Dean's Dispatch for Alumni

From the desk of Dean Boise

I’m thrilled to announce this year’s dynamic and inspiring Commencement Speaker. Click on the image below to watch a short video with the big reveal …


Please plan on joining us in the Carrier Dome on May 10 at 11 a.m. to offer congratulations to the talented members of the Class of 2019, along with their families, to wish them luck on their next adventure, and to welcome them to the College of Law alumni community!


College of Law News


College of Law Mistakenly Included in USA Today List of Poor Bar Passage Performers

A January 24, USA Today article entitled “Law schools where too many graduates fail the bar exam may face tougher sanctions,” mistakenly included Syracuse University College of Law in a list of 18 schools that would not satisfy the ABA’s proposed new 75% bar passage standard. In fact, Syracuse’s bar passage rate of 82.6% for 2015 graduates clearly exceeded the proposed standard Read the full statement.


Celebrating Diversity Law Day

The College of Law celebrated Diversity Law Day 2019 on February 8, welcoming students from Utica Proctor, Elmcrest, Henninger, Nottingham, Fowler, and Geneva high schools to Dineen Hall. Faculty, attorney, and student panels discussed the importance of diversity, inclusion, and representation in the legal profession, and students asked questions about how to get into the legal profession and how to apply to law school. Over a working lunch, our law students led the high school students through actual legal cases with relevance to their lives, including a Fourth Amendment case involving the search of a student’s locker and personal belongings.

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College of Law Signs MOU with Al Yamamah University

On February 5, I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dr. Hussam Ramadan of Al Yamamah University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In the photo, we are joined by Assistant Dean of International Programs Andrew Horsfall L’10. The College adds AYU to its foreign institutional partners, and we will consult on the development of AYU’s new Master’s Degree in Business Law program and explore other academic collaborations. Saudi Arabia is home to the College’s largest group of LL.M. alumni.


Alumni News


Adriana Mark L’03 Hosts NYCEx Students

Distinguished Guest Lecturer Adriana Mark L’03, Deputy Circuit Librarian for the Second Circuit, hosted NYCEx students as they learned about the historic Thurgood Marshall US Courthouse, and attended oral arguments presided over by Judge Rosemary Pooler, of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Pooler, whose home chambers are in Syracuse, welcomed the students on the record, ending with an enthusiastic “Go ’Cuse!”


DCEx Students Learn International Legal Perspectives from Lana Yaghi L’14

On January 29, students in the Spring 2019 DCEx externship program visited alumna Lana Yaghi L’14 at K&L Gates. Lana is an attorney in the firm’s DC and Doha, Qatar, offices, where her practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters within the industries of aviation, cybersecurity, defense, and telecommunications. Lana was a participant in the inaugural cohort of DCEx students, in Spring 2014.


Student News

NTC regional winners

College of Law Dominates at the National Trial Competition Regional Competition

Congratulations to the team of 3L Dennis Scanlon and 2L Adam Leydig, who were co-winners of the Region 2 National Trial Competition in Buffalo, NY. They will represent the College at the national competition in San Antonio, TX, in March. Leydig also won Best Cross Examination and the Anthony DeMarco Jr. Region 2 Overall Best Advocate Award. Scanlon was the runner-up for the Overall Best Advocate Award.

Joanne Van Dyke L’87 is the team’s coach. A number of professors and alumni supported the team throughout their preparations, including Joseph S. Cote III L’87, Michelle Whitton Cowan L’07, Gary Kelder, Jeffrey G. Leibo L’03, Stephanie M. Martin-Thom L’18, Jimmie C. McCurdy L’09, Lee Michaels L’67, Annie M. Millar L’18, and Justin St. Louis L’17.


Going for a SPIN

Professors Cora True-Frost L’01 and Kevin Maillard kicked off the live portion of the 2019 SPIN Auction in Dineen Hall on February 14. Proceeds from the auction raise money for summer fellowships for students interested in practicing public interest law. Among the items auctioned were center court tickets for SU basketball, bar prep courses, and dinner with a professor. The silent portion of the auction began after the Valentine’s Day live event and will wrap up at the March 23 Barrister’s Ball. For more information about the SPIN Auction, or to donate an item, contact Nichole Sands at nmsands@syr.edu or 716.364.3349.

Winter Break Shadowing Program Debuts

The Winter Break Alumni Shadow Program, sponsored by Career Services, began January 7-11, with close to 40 first-year and LL.M. students shadowing volunteer alumni hosts for one to five days during winter break. Career Services staff hand-matched students with alumni to align placements with student areas of interest.

Students met their hosts in the workplace, in coffee shops, and other venues. Students discussed matters such as their hosts’ approaches to prioritizing time, billing procedures, and balancing personal and professional responsibilities. Others received tours of the host’s workplace, accompanied hosts to court, and attended meetings with clients. According to Director of Career Services Stacey Wiley L’00, student participants said they would recommend the program to future students. My sincere thanks to all alums who took part in this valuable exercise that will benefit our students’ career aspirations.


Faculty & Department News


College of Law Adds Three Faculty Members

Recently, the College hired three faculty members with expertise in constitutional and administrative law, health and disability law, and business and transactional law. I’m proud to be able to expand our faculty ranks with these outstanding teachers and interdisciplinary scholars. They add considerable expertise in key strength areas of the College, they bring diverse experiences and viewpoints, and our students will benefit tremendously from their inclusive approaches to legal education. The new faculty members will begin their service in August 2019.

College of Law New Faculty February 2019

Three College of Law Scholars Featured in Bialystok Legal Studies

Professors Michael Schwartz and Cora True-Frost L’01, along with alumnus Eric Namungalu LL.M.’18, are featured in a special disability studies issue of Białostockie Studia Prawnicze (Bialystok Legal Studies). The peer-reviewed journal is published by the faculty of law of the University of Bialystok, Poland, an international partner of the College of Law.


Law Faculty Use CUSE Grant to Promote Civics Education

In May 2018, the University awarded Director of Externships Kim Wolf Price L’03 and Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Associate Professor Lauryn Gouldin a Syracuse University Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) grant to develop the Syracuse Civics Initiative. This initiative aims to create a collaborative space for innovative investment in civics education for young people in and around Central New York.

Wolf Price and Gouldin are building and strengthening connections with courts, bar associations, school districts, and other organizations to develop and promote civics education programming. In December, Chief Judge Robert Katzmann invited them to join the Second Circuit’s project on civic engagement—called Justice for All: Courts and the Community—as members of the Advisory Group of the Civic Education Committee.


Robert Ashford Presents on Inclusive Capitalism in the UK

Professor Robert Ashford presented his theories on inclusive capitalism, binary economics, and socioeconomics at two forums in the UK in February 2019. On February 7, Ashford visited Syracuse University’s Faraday House in London and gave the presentation “Inclusive Capitalism: The Ownership-Broadening Road to Shared-Prosperity and Sustainable Growth”.

Ashford then traveled to Oxford University on February 8 to deliver “Achieving Fuller Employment by Broadening Capital Acquisition with the Earnings of Capital: A Theoretical Overview” at the Conference on Endogenous Growth, Participatory Economics, and Inclusive Capitalism. At the Oxford conference, Ashford’s theories were analyzed by other conference participants.


INSCT Holds Civil Affairs Training

Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism Army War College Fellow COL Jake Larkowich discusses civil affairs operations with members of the reserve 403d Civil Affairs Battalion (Mattydale, NY). The battalion members were guests of INSCT and the College of Law on February 5, receiving a briefing and training before their deployment to East Africa to assist the Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Faculty Impact

Large circulation platforms Variety, Newsday, The Hill, Vox, The New York Times, CNN, and TIME feature among our media hits this month. It’s exciting to see our faculty experts representing the College in these major outlets as they discuss the pressing issues of the day. Don’t forget, if a story interests you, please forward it to colleagues and friends via your social media channels.


How You Can Make a Difference


Please Take Our Alumni Survey

We’d like to know how we can best serve your desire to stay connected to each other and the College. To that end, my team has created a short online survey to hear your thoughts on alumni events, programs, and communications. Your confidential answers will inform and help shape future engagement efforts. Thank you for taking the survey and for all you do for the College of Law.

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Seeking Nominations for Syracuse Law Honors

The Syracuse Law Honors, presented by the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association (SULAA) and the College of Law, celebrate distinguished achievements in any field of endeavor by members of the Syracuse Law family. Their presentation is the centerpiece event of Law Alumni Weekend, which takes place September 19-21.

Do you know of a deserving Law Honors candidate? If so, please nominate your candidate via the short online form (link below) or email SULAA@law.syr.edu. I look forward to receiving the nominations from SULAA’s Syracuse Law Honors Committee.

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Spring Admitted Student Mixers in Syracuse

Admitted student mixers will be held on March 21 and April 11 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sitrus on the Hill, in the Sheraton Syracuse University. Please consider attending one of these events, as they provide a wonderful opportunity for admitted students to experience the “Power of Orange” first-hand from alumni. Your influence could make the difference! To RSVP, email Assistant Director of Admissions Danielle Burgo at dlburgo@law.syr.edu or 315.443.1962.


For Your Calendar


NPR SCOTUS Correspondent Nina Totenberg to Speak on Campus March 5

I am honored to have been asked to join NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg on stage in Hendricks Chapel when she speaks on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the University Lectures series. Totenberg is a legend in legal and radio reporting, and she is a regular on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. I encourage you to attend what should be a fascinating discussion about the Supreme Court past, present, and future. The talk is free and open to the public.

Save-the-Date: Naturalization Ceremony Set for April 4

Judge Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91 once again will preside over a Naturalization Ceremony at Dineen Hall, on April 4. Please mark your calendar to join faculty, staff, students, local dignitaries, and new citizens and their families at what will be a joyful and patriotic celebration of citizenship, followed by a reception. Last year’s ceremony was one of the highlights of the year! More details to follow.

Upcoming Alumni Receptions

  • DC Alumni Reception with Dean Boise and INSCT Director James E. Baker
    April 17; 6:15 p.m. | Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Rochester Alumni Reception
    May 14; 5:30 p.m. | The Country Club of Rochester, 2935 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14610
  •  Syracuse Alumni Reception
    June 6; 5:30 p.m. | Otro Cinco, 206 S. Warren St., Syracuse, NY 13202

For more information on alumni events, contact Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby at klduggle@law.syr.edu or 315.443.9532.


Alumni Events


Catching Up with You Online …

Thank you to those who joined Director of Alumni Relations Kristen Duggleby and me online on February 13 for a wide-ranging webinar. Special thanks go to alumni leaders who helped us arrange the webinar and to those who posed incisive questions about current news and future plans for the College. An archived, captioned version of the webinar can be watched on YouTube. Let me know if you enjoyed connecting with your College via this format; it is one that we can use regularly to stay in touch with you.

… And in the Land of Orange

INSCT Director James E. Baker and I had a wonderful time on the West Coast recently, catching up with Orange alumni of both the College and the University. I am grateful to all those who came out to the San Francisco reception on January 29 and to the Los Angeles event on January 31 (pictured, with Judge Baker addressing the audience) to hear updates about the College, plans for INSCT, the expansion of our Externship Program to the West Coast, and more.

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 315.443.1964.

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.

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