Albany Law School celebrates its 166th Commencement.


For Albany Law School’s Class of 2017, it was a day of inspiration and celebration.
166th Commencement: Photos | Video 

Before crossing the stage Friday, May 19 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., approximately 110 graduates heard from keynote speaker David McCraw ’92, vice president and deputy general counsel for the New York Times.
Albany Law School's 166th Commencement

“Being a graduate of Albany Law School means … being the kind of lawyer people count on,” said McCraw, who serves as the Times’ top newsroom lawyer and is among the nation’s most prolific litigators of freedom-of-information cases. “I have always prided myself on being that kind of lawyer, an Albany lawyer—a lawyer who shows up, who keeps trying, who wakes up the next morning trying to figure out why whatever he did yesterday didn’t work and what he can do today to make it a happen. That was something I learned at Albany Law School.”
Albany Law School's 166th Commencement

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Albany Law School: Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter, Issue 1

Published by members of the Law School’s Faculty Diversity Committee.

Remembering: A Pioneering Judge – The Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam

~The Albany Law School community is saddened by the loss of  Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. She was a tremendous judge, a wonderful person, and a friend to the law school. Along with frequent visits to our campus, she received an Honorary Degree from Albany Law School at our 163rd Commencement in 2014. Continue reading

Roundup: Albany Law School in the News, First week of April 2017

The big news this week was Justice Sotomayor’s visit to campus.

President & Dean Ouellette’s op-ed “Funding legal services for the poor benefits all of society” was published by the Times Union. (Paywall – see text below.)   

Professor Bonventre spoke with KJZZ radio in Phoenix about the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Neil Gorsuch. (Airing today, Friday, sometime between noon-2 p.m.)

Professors Bonventre and Gottlieb discussed the Supreme Court and Judge Gorsuch on WAMC’s “Vox Pop.”   Continue reading

Dominican Bar Association Women’s Committee: “A Conversation with Latinas in Government” May 3rd @ 6pm, NYC Office of Chadbourne & Parke, LLP


Dominican Bar Association Women’s Committee: A Conversation with Latinas in Government
Wednesday, May 3;
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Location: Law Offices of Chadbourne & Parke LLP
1301 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Please join The Dominican Bar Association Women’s Committee: Las Mariposas for the next Let’s Chat series event: A Conversation with Latinas in Government.   Speakers include: Laura Acosta, Deputy Chief of Staff at New York City Public Advocate; Vilda Vera Mayuga, Chairperson, New York State Industrial Board of Appeals; Lilliam A. Perez, Senior Advisor/Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman; and Julisaa Reynoso, Partner, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Former United States Ambassador to Uruguay.

You can RSVP here.


Save the Date: The Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law, May 8th @ NYCBA

 Save the Date: The Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law
Monday, May 8;  6:00-8:30pm; NYC Bar Association
$100 Members | $50 Government/Nonprofit Members | $175 Non Members | $125 Government/Nonprofit Non Members

Please join us as Patricia Bell-Scott, Author and Professor Emerita of Women’s Studies and Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia delivers the Annual Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law.

Welcome by: John S. Kiernan, President, New York City Bar

Introduction by: Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States

All requests for cancellations & refunds must be received no later than May 1, 2017. Registration is necessary. For more information please contact

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The Theodore T. Jones, JR Undergraduate Intercultural Moot Court Competition, Saturday, April 8 (Albany Law School)

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Sponsored by the University at Albany and Albany Law School Venture Fund  

In memory of the Honorable Theodore T. Jones, Jr.  Associate Justice, N.Y. Court of Appeals

Theodore Theopolis Jones, Jr. was the fourth African American appointed to serve on New York State’s highest court. He was nominated to the Court of Appeals by the then-newly elected Governor Eliot Spitzer in January 2007 and confirmed by the State Senate in February 2007. Sadly, Judge Jones’s time on the Court was cut short when he passed away unexpectedly on November 6, 2012 at the age of 68.   Learn more about Judge Jones:

Theodore T. Jones, Jr. Undergraduate Intercultural Moot Court Competition:

Held on Saturday, April 8, 2017
No registration fee
(21 undergraduate students from the University at Albany will be competing)  

Albany Law School,  80 New Scotland Ave.
Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom (Room 421), Time: 9am – 3pm


  • 21 U Albany students will compete for gift certificates!
  • The competition is based on oral argument
  • Register on a first-come basis
  • Sign up solo or as a team of two
  • Work with law students, professors, lawyers and judges during the competition
  • The competition is open to all students who are enrolled in undergraduate programs

    Questions, you may contact: Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Rosemary Queenan at 

Articles of Interest

Here are a few articles that you may or may not have read but we thought you may find interesting: 

 Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion by Laura Sherbin and Ripa Rashid

Study: Millennials Deeply Confused about their Politics, Finances and Culture by Derek Thompson

The women of 1969 Unboxed:  Watch Video:
Women’s journeys through the eyes of one feisty fascinating class that graduated in 1969.



April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.  Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue.
We need everyone’s help to end it. Thank you for getting involved and for supporting SAAM efforts.

Learn more about support for survivors:

VOLUNTEER Locally! Click Below to learn how to help:

After the Silence Supportline:

Since 2001, NSVRC supports SAAM organizers with resources, tools, and training.
You can ask us questions about sexual violence, prevention, or planning a campaign.