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From the desk of Dean Boise

This month—and especially Veterans Day and Thanksgiving—offers a time to reflect with gratitude on how our College of Law family has pulled together to surmount 2020’s many challenges. We are stronger, and that is why we are together Forever Orange!

Among other news, this November’s newsletter shares ways that our alumni are stepping up to guide our students, offering advice on mentoring, careers, advocacy, the use of emerging technology in the legal profession, and administering justice during a pandemic. 

I am certainly thankful for all that our alumni family does for the College. So from all of us at your alma mater, I wish you a restful, joyous, and—above all—safe and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.


2020 Election News: This SU News story reflects on the election of Joseph R. Biden Jr. L’68 as President of the United States. We are proud to count among our alumni a president-elect. Public service is no exception among our alumni, many of whom hold public office and serve in Congress, in state legislatures, and in local offices and agencies nationwide and worldwide, not to mention our many alumni representing the judiciary. Thank you for your service!


College of Law News

Peter Herzog

The College of Law mourns the passing of beloved teacher, scholar, colleague, and mentor Peter E. Herzog L’55. Our thoughts at this time are with his wife, Brigitte Herzog L’75, and the entire Herzog family. If you were a student of Peter’s, please send us your memories and thoughts about him.

Lt Gen Charles Pede

The Institute for Security Policy and Law held its third annual Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 10, with honored guest Lt. Gen. Charles Pede, the 40th Judge Advocate General of the US Army. The event was co-sponsored by the National Security Student Association and VISION.

Kristen Barnes, Mark Nevitt, Jennifer Breen, and William C. Banks

The day after the election, the College convened a timely panel discussion, with professors (clockwise from top right) Kristen BarnesMark Nevitt, and Jennifer Breen, moderated by Professor Emeritus William C. Banks. The panelists offered perspectives on the election’s legal aspects and answered student and faculty questions about this year’s election processes and outcomes.

SPL AI Symposium

As a part of a funded collaboration with the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University, the Institute for Security Policy and Law hosted “National Security Law and the Coming AI Revolution” on October 28. The symposium included panels on AI and the Law of Armed Conflict; Bias, Data, and Principles; and National Security Decision-Making.


Alumni Engagement


The College of Law Giving Book will be published online in 2020. Keep an eye out for a special email with a link to this year’s issue, where you will find stories about the impact of your philanthropy on the College and our mission, as well as a password to access the College’s Honor Roll of Donors.

ILC Careers Seminar

Thank you to Innovation Law Center graduates who answered students’ questions and offered insights on next steps in their law and technology careers at a November 12 virtual seminar.

Kayla Arias

The College of Law is grateful to Barclay Damon LLP for introducing its Diversity Student Mentor Program and Diversity Summer Associate Position at a November 11 information session. Kayla Arias L’15 joined her colleagues to discuss the program and answer student questions. More information can be found on our new Diversity and Inclusion webpage.

Christina Wojcik L’04 and Justina Young L’04

As part of a College of Law faculty workshop on “Preparing Lawyers for the Technology of Today.” Christina Wojcik L’04 (left), Global Director of Innovation and Technology at Citigroup, and Justina Young L’04, Solution Architect at DocuSign, delivered insights into the need for lawyers to educate and familiarize themselves with emerging technologies in the workplace.

Hon. James P. Murphy L’84, Lisa Peebles L’92, and Staci Dennis Taylor L’14

JDBeyond—our JDinteractive student organization—hosted an October 28 panel on “The Effects of COVID-19 on the Administration of Justice,” featuring (clockwise from left) the Hon. James P. Murphy L’84, Fifth Judicial District Administrative Judge; Lisa Peebles L’92, Federal Public Defender, Northern District of New York; and Staci Dennis-Taylor L’14, Assistant District Attorney, Onondaga County. Thank you Judge Murphy, Lisa, and Staci for all you do!

Marty Feinman L’83, Colleen Gibbons L’17, and Zoë Whitehouse L’19

Thank you also to (clockwise from left) Marty Feinman L’83, of The Legal Aid Society of NY; Colleen Gibbons L’17, of the Center for Court Innovation, Syracuse, NY; and Zoë Whitehouse L’19 for discussing careers in social justice law with our students during an October 28 Office of Career Services virtual seminar.


Student News

Deustch Family

SU News profiled father and daughter College of Law duo 2L JDinteractive student Scott Deutsch and 1L Lauren Deutsch, who are beginning their own Orange Law legacy! The Office of Veteran and Military Affairs recently honored Scott with its Gerald B. Faigle Jr. and Roberta M. Faigle Student Veteran Endowed Scholarship.

Vivian Bro

In her article written for the Innovation Law Center, 3L Viviana Bro explores the progress of drone acceptance in the COVID-19 environment, including FAA recognition and authorization for drone delivery services.

Sharon Otasowie and Robert Rose

Congratulations to 3L Sharon Otasowie and 2L Robert Rose for their award-winning performances at the 2020 Buffalo-Niagara Trial Competition. Otasowie won Best Overall Advocate and Rose offered the Best Direct Examination.


Faculty & Department News

James Baker in the Marines

As part of its Veterans Day series, “Reflection on Service,” Institute for Security Policy and Law Director the Hon. James E. Baker recently looked back on his decision to serve his country in the military and in government.

Peter Blanck

Burton Blatt Institute Chairman Peter Blanck is the guest editor of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation special ADA@30 issue on the future of employment and the accommodation principle for people with disabilities, envisioning a future of disability-inclusive employment.

Chris Santoro

On November 5, the Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic welcomed Christopher Santoro, Deputy Vice Chairman of the Board of Veterans Appeals. In addition to providing an overview of the BVA’s mission to Professor Beth Kubala’s class, Santoro shared advice on how to effectively present a case as a veterans’ advocate.

Scholarship with Impact

Our faculty experts have been in high demand throughout 2020, and election season was no exception. Thank you for sharing with your networks our faculty media clips, which you can find on our busy news feed and on our social media channels.

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How You Can Make a Difference


Your engagement, support, and gifts continue to underwrite our robust response to this year’s extraordinary challenges, all the while sustaining and growing the programs that distinguish us most. If you haven’t done so yet, please consider making a year-end gift to the College at the link below. Thank you, as always, for your support.

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During these uncertain times, we need the Power of Orange more than ever to buoy the spirits of our 2020 grads as they pursue job opportunities. If you are seeking newer grads or have or know of career opportunities, please contact Interim Director of Career Services Sam Kasmarek, and she will connect you with our amazing new alums!


For Your Calendar


Be on the lookout for more information about our annual New York City and California alumni events in the New Year. The Hon. James E. Baker will join us for the California alumni event the week of January 25. The NYC event will take place the week of February 8. Michael Kaplan L’11, counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, will host a conversation with Judge Baker on ethics. CLE credit will be available, along with networking break out rooms after the event.

Cuse Conversations Alumni Podcast

The ’Cuse Conversations Podcast profiles alumni making a difference in their communities. We’re pleased to report that Ronald Goldfarb ’54, L’56 and Elizabeth Strout L’82 will be featured on upcoming episodes of the podcast, sharing their College of Law success stories, the important role Syracuse University played in their careers, and more. Subscribe to our podcast and encourage your Orange Law colleagues to do the same. Please reach out to host John M. Boccacino ’03 if you have suggestions for future guests.


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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