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Faculty Recognition

Professor Johar joined the Capital District Women’s Bar Association Committee on the Judiciary.

Professor Kanika Johar was appointed to the State of New York Supreme Court's Committee on Character and Fitness of the Appellate Division, Third Department.

Professor Michael Hutter was appointed to the NY State Commission on Judicial Nomination by Senator Robert G. Ort, which Commission screens and determines the nominees for the Court of Appeals; reappointed to the Town of Bethlehem Ethics Board by the Bethlehem Town Board, and then elected Chair by the Ethics Board; and appointed as Chair of the NYSBA Trial Lawyers Section Trial Evidence Committee by Betty Lugo.​

​Deans Rosemary Queenan and Mary Walsh Fitzpatrick's article, Professional Identity Formation, Leadership, and Exploration of Self was named one of the "Best Legal Education Articles of 2020" by the TaxProf Blog.

Professor Melissa Breger's publication "Corporal Punishment, Social Norms and Norm Cascades: Examining Cross-National Laws and Trends in Homes Across the Globe," has been accepted for inclusion at the 2021 Law and Society Annual Meeting, which will be held in virtually May 27-30, 2021.

Professor Christine Sgarlata Chung's article "Rising Tides and Rearranging Deckchairs: How Climate Change is Reshaping Infrastructure Finance and Threatening to Sink Municipal Budgets" was included in the curriculum for Professor Madison Condon's course, Climate Risk & Financial Institutions, at the Boston University School of Law.​

​Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum will present, "Reassessing Consent to Intimate Sexual Relations Among Nursing Home Residents with Dementia," at the ASBH (American Society for Bioethics and Humanities) Conference (held virtually) on October 15-18, 2020.

​Professor Melissa Breger was appointed to the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Children & the Law.

​Professor Ted de Barbieri was appointed Secretary of Association of American Law Schools Section on Community Economic Development, and member of Executive Committee of Association of American Law Schools Section on Real Estate Transactions.

​Professor Louis Jim was presented the Justina Cintron Perino Award by the board members of Albany Law School's Anthony V. Cardona '70 Moot Court Program board.

​Professor Rob Heverly served as reporter on the Uniform Law Commission's Tort Law Relating to Drones Act.

​Professor Michael Hutter presented lectures on evidence and NY practice related topics to Academy of Trial Lawyers, Office of the NY Attorney General, Defense Research Institute, Albany County and Dutchess County Bar Associations.

​Dean Rosemary Queenan served as chair of the Law Education Working Group of New York State Bar Association Attorney Well-Being Task Force.

Professor Patrick Connors is serving on the Task Force on the New York Bar Examination.​

Professor Melissa Breger has been selected as this year's co-recipient of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the Law's Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare.​

Professor Joe Buffington was elected treasurer of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Academic Support. ​

​Professor Melissa Breger chaired a scholarship panel (virtually) at the Law and Society Association meeting in May 2020 on State Power & the Lives of Children.

​Professor Patrick Connors served on the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on the New York Bar Examination and participation in authorship of March 5, 2020 Report of the NYSBA Task Force on the New York Bar Examination and March 30 Report recommending postponement of New York's July bar exam and providing alternative suggestions.

President and Dean Alicia Ouellette is serving as chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Law School Deans. ​

Professor Vincent Bonventre is a judge for the MENSA national scholarship program. ​

Professor Joe Buffington has been elected to serve as treasurer of Association of American Law Schools' Section on Academic Support.​

Professor Sarah Rogerson was invited to co-lead two amicus briefs on behalf of legal scholars—arguments rooted in her previous scholarship on immigration enforcement in state courthouses: New York v. ICE, No. 19 Civ. 8876 (SDNY) and Doe v. ICE, No. 19 Civ. 8892 (SDNY).​

Professor David Walker contributed to the American Association of Law Libraries Spectrum magazine's "Ask a Director" column, published in the January/February 2020 issue. ​

Professor Patrick Connors' treatise, SIEGEL & CONNORS, NEW YORK PRACTICE (6th ed. 2018 Thomson) was cited seven times in the three opinions in Williams v. Beemiller, 33 N.Y.3d 523 (2019). In Williams, an Ohio firearm merchant sold a gun to an Ohio resident in Ohio, which was then resold on the black market and used by a gang member to shoot the plaintiff in Buffalo. The Court held that the plaintiff could not obtain long-arm jurisdiction over the Ohio firearm merchant in New York State court.​

​Professor Patrick Connors' scholarship has been cited in numerous reported decisions from the New York and Federal Courts in 2019, including the New York Court of Appeals, Appellate Division, and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

​Professor Sarah Rogerson received the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District's Immigration Advocate Award in September 2019.

Professor Melissa Breger's NEW YORK LAW OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE was cited by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in Barrera v. Graham (January 2019).​

​Professor Patrick Connors was appointed by New York State Bar Association President Michael Miller to serve as a member of the NYSBA Task Force on the New York Bar Exam.

The Immigration Law Clinic, directed by Professor Sarah Rogerson, received a national honorable mention by the Clinical Legal Education Association in the category of Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project. The recognition was for the clinic's role in the Detention Outreach Project. ​

Associate Dean Rosemary Queenan's scholarship was cited in The School Psychologist article "Association of Summer Extended School Year Services and Academic Regression" (Division 16, American Psychological Association Spring 2019).​

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum's scholarship "Can Civil Lawsuits Stem the Tide of Direct-to-Consumer Marketing of Unproven Stem Cell Interventions" (npj Regenerative Medicine 2018) was selected to be listed in a special collection of Nature Partner Journals articles. All of the articles support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. ​

​Professor Stephen Clark received Albany Law School's Excellence in Service Award on May 24, 2019.

​Professor Jenean Taranto received Albany Law School's Excellence in Teaching Award on May 24, 2019.

Professor Michael Hutter received the President's Award from the Schenectady County Bar Association on May 16, 2019.​

Professor Melissa Breger presented "Making the Invisible Visible: Implicit Bias in Law and Society" at the firm Carter Conboy in Albany on May 15, 2019.​

​Professor Melissa Breger's co-authored treatise, NEW YORK LAW OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, was cited by the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands in the decision Gayanich v. Gayanich.

Professor Ray Brescia was named a 2019 academic fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, a national legal think tank that works to ensure access to justice for citizens and provide a balanced view of the issues affecting the U.S. civil justice system.​

Professor Donna Young was named a joint faculty member at the University at Albany's Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.​

Professor Sarah Rogerson received the Immigrant Excellence Award at the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators' annual legislative conference in Albany on February 17, 2019.​

​Professor Vincent Bonventre's co-edited book LIVING ON DEATH ROW: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WAITING TO DIE received the Association of American Publishers 2019 PROSE Award, recognizing scholarly and professional excellence, in the category of Psychology.

​Associate Dean Connie Mayer was appointed to the New York Court of Appeals Advisory Committee on Skills and Values in January 2019.

​Professor Anthony Paul Farley was elected to the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Board of Governors at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in January 2019.

​Professor Christian Sundquist was elected Chair-Elect of the Evidence Section, Chair-Elect of the Minority Groups Section, and an Executive Board member of the Associate Deans Section at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in January 2019.

​Professor Peter Halewood was named incoming Chair of the AALS Section on International Human Rights at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in New Orleans, January 2-6, 2019.

President & Dean Alicia Ouellette was elected Chair-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law School Deans. She will serve as the section's Chair starting in 2020.

Professor Mary A. Lynch's blog, Best Practices for Legal Education, was named to the ABA Journal's Blawg Hall of Fame, Class of 2018. Best Practices had previously appeared several times on the ABA Journal Blawg 100, an annual list of the top blogs for a legal audience.​

Professor Sarah Rogerson received the AILA Upstate NY Chapter 2018 Pro Bono Champion Award at the 2018 Northern Border U.S.-Canada Immigration Law Conference in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, on October 19, 2018.​

​Professor Melissa Breger's treatise NEW YORK LAW OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE was cited in the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands' opinion in Gayanich v. Gayanich.

​Professor Robert Heverly was appointed by the president of NYSBA to the Legal Education Committee.

Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum's article, "Bartering for a Compatible Kidney Using Your Incompatible Live Kidney Donor," was cited in Clanton v. U.S., 2018 U.S.Dist.LEXIS126047, by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.​