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THE LAW SCHOOL IN NEW YORK’S CAPITAL

SEPTEMBER 2014 — AUGUST 2015

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Message from the Director From the White House to Tunisia, from police-community relations to building a hightech, 21st century economy, this year, the Government Law Center served as a platform for connecting our students, faculty, staff and the rest of the law school community to the Capital Region and beyond, creating opportunities, serving as an amplifier of ideas, and strengthening the GLC’s and the law school’s relationships with key strategic partners.

For faculty members, the GLC has served as a vehicle to promote their scholarship and service and bring important issues to light. In February, Professor Sarah Rogerson spoke at one of our Warren M. Anderson breakfast programs on the crucial issue of state government’s role in dealing with a range of immigration issues. Professor Christine Chung helped to organize and spoke at an engaging conference on the potential impact of Detroit’s fiscal woes on localities in New York State, and she and Professor Heverly played crucial roles in Startup Law Day. Professor Vincent Bonventre participated in our well-attended conference on the lasting impact of Silver v. Pataki, a case which re-oriented the balance of power in Albany around the state budget. (This conference featured not only former counsels to several New York governors but also former Governor David Paterson as well, who gave a lively and informative talk on his perspective of the budget process, sharing his insights into his administration’s work on the budget during the depths of the Great Recession). Professor Bonventre also spoke to rave reviews at a program in August on the Supreme Court’s action-packed spring term. We were also grateful for the contributions of Professor Sundquist who moderated our Crawford Lecture and panel discussion on police-community relations, and Professors Hutter and Heverly for their contributions to our continuing legal education programming. This year, we also strengthened existing partnerships and created new ones. The GLC joined forces with the Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York around several exciting events, including the Silver v. Pataki conference and the Detroit program described above. The Detroit program was also co-sponsored by the joint Albany Law-University at Albany Institute for Financial Market Regulation, of which Professor Chung is co-director. This program featured a keynote address by former Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, among many distinguished speakers. We continued to partner with the Colleges of Nanoscale Science + Engineering, which is part of the newly formed SUNY Polytechnic Institute, on exciting joint programming, including the New York State Business Plan Competition, where teams made up of law students and CNSE students advanced far into the final round of the competition. New partnerships have also brought in new funding, as we launch our exciting new Regional Innovation Lab, in conjunction with the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region. These activities, events and partnerships offer the greater law school community more opportunities to engage with the world outside the classroom, so that the learning never stops. We at the GLC look forward to another year of accomplishment and enrichment, and express our deep gratitude to all who support the Center and make its work, and these opportunities, possible. Ray Brescia Associate Professor of Law and Director Government Law Center

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For students, the GLC is working to create internships and other mentoring opportunities that will help build their networks and their experience so they can make a seamless transition from student to graduate to working lawyer. To these ends, the GLC took on new responsibilities and launched new initiatives to assist our students while they are in the building and beyond. For example, this past year, the GLC coordinated the law school’s Semester-in-Practice Program through which students can work full-time in legal settings for credit, both during the academic year and the summer. Our students had amazing opportunities, including working for President Obama’s National Economic Council, Attorney General Schneiderman’s office, the New York City Police Department, the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA), the Golub Corporation, and Pfizer, among many enriching placements. In addition, this August, we welcomed our first class of Government Law Center Fellows from the incoming class. The GLC Fellows program will give students the opportunity to work with the GLC and the members of its Advisory Board to develop new internship opportunities, receive one-on-one mentorship, and participate in GLC events.

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Albany Law students reach finals of New York State Business Plan Competition New publication added to GLC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation White Paper Series

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A nn u al P rograms U.S. Judge Johnson Delivers Riveting Crawford Lecture on Race Relations This year, the Government Law Center’s Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture featured the Honorable Sterling Johnson Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, speaking on “Police-Community Relations: Moving Forward.” Judge Johnson’s remarks reflected his unique personal experiences and law enforcement career, including growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, serving as Executive Director of the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, and as an officer in the New York Police Department. He also offered revealing personal anecdotes during his forty-minute lecture, such as his experience getting pulled over in South Carolina as he traveled to the airport and was ordered to prove he had luggage to the officer. A panel on “The State of Police-Community Relations in the City of Judge Sterling Johnson Albany” followed the lecture. Panelists included Albany’s then-Acting Chief of Police Brendan J. Cox; Dr. Alice P. Green, Executive Director of the Center for Law & Justice; Civil Rights Attorney Mark S. Mishler, Esq.; and The Rev. Dr. Edward B. Smart, Chairman of Albany’s Citizens’ Police Review Board. Professor Christian B. Sundquist of Albany Law School moderated the program. A video of the entire program is available at: https://vimeo.com/126413827.

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T H E SAR ATOG A INST IT U T E ON EQUINE, RACI NG, AND G AMING LAW PUT S SP OT L I G H T O N E QU INE A ND G A MING INDUS TRY LAWS AND REGULATIO NS

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On the first day of this year’s Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law, keynote speaker U.S. Representative Paul Tonko, co-chair of the Congressional Horse Caucus, made a strong pitch for adopting national anti-drug legislation aimed to crack down on illegal drug use in horse racing, promote the health and safety of horses, and boost fan confidence and interest in the horse racing industry. U.S. Rep. Tonko’s remarks triggered spirited responses from opponents of the proposed Thoroughbred Horse Racing Anti-Doping Act, who felt the inexperienced oversight agency and insufficient funding provided under the Act would pass costs on to horse owners. Panels later in the day discussed other key topics of interest to the horse industry such as employment and immigration issues and whether New York needs an equine liability law to protect sponsors or organizers of public equine activities, such as racetracks, boarding stables, and breeding farms. The second day of the highly praised program focused on the status of the commercial casinos being developed in New York and the necessity for extensive federal and state regulations in the gaming industry. The lunchtime keynote address was provided by Geoff Freeman, President and CEO of the American Gaming Association, who discussed the challenges the gaming industry faces as it continues to expand through commercial casinos. Afternoon audiences were treated to lively exchanges on Internet gaming, fantasy sports betting, and virtual currencies as well as a thorough update on the status of expanding Tribal Gaming sites.

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Among the many distinguished speakers: Hon. John Bonacic, Chair of the NYS Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering; Hon. J. Gary Pretlow, Chair of the NYS Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee; and Jason Giles, Executive Director for the National Indian Gaming Association.

This year’s 15th anniversary program featured a new partnership with the Gaming Law Committee of the ABA Business Law Section and was held for the first time at The Saratoga Hilton in downtown Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Salk i n ’ 8 8 , B runo, and B ilinski Honored at 1 5th Ann iv ersary Sarato ga Insti tute R e ception Former GLC Director Patricia E. Salkin ’88; former NYS Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno; and Dr. Jerry Bilinski, Chair of the GLC Racing and Wagering Committee, were all honored at a special reception celebrating 15 years of The Saratoga Institute. Albany Law’s President and Dean Alicia Ouellette praised Salkin for her seminal role in establishing The Saratoga Institute at Albany Law School in 2001. Salkin is a 1988 graduate of Albany Law School and currently serves as Dean of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and Interim Provost of Touro’s Graduate and Professional Division. During her 22 years at Albany Law, she also served as the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law and Associate Dean. Bruno provided early strong support to the fledgling Saratoga Institute to help ensure its sustainability. Bilinski is a distinguished veterinarian and former chair of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. He serves as the active chair of the GLC Racing and Gaming Committee and has devoted countless hours to program planning and fundraising. Bilinski played a central role in both formulating the original Saratoga Institute and in supporting its recent expansion to a highly regarded national program. President Ouellette introduced and presented the first award to Dean Salkin. GLC Advisory Board member Chris Wittstruck, Esq., who is also a committee member of the Saratoga Institute and a director of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, paid tribute to Dr. Bilinski. Dr. Bilinski, in turn, recognized the contributions of former Majority Leader Bruno. Patrick E. Brown, Esq., of Brown & Weinraub, PLLC, and a member of the GLC Advisory Board and the Saratoga Institute Committee, graciously served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

The successful Anderson Legislative Breakfast Programs ended with a thoughtful discussion about preventing wrongful convictions while assuring public safety. Held at the Legislative Office Building, Dr. James R. Acker, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany; Rebecca Brown, Director of Policy for The Innocence Project; and Mark J. Hale, Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Conviction Review Unit for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, offered insights into this pressing topic. Other programs in the Series featured: Empire Justice Center CEO Anne Erikson, Albany Law Professor Sarah Rogerson, and Empire Justice Center immigration attorney Mevlüde Akay-Alp, addressing immigration reform; Terry Hastings of the NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, Director of Emergency Management at Albany Medical Center Scott Heller, and Albany County District Attorney David Soares ’99, speaking on disaster preparedness; and a conversation on unchaining local governments with Steve Acquario, Executive Director of the NYS Association of Counties. Chairman Scott Fein, Bruce Gyory and John Regan of the GLC Advisory Board served as program moderators. This year for the first time, speakers from all four Anderson presentations were interviewed live, on the air, by Susan Arbetter, host of The Capital Pressroom, following each program. The Anderson programs were recorded by the New York State Assembly. These recordings can be viewed at: http://www.albanylaw.edu/glc/programs/annual/Pages/ anderson-breakfast.aspx.

The 2015 Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast

Seminar Series TUES. APRIL 7, 2015 8:00 — 9:00 a.m. location: nys capitol agunn@albanylaw.edu 518-445-2329

Health Crises, Natural Disasters, and Civil Unrest: Are We Prepared? · TERRY HASTINGS — Senior Policy Advisor

NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

· SCOTT HELLER — Director of Emergency

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Management, Albany Medical Center

·D  AVID SOARES, Esq. ’99 — Albany County District Attorney

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G LC F E L LOW S | S E M E S T E R I N P R AC T I C E F i fteen Students Participate in First GLC Fellows Program Fifteen students from the Class of 2018 were selected to participate in the inaugural year of the Government Law Center Fellows Program. According to GLC Director Ray Brescia, “The new program provides students with many beneficial opportunities such as a first chance at internships, open invitations to attend meetings of the GLC Advisory Board, and being paired up with Advisory Board member-mentors based on the students’ individual interests.” Before describing her own, out-of-the-ordinary path to law school at orientation, GLC Advisory Board Vice-Chair Sandra Rivera ’02 welcomed the Fellows and encouraged them to capitalize on the large number of internships and chances to network with Board members.

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Rivera graduated from the University at Albany with degrees in anthropology and political communication. She started her career working in the Assembly Majority Leader’s office and then for New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), advancing NYSUT’s agenda before the Legislature and Executive Chamber. After working as an advocate for NYSUT, Rivera realized the GLC Fellows pose with GLC Staff Sandra Rivera ’02, Vice Chair, GLC Advisory Board next step in her career advancement was a law degree. Since graduating from Albany Law, Rivera has worked for prominent law firms, and more recently opened her own legal practice. Rivera is enthusiastic about representing her clients before state government to improve the greater society. She communicated her enthusiasm for the work of the GLC and encouraged students to explore the many opportunities open to them as GLC Fellows.

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Bob Batson ’75 and Mary Berry ’94, GLC Government Lawyers-in-Residence, all urged the new Fellows to take advantage of the wealth of internship settings available through the Summer-in-Practice and Semester-in-Practice programs at the Law School. Many of the students echoed a desire to use their law degrees to help change the world for the better. They bring a range of experiences, including stints at the L.A. Times, the Florida House of Representatives, the Office of the NYS Attorney General, the City of Buffalo, and military experience.

L to R, Andrew Howard ’15 (with NYS Senator Kevin Parker); Jordan Choy ’15; Alexis Osborne ’16


The White House, Pfizer among Students’ Full-Time, Semester-Long Internships This past spring, five Albany Law School students immersed themselves in judicial, governmental, and public interest positions for a semester-long placement experience. During their internships, students worked full time under supervising attorneys participating in the legal work of their choice. Albany Law placed students around the Capital District, New York City, and at the White House in Washington, D.C. “Few things are as important in the education of a law student as the experience of working on the front lines of legal work,” said Professor and GLC Director Ray Brescia, who oversees the program. “Their studies come to life through these experiences and they develop, firsthand and before they graduate, a range of skills that will help them in their careers, while learning if their placements offer them a path in the law that they may want to pursue after graduation.” Alexis Osborne ’16 interned at the National Economic Council at the White House, where she worked on a number of policy initiatives, and helped with a press conference where President Obama spoke. Michelle Frankel ’15 interned on Pfizer’s Worldwide Public Affairs Policy Team, where she worked on policy and regulatory projects. Andrew Howard ’15 interned for New York Senator Kevin Parker in Brooklyn, where he worked on drafting, amending, and passing bills. Students also interned with the Attorney General’s office; the Federal Defender’s office in Chattanooga, TN; Her Justice; JASA Legal Services for the Elderly; The Golub Corp.; and the NYPD.

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Looking at its evolution over the past 40 years and what may lie ahead in an age of ubiquitous data, a panel representing media, activists and government discussed the Freedom of Information Law with both optimism due to its goals and concerns for its shortcomings. Susan Arbetter, host of The Capitol Pressroom, moderated the discussion featuring Tim Hoefer of the Empire Center; Peter Henner, Committee Member for the NYCLU; Camille Jobin-Davis, Esq. ’95 then of the NYS Committee on Open Government; Brendan Lyons of the Albany Times Union; and Jeffrey Pearlman ’00, Chief of Staff to the NYS Senate Democratic Conference. Key individuals responsible for FOIL’s success were honored at the reception, including Robert Freeman, Executive Director of the NYS Committee on Open Government and Bennett Liebman, former Deputy Secretary for Racing and Gaming and former Executive Director of the Government Law Center.

Disc u ssing Detroit: What Does It Mean for New York? Could pension rights in New York municipalities face impairment? What might happen to bond covenants if a New York town is forced to follow Detroit’s fiscal path? Former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, who served as special advisor to the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in Detroit, delivered the keynote speech on his experience with the Detroit process and what lessons New York can learn from it. Other panelists included The Hon. Kathy Sheehan, Mayor of Albany; Donald J. Boyd, Ph.D., Senior Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government; Professor Christine Sgarlata Chung, Co-director of the Institute for Financial Market Regulation at Albany Law School; Peter J. Kiernan, Of Counsel at Schiff Hardin LLP and Chair of the NYS Law Revision Commission; David Unkovic, Of Counsel at McNees, Wallace & Nurick, LLC and StateAppointed Receiver for the City of Harrisburg, PA; and Richard E. Mulvaney, General Counsel to the New York State Troopers’ Police Benevolent Association, the National Troopers Coalition, and co-counsel to the New York State Public Employee Conference.

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FO IL at 4 0 : Looking B ack, Looking Forward

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O t h er G L C C onference S Fo rmer G ov ern or David Paters on Addresses Forum on E x e c ut i v e Authority and the Budget Proc ess Keynote speaker former New York Governor David Paterson recalled, in a presentation interspersed with personal insights and humor, his bold attempt to set a new precedent in the use of budget extenders to shift the balance of power between the Legislature and the Governor in the 2010 budget negotiations. Governor Paterson’s depiction set the scene for the ensuing debate on separation of powers, possibly one of the most important constitutional issues facing New York State government today. Co-presented by the GLC and the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the forum featured some of New York’s top legal and government scholars and leading actors in recent showdowns who reflected on what led to and occurred as a result of the landmark Silver v. Pataki case, which strengthened the governor’s power over the budget, and what constitutes an appropriate separation of powers moving forward. It was the first in a series of GLC-Rockefeller Institute forums on issues related to the Constitutional Convention. Panelists included Laura Anglin, Former Budget Director to Governor Eliot Spitzer and Governor David Paterson; Gerald Benjamin, Professor, SUNY New Paltz; Professor Vincent Bonventre of Albany Law School; former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky; Professor Peter Galie of Canisius College; Peter Kiernan, Former Chief Counsel to Governor David Paterson; Former NYS Governor David Paterson; James McGuire, Former Chief Counsel to Governor George Pataki; and former Associate Judge Robert Smith of the NYS Court of Appeals. The event was moderated by Hank Greenberg, Laura Anglin, Former Budget Director; former Assistant U.S. Attorney and former Counsel to the Attorney General.

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The discussions were livestreamed and are available for viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XJO9l06SZY&list=UUW_wjaktgHW-RYF3MHaLoug.

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Hon. Robert Smith, Former Associate Judge, NYS Court of Appeals

2 01 5 Wo men’ s Healt h and E conomic Empowerment S ummit The Government Law Center, the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, the City of Albany, and Ladies America co-partnered this summer to present the City of Albany’s first Women’s Health and Economic Empowerment (WHEE) Summit. Hosted at Albany Law School, the forum brought together women from diverse backgrounds to engage in discussions about economic advancement and how to optimize health and wellness potential. Organized by Albany Councilwoman Dr. Dorcey Applyrs and Honorary Chairwoman U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the program included expert panels, networking opportunities, and a marketplace allowing women business owners the opportunity to promote their business, sell their products, and receive professional coaching. The Albany WHEE event was an outgrowth of a 2013 program hosted in New York City by Senator Gillibrand on how workplace policies and other challenges have affected women’s professional and personal success, and what steps need to be taken to allow for full economic empowerment.


Community Forum Offers Food for Thought on New York’s Dairy Industry This spring the GLC co-hosted its second community event with Honest Weight Food Co-op, this time spotlighting “dairy,” the number one agricultural business in New York – the 3rd top dairy state in the U.S., after California and Wisconsin. Experts examined wide-ranging dairy production and consumption issues such as the role of dairy production in economic development; yogurt and the upstate manufacturing renaissance; how “Big Milk” impacts family farms; evolving labor practices on dairy farms; and parsing the policy and data on raw milk. Audience members included 20 students from the SUNY Cobleskill agriculture program. The community forum was organized and moderated by Timothy Lytton, then-Albert & Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School, and author of Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food.

C hi e f E c o n omist for U . S. Commerc e Department Calls The President ’s A pproac h “ Opp o site of T rickle-down Theory ” at Ec onomic S ummit Dr. Susan Helper, Chief Economist for the U.S. Department of Commerce, provided an insider’s view about building our economy at the GLC-sponsored summit on innovation and economic development. Dr. Helper described the Obama Administration’s approach as the opposite of the trickle-down theory of economics and emphasized that “Everyone does better when the middle class does better.” She also talked about creating ladders for people to join the middle class, and said that the economy is best when the top, middle, and bottom grow together. The day-long event featured numerous high-profile panelists including afternoon keynote speaker Andrew Kennedy, Deputy Director of State Operations for New York State; David Verbraska ’96, Vice President of Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy at Pfizer and a GLC Advisory Board member; Dr. Jacob Reider, former Deputy National Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and currently physician-in-residence at Khosla Ventures and Chief Strategy Officer for Kyron; Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Interim Dean of the College of Nanoscale Engineering and Technology Innovation; and more than a dozen others.

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Speakers included E. Melanie Dupuis, Professor of Environmental Studies & Science at Pace University and author of Nature’s Perfect Food: How Milk Became America’s Drink; Kendra Smith-Howard, Associate Professor of History at the University at Albany and author of Pure and Modern Milk: An Environmental History Since 1900; Julie C. Suarez, Assistant Dean for Government & Community Relations at Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; and Parke Wilde, Associate Professor of Food Policy at Tufts University and author of Food Policy in the United States.

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E ntreprene u rs h ip, T ec h nolog y an d L aw Startup Law Day Draws E ntrepreneurs for Free Legal Consultati ons and Wo rkshops Entrepreneurs from across New York State convened at Albany Law School last fall for the inaugural Startup Law Day, which was supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and organized by the Government Law Center. The Albany Law program was the first in a series of events hosted by area colleges and universities directed at strengthening the startup ecosystem in the Capital Region. Startup Law Day was preceded by a Startup Series Kick-Off event, also held at Albany Law School. Startup Law Day included legal workshops on earlystage business issues, a speech by U.S. Congressman Winners of the Startup Series Kickoff Spaghetti-Marshmallow Challenge: Christos Karanikas, Paul Tonko, and free legal consultations – 50 volunteer consultation hours – to 18 companies. Local practitioners Sridar Chittur, Steven Cummings ’17 and Kyle Satchell ’17 led panel presentations, and Albany Law professors Robert Heverly, Deborah Kearns, and Christine Chung served as moderators. To showcase local innovation, the promising startup Glauconix, LLC provided a Spotlight Business presentation, where co-founder Colby Creedon ’14 spoke about the award-winning team’s entrepreneurial experience and the next step for the startup as it transitions from early-stage to the development phase.

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​The Startup Law Day workshops are available for viewing online at: https://vimeo.com/album/3144970.

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The Startup Law Day Reference Guide is available online at: http://www.albanylaw.edu/event/startuplawday/ Documents/Book Upload.pdf.

E ntrepreneurs Discuss the Unique C h allenges of Women in B usiness A panel of successful women entrepreneurs with diverse business backgrounds in the Capital District shared stories of the lessons they learned on their way up. Each panelist relayed how she is often no longer “the only women in the room,” and formed consensus on the effectiveness of mentorship and leading by example to encourage more women to enter the entrepreneurial community. The second program in the GLC’s Leading a New Era series highlighting the significant and distinct contributions to women in business, it featured panelists Colleen Costello of Vital Vio; Elizabeth (Beth) Coco, 2014-15 Entrepreneurin-Residence at UAlbany; Annmarie Lanesay of Greane Tree Technology; Rose Miller of Pinnacle Human Resources; and Angel Investor Christine Tate.

Leading a New Era Panelists Rose Miller, Christine Tate and Beth Coco

The event can be viewed at: http://www.albanylaw.edu/event/womenentrepreneurs/Pages/default.aspx.


S p otli g h t Business Presentatio ns

GLC Provides Opportunities for Entrepreneurs to Connec t and Grow

Representatives from three emerging showcased their tech innovations before audiences at GLC events this year. Glauconix COO Colby Creedon ’14 presented at Startup Law Day. Fernando Gomez-Baquero, CEO of BESStech, and Donald DeRosa, CTO at Eonix, spoke at the Summit on Innovation and Economic Development. Creedon explained Glauconix’s patented technology geared toward facilitating the discovery of novel glaucoma therapeutics. Gomez-Baquero showcased BESStech as a developer of innovative components that improve lithium-ion battery performance and storage. Eonix was described by DeRosa as a leader in the commercialization of advanced energy storage technologies.

Clean Tec h Talks Area entrepreneurs working on clean technologies as well as in other industries gained free, practical information and access to legal experts at four informal meetings this spring. The Clean Tech Talks, underwritten by NYSERDA, featured presentations on “Building a Team”

Heather M. Hage ’06

held at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering; “Licensing University Technology” given by Heather Hage ’06, Senior Director for Innovations and Partnerships at the Research Foundation for SUNY; “Business Formation Best Practices” presented by Richard E. Honen ’85, Partner and head of the Venture Capital Practice Group at Philips Lytle, LLP, which also sponsored his presentation, and “Working with Third Parties” presented by Benjamen Farber ’99, Partner at Phillips Lytle LLP.

Entrepreneurial In form & Inspire Talks Four information-packed talks by inspired, enthusiastic entrepreneurs provided a constructive venue for business up-and-comers to commune and learn. The presentations were made possible by NYSERDA and

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took place at popular local venues. Fernando Gomez-Baquero CEO of BESStech

Presenters included Matthew Ammerman, Vice President of Client Services at Apprenda, Inc.; Robert Manasier, CEO of In Focus Brands; Colleen Costello, CEO of Vital Vio; and Matthew Cusack, RPI Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

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E ntreprene u rs h ip, T ec h nolog y , an d L aw Albany Law Students Reach Finals of Statewide Startup Business Competition

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Three startup ventures featuring Albany Law School students pitched their ideas in the final round of the statewide New York Business Plan Competition, held April 24, 2015, at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany. The three teams, which include representatives from other Capital Region institutions, competed against the top teams from 10 semifinal competitions held around the state, with two of the teams placing within the top three of their divisions and receiving cash prizes.

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Vincent DiCocco ’16 and Laura Gulfo ’16, with a partner from the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), comprise the LuxOrioN team, which placed second in the energy/sustainability track. LuxOrioN pitched its novel LED phosphor technology that offers a 40 percent reduction in cost when compared to incumbent LED lighting device manufacturing processes. BrewMinder, a team comprised of Alexandra Scoville ’16 and Kevin Murphy ’16 and students from CNSE and the University at Albany Business School, is developing a nano-sensor, and accompanying analytic software, that will allow breweries to monitor their product without taking physical samples. BrewMinder placed Members of the LuxOrioN and BrewMinder teams third in the competition’s advanced technology/ nanotechnology track. Shawn Lescault ’15, with partners from CNSE and the University at Albany Business School, also pitched their plan for Aureonic, a venture to develop high-temperature nano-sensors to detect greenhouse gas emissions in turbine engines, coal-fired power plants, and other combustion environments. The Albany Law students participated in an entrepreneurship class offered at CNSE, part of the partnership between Albany Law and CNSE.

N e w P ubl ication A dded to GLC’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation W h i te Paper S eries Edward J. Ohanian, Esq., a 2014 graduate of Albany Law School and currently an Associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, contributed an article, “Restricted Stock and the Section 83(b) Election,” for the Entrepreneurial White Paper Series. It is common practice in start-up law for founders to put each other’s company shares on a vesting schedule. This incentivizes each founder to continue working for the startup and protects the company should a founder ever leave. Placing one another on a vesting schedule, however, can have severe tax consequences for each entrepreneur. Taking an 83(b) election protects founders from these consequences in the appropriate circumstances. Ohanian’s article demystifies the election and the circumstances ripe for its uses.  The Entrepreneurial White Paper Series was started in 2012 at the GLC to bring legal education to entrepreneurs across the state. Each paper focuses on a different aspect of law inherent in entrepreneurship and clean technology. To date, 10 students have published white papers through the Series. Topics range from choosing the proper business form to electing the proper tax treatment for restricted securities. View all the publications at: http://www.albanylaw.edu/glc/publications/Pages/White-Papers.aspx.


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The new Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Gaming blog charms the reader with entries on the naming of the Triple Crown, confirmation of quotes about Saratoga by famed sportswriters from bygone eras, the story of Saratoga’s “blue canoe” tradition, the tale of a thoroughbred stable co-owned by political figures, businessmen, and sportsmen Averill Harriman and George Herbert Walker, and much more. The recent blog posts are penned by Bennett Liebman, Government Lawyer in Residence at the GLC and formerly Deputy Secretary for Gaming and Racing under Governor Andrew Cuomo. Read the blog at: https://saratogainstitute.wordpress.com/.

S tudents Take Advantage of Knowledge G ained Through S pec ialized Equine , Rac ing , and G aming Law Conc entration Two students from the Class of 2016 are expected to be the first graduates to meet the qualifications for the recently launched Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law Concentration at Albany Law School. This first-of-its-kind Concentration combines courses in equine, racing, and gaming law with those in general business law, helping students to gain the broad intellectual foundation needed for career success in this exciting field. It also includes dynamic internship experiences to build important practical skills, and prepares students to become leaders within these expanding local, state, and global industries, including several new casinos now in development across New York State. Three Albany Law students currently pursuing the Concentration gained unique hands-on experience over the summer through placements at the New York State Gaming Commission and a local law firm that lobbies for Genting Corporation, a major international gaming company. Two rising 2L students as well as some students from the incoming Class of 2018 have also expressed interest in pursuing the Concentration. The first new class added to the curriculum specifically for the Concentration is being offered in the fall 2015 semester. Government Regulation of Gaming is being taught by Christopher Hinckley: Chair of the ABA Gaming Law Committee; former legal counsel to the Missouri Gaming Commission; currently at Brown & Weinraub, PLLC; and a member of the Saratoga Institute Committee.

C iti z ens ’ P olice R eview B oar d N e w C oo rdi nator of A lbany Ci tizens’ Polic e Review Board Named Maureen Obie was named Coordinator for the Albany Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) in August 2015, after having served as Interim CPRB Coordinator since January 2015. She previously served as Assistant to thenAlbany Law School President and Dean Penelope Andrews. As CPRB Coordinator, Ms. Obie works closely with the appointed Board to achieve CPRB goals and objectives. She is responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating support activities and operations consistent with the CPRB mission. The CPRB is an independent body established by the City of Albany to improve communication between the Police Department and the community, to increase police accountability and credibility with the public, and to create a well-informed and unbiased complaint review process. Ms. Obie takes over for former CPRB Coordinator Sharmaine Moseley who took the position of Executive Director of the City of San Diego’s Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices.

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Myt h s , Legends and Lore of H orse Racing

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C iti z ens ’ P olice R eview B oar d C P R B participates in Community Relations hip -Building Event Community members and the police came together for “Building Relationships between Our Communities of Color and the Albany Police Department” to address race relations in the City. CPRB Secretary Mickey Bradley and APD Office of Professional Standards Commander Michael Hicks co-presented at the well-attended discussion which is part of a continued effort to educate citizens about their rights while bringing our community closer together. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Police Chief Brendan Cox also participated in the dialog. To view ABC News 10 coverage: http://news10.com/2015/08/09/albany-focuses-on-race-relations/.

C P R B C h a irman Speaks at U niversity at Albany-S pons ored Forum Reverend Dr. Edward Smart, who serves as CPRB Chairman and is the pastor at the Israel AME Church, participated in the panel discussion “Finding Justice: A Conversation about Cops, Communities, and the Search for Common Ground.” Nearly 100 people attended the program which focused on race relations, community policing, and what the Albany community can do to improve the police-neighborhood relationship as we move forward. The event was sponsored by the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, where the event took place, and the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Project of the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. Also on the panel: Frank Wiley, the Chief of the University at Albany Police Department; Dr. Robert Worden and Dr. James Acker, professors at the University at Albany School of Criminal Justice; and Mike Basile, Commander of Police for the City of Albany.

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The Citizens Police Review Board has appointed four new Board members: Lawrence Becker; Charles C. Goodbee, Sr.; Ivy Morris; and Kerry Mulligan.​Lawrence Becker, a founding member at Becker & Becker Attorneys at Law, is a 1979 graduate of Albany Law School, where he was a member of the Albany Law Review. Charles C. Goodbee, Sr., worked as a construction claims analyst for the New York State Dormitory Authority and as a senior estimator for the New York State Facilities Development Corporation. He was the first African-American ironworker apprentice in Local #12, where he worked more than two decades as an ironworker, and also was a rehabilitation specialist for the Albany Urban Renewal Agency. Before joining the Albany community in 2012, Ivy Morris served as an HIV Patient Advisory Board Member for Massachusetts General Hospital for six years. Since moving to Albany, she has spearheaded community-organizing initiatives for Citizen Action of New York as a Capital District Chapter Board Member, and also served as a peer health advocate for the Whitney M. Young Health Center, where she currently serves as a peer support counselor. Kerry Mulligan is a Professor of Law and Society at The Sage Colleges, where she teaches sociology and criminology classes at the Sage College of Albany campus and serves as a faculty advisor to the Student United Way Club. A graduate of Albany High School and the College of St. Rose, she returned to Albany in 2014 after completing a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Riverside. They join other members of the CPRB: Chairman Rev. Edward B. Smart, Vice Chairman David A. Rozen ’10, Secretary James Bradley, and member Maritza Martinez.

C P R B M embers Interviewed Albany’s Citizens’ Police Review Board members Maritza Martinez and Akosua Yeboah were interviewed by Martin Robinson, host of “The Weekly Current,” a news and public affairs program on WCDB 90.9 FM, the official student radio station of the University at Albany. The CPRB Members talked about the role they play in addressing police complaints, and fostering an understanding between the local police force and Albany residents.

CPRB members Akosua Yeboah and Maritza Martinez


Explo r i ng Mult i- Discipl inary S olut i o ns to E lder A buse

Panel Discussion Highlights Ethical Challenges in Guardianship

A new publication by 2014 Edgar & Margaret Sandman Fellow Michael I. Fiske attempts to define elder abuse—its forms, prevalence, and origins; examine the history of care for the elderly and the genesis of the nursing home as an institution; explore the legal history of common and statutory law and efforts to reduce elder abuse, regulate behavior and punish abusers; inspect the Elder Justice Act and the burgeoning multi-disciplinary team approach; address future steps for New York State in addressing elder abuse as well as implementing multi-disciplinary initiatives; and review ethical challenges and potential solutions. “Not Quite a Golden Age: Elder Abuse and an Exploration of Multi-Disciplinary Solutions” is available on Government Law Online: (http://www.albanylaw.

In early 2015, the New York Times published an article about how a nursing home used the guardianship proceedings under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law to collect a resident’s debt. To highlight this issue and flesh out the legal needs of all parties involved in an action like this, the GLC hosted an ethics panel about the use of guardianship proceedings for nursing home residents. This program explored the questions inherent in guardianship proceedings and other ethical challenges in guardianship practice by examining several hypothetical cases from a variety of perspectives, including petitioner’s counsel, counsel for the alleged incapacitated individual, and the court evaluator appointed by the court to report on the circumstances of the case and what outcome would serve the individual’s best interest. The speakers included experts in guardianship cases in upstate New York: Robert Mascali, Pierro Law Group, LLC; Kathleen Hogan, Associate Counsel, St. Peter’s Health Partners; Tara Pleat ’02, Wilcenski & Pleat; Aaron Connor ’06, Pierro Law Group; and Sheila Shea ’86, Director, Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Third Department.

edu/glc/publications/glo/Pages/default.aspx).

I nstit u te of L egal S t u d ies | C L E August C LE s in Saratoga Every Friday this past August, attendees filled the seats in The Gideon Putnam Resort’s meeting room to hear Albany Law professors teach a selection of innovative and exciting Continuing Legal Education courses. Professor Vincent Bonventre kicked off the annual series with a Supreme Court Update on August 7. Professor Robert Heverly explored Legal Practice and the Internet on August 21. Professor Michael J. Hutter provided a New York Practice Update on August 14 and also concluded the program with a New York Evidence Update on August 28.

CLE-Certified Programs Generate Goodwill Throughout the year the GLC certified an impressive number of Government Law Center and Albany Law School programs for Continuing Legal Education credits. The practice is popular with our many alumni program attendees. It also draws in an appreciative audience from outside the law school community. A sample of this year’s CLE-certified programs: The 2015 Warren M. Anderson Programs; Human Rights Conference on Prison Nations: Protecting Human Rights in the Age of Mass Incarceration; Albany Law recent graduate (2010-2014) CLE; Building a HighTech, 21st Century Economy; Chief Judge Lawrence H. Cooke State Constitutional Commentary Symposium, High Courts, Center Seat: Chief Justices at Albany Law; Ethical Challenges in Guardianship under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law; Spring CLE Program: Rochester Edition; Hudson Valley Alumni Ethics CLE; Four-Legged Clients: The Place of Animals in Our Lives and the Law; the County Attorneys Association of New York’s Annual meeting and Mid-Winter meeting; Conference on Executive Budgets and the Balance of Power; The 2015 Saratoga Institute; and the August 2015 CLE’s in Saratoga.

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G overnment, L aw an d P olic y J o u rnal P ubl i cati ons Highlight Aging Issues and New York’s History of Inn ovative P ublic P olicies The Summer 2014 issue of the Government, Law & Policy Journal examines significant public policy choices facing an aging state and nation, including an aging prison population, as well as particularized individual concerns about health care, housing, retirement, support services, long-term care, and more issues facing older adults and their families. The articles also focus on how public-private partnerships and innovative technologies can address these concerns. The Winter 2015 issue showcases New York’s long history of innovative public policies. The authors include a “who’s who” of current and former policy makers. Their articles focus on New York’s innovations in evidence-based crime prevention, the demise of the death penalty, access to justice through pro bono legal services, successful alternatives to incarceration, reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, protection of the environment and free speech, and political accountability in managing financially distressed municipalities. Other articles examine successful re-entry from prison to the community, great moments in New York pro bono history and reform of public authorities. “New York: A Laboratory for Innovative Public Policy” is available to the public at no charge and can be downloaded at: http://www.nysba.org/glpwinter14/.

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N e w Web - B ased P rogram Offers Home owners Fac ing Forec losure Cri t i cal Legal Informat ion For Free Despite significant state investment in providing legal assistance to New York homeowners facing foreclosure, each year approximately tens of thousands of New Yorkers still face the prospect of losing their homes through foreclosure without the benefit of receiving legal guidance from a lawyer. To assist homeowners faced with this problem, Albany Law School students teamed up with students from the University at Albany’s College of Computing and Information; staff from Empire Justice Center; and faculty, local homeowners, and lawyers who engage in foreclosure defense, to create an exciting and innovative new web-based resource. The free, step-by-step guide (http://www.empirejustice.org/issue-areas/consumer/mortgage-lending-foreclosure-prevention/foreclosure-guide.html) helps homeowners navigate through the foreclosure process, providing critical information that can help save their homes. The web-based application will also help homeowners find free housing counseling and legal assistance nearby. Through this initiative, a foreclosure manual created by Empire Justice Center has been converted to a web-based resource and will be more widely and readily available to all New York homeowners, housing counselors, and both legal services and private attorneys.


S T UD E N T S Over the past year, the following Albany Law School students and Siena College Legal Fellows engaged in a variety of law-related projects at the GLC:

Michael Bates

Jacqueline Goralzyck

Geoff Rafalik

Jordan Choy

Andrew Howard

Alexandra Scoville

Sarah Coligan

Jordine Jones

Carrie Terraferma

Alexander Cooper

Sarah Klein

Kerri Tily

Steven Cummings

John Meleka

Kimberly Waldin

Lindsay Danello

Patricia Monroe

Stephan Weiss

William Davies

George Mossad

Kirsten Dunn

Jason Novak

Sarah Engster

Alexis Osborne

Michelle Frankel

Kellan Potts

S iena College: Jake Antenucci Malaina Buscher Jessica Murphy

P rogram S ponsors | P artners

program S ponsors Albany County Bar Association

Healthcare Association of New York State

Albany Medical Center

Hedgeman Law

Animal Law Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association

Heslin, Rothenberg, Farley & Mesiti P.C.

Association of Towns of the State of New York

Hinman Straub P.C.

The Ayco Company, L.P. Dr. Jerry Bilinski Bordeau Builders, Inc. Brown & Weinraub PLLC CAP COM Federal Credit Union Gary Contessa Judi & George Couri CSEA Deily & Glastetter, LLP Family Planning Advocates of New York State Greenberg Traurig, LLP Harris Beach PLLC Harter, Secrest & Emery, LLP

Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP Hoffman Warnick, LLC KeyBank The Honorable Earle I. Mack Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Marvin and Company Matthew Mataraso, Esq. Bruce and Linda McConnell McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, P.C. Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. Mrs. Sunshine’s Café and Catering The New York Gaming Association New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal continued

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The following program sponsors generously supported GLC programs, with several of them underwriting more than one program, and the partners listed below collaborated with the GLC on key initiatives. We extend our sincere thanks for all the generous individual donations we received throughout the year.

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New York State Association of Counties

Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts

New York State Public Service Commission

Selchick Venture Law Firm, PLLC

Nixon Peabody LLP

Squire Patton Boggs

Northeast Kidney Foundation

Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.

NYSERDA

Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Orrick

Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC

Pepper Rayfield Hope Foundation

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Pfizer

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc.

Phillips Lytle LLP

Martin Zaretsky, Pine Ridge Stables, Ltd.

Renee Farley Realty Group, Inc. Rivers Casino & Resort

I n M emory of

The Roffe Group, P.C.

Sharon P. O’Conor Esq. ’79

Rosemarie V. Rosen

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Albany County Bar Association’s Attorneys in Public Service Committee

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Albany Law School Student Chapter

Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology

Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government State University of New York

Albany Law School/University at Albany Institute for Financial Market Regulation

New York State Bar Association

American Bar Association Business Law Section Gaming Law Committee

New York State Committee on Open Government

Center for Women in Government and Civil Society

Siena College

City of Albany The College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany Empire Justice Center Hudson Valley Community College Ladies America

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Skidmore College SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering University at Albany State University of New York


G L C A d visor y B oar d OFFIC E RS Scott Fein, Chairman Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Sandra Rivera ’02, Vice Chair Law Office of Sandra Rivera, PLLC

Bartley J. Costello III ’72, Secretary Hinman Straub P.C.

Gerard Conway ’65 Medical Society of the State of New York Division of Governmental Affairs

Kirsten E. Keefe Empire Justice Center

MEM BE R S

Marcia Alazraki ’76 Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP Robert C. Batson ’75 Government Lawyer in Residence Albany Law School Margot Bean Deloitte Consulting LLP Wade Beltramo New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials Mary Ann Berry ’94 Government Lawyer in Residence Albany Law School

A. Kevin Crawford New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal Alison Crocker New York State Office of the Attorney General Leonard M. Cutler, Ph.D. Siena College Pre-Law Department Michael Fallon Hinman Straub P.C. Paul Finkelman (Emeritus) Paul Gioia Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Margot F. Bester ’79 Transportation Security Administration Mark Glaser ’76 Greenberg Traurig LLP Jerry Bilinski, D.V.M.

John Kelliher (Emeritus) Amy Kellogg ’02 Harter Secrest & Emery LLP Paul Kietzman ’72 NYSARC, Inc. Ruth E. Leistensnider ’88 Nixon Peabody LLP Megan Levine New York State Office of the Attorney General Hon. Gerard E. Maney Albany County Family Court Patricia Martinelli Matthew H. Mataraso ’58 Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin LLC Robert D. McEvoy Rockefeller College

Kenneth W. Bond Squire Patent Boggs (US) LLP

Bruce Gyory Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Professor Ray Brescia (Ex Officio) Director, Government Law Center

John Hanna (Emeritus) Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP

Patrick E. Brown Brown & Weinraub, PLLC

Stephen B. Hanse ’07 Featherstonhaugh, Wiley & Clyne, LLP Robert Mujica New York State Senate Finance Nancy E. Hoffman Committee — Majority Arbitrator Frank Munoz Professor Michael Hutter Daniel P. Nolan ’78 (Ex Officio) Albany Law School President and Chief Executive Officer,

Hon. Diane Burman New York State Public Service Commission Michael Clarke ’05 NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department Robert J. Coan ’58 (Emeritus) Mary Ann Cody ’83 Trustee, Albany Law School

Patrick K. Jordan City of Albany, Department of Law Anne Marie Judge (Ex Officio) Albany Law School

Molly McKeown Lori Ann Mithen-DeMasi ’93 Association of Towns of the State of New York

Hugh Johnson Advisors/Chairman, Albany Law School Board of Trustees

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Stephen J. Acquario ’98 New York State Association of Counties

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President & Dean Alicia Ouellette ’94 (Ex Officio) Albany Law School

Richard Rifkin New York State Bar Association

Professor David Pratt Albany Law School

Jeffrey Rosenthal NYS Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform

Hon. Clarence D. Rappleyea (Emeritus)

Daren Rylewicz CSEA, Inc.

William E. Redmond ’55 (Emeritus)

James Sandner ’67

John Regan Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Karl Sleight Harris Beach PLLC

Felicia A. Reid NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department

Lee Smith (Emeritus) Amelia F. Stern ’81

Darren Suarez The Business Council of New York State, Inc. Timothy S. Taylor The Sage Colleges David Verbraska ’96 Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy at Pfizer George Weissman ’79 NYS Joint Commission on Public Ethics Chris Wittstruck

G L C S taff Professor Ray Brescia, Director Emily Ekland, Esq. ’12, Associate Director Lisa Rivage, Program Administrator

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Rose Mary Bailly, Esq., Special Consultant on Aging Law

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Robert C. Batson, Esq. ’75, Government Lawyer-in-Residence Mary Berry, Esq. ’94, Government Lawyer-in-Residence

Bennett Liebman, Esq., Government Lawyer-in-Residence Melissa Perry, Esq. ’13, Postgraduate Fellow in Racing and Gaming Law Amy Gunnells, Administrative Assistant Michele Ann Monforte, Publications Editor Maureen Obie, Coordinator, Albany Citizens’ Police Review Board

G L C S taff C h anges Hello, Goodbye … and Everything In Bet ween! This year we bid a warmhearted farewell to our dear colleague and friend Barbara Mabel, GLC Administrative Director, who retired after decades of devoted service to the GLC and Albany Law School. We are grateful to Barb for her meticulous attention to every detail and the important role she played in making so many GLC events successful. We also celebrate the achievements of our former Citizens’ Police Review Board Coordinator, Sharmaine Moseley, who took the position of Executive Director of the City of San Diego’s Citizens’ Review Board on Police Practices. Representatives of the GLC, CPRB, and Albany Police Department came together at a memorable reception to pay tribute to Sharmaine’s many outstanding contributions.

We congratulate Emily Ekland ’12, who has been promoted to GLC Associate Director; Lisa Rivage, who is serving as our new Program Administrator for the GLC; and Maureen Obie, who takes over as our CPRB Coordinator, after serving as Interim Coordinator for several months. We happily welcome back Bennett Liebman, who is serving as our newest Government Lawyer-inResidence, after having been most recently Deputy Secretary to Governor Andrew Cuomo for racing and gaming. It is a true homecoming; Bennett previously served as Executive Director of the GLC, where he helped establish our acclaimed racing and gaming law program. We also thank Barbara Comninos Kruzansky for working on a variety of priority projects as our Government Lawyer in Residence, before she was appointed by the Governor as Special Counsel to the Commissioner for Ethics, Risk and Compliance for the Office of Children and Family Services.


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