Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Members of the Law School Community:
Over the past two weeks, our community has
engaged in challenging conversations around the travel ban, sanctuary cities,
racism, freedom of expression, inclusion, and resistance. Panelists have
presented views from a variety of perspectives. A group of students
peacefully protested the presence of a controversial speaker included on one of
the panels. And our students organized a teach in to discuss the
issues. We are proud of our students, and how they have grappled with
hard conversations about issues that are at the same time legally complex and
As a law school, we are at our best when we
talk across differences. We are at our best when we challenge bad ideas
with better ideas. We are at our best when we bring to difficult conversations
professionalism and civility.
requires respect for all our students and community members. Personal attacks
show a lack of respect. In the aftermath of the first controversial
speaker, our students have been called pathetic, stupid, and worse.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
students are smart, thoughtful, and brave. The students who sponsored the
controversial speaker did so in good faith to present a panel that included a
conservative voice. The students who protested engaged in the respectful,
dignified, but difficult kind of conversation we encourage at Albany Law.
Protesting is, after all, a form of speech that has effectively changed the
world for the better.
As we move
forward, we will address the issues raised by these difficult
conversations. We will do the work necessary to build a community that is
more inclusive and more welcoming to all our students. Together, we will
engage with one another with a common purpose of making our community and our
world a better place. This is, after all, part of what an Albany Law
School education is about.
Alicia OuellettePresident and
James E. HackerChair, Albany
Law School Board of Trustees