Albany Law School recently named Associate Dean and Professor Connie Mayer to hold the law school's Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professorship. She is also the law school's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a Clinical Professor of Law.
She served as interim president and dean during the 2011-2012 academic year while the school searched for a new president and dean. Along with overseeing the school’s curriculum, Dean Mayer has been instrumental in aligning the school’s teaching toward graduating practice-ready students. She currently teaches Legal Ethics and New York Practice, and has also taught Federal Civil Procedure, Disabilities Law Seminar, the AIDS/HIV Law Seminar, Negotiating for Lawyers, and Trial Practice I and Trial Practice II. She recently served on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Legal Education & Admission to the Bar, and was the 2011 Recipient of the law school's Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dean Mayer practiced law with East Texas Legal Services and subsequently worked in a private criminal and civil law practice prior to joining the Albany Law faculty in 1986 as the Director of the Disabilities Law Clinic. In 1992, she became the Director of the Clinical Program and expanded the clinic, adding the AIDS/HIV Law Clinic, which she directed from 1992-1996; the Domestic Violence Clinic; and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. She continued as the Director of the Clinical Legal Studies Program through 2001 while also serving as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs from 1999 through 2005. In 2005, she became the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
Named for Raymond Smith, a respected Albany attorney, and Ella Smith, a community advocate, the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professorship was funded through bequests from Mr. and Mrs. Smith that named Albany Law School as beneficiary.