Welcome back! and a special welcome to the 147 members of the Class of 2019

Albany Law School’s newest students were greeted with a standing ovation when they were sworn in by U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino on the final day of orientation, Monday, August 22, 2016.

This BLOG post is an excerpt from Albany Law School’s webpage: http://www.albanylaw.edu/about/news/current/Pages/Albany-Law-School-Welcomes-Class-of-2019.aspx

The class represented a 16% increase in size from last year, along with greater diversity and stronger academic indicators.  Learn more about the Class of 2019:

  • 50% women:50% men, ages ranging from 19 to 58 years old, with an average of 25.
  • Some of the many languages spoken by the class include Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu, and Yoruba.
  • Foreign-born students hail from Canada, France, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Peru.
  • Fifty-nine undergraduate schools are represented, including Cornell University, Fordham University, Rutgers University, St. John’s University, University at Albany, and University of Notre Dame.
  • One student won an Emmy Award in 2014 for Producer of Best Documentary and was nominated for an Academy Award. Others held jobs as investment manager, financial analyst, assistant dean of students, CPA, blueberry farmer, pharmacist, and U.S. Army Lt. Col.

“Remember, you’re professionals now, you’re embarking on this great career. So take advantage of everything that Albany Law School and its faculty have to offer to you.”  ~U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino

1st Friday – Albany FREE Events on: [Sept. 2nd; Oct. 7th; Nov. 4th; and December 2nd]

History of these once per month events:
From its humble beginnings as a joint effort between the Amrose + Sable Gallery, the Upstate Artists Guild, and the Romaine Brooks Gallery,  1st Friday has become a popular outing drawing more than 1,000 art lovers from in and outside of the Capital Region.

On the 1st Friday of each month, the Upstate Artists Guild and Michael Weidrich, aims to introduce a wider audience to the unique vitality of the artists and venues of Albany. 1st Friday promotes interest in the arts by making it accessible, thereby strengthening the arts community in Albany.   For Fall 2016 Events, Click: http://1stfridayalbany.org/

Please join this monthly Celebration!

Attention 2L & 3L: Fall 2016 ACBA Diversity Internships with $1,800/semester stipend: Apply on CSM by August 19th.

There are still paid large law firm internships available!
Application deadline has been extended to  Friday, August 19th.
$1,800/ Semester Stipend.

Selected Fall 2016 interns will have the opportunity to work with the following Albany employers: 

  • Bond Schoeneck & King
  • Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Pitney Bowes, Inc.
  • Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP
  • Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP

The Albany County Bar Association (ACBA) Fall 2016 Diversity Internship Program:
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. Students from underrepresented groups within the legal profession are encouraged to apply.

Internship Program Highlights: 

  • Paid, semester long internship ($1,800 stipend)
  • Internships open to Albany Law School 2Ls (Class of 2018) and 3Ls (Class of 2017)
  • Meaningful work experience with assignments equivalent to a junior associate’s actual work situation
  • Supervised by a partner or senior attorney
  • 10 week commitment (100 hours; minimum of ten hours per week)
  • Many past interns have subsequently obtained full-time law firm employment and now are members of the Albany County Bar.
  • The goal of the program is to increase the representation of students of color in law firms in the Capital District, and to provide students with a private sector experience.


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Ethnic Markets & Restaurants in the Capital District

Click: Complete list of Albany area markets and restaurants.
The below list of restaurants and mini markets were recommended by members of our law school community.   Enjoy!


Kim’s Korean Market 1649 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205, (518) 869 -9981
Van’s Vietnamese Restaurant, 307 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206, (518) 436-1868 Continue reading

2016 Lavender Law Career Fair and Conference, August 4-6

Dear Class of 2016, 2017 and 2018:

With nearly 170 recruiters from law firms, government agencies, and non-profit organizations interested in diversifying their workplaces – please join them at this year Lavender Career Fair and Conference.     REGISTER TODAY:  http://www.law.uchicago.edu/lavenderlaw%20


The National LGBT Bar Association presents the 2016 Lavender Law Career Fair & Conference:  Date: August 4-6, 2016
List of Employers: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/employers


RSVP by Tuesday, July 19th: NYC Networking Event and Reception at Sidley Austin’s Offices

A message from Ms. Sonji Patrick, Director of Education (LatinoJustice PRLDEF):

“Please join us for our Annual “How to Succeed in Law School” Orientation Workshop which will be held on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 from 9:30am —2:00pm, at Sidley Austin LLP’s NYC Law Offices at: 787 Seventh Avenue (between 51st and 52nd Streets).

This FREE comprehensive day-long program will provide you with foundational training to complement your upcoming law school orientation programs.  You will hear from the firm’s presenters on the topics, Notetaking, Case briefing and Outlining, and Exam Taking Techniques.  The keynote speaker is Jessica Ortiz, former Assistant US Attorney, Co-chief of Narcotics, Southern District of New York.  There will be a networking luncheon, where you will meet the firm’s associates, summer law student associates, and representatives from local bar associations.”
Most urgently, please RSVP no later than Tuesday, July 19th to be added on this secure building’s security list.  You may also email your RSVP to Ms.Patrick at spatrick@latinojustice.org in order to attend the program.  Please feel free to contact her directly at (212)739-7497 or via email with any questions or concerns.

Committed to Justice and Leadership since 1972
99 Hudson Street 14th Floor | New York, NY 10013
T: 212.739.7497 T: 800.328.2322
spatrick@latinojustice.org |  @LJspatrick


Roundup: Albany Law School in the news…

Incoming student Wajiha Kazmi, ’19 wrote a commentary for the Times Union: “Respect a key part of this dream.”

Sad news to report: Law School Community Mourns the Passing of Edgar Sandman ’46

This week, Albany Law announced its new 2-year degree program. Coverage so far includes stories in the ABA Journal, Business Review, Times Union, LLM Guide, Above the Law, and JD Journal.


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You are invited: NYC Roundtable Discussion and Reception, July 20th

You are Invited to attend:
Navigating Bias Encounters In The Workplace: Featuring Dr. Arin Reeves

We invite you to join us for a roundtable discussion on navigating cultural bias in the workplace. The discussion will be followed by networking and a cocktail reception.Leading researcher, author and advisor in the fields of leadership and inclusion, Dr. Arin Reeves, will discuss:

  • challenges that may arise when communicating across cultures;
  • ways to identify biases that affect our communication; and
  • how to interrupt those biases to create a more inclusive workplace.

Roundtable Discussion & Reception,   Register, by July 15th at:  http://palsprogram.org/index.php/component/rseventspro/register/33-navigating-bias-encounters-in-the-workplace

Date: Wednesday, July 20th 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Held: Sidley Austin’s NYC Offices at:
787 7th Avenue, NY, NY 10019):  http://www.sidley.com/

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Registration and Cocktails
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Program
7:30 p.m. – Reception

Hosted By:  Sidley Austin  (www.sidley.com/)
Co-sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.









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Pentagon removes ban on Open Transgender Military Service

“U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Thursday that transgender men and women will now be allowed to serve openly in the military.

“This is the right thing to do for our people and for the force,” Carter said in announcing the policy change. “We’re talking about talented Americans who are serving with distinction or who want the opportunity to serve. We can’t allow barriers unrelated to a person’s qualifications prevent us from recruiting and retaining those who can best accomplish the mission.”  Continue reading


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