From the desk of Dean Boise

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Syracuse Orange as March Madness approaches, but let’s hope the team brings its “A” game when the Tar Heels visit on February 29. That’s when the New York State Bar Association—including President Hank Greenberg L’86—will be our guests for a Tailgate Party before the game! Read more details below.

The College of Law was visible and in high spirits at NYSBA’s New York City Annual Meeting in January. It was a privilege to moderate the star-studded Presidential Summit panel on January 29, attended by more than 500 people at the Hilton Midtown. Watch the video here. The panel tackled head-on one of the most disturbing trends of our time—the rise of white nationalism and domestic terrorism. The topics and remedies we discussed will resonate far beyond the discussion.

Then, on January 31, I gave the Keynote Address to NYSBA’s Judicial Section. “Preparing Students for a 21st Century Law Practice” examines how Syracuse and other law schools are innovating curriculums and programs and adapting to the future of law practice.

Late breaking news! The 2020 College of Law Commencement will take place at the OnCenter in downtown Syracuse on May 8 at 11 a.m.

College of Law News


College of Law Adds Four New Board of Advisors Members

I’m proud to announce the appointment of four new Board of Advisors members: Stephanie Jacqueney L’82, James Southwick L’89, Suzanne Galbato L’98, and Antonio Diaz-Albertini L’07. Their perspectives and experiences are an invaluable addition to the Board, and I look forward to working with Stephanie, Jim, Suzanne, and Antonio… READ MORE


US Court of Appeals to Sit in Dineen Hall, March 23

I’m thrilled that the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will hear oral arguments in Dineen Hall on March 23. Alumni are invited to join the College of Law community in the Melanie Gray Courtroom starting at 9 a.m. (no cell phones, laptops, cameras, or recording equipment allowed). Arguments begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude around noon. The program will include Q&As on the cases and the court with College of Law professors, law clerks, and the panel.  

I will be a guest on the Webinar Live with Kellye & Ken on February 25 from 4-5 p.m. EST, discussing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and why these values are essential to building the next generation of leaders in law. LEARN MORE HERE.

Alumni Engagement


Distinguished Guest Lecturers Meet DCEx Students

Thanks to alumni volunteers, the DCEx guest lecture series is a central aspect of the externship experience, giving students insights into career paths, practice areas, and professional expectations. Principal Assistant US Attorney Alessio Evangelista L’95 and Senior Attorney at Miller Canfield Lana Yaghi L’14 recently met with externs, pictured here in DC.



Understanding Blockchain

It was standing room only in Dineen Hall on February 5 for a presentation on “Blockchain Implementation and the Current Political Situation in Hong Kong” by Donghoo Sohn LL.M. ’13, Associate Attorney at Reed CNY Business Law PC, and Visiting Scholar Kyoungtae Hwang, Manager of Spring & Partners, Seoul, South Korea.


Student News


Syracuse Wins NTC Regionals—Twice!

Not one, but two Syracuse teams advanced from the regional round of the National Trial Competition held in Syracuse across February 14-16. It’s an outstanding sweep of a field of 20 teams! Congratulations to (back row, L to R) 2L Joe Celotto and 3Ls Ariel Blanco and Adam Leydig and (front row, L to R) 2Ls Lisa Cole, Tyler Jefferies (alternate), and Christy O’Neil. Successful coaches were Peter Hakes, Jenny Pratt L’18, and Joanne Van Dyke L’87. Thank you to all those who volunteered as judges and contributed to a successful event. 


Krastev & Marcellino Capture Second at Tax Competition

Congratulations to (L to R) 3Ls Matthew Marcellino and Brian Krastev, who finished second out of more than 80 teams at the ABA Law Student Tax Challenge Competition. Their result is the College’s best ever in this tournament!


BLSA Trial Team Heads to the Finals

Pictured are (L to R) 3Ls William Wolfe and Davida Hawkes and 2Ls Sharon Otasowie and Kenneth Knight. The Black Law Student Association trial team placed second at the regionals of the Constance Baker Motley Trial Competition and will compete in the national round in March. Thanks to coaches John Boyd L’16, Alphonse Williams L’17, and Stephanie Martin-Thom L’18!


Faculty & Department News

Lauryn Gouldin

Assessing Bail Reform

On January 31, Professor Lauryn Gouldin joined an expert risk assessment panel at the Wake Forest Law Review Spring 2020 Symposium on Bail Reform. Panelists addressed pros and cons of current bail setting methods and how to effectuate new standards.

Peter Blanck

Revisiting “Guckenberger”

Burton Blatt Institute Director Peter Blanck presented “Revisiting Guckenberger: Past, Present, and Future of the ADA” at Boston University School of Law on February 14. To frame his discussion of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Blanck recalled his role as the ADA expert in Guckenberger v. Boston University.

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How You Make a Difference


Looking for Alumni Ambassadors

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is looking for Alumni Ambassadors to connect with newly admitted students. A simple phone conversation or email shows the strength of the Orange Law family and helps immensely when admitted students are deciding on their college. If you’re interested in helping us in this way, please contact Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management Denée Page.

Hire Orange!

Are you looking for interns, new associates, and/or experienced attorneys? The Spring 2020 Interview Program is accepting employer registrations. Through the Program, you may request and review résumés and interview first and/or second-year law students for Summer 2020 positions, or third-year law students and LL.M.s for postgraduate positions.

If you cannot make it to Dineen Hall to interview, we can accommodate you as a Résumé Collect employer—we will post your open positions, collect applications, and forward them to you. Or you can ask applicants to send materials to you directly. You can then conduct interviews at your preferred off-site location (or over phone or Skype/Zoom).

Questions? Contact Assistant Director of Career Services Kelly Capozzi at ktbrant@law.syr.edu.

Register Here



For Your Calendar


Watch the Tar Heels Showdown with NYSBA!

Join NYSBA President Hank Greenberg L’86 and other NYSBA members on February 29 in the Dome for the ACC showdown between the Orange and the UNC Tar Heels. Join our tailgate in Dineen Hall before the game: network with colleagues and peers while enjoying food, beverages, and giveaways!

Register Here

Meet the College of Law in Geneva!

I will join College of Law students in Switzerland across March 14-22 for the College of Law’s biennial International Tax Law program. As part of the program, Marnin J. Michaels L’96 and I invite you to join us, Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew S. Horsfall L’10, fellow SU alumni and program participants—including students and distinguished lecturers—for a cocktail reception at Hotel Edelweiss on March 16 at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Edelweiss in Geneva. To register, please email Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby.

Judge Baker to Offer Ethics CLE in NYC

The College of Law will be in the Big Apple on March 26 with a CLE and cocktail reception in partnership with Michael Kaplan L’11 and Lowenstein Sandler LLP. “From Model Rules to Role Models: Toward a Common Law of Ethics” will feature the Hon. James E. Baker, Director of the Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law.

Register Here

Don’t Miss It! Law Alumni Weekend Is Sept. 24-26, 2020

Join College of Law alumni, students, faculty, and friends in Syracuse this fall for a three-day celebration of the College’s 125th Anniversary and Law Alumni Weekend. Check out the Law Alumni Weekend webpage for program details, including our Supreme Court Preview with Adam Liptak of The New York Times, plus how to nominate someone for the Syracuse Law Honors Awards, getting involved as a Class Agent, and hotel room booking information. We can’t wait to see you!


Upcoming Alumni Receptions

College of Law in Chicago
  • Cocktail Reception with John R. Hartmann L’88
    March 10 | 5:30 – 8 p.m. | True Value Company, 8600 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60631
  • Lunch with William J. Brodsky L’68
    March 11 | Noon | The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604
Other Receptions
  • Geneva, Switzerland, Alumni Reception, hosted by Marnin J. Michaels L’96
    March 16 | 6-7 p.m. | Hotel Edelweiss, Place de la Navigation 2, 1201 Genève, Switzerland
  • Rochester Alumni Reception
    April 21 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Oak Hill Country Club, 145 Kilbourn Rd., Rochester, NY 14618
  • Celebrating Syracuse University’s 150 Years (Boston Reception)
    May 13 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. | JFK Presidential Library, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125 (Visit this webpage for details)
  • Northern New Jersey Alumni Reception, hosted by Alan M. Epstein L’74
    May 20 | 6 p.m. | Glen Ridge Country Club, 555 Ridgewood Ave., Glen Ridge NJ 07028
  • Syracuse Alumni Reception
    June 4 | 5 – 7 p.m. | Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 246 W. Willow St., Syracuse, NY 13202

For more information on College of Law alumni events and to register, visit the Alumni Events webpage or email Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby.


Alumni Events


Big Smiles in the Big Apple

The College of Law table at the NYSBA Gala 2020—in the Museum of Natural History—was a wonderful reunion of Orange lawyers, among the many representing their alma mater with pride at this premier event. Back row (L to R) Mark Slama L’87, Eric Klee L’97, Jennifer Klee L’98, Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs Sophie Dagenais, Richard Levy L’77, and the Hon. David Everett L’76. I am joined in the front row by (L to R) Natasha James-Waldon L’94 and Tara M. Bright L’14.



And Finally …


Hello Again, Professor!

It was a joy to reconnect with one of my University of Chicago Law professors, now Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan (seated at left) at the NYSBA Gala. Justice Kagan received the NYSBA Gold Medal for Distinguished Service in the Law. President Hank Greenberg L’86 presided over the festive and spectacular event, attended by more than 1,000 New York lawyers.


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.

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