Albany Law School's Government Law Center (GLC) recently announced that it has appointed Abraham Lackman as the Clarence D. Rappleyea Government Scholar in Residence.
Lackman will conduct research focused on overall State budgetary and pension issues that will help establish the foundation for studies and reports on how to improve the State's fiscal practices.
Lackman is currently the principal in Praxis Insights, a higher educational and governmental consultancy firm that he founded in 2009. Prior to establishing Praxis, he served as the president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) for seven years. At cIcu, Lackman was responsible for leading and coordinating the state and federal public policy advocacy of more than 100 college presidents of New York State's private, non-profit, independent institutions of higher education and for carrying out the policy directives of cIcu's Board of Trustees.
"This appointment will allow Abe to make a significant impact by applying his unique skill set and breadth of experience to some of our program areas and long-term Center goals," said Patricia Salkin, who is the director of Albany Law School's GLC, an associate dean and the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law. "As a member of our advisory board, Abe has already been a significant resource to the Government Law Center."
Before joining cIcu, Lackman served from 1995 to 2002 as the secretary of the New York State Senate Finance Committee and as a special advisor to the Senate's Majority Leader. In 1994, he served as the budget director of the City of New York. For 10 years, from 1984 to 1993, he was the Senate Finance Committee's director of Fiscal Studies. He previously served as a legislative analyst for the Committee.
Lackman has served on numerous community, state and national boards and committees. On the state level, he was appointed to the New York State Commission on Higher Education, the Public Authority Governance Advisory Committee, the Special Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts and the State Deferred Compensation Board. Currently, he serves on the boards of Le Moyne College, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Public Policy Institute of New York State.
Lackman earned a bachelor's degree from New York University. He holds a master's degree in economics from the State University of New York at Albany, where he completed course work for a doctorate in economics. Lackman has also received honorary doctorates from Metropolitan College of New York and Nyack Colleges.
The Clarence D. Rappleyea Government Scholar in Residence was created to allow for a former State government official to do research, work with law students and serve as a general resource for the Center's faculty and staff.
Clarence D. "Rapp" Rappleyea served in the State Assembly for 22 years representing parts of Delaware and Chenango Counties. Although Rapp is not an alumnus of Albany Law School, during his distinguished service in State government, he was credited with providing employment opportunities for many Albany Law School students and alumni. Alumni approached the Government Law Center about raising endowment funds to honor their mentor and friend, and the Center focused its fundraising efforts for its 25th Anniversary celebration on this endeavor.