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Albany Law School announced today that four standout faculty members—Raymond Brescia, Peter Halewood, David Pratt, and Donna Young—have been named to distinguished professorships.
"Professors Brescia, Halewood, Pratt, and Young have made exceptional contributions to our law school, the legal academy, and the profession. As leading experts in their fields, they not only educate, but also advance the national conversation," said Albany Law School President and Dean Alicia Ouellette. "We are proud to announce these well-deserved appointments."
Prof. Raymond Brescia is the newly appointed Hon. Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology.
Professor Brescia's scholarly interests address economic and social inequality; the legal and policy implications of financial crises; how innovative legal and regulatory approaches can improve economic and community development efforts, especially in light of technological change; and the need to expand access to justice for people of low and moderate income, particularly through the use of technology. His many recent and forthcoming law review articles include "The Strength of Digital Ties: Virtual Networks, Norm-Generating Communities, and Collective Action Problems" in the
Dickinson Law Review and "Regulating the Sharing Economy: New and Old Insights into an Oversight Regime for the Peer-to-Peer Economy" in the
Nebraska Law Review. His co-edited book, HOW CITIES WILL SAVE THE WORLD: URBAN INNOVATION IN THE FACE OF POPULATION FLOWS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, was published in 2016.
Professor Brescia is a past director of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. Before joining the faculty, he was the Associate Director of the Urban Justice Center in New York City, where he coordinated legal representation for community-based institutions in areas such as housing, economic justice, workers' rights, civil rights, and environmental justice. He also served as an adjunct professor at New York Law School from 1997 through 2006. Prior to his work at the Urban Justice Center, he was a staff attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance and the Legal Aid Society of New York, where he was a recipient of a Skadden Fellowship, and served as a law clerk to civil rights pioneer Hon. Constance Baker Motley.
He is a graduate of Fordham University and Yale Law School.
The Tyler Chair, named for the former federal judge, assistant U.S. attorney, and professor at Albany Law School, was established in 1996. The recipient of the chair works with students to explore and better understand the daunting legal problems presented by modern science and technology.
Prof. Peter Halewood is the newly appointed Gov. George E. Pataki Distinguished Professor of International Commercial Law.
Professor Halewood's research addresses international trade and commercial law, voting rights, race and law, property law and commodification, food insecurity, and human rights law. His work has been widely published in both domestic and foreign law reviews.
Professor Halewood has consulted with the International Development Law Organization in Rome, Italy, on distance learning in international trade law with audiences in Kenya, Uganda, and Mozambique; and with the University at Albany on a USAID grant implementing legal training of foreign professionals on the intersection of international trade and economic law with economic, social, and cultural rights. He is Chair-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools Section on International Human Rights, a member of the AALS Section on Economic Globalization and Governance and the Section on Business Associations, a member of the American Society of International Law, and an Affiliated Faculty and Advisory Board member at UAlbany's Global Institute for Health and Human Rights.
Prior to joining the Albany Law School faculty, he served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario and worked in the health law department of the Ontario Attorney General's office. During his post-graduate study at Columbia Law School, he was the Julius Silver Fellow in Law, Science, and Technology and an Associate Editor of the
Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. After law school, he was awarded an Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt human rights fellowship. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University, the University of British Columbia, and Columbia University.
The Governor George E. Pataki Distinguished Professorship supports the teaching, scholarship, and community leadership of faculty members at the forefront of international commercial law and legal practice.
Prof. David Pratt is the newly appointed Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor.
Professor Pratt has specialized in tax and employee benefits law for over four decades. He is the author of SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE ANSWER BOOK and co-author of PENSION AND EMPLOYEE BENEFIT LAW, ERISA AND EMPLOYEE BENEFIT LAW: THE ESSENTIALS, and TAXATION OF DISTRIBUTIONS FROM QUALIFIED PLANS. He has published numerous articles, primarily on employee benefits topics, including "Marriage, Divorce, Death, and ERISA" in the
Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal (2018). He is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a Senior Editor of the
Journal of Pension Benefits.
Professor Pratt received his law degree from Oxford University. In 1972, he placed second nationwide in the professional qualifying exam for solicitors of the Supreme Court. He was in private practice in London, Cleveland, and Albany before joining the Albany Law School faculty in 1994.
The professorship was named in memory of the late Ruth Caplan and her husband, Jay Caplan, a distinguished member of the Class of 1946.
Prof. Donna Young is the newly appointed President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy.
Professor Young specializes in race and the law, gender studies, employment, and criminal law. Before joining the faculty, she worked at the Toronto labor law firm Cornish Roland, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and the NYC Mayor's Office of Labor Relations. She was an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School, where she earned her LL.M.; a Fellow at Cornell Law School's Gender, Sexuality, and Family Project; a Visiting Scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School's Institute of Feminist Legal Studies in Toronto; a Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Jurisprudence at the University of Roma Tre in Rome; and a consultant to the International Development Law Organization in Rome during which time she traveled to Uganda to conduct fieldwork on the interaction of women's property rights and HIV/AIDS. She has been invited to present her work at conferences in the U.S., Canada, Sri Lanka, Italy, Germany, Hungary, France, Mexico, and the U.K.
Professor Young is on the board of the Capital Region Chapter of the NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union) and a member of Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the AAUP (American Association of University Professors), the national organization responsible for drafting policies that promote principles of academic freedom, tenure, and due process in higher education.
In addition to her service at the law school, Professor Young is an affiliated faculty member at the University at Albany's Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and Columbia Law School.
The professorship is named for the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley, a member of the Albany Law School Class of 1867. It was established to expand and maintain excellence and leadership in government law and public policy.