Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Albany Law School welcomes two new members of its Board of Trustees: James J. Sandman, president, Legal Services Corporation; and David McCraw '92, vice president and assistant counsel, the New York Times Company.
Sandman has been the president of the Legal Services Corporation since
2011. Before that he practiced law with Arnold & Porter LLP from
1977 to 2007 and served as the firm's managing partner from 1995 to
2005. From 2007 to 2011, he was general counsel for the District of
Columbia Public Schools.
He is the son of Edgar Sandman '46, and a supporter of the family's Edgar & Margaret Sandman Fellow.
He is currently the chair of the DC Bar's Pro Bono Committee.
He is chairman of the board of the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen
Pregnancy, and vice chairman of the board of the Washington Performing
Arts Society. He was named one of the "90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years" by the Legal Times
in 2008. The University of Pennsylvania Law School has honored him with
its Alumni Award of Merit and its Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award. He was
awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the College of
Saint Rose, where he was the 2013 commencement speaker. In 2014, he
received Villanova University's Medallion Award and was the commencement
speaker at Villanova Law School. He is a summa cum laude graduate of
Boston College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his
law degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where he
served as executive editor of the law review and was elected to the
Order of the Coif. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Max
Rosenn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
David McCraw '92
McCraw is Vice President and Assistant Counsel for the New York Times
Company. Prior to this position, he served as deputy general counsel at
the New York Daily News from 2000 to 2002. Before that he worked at Clifford Chance LLP, and Roger & Wells for six years.
handles Freedom of Information Law litigation and provides legal
counsel to the newsrooms at the Times, The Boston Globe, The
International Tribune and numerous other publications and websites.
has represented the Times in more than a dozen FOIL lawsuits, including
litigation challenging the Obama Administration's refusal to reveal the
legal basis for the 2011 drone strike in Yemen against an American
citizen, and New York City's secret compilation of oral histories
provided by the first responders after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He
has been invited to talk about FOIL litigation in the Middle East,
Hungary, China, and Cameroon in West Africa.
Albany Law School's Alumnus in Residence in 2013, where he talked to students about his experience during the WikiLeaks saga.
"At the end of the day, it's in our DNA to publish," he said.
McGraw is an adjunct professor at NYU Law School.