Albany Law School Welcomes New Faculty

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Albany Law School is welcoming four new faculty members for the Fall 2021 semester—including two clinic leaders within The Justice Center at Albany Law School.

Hayat Bearat

Visiting Assistant Professor Hayat Bearat will serve as Director of the Family Violence Litigation Clinic. She has practiced in New York City for several years, most recently as Senior Staff Attorney and Coordinating Attorney in the Domestic Violence Unit at the New York Legal Assistance Group. In that role, she represented survivors of domestic violence in Family and Supreme Court in cases involving divorce, child custody, child and spousal support, visitation, and family offenses. Full bio


Fermin Mendez

Assistant Professor Fermin Mendez will serve as Co-Director of the Community Economic Development Clinic. Prior to joining Albany Law, he co-taught the Entrepreneurship Clinic at University of Michigan Law School as a clinical fellow. His background also includes time as an attorney at Varnum LLP and Clark Hill PLC, where he counseled clients on a variety of matters including general corporate law, formation and entity selection, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions. Full bio


Jonathan Rosenbloom

Professor Jonathan Rosenbloom is a visiting professor from Vermont Law School and will be teaching sustainability, land use, property, and racial justice courses. Rosenbloom is the Director of Faculty Development and International Programs at Vermont Law School.

He is the founding executive director of the Sustainable Development Code, a model land use code designed to provide local governments with the best sustainability practices in land use. Prior to teaching he founded a non-profit that focused on making state and local governments more sustainable. Full bio


Jasmine Norman

Professor Jasmine Norman is a visiting assistant professor who will teach Introduction to Lawyering. She comes to Albany Law School from the New York State Department of State where she serves as a Senior Licensing Attorney for the Division of Licensing Services and represents the State of New York in disciplinary and application hearings against occupational license holders, companies and applicants. Prior to her employment with the Department of State, Professor Norman served as an Assistant Conflict Defender for the Schenectady County Office of the Conflict Defender. Full bio