Three members of the Albany Law School faculty have been promoted by the law school faculty and Board of Trustees:
- Antony Haynes - Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, and Assistant Professor of Law
- Ava Ayers - Assistant Professor, outgoing Director of the Government Law Center
- Ted De Barbieri - Associate Professor, Director, Community Economic Development Clinic within The Justice Center at Albany Law School
Each was recommended for promotions by the law school faculty. DeBarbieri was also granted tenure.
Haynes joined Albany Law School in December 2015. He has extensive litigation experience in intellectual property, securities, and criminal defense.
“I am honored and humbled by the support and acknowledgment of my colleagues and the board. Serving the law school community and the public as a teacher has been profoundly fulfilling for me, and I look forward to continuing to inspire all to seek justice, advance knowledge, and attain excellence,” Haynes said.
Ayers has been with Albany Law School since 2016. She has served as Director of the Government Law Center since November 2016 guiding numerous projects and initiatives such as the Warren M. Anderson Breakfast series, the Rural Law Initiative, and the annual classes of GLC fellows.
She also teaches several courses including Administrative Law, Law of Government, and Professional Responsibility.
“I’m grateful to my colleagues and honored by their trust. Teaching at Albany Law School is rewarding beyond anything I imagined when I began my career here, and I’m looking forward to every day of teaching and learning with our amazing students,” Ayers said.
De Barbieri has been with Albany Law School since 2016. He teaches several property-related courses and leads the Community Economic Development Clinic which gives law students the opportunity to provide supervised guidance to small businesses, worker-owned cooperatives, nonprofit community-based organizations, and other groups supporting low-income, immigrant entrepreneurs on a variety of transactional matters, including business entity formation, governance, leasing, and loan/related financial closings. De Barbieri also leads the Pro Bono Program students, community partners, and faculty to broaden the scope and range of pro bono service learning opportunities.
“I am humbled and grateful to be granted tenure by my faculty colleagues, and the board of trustees. Albany Law School has proved an excellent fit for me to contribute and grow as a professional and a teacher. I look forward to continuing to find exciting ways to serve our community broadly as a professor and a scholar in the years ahead. Thank you,” he said.
In late April, the Albany Law School faculty met for its first majority in-person meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to approve the promotions. The Albany Law School Board of Trustees went on to approve the recommendations at its May meeting and formally announced the appointments at Commencement on May 21, 2021.