Dean's Dispatch Header

From the desk of Dean Boise

I hope you are healthy and rested after the holiday season and ready for a productive and successful 2021. We all anticipate that this year will be an improvement over last in terms of national unity, justice, and equality, as well as in our battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unfortunately, the recent events on Capitol Hill vividly illustrate that we who have dedicated our careers to upholding the rule of law must remain ever vigilant to ensure that it remains secure.

In response to the events of January 6, I wrote to our students urging them to commit themselves to preserving the framework of law that secures the freedom this nation has long enjoyed. The example our alumni set, and the commitment to the rule of law you embody, is a lodestar guiding our students in their respective roles in envisioning and upholding a more perfect union.

As we prepare for spring instruction, COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community. But with the rollout of vaccines, I am optimistic this semester will be the last that we are kept apart. You may have heard that in response to the COVID surge, the University has decided to resume instruction on February 8. However, our students will begin their studies on-time in an online format starting on January 19. Thank you for the support you continue to show our students during this challenging academic year.


Have you noticed a new look for the College of Law brand, featuring a new logo with the University “Block S” icon and new colors?! This brand evolution is integral to SU’s One University vision and a foundation for telling the University’s and College’s story in a cohesive, consistent, and compelling fashion. Look for the integration of the brand’s elements—colors, visuals, design, and messaging—across the College of Law’s assets as we continue to implement our vision for forward-thinking 21st-century legal education. 


College of Law News


At the start of the spring semester, the Office of International Programs welcomes a new group of 14 LL.M. students representing the legal systems of six countries: Brazil, Mexico, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. They join 11 returning master’s degree students and three visiting scholars from India, South Korea, and Iran.


Alumni Engagement

JDi Residency Panel

Thank you to alumni who discussed career paths, the power of the Orange Network, and getting the most out of law school on January 7 with 50 JDinteractive students beginning their Professional Topics residency: Skip Netzorg L’76, Helen Zamboni L’77, Drew Yanno L’78, Joe Wielebinski L’83, Everett Gillison L’85 (pictured), Hon. Teana Watson L’90Richard Furey L’94, Suzanne Galbato L’98, James Kelly L’99, Katherine Martin L’99Michelle Perrin Steinberg L’05, and Tara Bright L’14. To volunteer to speak with students, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby.

Thomas Anderson

The Innovation Law Center has begun a series of profiles of alumni who have built successful careers in technology innovation. This month, Thomas Anderson L’16 discusses the career path that led to his position as Associate General Counsel and Regulatory Counsel at communications giant Deutsche Telekom.


Student News

Shannon Cox Aly Kozma

Amid changes dictated by the current global pandemic, student attorneys at the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic—including 2L Shannon Cox (pictured, top) and 3L Aly Kozma (bottom)—are learning first-hand what it means to adapt and evolve to a new way of practicing law by representing clients Board of Veterans Appeals hearings held virtually.


Faculty & Department News


Recently, I joined seven of my faculty colleagues in presenting scholarship and moderating panels at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting (January 5-9). I facilitated a discussion during the Dean’s Forum on “The Future of Legal Education: Online Teaching Post-COVID-19.” Others of our faculty addressed the effect of COVID-19 on mental health, people with disabilities, and national security; Brexit; the future of the ADA; capital acquisition; and climate change law and policy.

Society of Socio-Economists

Professors Robert Ashford, Christian Day, David Driesen, and Shubha Ghosh were among the featured participants at the 2021 Society of Socio-Economists Annual Meeting, hosted by the College of Law on January 10. The meeting discussed wealth and income distribution; race, gender, and class justice; environmental sustainability; inclusive capitalism; and corporate fiduciary duties.

Just Security

Congratulations to Professor Mark Nevitt, whose article “The President and the Domestic Deployment of the Military: Answers to Five Key Questions” is one of 2020’s most-read articles in the highly influential Just Security blog.

Scholarship with Impact

I encourage you to share the following media clips of our faculty addressing the disturbing scenes from Capitol Hill on January 6, as well as online education, accessible communities, equitable elder care, and an unusual victim of climate change.

Facebook logo LinkedIn logo Twitter logo

NEW—Alumni Career Corner


Did you know that in addition to the College of Law, the University has many resources to help advance your career or help others do the same? From an exclusive career design fellowship to a #HireOrange job board, be sure to explore some of the professional development resources available to you:

  • #HireOrange—Is your company hiring? Do you want to add a little more Orange to your office? In addition to posting with the College of Law, check out the #HireOrange job board, and tap into the powerful, extensive Orange Network, especially useful if you are hiring for non-legal positions.
  • Professional Development—University webinars, virtual workshops, and other programs are online. These unique opportunities can help you reach your professional goals and expand your network. Bookmark Upcoming Programs and check back often for new postings.
  • Resources & PartnershipsOur Ability: founded by an SU alumnus, Our Ability uses AI to create accessible and inclusive technology for the employment of people with disabilities. Browse more resources here.

PLUS … as always, you have access to the alumni resources hosted by the College of Law and many ways to get involved.


How You Can Make a Difference


Nominations for 2021 Alumni Awards

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.

Career Conversations

Our alumni play a significant role helping our students familiarize themselves with careers in law, the many specializations therein, and opportunities in various marketplaces. This spring, I look forward to convening alumni with a focus on careers in Wealth Management, Financial Planning, and Estates and Trust practice areas (February 18); International and Corporate Tax (March 18); and Antitrust and Competition Law (April 14).

I also look forward to connecting our students to alumni in Boston (February 17), Chicago (February 24), Philadelphia/Delaware (February 25), and the Southeast (March 3). During these discussions, students looking to launch careers in these areas can meet alumni on the ground and learn more about the professional landscape there.

If you are interested in volunteering for these career forums, please contact Director of Alumni Engagement Kristen Duggleby. Thank you in advance for joining us.

Thank you also to alumni who have volunteered for our upcoming Career Boot Camp. If you would like to volunteer for any of our events, please contact Kristen. We look forward to hearing from you!


For Your Calendar


Save the Date!

  • April 6–I look forward to joining our Pacific Northwest alumni for a Zoom event this April. Stay tuned for more information!
  • April 16—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.

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

Register Here

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 Webex

Register Here

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.

Make Your Gift
Facebook logo Twitter logo Instagram logo LinkedIn logo YouTube logo