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Focus Forward -  A Dean's Update for the College of Law Community

January 2011

College of Law Community Mourns Professor Sam Donnelly

Professor Sam Donnelly

Samuel J. M. Donnelly passed away on January 11, 2011. He was 76 years old.

He joined Syracuse University College of Law more than four decades ago and retired after the spring 2008 semester. His career with the College was legendary and he will be remembered fondly by graduates from the classes of 1964 to 2008. Before coming to teach at Syracuse, Professor Donnelly worked as a law secretary to a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, was a teaching fellow at Harvard University, and practiced law as a private practitioner in New York City. He served four terms as president and chairman of the board of Legal Services of Central New York.

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Law Alumni to Gather Jan. 27 at NYC's Lubin House

Law alumni enjoy last year’s Lubin House reception.Register now for the annual New York City alumni reception on January 27.

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SU Law's Cold Case Justice Initiative Uncovers New Leads in '64 Civil Rights Case

'64 Civil Rights CaseThe New York Times reported on the discovery of new documents by SU's Cold Case Justice Initiative (CCJI) and SU Law students, which helped create a new lead for an unsolved, racially motivated murder case of 1964. Learn more about the CCJI professors and law students working on this important case.


Uniloc USA v. Microsoft to Be Discussed in Feb. 16 Webcast

Join Syracuse University College of Law Professors Ted Hagelin and Lisa Dolak L'88 as they present on the recent Federal Circuit decision in Uniloc USA v. Microsoft via webcast on Wed., February 16, 2011, at 12 p.m. The decision is significant because it addressed acceptable methods of determining patent infringement damages and the entire market value rule. The Uniloc decision has implications for license negotiations and infringement claims. Professor Hagelin's paper Valuation of Patent Licenses, Tex. Intell. Prop. L.J. 423, 425-26 (Spring 2004), was cited (at p. 38) in the decision in which the Federal Circuit rejected the 25 percent rule as an acceptable method for determining a baseline royalty rate in a hypothetical licensing negotiation and damage claims.

Professors Hagelin and Dolak will discuss the ramifications of the decision including implications for patent licensing, infringement actions and alternative valuation methodologies. Questions may be submitted in advance or during the webcast.

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Ted Hagelin is the Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, the Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the director of the New York State Science & Technology Law Center and the Technology Commercialization Law Program at Syracuse University College of Law. He teaches Technology Transactions Law and directs the Technology Commercialization Research Center.

Lisa Dolak is the Angela S. Cooney Professor of Law, teaches Patents and Trade Secrets; Law, Politics & the Media; and Civil Procedure, and is a director for the Center on Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism and the Institute of the Study of the Judiciary, Politics and the Media. She is also a faculty member of the NYS Science & Technology Law Center.

TO REGISTER: Send an email with the subject line "UNILOC USA v. MICROSOFT WEBCAST" to NYSSTLC@law.syr.edu. Log-on information will be sent the day before to registrants. There is no charge for the webcast. Questions may be sent to Molly Zimmermann at mzimme01@law.syr.edu.


SU Football Scores Home Run at Inaugural Pinstripe Bowl

Defeats Kansas State 36-34 in Yankee Stadium, Dec. 30. View more images.

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Assistant Professor Tucker Culbertson was elected to the executive committee of the Animal Law Section at the recent AALS meeting. In addition, his article, "The Unfashionable Imperative of Women's Studies in Legal Education" has been selected for presentation at the AALS mid-year meeting.

Professors Ted Hagelin, Robin Paul Malloy, and Aviva Abramovsky have accepted appointments as Kauffman Professors of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (KPEI) at Syracuse University. They will join faculty from other SU Colleges to advance entrepreneurship and innovation at the College and on campus.

Assistant Professor Tara Helfman's article "The New Alliance of Piracy and Terrorism: The world's indifference to the chaos on the coasts of Somalia is paying dividends for Islamists," will be published in the February issue of Commentary. In it, she and coauthor, Commander Dan O'Shea, discuss the threat to global security posed by the growing ties between pirate militias and Al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda affiliate in Somalia.

Professor Paula Johnson will receive the 2011 Chancellor's Citation for Excellence, an award that recognizes members of our campus community who have made extraordinary contributions for our vision of Scholarship in Action by creating and supporting a culture of excellence at Syracuse University.

Professor Mary Helen McNeal's article, "Slow Down, People Breathing: Lawyering, Culture, and Place," has been accepted for publication in the Clinical Law Review.

Professor Eileen Millett L'74 will be featured on two important PLI programs this spring covering new environmental laws, hydrofracking, and a Green Real Estate Summit.

Associate Professor LaVonda Reed Huff's article "Dirty Dishes, Dirty Laundry, and Windy Mills: A Framework for Regulation of Clean Energy Devices" has been selected for reprint in the Zoning and Planning Law Handbook, an annual softbound publication.

Assistant Professor Joseph Warburton has been selected for a $50,000 research grant from The World Bank as part of their Knowledge for Change initiative.


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College of Law Community Mourns Professor Sam Donnelly

Law Alumni to Gather Jan. 27 at NYC's Lubin House

SU Law's Cold Case Justice Initiative Uncovers New Leads in '64 Civil Rights Case

Uniloc USA v. Microsoft to Be Discussed in Feb. 16 Webcast

SU Football Scores Home Run at Inaugural Pinstripe Bowl

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