Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Leonard Gryskewicz '15 works during the semester at the energy-focused law firm Read & Laniado LLP in Albany, where he researches and drafts legal documents relating to federal and state energy law. It is a good follow-up to his summer internship at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, where he spent most of his time researching and drafting legal memos, including judicial opinions, around environmental law for the Office of Hearings & Mediation Services. As a judicial clerk, he was admitted to practice under the “student practice rule” so that he could conduct a hearing on behalf of the Department of Environmental Conservation. “I came to Albany Law because I liked the area, the professors, the campus,” said the Pennsylvania native who served as a research assistant to Professor Keith Hirokawa, working on writing projects focused on environmental law. In fact, their summer work together resulted in a co-authored article published in the reference book Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy by CQ Press. He serves as executive editor for notes and comments on the Albany Law Review’s editorial board and as an editor of the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Lawyer publication. He also represented clients directly in the Civil Rights and Disabilities Clinic.Leonard has also participated in moot court competitions at Albany Law School such as the McGoven Senior Prize Trials. He also clerked in the Schenectady city courts during the 2013 summer. While Gryskewicz hopes to pursue a career in environmental law, he would like to clerk for a judge immediately after law school. “I plan to return to my area in White Haven, Pa.,” he said, “and I’ve been reaching out to judges near my hometown for a clerkship after graduation.”