns and/or post-graduates, please complete our job/internship posting form and return to career@law.syr.edu. Thank you to alumni who have offered students remote opportunities this summer!


For Your Calendar


Law 2020

Law Alumni Weekend is GOING VIRTUAL!

Join us September 24-26 for a weekend of exciting panel discussions and opportunities to reminisce with your classmates, faculty, and friends and to attend the State of the College Address. I hope you will join us again, to celebrate this year’s Law Honors Awards and Alumni of Color Awards recipients. There will be plenty of opportunities to meet with our students, earn CLE credits, and share your Orange pride!

As the College celebrates its 125th anniversary, look for memories of our proud history in the forthcoming Yearbook. Share your memories for our LAW 2020 scrapbook at law.syr.edu/memories.

Register Here


During LAW 2020, the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association and the College of Law will celebrate the achievements of five alumni and a professor emeritus at the Syracuse Law Honors Awards Ceremony. This year’s recipients have distinguished themselves for their service to the College, their communities, and the practice of law. Visit this webpage to learn more about the achievements of Professor Emeritus William C. Banks, Everett A. Gillison L’85, Virginia L. Grady L’83, Professor Emeritus Thomas J. Maroney L’63, M. Catherine Richardson L’77, and Koert A. Wehberg L’08. Congratulations to all!

The first guest in our new webinar series featuring alumni will be Gregg Brandon L’01, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Pegula Sports and Entertainment LLC (owners of the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills). I look forward to talking live with Gregg about “The Impact of COVID-19 on Professional Sports” on July 22 at noon EDT. Register Here.


And Finally …


I was honored to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction CALI Conference, held online from June 3 to 5. Watch my address on YouTube, starting at 26:02. I discussed our experiences pivoting our residential program online, what the 2020-2021 academic year might look like, and the future of legal education post-COVID-19.


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 315.443.9532.

Contact us at 315.443.1964 or alumni@law.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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