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November 2010

Dineen Hall Site Dedication

Dineen Hall Site DedicationOn Friday, Nov. 5, Syracuse University celebrated the next big step in the construction of a new, landmark facility for the College of Law. The celebration recognized the members of the Dineen family, whose naming gift of $15 million was given in honor of their parents, College of Law graduates Robert Emmet Dineen L'24 and Carolyn Bareham Dineen L'32. The surviving Dineen family children, the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King H'06, Kathryn Dineen Wriston, and Robert E. Dineen Jr. L'66, attended the site dedication, along with students, faculty and staff.

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Annual SPIN Auction Exceeds Goal to Support Summer Fellowships

SPIN AuctionFor nearly 20 years, the Syracuse Public Interest Network (SPIN) at Syracuse University College of Law has sponsored fellowships for students who pursue unpaid summer public interest law internships across the country. On Nov. 5, more than 300 students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members attended the annual auction at the Hotel Syracuse and raised more than $30,000 to support summer fellowships for students—helping make the 2010 event the most successful in SPIN history. In 2009, SPIN assisted 16 students working for legal aid offices, rights groups, and in local government offices.

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Grossman Trial Competition

Grossman Trial CompetitionThis fall, 36 second- and third-year Syracuse University College of Law students participated in the 33rd annual Lionel O. Grossman Trial Competition. In the final round, held Nov. 9 in the ceremonial courtroom of the James M. Hanley Federal Building in Syracuse, the prosecution's team of Sahar Azar and Brady O'Malley defeated the defendant's team of Vanessa Macias and John Goldman.

"The final round was exhilarating," says Michael A. Kaplan, executive director of the Moot Court Honor Society. "The students' dedication, preparation and execution was remarkable and continues to inspire us all."

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Road Less Traveled

Second Annual "Road Less Traveled" Encourages Students to Explore Legal Career Paths

Road Less TraveledLaw school opens the doors to a broad spectrum of interesting and challenging careers. For the second year, "The Road Less Traveled: Paving a Path to Satisfying Legal Careers away from the Law Firm Highway" welcomed alumni who have made non-traditional career decisions for a panel presentation and networking reception. The alumni who participated in this year's event include Adam Leitman Bailey L'95, Eric J. Eichenholtz L'02, Virginia L. Grady L'83, Michael J. King L'08, Julie B. Morse L'05, and Janine A. Scott L'97.

Professor Deborah Kenn, who is also director of the Community Development Law Clinic, hosted the Oct. 29 event, which included a panel discussion by seven College of Law alumni and was attended by more than 70 law school students exploring legal career paths. Alumni panelists discussed their career paths, how they decided to pursue public interest law, the rewards and challenges of their jobs, and how they have survived financially on traditionally lower salaries.

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Upcoming College of Law Events

Alumni Luncheon—Denver Area

Law! Live@ Lubin

Join us for our second Law! Live lecture of the 2010-2011 academic year.

"All Judges Are Political—Except When They Are Not: Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law."

We live in an age where one person's "judicial activist" is another's impartial arbiter fairly interpreting the law. Evaluating these contradictory perceptions of the judiciary, presenter Keith Bybee explains how courts not only survive under such conditions, but actually depend on them.

  • Presenter: Keith Bybee, Paul E. and Hon. Joanne F. Alper '72 Judiciary Studies Professor at the College of Law and Director, Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media. He also holds a tenured appointment in political science at the Maxwell School.
  • Thursday, December 16, 2010. Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. Program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.
  • Joseph I. Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street, New York, NY
  • Space is limited. Get more information and R.S.V.P. online or call the College of Law at 315.443.9533.
  • Note that C.L.E. credit in Practice can be earned for attending this program.

Alumni Reception—New York City

  • Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Joseph I. Lubin House, 11 East 61st Street, New York, NY (lubinhouse.syr.edu)
  • R.S.V.P. by January 21st to SU-Law@law.syr.edu or call 315-443-9533

Hire an SU College of Law Student

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If your organization has hiring needs for summer, part-time, or permanent employment, please list your job announcement with the Office of Professional & Career Development. We are eager to post jobs and/or collect resumes for you. Job announcements are listed on our password-protected site for College of Law students and alumni. For more information, contact the office at 315-443-1941 or register as an employer on our job search site by visiting www.law.syr.edu/professional-career-development/employers/.


Dineen Hall Site Dedication

Annual SPIN Auction

Grossman Trial Competition

Road Less Traveled

Upcoming Events and Law Live! At Lubin

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