Faculty Information

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  • Biography

    B.A., Tufts University
    M.A., University at Albany
    J.D., Albany Law School (associate editor, Albany Law Review)

    Professor Armstrong joined the Albany Law School faculty in 1989. She was formerly staff attorney for the Civil Service Employees Association Inc. and co-counsel to the New York State Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board. Professor Armstrong is a member of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and a former member of the ABA Communication Skills Committee.

  • Presentations

    Legal and Fact Research on the Internet - Power point Presentation (Albany Law School Continuing Legal Education Program) (Spring 2000).

    Legal Research on the Internet (Albany Law School Law and Technology Program) (March and April 1999).

    The Art of Administrative Decision Writing (Albany Law School Government Law Center Public Service Workshop Presentation) (December 1998).

    Research on the Internet (Albany Law School Government Law Center Public Service Workshop) (October 1997).

    Administrative Decision Writing (Albany Law School Government Law Center Public Service Workshop) (October 1997).

    Integrating Elements of Practice Into Traditional Legal Research and Writing Courses (Legal Writing Institute Presentation) (July 1996).

    Investigative Interviewing (Albany Law School Government Law Center Public Service Workshop Presentation) (April 1996).

    Preparing and Submitting Legal Documents (Albany Law School Government Law Center 2-Day Public Service Workshop Presentation) (April 1996).

    Legal Writing Refresher (Albany Law School Government Law Center Presentation 2-Day Public Service Workshop Presentation) (October 1994).

    "Overview and Update on the Rights of Probationary Employees", 14 (no. 4) Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (NYSBA) (December 1989)(with Marilyn S. Dymond).

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  • The Lewis A. Swyer Lectures & Workshops

    The Lewis A. Swyer Lectures and Workshops is an academic support program created for the purpose of enhancing student success at Albany Law School through skills training. Swyer Lectures and Workshops are now offered from the first through the third semester, but may also be offered at the sixth semester and beyond.

    Swyer Lectu​res

    The Fall Swyer Lectures are about "how we learn" as well as "how to study" or "how to take an exam" and are interwoven throughout bi-weekly sessions held during the Fall semester. Faculty offer presentations on such topics as time management, effective reading, case briefing, note taking, legal reasoning, case analysis and synthesis, writing, stress management, study skills, and exam preparation.

    The Swyer Lectures are open to all first-year students.

    Swyer Worksh​ops

    The Swyer Workshops, like the Swyer Lectures, provide academic support through skills training but stress active learning as the means to academic achievement. Readings, discussions, and exer​cises focus on developing such skills as note taking, legal reasoning, case analysis and synthesis, outlining, and exam preparation. Workshops involve large and small group work as well as intensive one-on-one support by faculty and selected upper-class teaching assistants.. Workshop faculty and teaching assistants offer written feedback on exercises as well as individual meetings with students to address specific problems.

    The Workshops, offered in Spring semester to first-year students, are designed for those who, based on objective criteria and law school academic performance, could most benefit from skills training. Most strongly encouraged to attend are those whose law school academic experience has fallen below expectations. Others who may be invited include: students who have been out of the academic environment for several years; those whose academic or other backgrounds differ substantially from their classmates; and students for whom English is not their first language. Although participation in the Workshops is voluntary and does not carry academic credit, invitees are strongly encouraged to participate.

    The Workshops are also offered in Fall Semester for second-year students whose law school academic experience has fallen below expectations. The Fall Semester Workshops are linked to substantive courses and involve intensive one-on-one faculty support and small group sessions.​​​​​​​​

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Publications

  • Chapter update: "Ethics in Government Act", in PUBLIC SECTOR LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW, SUPPLEMENT (New York State Bar Association, 1993)

  • Overview and Update on the Rights of Probationary Employees, (no.4) Labor and Employment Law Newsletter (NYSBA) 14 (December 1989) with Marilyn S. Dymond

  • Chapter: "Ethics in Government Act", in PUBLIC SECTOR LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW, SUPPLEMENT (New York State Bar Association, 1988)

  • Chapter revision: "Fair Labor Standards Act", in PUBLIC SECTOR LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW, SUPPLEMENT (New York State Bar Association, 1988)​​

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