A Special Welcome to the Fall 2018 Entering Class!

Last week
was orientation
and we were excited to welcome so many new students to the Albany Law School community.
Our entering students are a diverse group from a variety of backgrounds who will bring their unique professional and volunteer experiences to our community. Most hail from New York; 18 other states (plus Puerto Rico) and many foreign countries are also represented. Our entering class studied at 104 undergraduate institutions within the U.S. and abroad. For the first time in our history we have a mostly female entering class (54 percent). Twenty percent self-identified as belonging to a minority group. Three students noted military service (including a Captain in the U.S. Army).     The 2018 entering class photo:

We also welcomed J.D. transfer students, LL.M. (Master of Laws) candidates, and M.S.L.S. (Master of Science in Legal Studies) students, plus Cybersecurity Certificate candidates who are seeking knowledge of the legal system in order to enhance their careers.

Twenty-six members of our entering class have graduate or professional degrees, while 14 native languages were represented, including: Arabic, Armenian, English, French, Hindu, Korean, Japanese, Malayalam, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, and Urdu. The entering class also included 30 legacy students, including one J.D. student who has an eight-person legacy (grandfather, two aunts, and five uncles).

Welcome! We look forward to seeing you in the hallways!



Invitation: NYSBA’s August 22nd Meet & Greet Diversity Reception! 5:15 – 7:15pm

The NYS Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion of the Membership Subcommittee will be hosting a special event, a meet and greet diversity reception, at the State Bar Center on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, from 5:15pm to 7:15pm, at the State Bar Center, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.    THIS IS A FREE EVENT, please RSVP below.   

TO REGISTER www.nysba.org/sumdivmeetandgreet  

Raffle prizes and more!  Pizza and Draft Beer will be served!

The purpose of this event is to attract prospective as well as admitted attorneys of diverse origin including young attorneys to become members of our association.    This is a free program for newly admitted, experienced attorneys, non-members, and incoming and current Albany Law School students.   


Paid, Fall 2018 ACBA sponsored Diversity Internships, Apply by August 6th


In the years since the program’s inception, hundreds of law students have received paid internship opportunities at law firms in the Capital Region. The Albany County Bar Association (ACBA) Diversity Internship Program commenced in September of 2000 in an effort to broaden the opportunities for minority law students to be exposed to practice in a private law firm setting.

Please contact your assigned career counselor with questions regarding this internship or for assistance in completing your application. 


Eligibility/Hiring Criteria:

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5; Eligible to legally work in the United States (international students must be CPT qualified, contact the Registrar’s Office to learn if you are CPT eligible); Albany Law School students from underrepresented groups within the legal profession are encouraged to apply

Required Application Materials: 

  • Current Resume; ACBA Diversity Internship Application Form
    (form attached – please complete and upload to your AlbanyLaw Link account Document Library – the application form must be submitted as an  “Other Document”); Current, Unofficial Transcript (law school); Writing Sample (no more than five pages long)

To Apply:  Please refer to the ACBA Fall 2018 Diversity Internship opportunity, Job Posting # 24596, found under the “Non-OCR Jobs” section of your AlbanyLaw Link account.  Upload all required materials and apply through AlbanyLaw Link by the deadline.  Continue reading

Community Diversity Day, April 28th, Noon – 5pm

We are pleased to invite you to Albany Law School’s first annual Community Diversity Day on Saturday, April 28th, from 12pm to 5pm.

The purpose of this event is to bring together law school community members of color for a casual day of networking and celebrate our diverse backgrounds with allies. We invite students, alumni, faculty and staff to attend.

Community Diversity Day will provide students with the opportunity to get to know practicing members of the Albany Law School community in a relaxed setting, allowing them the opportunity to ask questions relating to practice and advancement in the field.

Food and beverages will be provided! We welcome everyone to bring a dessert, potluck style, to share. We look forward to seeing you there!


Special thanks to our planning committee: Arianna Beltrez ’19, Catrina Young ’20, Jessica Ventura ’20, Anthony Badia ’19 and Mehtasim Mahfuz ’20





National LGBT Bar “Commit 2 Inclusion” Campaign/Request – from OutLaw

 A Message and request from third-year Albany Law student:
My name is Dena DeFazio, and I am the Northern Regional Chair of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Law Student Congress. I am reaching out to you with information on a National LGBT Bar campaign, that I hope you will support.  I thank you in advance for your support on the Commit 2 Inclusion Campaign. 

“Commit 2 Inclusion” Campaign  (Please Join Albany Law School Community in signing up)”:
First, I’m writing to ask if you could circulate the National LGBT Bar Association’s “Commit 2 Inclusion” petition among your membership. This campaign recognizes that the rise of hate groups in our society and in our justice system is a direct threat to diversity and inclusion efforts and equality at large. Hate groups are defined by the FBI as those whose primary purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons of or with a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity which differs from that of the group’s members or the organization. Our petition asks members of the legal education community to publicly acknowledge their commitment to the rule of law and the principles of the American Bar Association’s Resolution 113. That guiding Resolution urges all providers in the legal profession, including law firms and corporations, to attract and retain the talent of diverse attorneys.



PrideAbility workshop at Albany Law, March 26, 6pm – 8pm


On Monday, March 26th, 2018 at 6:00 PM,
OUTLaw will be hosting the event “PrideAbility.”

The PrideAbility Event will be a two-hour workshop during which attendees will be invited to hear about and discuss options for the formation of an LGBTQ Advocacy Coalition in NYS.  The PrideAbility Outreach Project has been funded by the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, and has been charged to identify the challenges which LGBTQ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) face and to create linkages within communities to support and be supported by the adults in the I/DD community.
Location: Albany Law School in the Rochester Moot Court Room 209.
Time: 6pm – 8pm
The event is free, open to the public, and will provide free food.

Please feel free to share this information and reach out to me if you have any questions: Eric L. Greenhill, Albany Law School | J.D. Candidate, 2019, President | OUTLaw


Diversity & Inclusion Opportunities (March 2018)

Throughout the year, various Diversity & Inclusion opportunities are posted online in ALBANYLAW LINK.  To search for these opportunities, log into your account and select the “JOBS (Non-OCR)” tab. Next, click on “Advanced Search” and scroll down to find the “Position Type” field. Click on “Diversity Opportunities” and select “Search” to find all of the opportunities with this designation. You can also search by entering the Job ID # in the search field at the top of the page. Review each posting carefully for eligibility, required materials, application process and due dates. Note any registration fees for national career fairs and/or events.

Please work with your assigned career counselor if you have questions regarding these diversity opportunities, internships or other jobs you wish to apply for.  
Enjoy your spring break!

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS: {Please refer to each sponsoring organization’s website for further details, deadlines and eligibility information.)

Bradley – Annual Diversity Scholarship                               (2L)                  Deadline: March 15, 2018

Bradley’s commitment to diversity is not just a passive ideal, but an active goal that allows us to build a team with broad backgrounds and experiences. Every year, we offer two Diversity Scholarships to promote the education of well-qualified law students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.

Award: Scholarships of up to $5,000 for first-year students and up to $10,000 for second-year students who are committed to broadening the diversity of voices in the legal profession. Scholarship recipients are required to clerk in one of Bradley’s offices for at least six weeks during the summer after the scholarships are awarded.  Continue reading

120 women who have changed our world

As we celebrate Women’s month this March 2018:

NOTE: Visit the library’s display cases behind the reference desk for an excellent showing that celebrates women in the law field, including our own Katherine Stoneman: http://www.albanylaw.edu/katestoneman/Pages/KateStonemanDay.aspx


History:  Women Obits overlooked in the past:  A tribute to these powerful women:


“From http://www.msn.com”  see the 120 Women who have changed our world:




Diversity Opportunities… list updated as January 18, 2018

Please work with your assigned career counselor if you have questions regarding these diversity opportunities, internships or other jobs you wish to apply for.  

Throughout the year, various Diversity opportunities are posted online in ALBANYLAW LINK.  To search for these opportunities, log into your account and select the “Jobs (Non-OCR)” tab. Next, click on “Advanced Search” and scroll down to find the “Position Type” field. Click on “Diversity Opportunities” and select “Search” to find all of the opportunities with this designation. You can also search by the Job ID # – just enter the number in the search field at the top of the page. Review each posting carefully for eligibility, application process, required materials and due dates. Note: There may be registration fees associated with national career fairs and/or events. Diversity Event Invitation:                         Demystifying the Large Firm Practice          Feb. 15, 2018              5:30pm – 8pm            First Year Students Are Invited to Attend!

Holland & Knight LLP, 10 St. James Avenue, 11th Floor, Boston, MA 02116 RSVP by Feb. 8th to: Bronagh F. Fay, Recruiting Manager @ bronagh.fay@hklaw.com

The following diversity opportunities can be found online in your AlbanyLaw Link account, under “Jobs (Non-OCR).” 

Diversity Internships, Opportunities, Scholarships, Events and Career Fairs


Employer/Organization Location

Barclay Damon Legal Diversity 1L Summer Clerk Program (1L) 23481 Barclay Damon, LLP (Syracuse, NY) 1/23/18

2018 Diversity Summer Fellowship in Health Law

23312 The Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association 1/26/18

The M. Catherine Richardson Clerkship Program (1L)


Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC (Syracuse, NY)


Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program (1L)


Monroe County Bar Association (Rochester, NY)


2018 Paul Hastings Diversity Scholarship Award (1L)


Paul Hastings (location not specified)


The Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Summer 2018 Judicial Internship Program (1L and 2L)


Sonia & Celina Sotomayor Judicial Internship Program SCS JIP (New York, NY)


Community Development Project, Summer 2018 Transactional Internship (2L) 23416

Urban Justice Center (NYSBA, Corp. Counsel Section – Kenneth G. Standard Diversity Internship) (New York, NY)


2018 Microsoft Legal Internship for a Law Student with a Disability (1L)


American Bar Association (ABA) – Commission on Disability Rights (CDR) (Washington, DC)


Summer 2018 Law Student Internship (1L & 2L) (diverse students are encouraged to apply)


Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)



Mondays: Free Coffee & Breakfast in the Library Foyer, 8:30am – 10:30am

Dear students:

We hope all is going well during your first two months of school.  We will be kicking off our Fall 2017 Mellow Monday Study Break series on Monday, October 23rd:

Join faculty, staff, and fellow students for an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas or simply visit with members of our supportive community.

Enjoy FREE coffee, fruit juices, water, baked treats, and fresh fruit!

Time: 8:30am – 10:30am

Location: Outside the Admissions Suite (library Foyer)

Please join us for additional “Mellow Monday Study Breaks” on November 6th, 13th, and 20th.

Sponsored by the Admissions team and the Diversity, Student Affairs, and Community Affairs Faculty Committees.