New Professor Brings Courtroom Experience to the Classroom

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Professor Gerald Rock '97 joined Albany Law School this summer as an assistant lawyering professor and is teaching Introduction to Lawyering for first-year students.  

"I'm hoping that I can use my experience -- working in the court system and as a litigator -- as a teaching tool to show law students what it is like to be a practicing attorney and make law school a bit more practical," said Professor Rock.  

Most recently, he served as an assistant attorney general in the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Department of Law, representing the state in civil actions and proceedings in state and federal court. Before that he was a litigation assistant at the law firm DeGraff, Foy, Kunz & Devine, with an emphasis in employment discrimination, and he was also a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Homer.  

In addition to teaching Introduction to Lawyering, Professor Rock will devote some of his energy to research related to religious liberties and issues involving prisons.  

Professor Rock, a Capital Region native, lives in the area with his wife and two children.