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Syracuse University College of Law

October 2011

Focus Forward - News for the College of Law Community
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Hon. Joanne Alper '72, Charles Gardner Geyh to Discuss Judicial Independence
November 12



Annual Auction to aid Syracuse Public Interest Network to be held Nov. 11 New Orleans Alumni Gathering



Alumni events continue to draw crowds Upcoming alumni events before the end of 2011 Convocation Lecture Series Welcomes Brodsky

Career Development

Professional Development:

SU College of Law Students: A Safe Investment

Spotlight On

Spotlight On:

Kathleen Sims L'95

Make a Gift Hire and SU Law Student Dineen Hall
Institute for the Study of Judiciary Politics and the Media at Syracuse University

Hon. Joanne Alper '72, Charles Gardner Geyh to Discuss Judicial Independence November 12

Issues of judicial impartiality will be explored when the Hon. Joanne F. Alper '72, circuit court judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit in Virginia, and Charles Gardner Geyh, one of the nation's leading authorities on judicial ethics, present "Is the Best Defense a Good Offense? The Ethics and Politics of Allowing Judges to Advocate Controversial Views."

This special discussion as part of Orange Central 2011 will take place Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Tirico Room (250) in Newhouse 3.

The discussion is free and open to the public, but registration is required as part of the Orange Central events. Visit Orange Central registration. Free parking is available in the Waverly and Marion lots, and in the University Avenue Garage. Read more.

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Syracuse Public Interest Network

Annual Auction to aid Syracuse Public Interest Network to be held Nov. 11

The Syracuse Public Interest Network (SPIN) will host its 19th annual Public Interest Auction on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes both silent and live auctions for such items as professional sports memorabilia, leisure activities, fine dining, and much more. Proceeds from the auction help to support law students who are pursuing careers in public interest work that benefits children, victims of domestic violence, immigrants, refugees, and the homeless. Public interest work also benefits a number of causes including environmental protection, social justice, civil liberties, and the Cold Case Justice Initiative.

Last year the SPIN auction, formerly known as "GO", raised nearly $40,000, which helped provide 16 students with fellowships. The SPIN fellows worked in legal service organizations, government offices, and non-profit legal organizations in the Syracuse area and nationwide.

The majority of SPIN's funding for fellowships is raised at the annual SPIN Public Interest Auction. For more information, to donate items or to attend the event, call (315) 443-1146, e-mail SPIN@law.syr.edu or visit the SPIN website at http://www.law.syr.edu/spin.


New Orleans Alumni Gathering

New Orleans Alumni Gathering

College of Law alumni from all over the country gathered in New Orleans to watch SU beat Tulane on October 8th.

Front Row- Nikki Donvito '04, Angela Eavy '03
Back Row- Sarah Reimers '04, Spencer Bell '03, Jason Jones '03, Nick Rupwani '03

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Alumni Events

Alumni events continue to draw crowds

Boston, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut - More than 45 loyal alumni gathered on October 5 in downtown Boston at Radius to hear from Dean Hannah R. Arterian.

From Boston, Dean Arterian traveled to Hartford where she met a dynamic group of alumni for lunch at ON20.


Upcoming alumni events before the end of 2011

Dean Arterian will be hosting alumni events in Chicago, Illinois, Tampa and Naples, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina before the end of the year. Click here for details.

William J Brodsky

Convocation Lecture Series Welcomes Brodsky

William J. Brodsky L'68 will address the 1L class on Friday, October 28. Brodsky is Chairman and Executive Officer of the Chicago Board Options Exchange and CBOE Holdings, Inc.

His presentation is titled "The Multipurpose JD: How my SU Law degree helped me in my Career in Business".

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Professional Development
Hire and SU Law Student

SU College of Law Students: A Safe Investment

Have a project or case where you could use a bit of help? Hire a recent College of Law graduate to assist you! Read more...

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Kathleen Sims

Spotlight On...Kathleen Sims L'95

Kathleen (Kat) Sims L'95 has been promoted to Senior Director of Sustainability at Plum Creek Timber Company. Prior to holding this position, she was Senior Director of Real Estate Law at Plum Creek, a position she held since 2006. Plum Creek (NYSE: PCL) owns approximately 6.7 million acres and is the largest and most geographically diverse private landowner in the nation.

Before joining Plum Creek, Kat was a partner at Alston, Courtnage & Bassetti and an associate at Foster Pepper, both in Seattle, WA. Early in her career, Kat practiced in the Rochester, NY offices of Harter Secrest and Underberg & Kessler.

Kat serves on the board of The Green Building Initiative and is an active member of the Syracuse University College of Law Alumni Association. Kat volunteers for the programs and operations committee for Childhaven, Seattleā€™s recognized leader in the care of abused and neglected children.

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In the Media

Syracuse Law Magazine Fall 2011

Syracuse Law Magazine

The Fall 2011 issue of Syracuse Law Magazine is available to read online. View it here.

SU College of Law Through the Years

SU College of Law Through the Years

View the Slideshow.

SU Law Students Help Hounds

Helping Hounds

Tails were wagging October 23 when 15 Syracuse University Law students volunteered their time to walk dogs, clean crates and show some love at Helping Hounds Rescue Shelter in DeWitt, NY. Now that student volunteers have been trained, they can help the organization with pet adoption events in the area.

The event was organized by the student leadership of the College of Law Class of 2013. View the photo gallery on Facebook.

Faculty in the News

David M Crane

Voice of America comments by David M. Crane L'80, professor of practice in the College of Law, on the death of Moammar Gadhafi, were mentioned in Legalbrief Today. He was also interviewd by The Voice of America on the death of Moammar Gadhafi. An audio link is also available.

David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston, distinguished visiting lecturer in the College of Law, appeared on MSNBC's "Ed Show" to discuss the myth that highest incomes pay the highest tax rates. Also, a Johnston commentary on jobs, free trade and the income gap between men and women posted in a Truthdig Radio segment; his Reuters column on gender income inequity is cited in a Caledonia Patch (Wis.) report; and a Rochester Democrat & Chronicle editorial on millionaires and taxes cites his Reuters column on tax evasion in New York State.

Janis McDonald

A radio interview with College of Law Professor Janis McDonald, and Wharlest Jackson Jr. regarding the 1967 murder of Wharlest Jackson Sr. and the work of the Cold Case Justice Initiative at the College of Law, aired on "The Tony Brown Show" on KAYT 88.1 Alexandria, La., 92.5 FM Shreveport, La., 98.9 FM Monroe, La., and 92.7 Jackson, Miss.

Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Menachem Z. Rosensaft, distinguished visiting lecturer at Syracuse University College of Law, authored a Huffington Post column about Judaism in the State of Israel.


A recent issue of the Upstate Online newsletter features the Syracuse-Medical Legal Partnership (SMLP) —a special legal clinic between Syracuse University and Upstate University Hospital that assists Upstate patients with free legal assistance—and Courtny Osterling, a staff attorney for the partnership.

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