The Upstate New York entrepreneur economy is growing. Every year, more entrepreneurs choose to grow their companies here. Women offer unique leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation. Their contributions are immense and yet women entrepreneurs make up the minority of the start-up economy. To celebrate the diversity in the Capital Region and highlight the relevant issues surrounding women in entrepreneurship join us for an evening discussion with panelists Colleen Costello of Vial Vio, Elizabeth (Beth) Coco Entrepreneur-in-Residence at UAlbany, Annmarie Lanesay of Greane Tree Technology, Rose Miller of Pinnacle Human Resources and Angel Investor Christine Tate.
Many local governments throughout the United States are facing fiscal stress. Detroit, as well as others throughout the country, has taken the dramatic step of filing for municipal bankruptcy as a way to find a path out of its fiscal woes.
Municipal fiscal distress can have profound implications for civic life, the economic future of communities, and the health and safety of citizens. Detroit’s bankruptcy experience, Harrisburg, Pa.'s experience entering receivership, and the experiences of other financially troubled municipalities around the country raise questions about how best to respond to financial crises, whether municipalities in New York and other states will follow this path, and what the consequences are should they decide to do so.
For example, could pension rights and other collectively bargained protections face impairment? What are the implications for bond covenants? This panel discussion will bring together experts on the topic of municipal finance to discuss these and other issues in the aftermath of the Detroit bankruptcy and what it might mean moving forward, both across the nation and in New York state.
In its 40 year history, the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) has served a critical role in shedding sunlight on the operations of government throughout New York state. As we emerge through the digital information age, FOIL continues to play a significant role with respect to the availability andaccessibility of data and records. Electronic communications, the realities of “big data,” and government’s propensity to generate enormous amounts of information impact access issues in unanticipated ways. Panelists will discuseds issues related to access to communications, data, and among other items, the challenges and costs associated therewith.
The GLC offered a new program in partnership with NYSERDA. “Startup Law
Day,” held Saturday, September 13, 2014, was a free event for
entrepreneurs / early stage business founders held at Albany Law School to
highlight, support and further entrepreneurship, job creation and economic development
in the Capital Region. It was the first of a regionally focused startup series offered
throughout the year hosted by Capital region academic institutions. Highlights from
the event include focused workshop sessions taught by law school faculty and
local practitioners, a spotlight business networking event to “show and tell”
an entrepreneur’s innovative business idea, and free legal consultations with Capital
Startup Law Day information, including workshop materials, can be
The Government Law Center hosted the Startup Series Kickoff on Wednesday,
September 10, 2014, which featured guest speaker Matthew Ammerman, Co-Founder
and VP of Client Services of Apprenda Inc., discussing the Apprenda, Inc.
entrepreneurial experience. Participants afterward formed teams to tackle
the spaghetti-marshmallow challenge.
The Startup Series was created from a collaboration of local university
leaders. The series is focused on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Each institution--Albany Law School, RPI, HVCC, Siena, UAlbany, and Skidmore—have
agreed to host a Startup Day focusing on early-stage business development
issues like business models, marketing, accounting, pitch practice, and web
For more information and a schedule of the remaining Startup
Days, click here.
Kathy Sheehan ’94, Albany, Lovely Warren ’03, Rochester, and Joanne Yepsen, Saratoga Springs, all newly elected mayors of cities in Upstate New York, discussed their journeys to elected leadership seats, their personal insights on the equitable participation of women in politics and government, and the unique responsibility of running a city government.
The event, which was sponsored by Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, was held in the Dean Alexander Moot Court Room and is free and open to the public.
Held on Sept. 28, 2012, this program provided guidance on how municipal officials can use their local land use tools to effectively plan for the potential introduction of high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) in their communities. Panels discussed state regulation of HVHF, water withdrawal concerns, preemption and home rule litigation, effective land use controls, municipal ethics, and opportunities for training. The panels included parcticing attorneys, planners, academics and scholars.
To download the conference materials (.pdf), click here.
Video of the conference is now available for viewing:
Panel One: Current Status of HVHF and Water Withdrawal Issues
Panels Two and Three: Responding to HVHF: Municipal Ethics; SEQRA and HVHF
Panel Four: Responding to HVHF: Legal Considerations
Panels Five and Six: Responding to HVHF: Effective Local Planning Tools; Responding to HVHF: Municipal Training
The Government Law Center co-sponsored this program with the Albany Law Review, held on Sept. 27, 2012. The symposium included First Amendment scholars and advocates from around the country, with panels focused on the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court's recent freedom of speech decisions.
Held Sept. 13, 2012 at Albany Law School, the program featured a panel of seven former counsels to New York State governors - and one current counsel. View video of the program here.
Held Nov. 28, 2011, at the law firm of Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP, the program featured the Honorable Thomas DiNapoli, Comptroller of the State of New York.
Held Oct. 28, 2011, this program examined the effects of the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009, its strengths and potential improvements.
Held Oct. 21, 2011, at Albany Law School, this conference was co-sponsored by AIA-NYS, Albany Law School, the NYC Bar Association and Town & Gown.
Held May 5, 2011, at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., this conference was co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Law Teaching, the Government Law Center of Albany Law School and the Land Use Law Center of Pace Law School. It offered professors an opportunity to showcase and learn about context-based learning strategies in these dynamic practice areas.
The Government Law Center assembled a panel of experts, including a representative of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to discuss the implications of Dodd-Frank, and current budget challenges, on municipal securities issuers. The program discussed the new registration requirement for municipal advisors (and related rule-making activities) and disclosure requirements associated with the current fiscal crisis, including those involving post-employment benefit obligations. The program was held on April 15, 2011, at Albany Law School. A recording of this program is available through the webcast portal.
On April 8, 2011, the Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law was held. Professor Clayton Gillette delivered the lecture with the topic "Insolvency: What Can a Municipality Do?" A recording of this lecture is available through the webcast portal.
On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, the Government Law Center and the Rockefeller Institute co-sponsored a program entitled "Should Wisconsin Come to New York? The Intersection of Collective Bargaining, Budgets and Politics" Visit the following links to view the program featuring former state legislators John Faso and Richard Brodksy debating issues over collective bargaining, budgets and politics, moderated by GLC Government Scholar in Residence, Abe Lackman:
Part 1 (Abe Lackman Introduction)
Part 2 (John Faso Opening Remarks)
Part 3 (Richard Brodksy Opening Remarks)
Part 4 (Moderated Discussion)
Part 5 (Q & A from the Audience)
Tax commissioners, advocates, academics and practitioners explored the current tensions between revenue collection and taxpayer advocacy on Oct. 8, 2010. The event was co-sponsored by the Law Clinic and Justice Center's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and the Government Law Center, as well as by Morrison and Foerster LLP & Teal Becker and Chiaramonte.