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From the desk of Dean Boise



In many respects, this year has brought us closer together, and a spirit of togetherness infuses the 2020 Giving Book, our celebration of the many ways you engage with your alma mater. If you haven’t read it already, please visit our website to browse the Giving Book online or download it as a PDF. The case-sensitive password for the Honor Roll of Donors is ForeverOrange.


College of Law News

College of Law and Queen's University

The Transatlantic Negotiation Competition, a new mock trial competition created and hosted by the College of Law and Queen’s University Belfast, will be held virtually on March 19-20. The unique competition will feature an even number of American and European law schools competing in a contest that simulates legal negotiations.

Michael Schwartz Portrait

On December 3, I joined Chancellor Kent Syverud, Provost John Liu, colleagues from the College of Law, and representatives from three Republic of Uzbekistan institutions to sign an agreement that strengthens academic ties between the University and the republic, including a collaboration to create a disability law clinic at Tashkent State University of Law, led by Professor Michael Schwartz (pictured).

Matt Kronisch

In November, the Institute for Security Policy and Law welcomed Matthew L. Kronisch as a Distinguished Fellow-in-Residence. Kronisch is the first-ever Department of Homeland Security Office of the General Counsel Senior Executive assigned to an academic institution.


Alumni Engagement


Thank you to the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association and our alumni who recently met with students in a “town hall” discussion about their next career steps in the age of COVID-19: Rich Levy L’77, Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91, Kimberly Lau L’06, Brian Pulito L’06, Cady Gerlach L’13, Staci Dennis-Taylor L’14, Mark O’Brien L’14, Samantha Riggi L’14, and Kevin Belbey L’16.

Cuse Conversations Alumni Podcast

I highly recommend the recent ‘Cuse Conversation podcast with Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Elizabeth Strout L’82, in which she discusses her award-winning fiction and the impact of Syracuse University and the College of Law on her writing. (I also recommend her novel Olive Kitteridge, which I just finished reading!) Keep an eye on our social media channels for an upcoming podcast featuring Washington, DC, attorney, author, and literary agent Ronald Goldfarb ’54, L’56 who will share his College of Law success story and anecdotes from his legendary career.


Student News


Welcome to the law alumni family fall 2020 LL.M. graduates Abdullah Alqahtani, Mohammed Alqarni, Turki Bin Muhaiza, Bhranti Desai, Areen Jaloudi, and Dung Nguyen.


Congratulations to 2L Leita Powers, awarded the Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association Scullin Scholarship at a December 4 ceremony. The award—named for the Hon. Frederick J. Scullin Jr. L’64—is given each year to an exemplary College of Law student who shows a keen interest in federal practice.


In late November, there was good news from Boston, where 3L Joseph Tantillo (bottom) and 2Ls Kelsey Gonzalez (top) and Olivia Stevens (middle) won the Boston Regional of the National Moot Court Competition. Joseph also won Best Oralist. This is the second consecutive year we have won the Boston Regional, and that Joseph has taken home his individual award. Congratulations team and thank you to coaches Emily Brown L’09 and David Katz L’17.


Faculty & Department News


Brookings Institution Press has published the Hon. James E. Baker’s groundbreaking new book, The Centaur’s Dilemma: National Security Law for the Coming AI Revolution. Written in plain English, Judge Baker’s book is an essential new guide to the legal, ethical, and practical questions that arise when using AI in national security matters.

Arlene Kanter Portrait

On International Day of People with Disabilities (December 3), Professor Arlene Kanter delivered a presentation to the American Center in Moscow on the “Rights of People with Disabilities Under International Human Rights Law.”

Doron Dorfman

For the second year, in his capacity as an affiliated researcher at aChord Center, Professor Doron Dorfman has led a study on attitudes toward disability in Israel and the state of disabled Israelis. The Jerusalem Post recently reported on his findings.

Peter Blanck

Burton Blatt Institute Chairman and University Professor Peter Blanck is guest editing a special ADA 30th Anniversary issue of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, curating articles on emerging issues for people with disabilities who have the capacity and interest to work.


SU News recently profiled the Innovation Law Center and the students and alumni whose legal research on technology commercialization is a critical component of our local and regional innovation ecosystem.

Scholarship with Impact

Thank you for sharing our faculty’s public comment and scholarship with your social and professional networks—it really does help expand our reach and bolster our reputation!

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How You Can Make a Difference


Syracuse Law Honors and Alumni of Color Awards Nominations

During Law Alumni Weekend 2021, Syracuse Law Honors and Alumni of Color awards will be bestowed on distinguished members of the College of Law family. If you know of deserving candidates for the Law Honors Award, BLSA William Herbert Johnson Legacy Award, or LALSA Legacy Award, please click on the links to access the nomination forms.

Calendar Year-End Giving

With the stock market hitting record highs toward the end of the year, there’s no better time to donate long-term appreciated securities, including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. By donating appreciated securities, you not only impact the College, you may be automatically increasing a gift you otherwise would have made by selling the securities, and you may realize tax benefits. Learn more about gifts of securities, or contact Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs Sophie Dagenais at or 315.443.4536.

New Opportunities for Engagement

The offices of Advancement and External Affairs and Career Services are partnering on new Career Development Boot Camps for students. If you would like to volunteer to conduct mock interviews on January 15, please fill out this interest form or contact either Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby or Interim Director of Career Services Sam Kasmarek for more information. We welcome your engagement!


For Your Calendar


SAVE-THE-DATE: For those who have supported our Scholarship and Financial Aid account or who have established or stewarded a law scholarship, be on the lookout for more information about a special Virtual Scholarship Support Celebration event on April 16!

West Coast Alumni Event

The Centaur’s Dilemma: National Security Law for the Coming AI Revolution,” a book talk with the Hon. James E. Baker
Jan. 26, 2021 | 4 p.m. PST | Via Zoom

New York City Alumni CLE Event

“From Model Rules to Role Models: Toward a Common Law of Ethics,” with the Hon. James E. Baker, hosted by Michael Kaplan L’11 and Lowenstein Sandler LLP.
Feb. 11, 2021 | 11 a.m. EST | Via Zoom

RSVP for all events by emailing Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby.


And Finally …


I deeply appreciate your support, now and always. Throughout the year, it has inspired us, driven us, and comforted us. I wish you joy, peace, and happiness this festive season, and a rewarding and productive New Year.


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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