APRIL 2020


From the desk of Dean Boise

Spring—at least the calendar says spring; there is still snow in the Syracuse forecast!—is the time to appreciate our alumni, your contributions to law and community, and your deep connections to your alma mater and each other. Our plan was to have our colorful Stories Book land in your mailbox this month, but with the COVID-19 public health crisis in full force, we’ve gone digital!

Please click the link below to celebrate our 125th anniversary and the achievements of Orange lawyers around the globe!

Read the Stories Book



College of Law News


I’m pleased to announce the hiring of five new faculty members who will deepen and broaden our academic and research capacity in national security, commercial and property law, and legal writing, and they expand the bench of highly experienced legal scholars teaching in JDinteractive … READ MORE



Faculty Director of Online Education Nina Kohn and I were interviewed by JDinteractive 1L Meghan Stapleton Steenburgh for an ABA Student Podcast on making legal education more accessible through online programs and other innovations. The two-part podcast also features JDi 2Ls Mandy Mobley Li, Katy Morris, and Ernie SawyerLISTEN HERE.

College of Law International Students

We recently launched our Doctor of Juridical Science in Law (S.J.D.) degree program! … READ MORE

College of Law Opening Convocation 2019

Please help spread the word among prospective applicants that, among several proactive steps to accommodate applicants planning to start law school in fall 2020, the College has changed application deadlines … READ MORE


Alumni Engagement


Thank you to the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association for hosting two “Town Hall” conversations with students via Zoom on April 16 and April 22, to offer support and encouragement during the COVID-19 crisis.


Student News


I was honored to join the Syracuse Law Review “virtual banquet” on April 9. Students, faculty, and alumni gathered on Zoom to celebrate the publication of Volume 70—on Online Legal Education—announce the selection of Notes authors, and congratulate Alessio Evangelista L’95, Principal Assistant US Attorney for Washington, DC, for his Alumni Achievement Award.


Displaying characteristic resilience and creativity, students recently transitioned their annual Student Bar Association election speeches to a live online format, giving candidates the opportunity to present their platforms and answer questions.


On April 1, I joined students and Director of Student Affairs Sarah Collins for Camaraderie with Collins, the first in a series of virtual coffee hours. Just one way our College is maintaining community and morale online—and keeping our communications channels open—these will be a regular feature for the rest of the spring semester.


Before closures in mid-March, members of the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic (VLC) visited the nation’s capital. 2L Madeline Cardona represented a client before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals and alumnus Bill Van Saun L’19, Legal Counsel to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, met with the team … READ MORE


Faculty & Department News

Beth Kubala

Appearing on WSYR’s Dave Allen Show, VLC Director Beth Kubala discussed the clinic’s work, her military career, and how the clinic continues to serve veterans during the public health crisis … LISTEN HERE


“‘Cool’ Relief for Migraine Sufferers”: The Innovation Law Center is helping biotech design firm Prolivio take its wearable migraine relief headband to market … READ MORE

Scholarship with Impact

I’m proud that our faculty have stepped up during the public health crisis to offer factual and sober analysis for the media, including The New York Times and other top placements. Below is just a sampling; you can find all COVID-19 commentary at this webpage—thank you for sharing on social media!

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How You Can Make a Difference


Even as we have been working to help our students meet the challenges they face, safeguard their wellness, and ensure their academic success, many of you have asked how you can support our students during this difficult time. Here are some proactive ways you can help:

  • At this time, the College will use gifts to the Law Annual Fund to support students with unforeseen financial hardships due to the health emergency. If you would like to contribute for this purpose, please make a gift to the Law Annual Fund here.
  • If you know of any job openings or summer opportunities, please send them to career@law.syr.edu.
  • We’d like to hear from you. If you have ideas, feedback, or simply words of encouragement for our students, please send them to LawPreparedness@law.syr.edu and we will share them!

I am deeply moved by your concern for our students as you, too, cope with the impacts of this pandemic. Thank you.

Inclusion Network

The Law Alumni of Color Awards will be one of the highlights of the 2020 Law Alumni Weekend. Please contact Staci Dennis Taylor L’14, Chair, SULAA Inclusion Committee, at staci.dennis.taylor@gmail.com to nominate alumni of color for this year’s award program or to volunteer suggestions. The deadline for submissions is May 15.

LAST CALL … Also during Law Alumni Weekend, SULAA and the College of Law will bestow Syracuse Law Honors Awards. Do you know of a deserving Law Honors candidate? Submit nominations here or email SULAA@law.syr.edu. Thank you!


For Your Calendar


On April 21 at noon EST, join me and the College’s research team for a Live Webinar to discuss the 2021 law school rankings, dig into the data and metrics, and hear what remedial measures are planned. Space is limited. Please register by April 16.

Register Here

And Finally …


In closing, there is no doubt that this semester has been a challenge, but the silver lining for me is the opportunity to observe how the entire College of Law family is pulling together in unprecedented times. I admire your resilience, adaptivity, and creativity as we all grapple with radical adjustments and powerful crosswinds. I wish you all good health and optimism.

Craig M. Boise


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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