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A Memorial Day Message from Dean Andrews


On this Memorial Day weekend, our thoughts and best wishes go to all our veterans and their families and friends for serving their country, and for those who have lost loved ones.

Albany Law School has a rich history of providing support for our alumni, faculty, staff and students who are service members and military veterans.

Our alumni have served in every U.S.-related military war since the Civil War. Today we have students who have served all over the world,  including a second-year student currently deployed in the Horn of Africa.  On staff we have a Navy Reservist deployed twice in recent years, including once in Kuwait for more than a year.

We are proud to support them.

Albany Law School participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for our veterans, where we directly match contributions from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.   This helps cover the costs that the Post-9/11 Bill does not cover.

This year I will co-chair a new partnership among the 15 New York law schools with the Governor’s Office and the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs to lead an innovative initiative to assess how New York state’s 15 law schools can best provide legal assistance to the veterans of New York. I will provide updates as we move forward.

And I am pleased to announce that Albany Law School is forming an alumni group for veterans. We look forward to creating and supporting this special Albany Law community and will be contacting our veterans shortly with details about the group. Please let us know if you are interested in joining the group by emailing the alumni office at

In the upcoming alumni magazine that you will receive shortly, we offer a special tribute to some of our alumni currently serving in the military in leadership positions.

Thank you to all of you who have served, continue to serve, and to the families and friends who support them. 

Penelope (Penny) Andrews
President & Dean