Dean's Dispatch for Alumni

From the desk of Dean Boise

Dear College of Law Alumni,

I’m pleased to share that a few weeks ago my wife Marina and I completed the sale of our house in Cleveland and she has now joined me in Syracuse.  Later this summer, my family will move into our newly built home in Fayetteville, where we look forward to meeting all of our neighbors and settling into the Syracuse community.

Your monthly Dean’s Dispatch will return in September for another academic year that promises to be productive and fulfilling, and before we know it, we’ll all be cheering on the Syracuse Orange football team and enjoying the fall leaves.  In this summer issue, you’ll find the latest, as my first year as your Dean comes to a close and we prepare for Convocation and a new crop of students arrive to engage in the study of law.  In the meantime, enjoy your summer!

New Director of Alumni Relations

A major priority of my deanship is to be more deeply engaging you, our alumni, with the mission and work of the College of Law.  To this end, I am pleased to welcome Kristen Duggleby as the College of Law’s new Director of Alumni Relations. Kristen comes to us from the Whitman School, and she’s responsible for ensuring we develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with you. There will be many opportunities for you to meet Kristen in the coming months. She will reach out to you and acquaint herself with the many talented and dedicated graduates of the College of Law.  I hope you will feel free to share with her any suggestions for how the College can do better with connecting you to your alma mater.  To get involved with the College of Law, call or email Kristen at 315-443-9532, or

Leadership Changes and Staff Updates

As Kristen settles into her new role in the Office of Advancement and External Affairs, several of her colleagues are settling into their new roles at the College of Law.

As of July 1, I have appointed Professor Keith Bybee Vice Dean of the College. In this important role, Keith will immediately assume oversight of the College’s academic affairs while continuing his teaching and scholarship. His leadership will support critical aspects of the College of Law’s operations, including Student Affairs, our Centers, Clinics, and the library.  We must continue to align our academic programming with the needs of the legal marketplace and opportunities ahead, and Keith’s eye for innovation in the classroom and dedication to the student experience, combined with his passion for the law and his forward thinking mindset, make him an ideal person for this role.

Nick Wallace will join the College of Law in July as our new Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management. Nick comes to us from Rutgers Law and University of Minnesota Law School, where he received his J.D., with over a decade of law school admissions experience. He will oversee and manage the College of Law’s admissions and financial aid team and lead our efforts to recruit and retain the best law students. Nick is a member of the Law School Admissions Council’s Board of Trustees.

Andrew Horsfall L’10 has been promoted to Assistant Dean of International Programs. This appointment is the natural evolution of the critical role Andrew has played in the College of Law’s LL.M. program.  Under his tenure as Executive Director of International Programs and Initiatives and before that as Assistant Director of the LL.M. Program, Andrew led the expansion of the program into a highly successful offering that attracts first-rate legal scholars from around the world – 20 different countries this year alone. In his new role, he will lead the growth of our international initiatives as we create a menu of options for advancing legal education for our students, globally.

Kim Wolf Price L’03 will transition from Career Services to become Executive Director of Externships. The success of our externship programs in CNY, Washington D.C., and London, and their powerful impact on our students have led to greater demand for these first-hand experiential learning opportunities. To best serve our students and prepare them for their legal careers, Kim will lead efforts to strengthen our externship programs in existing locations and oversee expansion efforts into to new cities, including New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. In her new capacity, Kim will work closely with Faculty Externship Director Terry Turnipseed. Please contact Kim at if you are interested in exploring an externship at your organization.

Moot Court Evaluators and Judges Needed for the 2017-18 Term

CourtroomThe Moot Court Honor Society is now recruiting alumni and friends to serve as evaluators and judges during our four intra-school competitions.  Evaluators and judges not only help to structure the robust program for which the College of Law has received critical acclaim, they also provide invaluable feedback and guidance to student advocates throughout the competitions. In the fall and spring semesters, the Moot Court Honor Society will host the following intra-school competitions at Dineen Hall:

  • Bond Schoeneck & King ADR Competition in mid-September
  • Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition in October
  • Hancock Estabrook First Year Oral Advocacy Competition in January-February
  • Mackenzie Hughes LLP Edmund H. Lewis Appellate Advocacy Competition in February

Please contact Kathleen O’Connor, Faculty Director, Moot Court Honor Society and Advocacy, at or call 315-443-1768 to volunteer or if you would like additional information.

Students In the News

2L Christopher Clark Finishes as Runner-up at 2017 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

2L Christopher Clark was the runner-up in the 2017 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, the final event of the 2016-17 Moot Court season. Clark won three rounds of head-to-head competition against students representing 15 other law schools from across the country. 2L Nick Dellefave assisted Clark during the competition. Participation in this unique competition is by invitation only. The best advocates from the top advocacy law schools nationwide compete in mock trials for which they do not receive the case file until their arrival on site, 24 hours before the competition begins. Top Gun is one of the most demanding top Moot Court competitions around and I am very proud of Clark’s accomplishment and his stellar representation of the College of Law.

Law Review Begins Alumni Profile Series

The editors of the Syracuse Law Review have added a new feature to their website: a monthly profile of Law Review alumni. Each month, a former Law Review member will discuss her career path and how her time on Law Review played a role in her advancement. The first installment, featuring Marguerette N. Hosbach L’80, Executive Director and Associate General Counsel at Ernst & Young, is now online.

Wishing Our Graduates Success on the Bar Exam

The Class of 2017 is studying for the bar examinations nationwide.  If you know a graduate who will be taking the bar exam this month, give him or her a call and wish them success!

Faculty News

Professor Arlene Kanter will spend the next two semesters away from the College of Law deeply engaged in disability rights scholarship and advocacy around the world. Her sabbatical began in June with a number of activities in Nairobi, Kenya, including two conferences on Disability and Justice and Violence against Children and university-wide lectures at Kenyatta University and the University of Nairobi. Later this summer she will spend a month in Israel conducting research on the impact of new legally-mandated support centers for students with disabilities in Israeli universities in conjunction with a team of researchers from Haifa University.  In the fall, Professor Kanter will be a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School; and in the spring semester, she will be visiting Hebrew University Faculty of Law as a Lady Davis Fellow. Along the way expect to hear from Professor Kanter from places far and wide, as she also plans to fit in a speaking engagement at a conference in Melbourne, Australia, and a lecture at Kobe University in Japan. Keep track of Professor Kanter’s journey here.

Buffalo Alumni Event

Dean Boise with alumniWilliam Mattar L’89 and Kathleen Mattar graciously hosted a reception with alumni in their Buffalo home. I am grateful to Bill and Kathleen for opening their home and allowing me the opportunity to meet more of our upstate New York alumni.  Wherever I am, I always enjoy my interactions with all of our alumni and appreciate hearing your feedback on how we can best prepare our students for their future careers. Many of you have expressed to me a desire to meet, mentor, and hire our students and graduates – Buffalo alumni are no different.  Thank you for making the College of Law such an important part of your lives!

Upcoming Alumni Events

We are planning another round of visits with alumni around the country. If you’d like to suggest a visit to your city, please contact Kristen Duggleby at or 315-443-9532.  Be sure to check our schedule from time to time, as I am confident we’ll be coming to a city near you soon, and I am eager to meet you.

In the meantime, I hope to see you at our Washington D.C. reception in July and this fall at Law Reunion weekend.  Here are the details:

Wednesday, July 12 (Washington, DC)
Annual DC Networking Reception: Carmine’s, 425 7th St, NW, Washington, DC, 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Friday, September 15 (Syracuse, NY)
Coming Back Together – Law Alumni Reception with Dean Boise, Dineen Hall, 12 P.M. to 2 P.M.

Friday-Saturday, October 20-21 (Syracuse, NY)
Law Reunion Weekend!

Click to R.S.V.P. or for additional details on these events and to view photos of past alumni gatherings.

For More Information

For more information on what is happening at the College of Law, 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.

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