Recent Events

Recent Events

Leading a New Era: Women Entrepreneurs

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.

Discussing Detroit: The Potential Ripple Effects of the Largest Municipal Bankruptcy in U.S. History and What It Might Mean for New York

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.

Foil at 40: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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 and
accessibility 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.

Startup Law Day

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 Region attorneys. 

Startup Law Day information, including workshop materials, can be found her​e.


Startup SeriesKickoff

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 design.

For more information and a schedule of the remaining Startup Days, click here.

Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast Series

Held monthly from February through May, each Warren M. Anderson Breakfast Seminar features a panel of experts who address legal aspects of a policy issue pending before the New York State Legislature.
Warren M. Anderson was a distinguished alumnus of Albany Law School and a former member of the Government Law Center Advisory Board. Having served in the New York State Senate for 35 years, he is known for his leadership during his tenure as President Pro Tem and Majority Leader from 1973 to 1988.
Warren Anderson began his legal career as an assistant county attorney in Broome County of New York. He then joined the law firm of Hinman, Howard & Kattell, where he practiced law up until his death in June 2007. Throughout his career he received numerous honors and awards.
The seminars feature a panel of experts who discuss the legal aspects of each issue, all currently pending before the New York State Legislature. The programs are held from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Assembly Parlor on the 3rd Floor of the New York State Capitol.
2014 sessions:

Combatting Slavery in the 21st Century

The Government Law Center at Albany Law School presented a conference, "Combatting Slavery in the 21st Century," on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the United Nations in New York City. The event was a collaboration between the Government Law Center, United Nations Academic Impact, Humanity United and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.
The forum, which was simulcast to high schools and colleges throughout the world through the auspices of United Nations Academic Impact, addressed not only the lasting vestiges of traditional forms of slavery and indentured servitude, but also contemporary issues of child, labor and sex trafficking. Panel topics included “Slavery in the 21st Century: Continuing Impact, Lasting Vestiges and Modern Forms,” and “Tactics of the Modern Abolitionists.”
Kevin Ryan, president and CEO of Covenant House International and co-author of Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, delivered a keynote address on child trafficking.
Other confirmed speakers include:
   Dorchen Leidholdt, Sanctuary for Families
   Warda Henning, United Nations Headquarters, Office on Drugs and Crime
   Professor Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, University of Southern California
   Andrea Cristina Mercado, National Domestic Workers Alliance

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.











Municipal Law and Planning: A Local Perspective on Hydrofracking


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




Violence, Vulgarity, Lies... and the Importance of 21st Century Speech

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.

The Role of the Office of Counsel to the Governor: Its Functions and Evolving Role

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.

William B. Sanders Lecture in Government Law & Policy

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.  

Examining the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009


Held Oct. 28, 2011, this program examined the effects of the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009, its strengths and potential improvements.   

Building in the 21st Century Series:

Case Studies in Public Construction Procurement: At the Intersection of Build Environment Regulation and "On the Ground Reality"

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.

Practically Grounded:

Best Practices for Skill Building in Teaching Land Use, Environmental, and Sustainable Development Law

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.

Public Authorities and Municipalities:

The Implications of Dodd-Frank Act on their Fiscal Operations

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.

2011 Crawford Lecture

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.

Should Wisconsin Come to New York?

The Intersection of Collective Bargaining, Budgets and Politics

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:

Taxpayer Advocacy:

Addressing Systemic Tensions During Tight Budget Times

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.

Federal Universal Service Reforms & Broadband Deployment

The GLC co-hosted "Federal Universal Service Reforms & Broadband Deployment" on Wednesday, October 6th. The program began with a keynote address from Robert Mayer, Vice President, Industry and State Affairs, United States Telecom Association, Chair of the Communications - Sector Coordinating Council (C-SCC) and former Director of the Communications Division at the New York Public Service Commission
Two panel discussions provided an overview of recently proposed regulatory changes to the Universal Service Fund, and how these changes may affect broadband deployment in New York and at a national level. Panelists provided an overview of current telecommunications regulations and how the FCC's proposed reforms with a focus on broadband will alter the administration of the Universal Service Fund.

Speakers Express Frustration at EFOIL Conference

"EFOIL: The Freedom of Information Law Meets the Digital Age," held Dec. 4 at the law school, examined the impact of technology on accessing records under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). Miriam Nisbet, Director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, was the keynote speaker.

Strong Turnout for Community Forum on Climate Crisis, Government Policy and Green Jobs

A capacity crowd filled the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom on April 1st for the community forum, "Climate, Jobs and Justice: Copenhagen Report and Next Steps for Labor and the Environment," featuring NYS DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis and other advocates who discussed a wide variety of issues and opportunities that confront New Yorkers in building a clean energy, good jobs future. The program was co-sponsored by the Government Law Center, the New York State Apollo Alliance, and the Albany Law School Environmental Law Society.

Crawford Lecture Presented by Shipman & Goodwin Attorney Ross Garber

The GLC's Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law featured a presentation by Ross H. Garber, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP on "The Integrity of Public Service: The Impact of Recent Public Corruption Cases," on April 15 at Albany Law School. Mr. Garber focused on the "theft of honest services" statute and the three cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court hinging on this law.
Dean Patricia E. Salkin provided welcoming remarks. Opening remarks were given by Stephen J. Acquario ‘98, Executive Director, New York State Association of Counties
The Crawford Lecture was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Edwin L. Crawford, former executive director of the New York State Association of Counties. The program strives to educate and promote dialog on important and timely issues affecting local governments. Crawford speakers have included prominent government officials and attorneys involved with municipal issues. Presentations by several former Crawford Lecturers can be accessed here.
This year's program was made possible through the generous support of the Association of Towns of the State of New York, the New York State Association of Counties , the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, and Saratoga Associates.

The Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009

A program on The Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009 was presented by the Government Law Center's Public Authorities Project on April 27th to a full-house in the Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom at Albany Law School. The Independent Authorities Budget Office co-hosted the event.
Panelists included Ira M. Millstein, Senior Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Chair of the Governor's Task Force on Implementation of the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009, Senior Associate Dean for Corporate Governance, Yale School of Management; Luke Bierman, Esq., Office of the New York State Comptroller; David Kidera, Interim Executive Director of the (new) Independent Authorities Budget Office; and Scott Fein, Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hannah LLP, member of the Governor's Task Force on Implementation of the Public Authorities Reform Act of 2009, Director, Public Authorities Project of the Government Law Center. Assemblyman Richard Brodsky and Senator Bill Perkins also addressed the close to 200 attendees.
The program, approved as part of the new training requirements for public authority board members, was also broadcast live across the state, and the video can be viewed on our Webcast portal.​