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Twenty-seven students received MS Degrees in Legal Studies

Twenty-seven MS  students were among the 255 students receiving 
degrees at Albany Law School’s 158th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15th, 2009 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).   The Honorable Jonathan Lippman delivered the keynote address at the commencement ceremony, his first as Chief Judge of New York State.  Click Here for a Podcast of Chief Justice Lippman’s speech.    Continue reading

LexisNexis ASPIRE Program Update: Expanded Eligibility for Recent Graduates

Message from LexisNexis:
This past week has been very exciting for us, with the launch of our new
LexisNexis Associates Serving Public Interest Research (ASPIRE) Program.  ASPIRE, which provides complimentary LexisNexis access to deferred fall associates pursuing public interest work, has been well received by law firms, law school deans, career services directors, and students across the country.  We have been truly pleased to support our customers’ needs during this greatly challenging time.

In response your positive feedback, we are delighted to announce that we are expanding eligibility to all 2009 graduates pursuing verifiable
public service (non-profit or charitable) work.  This includes: Continue reading

Albany Law’s Class of 2009 Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2009! 

Two-hundred-and-fifty-five students received degrees at Albany Law School’s 158th Commencement ceremony, which took place at 11 a.m. on May 15, 2009 in the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

The Honorable Jonathan Lippman delivered the keynote address at the commencement ceremony. Chief Judge Lippman was appointed to his position at the New York State Court of Appeals by Governor Paterson in January 2009 and confirmed by the New York State Senate in February 2009, replacing retiring Chief Judge Judith Kaye.

Of the graduates, 218 received their Juris Doctorate, 10 their LL.M., and 27 their M.S. in Legal Studies with a concentration in Technology Transfer.

For the first time, the Albany Law School Commencement ceremony was webcast live. Family and friends could watch the event via the Internet.    Unfortunately, this is not something that can be accessed afterwards, recorded, or downloaded. Once the ceremony has ended the live feed will end as well.

Remember if you are interested in purchasing a DVD of the ceremony, you can visit , click on GRADUATIONS, and Albany Law School to purchase a copy via the web.
Click Here for Podcast of Chief Judge Lippman’s commencement address.    Three faculty members received awards, Click Here 

~Albany Law’s Dean & President Thomas Guernsey announces offer of free CLEs and other benefits to recent graduates. Click Here  
~A champagne reception was held after the ceremony for graduates, their families, and attending faculty and alumni. For more information on the 2009 Commencement or past events, contact Tammy Weinman at 518-445-3210 or    

April was National Sexual Assault Awareness Month


  • Sexual Assault takes many forms, including rape, child molestation, incest, fondling, and any other unwanted sexual contact
  • 1 in 6 American women has been the victim of a rape or attempted rape
  • 70% of all assault victims known to law enforcement are juveniles
  • 1 in 10 victims of sexual assault is male
  • Perpetrators of sexual assault can be strangers, friends, acquaintances, or family members

NOTE: On Friday, May 8th, from 8am-11am the Albany Law Grant Task Force members will be sponsoring a Coffee & Bagel Study Break for all students (in the Foyer outside the Library).  Please stop by and meet 2 of our team members, pick up our new brochure, we will be on hand to wish you well on exams!      

Photo Gallery below from our April 16th and 23rd Tabling and Fundraiser on April 25th. – “a great success -over 90 members of the Albany Law Community stopped by our table to learn more and pick up literature and enjoyed free coffee & cookies”.  Join us! TODAY, April 30th from Noon – 3pm for our last day of Tabling this semester.  Thank you for your support!  

For a list of  on-campus and local support resources please see the Albany Law School’s Brochure, CLICK HERE to learn more about our  U.S. Department of Justice Grant to “Stop Abuse Against Women”.  Continue reading

BLSA’s Inaugural Alumni Banquet

On Friday, April 17th, 2009,  Albany Law’s Chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) held its inaugural Alumni Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn.  It was a great success!  With a welcome address by our President & Dean Thomas Guernsey,  with faculty members: Professor Kathe Klare, and Faculty Advisor to BLSA Professor Donna YoungProfessor Peter Halewood, Professor David Pratt, and Professor C. Benjie Louis, staff members and 18 alumni (including U.S. District Court Judge, The Honorable Randolph Treece, ’76 and Albany City Court Judge, The Honorable Helena Heath-Roland)  joining the festivities.   The keynote speaker and honoree was Barbara Cottrell ’84.   Ms. Cottrell is currently the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.  In her address to a group of over 50 attendees, Ms. Cottrell stressed the importance of networking and reaching out to our close knit alumni community to seek advice, assistance with job search, and mentorship throughout law school and beyond.   She discussed  how networking in law school lead to her  career with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

After the keynote address, Phillip McKie, ’10, President of the Albany Law’s Chapter of BLSA presented an alumni award to John Higgins, Esq. ’89, Counsel of Nixon Peabody LLP’s Albany  Office.  John, a graduate from Albany Law School, former adjunct professor and the current President of the Capital District Black & Hispanic Bar Association (CDBHBA),  has continually worked closely with BLSA and the Albany Law community.  John was very moved by this award, which was named in his honor for future BLSA Banquets.

The Opening Reception was sponsored by:  Nixon Peabody,  LLP,  the Diversity Office, and  John Higgins, Esq.

To view the Banquet’s Program, Click here   For Flier, Click here
and BLSA 2008-2009 newsletter, Click here   Photo gallery below:

Albany Law students file brief with U.S. Supreme Court

On April 1, 2009, a group of Albany Law students filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court in Safford v. Redding, a case challenging the constitutionality of strip searches by school officials in public schools.  The brief was filed on behalf of the Urban Justice Center, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Advocates for Children of New York, and the National Youth Rights Association. This initiative was made possible through the guidance of Professor Ray Brescia, the leadership of Umair Khan ’09, student director, and the contributions of Rob Magee ’09, Ben Loefke ’10, Meredith Perry ’10, Matthew Rozea ’10, and Erika Winkler ’10.  Continue reading

Open House at Albany Law School

 On Saturday, April 4, 2009, Albany Law held its Spring Open House. We welcomed accepted and prospective students and their families to our campus.  They arrived at 9:30am and were treated to a continental breakfast  and later to a noon luncheon in the East Foyer.  After registration, participants were welcomed by our Dean & President Thomas Guernsey in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom, where a sample class took place. Information about admissions, financial aid, curriculum, perspectives from current students and alumni, and diversity at Albany Law were also presented.  The event concluded with campus tours and an Information Fair in the East Foyer.   See the links below for more information about Albany Law.  For our Admissions Office website, Click  HERE and Click Here for the Diversity Office.  Albany Law School’s video is located  HERE.

Did you hear about the local terrorism case?

When:  Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Time:   5:30 PM -7:00 PM
Where:  Dean Alexander Moot Court Room (DAMC) 
Brought to you by: Albany Law Civil Liberities Union, (ALCLU), 
Amnesty International & the Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA) will be sponsoring this event.  Continue reading

Diversity in the Judiciary: Expanding the Pipeline

The Diversity Office in collaboration with three local bar associations CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO ATTEND a roundtable discussion on: DIVERSITY IN THE JUDICIARY: EXPANDING THE PIPELINE

TIME: Lite Fare Reception: from 5:15pm – 6pm
PANEL: 6pm – 7:30pm
PLACE: NYS Bar Association, Great Hall, One Elk Street, Albany

HON. CARMEN BEAUCHAMP CIPARICK, NYS Court of Appeals, Senior Associate Judge
HON. THEODORE JONES, NYS Court of Appeals, Associate Judge
HON. LESLIE STEIN, NYS Supreme Court Justice, Appellate Division, Third Dept.
HON. HELENA HEATH-ROLAND, Albany City Court Judge   
In this annual roundtable discussion, the panelists will discuss their path to the judiciary, how having gender and racial diversity on the bench impacts and improves our justice system, and ways to expand the pipeline to increase diversity in the legal profession and judiciary.

This is a great Networking event!   Over 40 members of the state and local bar associations will be in attendance!

RSVP to: Albany Law  School alumni: Ricja Rice, Esq. OR Kate McGuirl, Esq.

For more details view FLYER

V- Monologues Performance at Albany Law

On Friday March 6th, and Saturday, March 7th, Albany Law will be hosting a production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues.  This event is co-sponsored by the Diversity Office at Albany Law School and the Women’s Rugby Team.  Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, rape, menstruation, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the variety of names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.

The Vagina Monologues is the cornerstone of the V-Day,  a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sexual slavery.   Continue reading