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Andrew AyersDirector of the GLC and Visiting Assistant Professoraayer@albanylaw.edu
Andrew Ayers graduated first in his class from Georgetown Law in 2005. He then clerked for the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, now a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, during her term on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also clerked for the Honorable Gerard Lynch on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
After clerking, Ayers worked for nine years in the office of the New York Attorney General, where he was a Senior Assistant Solicitor General. He served both as a supervisor and as lead counsel in various high-profile cases involving immigration law, states’ rights, constitutional rights, environmental law, and other issues.
Ayers is the author of A Student’s Guide to Law School, published by the University of Chicago Press, as well as three articles on legal ethics and an article on immigration law.
Kendra SenaSenior Staff Attorneyksena@albanylaw.edu
Kendra Sena is the Senior Staff Attorney at the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, where she conducts law and policy research on issues related to state and local governments.
After earning a J.D. from Harvard Law School, Kendra was awarded the Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship for Public Interest in recognition of her exceptional promise for a career in public interest law. Kendra has represented individual, class, and institutional plaintiffs in employment and civil rights claims with a special emphasis on the rights of undocumented immigrants. She has also served in Counsel’s office in the New York State Senate. Prior to becoming an attorney, Kendra worked in social services with refugee and migrant farmworker families.
Kendra is a 2015 Fellow of the Racial Justice Training Institute, a program of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. She also serves on the Advisory Board to the Clearinghouse Review, the Shriver Center’s publication for poverty law practitioners.
Amy GunnellsAdministrative Assistantagunn@albanylaw.edu
Amy Gunnells was raised in Asheville, N.C., and earned a B.S. in Communications/Journalism in 2001 from Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. She spent the early part of her career as Sports Editor at the now closed Independent newspaper in Columbia County, N.Y. She joined the Government Law Center in July 2013, and enrolled in the Albany Law Masters of Legal Studies program for the 2017 spring semester, concentrating in Government Affairs and Advocacy. In her spare time, Amy volunteers at her local library and cat rescue, is an aspiring beaded jewelry artist, enjoys museums and historic sites, and roots for the Atlanta Braves and NASCAR driver Chase Elliott.
Jordyn ConwayAdministrative Directorjconw@albanylaw.edu
Jordyn began working at Albany Law School the role of a Development Officer for Leadership Annual Giving. She has supported the Institutional Advancement team at Albany Law by cultivating annual fund gifts and other donations. While she enjoyed her responsibilities in Institutional Advancement she was looking to further her background in policy and government.
A native of upstate New York, Jordyn began her career at the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC), a non-profit land trust in the southern tier of the Adirondack. During her time at LGLC her titles including interim Communications Manager, Development Associate and GIS Specialist.
In addition to Jordyn’s experience in development, communications and outreach she also has a B.S. in Environmental Policy, Planning and Law with a minor in Urban Environmental Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) at Syracuse University; with a M.P.S in Environmental and Community Land Planning also from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University.
When Jordyn isn’t working she enjoys spending time outside hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping, and gardening. She also volunteers as a board director for the Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George.
Robert C. Batson, Esq. '75Government Lawyer in Residencerbats@albanylaw.edu
Robert Batson is Government Lawyer in Residence. His areas of interest include municipal law, state constitutional law, city and county charter development and revision, and gaming law. He teaches classes in Federal Indian Law and the summer field placement class, and has taught State Constitutional Law in the past. He served in various legal positions in New York State government between 1976 and 2003 where he specialized in municipal law, administrative law and government regulation. From 1978 to 1995, he served as a liaison between New York State and the governments of various Indian nations, and represented the State in negotiations on many issues, including land claims and gaming compacts.
Mary Berry, Esq. '94Government Lawyer in Residencemberr@albanylaw.edu
Mary joined the Government Law Center in 2011 when she was first named the Clarence D. Rappleyea Government Lawyer in Residence. She is also a member of the GLC’s Advisory Board and has in the past served on the law school’s national alumni council. She explores ways to enhance the education and training of a new generation of lawyers. In addition, she organizes the Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast Seminar Series, a program which features informative speakers on legal aspects of current public policy issues facing New York State. She works to involve government lawyers with activities on campus.
Prior to retiring from state service, she served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law and before that as assistant counsel to the New York State Science and Technology Foundation.
Mary returned to school as a nontraditional student to pursue a joint degree at Albany Law School and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. At graduation she was awarded the Government Law Center Prize from ALS and the Citation for Excellence in Labor Relations from Rockefeller College.
In addition to her NYS service, she has worked in various governmental capacities since high school when she taught swimming and was a life guard at a city pool, to teaching health education and mentoring inmates, running a group home for delinquents for a town, to serving as a citizen diplomat with the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US State Department.
Along with the GLC, her current volunteer experience includes moderating candidate events with the League of Women Voters. She has served on the Committee on Attorneys in Public Service with the NYS Bar Association and also serves as a judge for the US Constitution competition “WE the People” with NYSBA’s Law Youth and Citizenship Program. She hosts visitors from foreign countries with the International Center of the Capital Region.
She holds three degrees: BA, MPA and JD
Clay GustaveCoordinator, Albany Citizens’ Police Review Boardcgust@albanylaw.edu
Clay Gustave is a U.S. Army veteran who manages the day to day operations of The City of Albany’s Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB). The CPRB is an independent entity that receives allegations of police misconduct from citizens and conducts oversight of the investigations. The CPRB also reviews police policy and makes policy recommendations as needed.
Clay is a member of The Scholarship Fund Committee for The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), which supports and strengthens the work of civilian oversight practitioners and communities by providing access to a broad range of oversight information, best practices and professional networks. As a native New Yorker, Clay has dedicated his career to supporting progressive issues throughout the state for disenfranchised communities and believes empowerment is a key concept in the dialogue on promoting civic engagement.
Taier Perlman, Esq.Staff Attorney, Rural Law Initiative (RLI)firstname.lastname@example.org
Taier Perlman, Esq., leads the Rural Law Initiative; there she combines her passion for counseling entrepreneurs and small businesses with her love for sustainable agriculture and farm-fresh food. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School (located in her hometown), Ms. Perlman focused her studies on dispute resolution and legal counseling, working with diverse NYC-based start-ups. In an unconventional post-bar exam trip, she worked on a biodiverse organic farm, where she developed a deep appreciation for the agrarian lifestyle. After litigating cases in New York City courts, she moved to Albany to pick up the reins of the Rural Law Initiative, where she legally supports entrepreneurs, businesses, and farmers in rural New York. Ms. Perlman enjoys meditating, mountain hiking, volunteering on farms, and working on her various art projects.
Michele Ann MonfortePublications Editormmonf@albanylaw.edu
Michele Monforte grew up reading whatever she could find in her house, from the Daily News to the dictionary. That love of words prepared her for her current job uncovering errors and checking for consistency and accuracy in Government Law Center research reports, blog entries, speaker biographies, and a variety of other materials. She also prepares remarks and sponsor letters for the Warren M. Anderson Breakfast Series and other programs, and she assists with the publication of a yearly report on the activities of the Center. Michele began working at the Center in 1987. She regards this as one of the best decisions she’s ever made.
Bennett Liebman, Esq.Saratoga Institute Directorblieb@albanylaw.edu
Bennett Liebman is a Government Lawyer in Residence at Albany Law School and an adjunct professor of law. He worked for Mario Cuomo while Cuomo was Secretary of State, Lieutenant Governor, and when Cuomo was elected governor in 1982, Bennett became a Special Deputy Counsel handling ethics matters, Freedom of Information Law questions, and many other issues. Beginning in 1988, he served as a member of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for more than a decade, including a term as its Acting Co-Chair. He concluded his government service in 2014 after three years as Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Gaming and Racing. At Albany Law School, he worked at the Government Law Center as the Coordinator of its Program on Racing and Wagering Law and as the Center’s director. In 2016, he came out of retirement to serve as the interim director of the Center. He has written hundreds of articles on horse racing, gambling and New York State government. From 2008-2011, he was a regular blogger for the New York Times Rail Blog authoring over 100 articles. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Union College and a cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law. In 1997, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program and was the recipient of the Excellence in Public Service Award in 2010 from the New York State Bar Association.
Lisa RivageProgram Administrator, Government Law Center Coordinator, Institute of Legal Studieslriva@albanylaw.edu
Lisa Rivage has been a member of the Albany Law School community for 24 years where she has been critical in the development of the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program. Lisa assists multiple departments in providing CLE classes and maintaining the school’s CLE accreditation. In addition to managing CLE operations, Lisa also contributes to the Government Law Center as a program administrator. When Lisa is not providing CLE credits she enjoys spending time with her cats, Frank & Dean, and knitting, spinning and other forms of the fiber arts
Rose Mary Bailly, Esq.Special Consultant on Aging Lawmmorr@albanylaw.edu
Rose Mary Bailly oversees the Aging Law Program. The program includes events at which guest panelists discuss trending aging and health law issues, the Edgar & Margaret Sandman Fellowship, a summer program that offers law students an opportunity to do in-depth research on aging and health law issues, and an anticipated Aging Law Writers Series. She is the co-author of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly (Civic Research Institute 2007) and author of Thomson West’s Practice Commentaries for several New York statutes and articles on guardianship law and elder abuse. Ms. Bailly is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and a Fellow of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, she served as a Commentary Editor for the Fordham Law Review.