Telephone: (315) 443-2524


ABA Approved Since 1923


The Syracuse University College of Law was founded in 1895 as the second college at Syracuse University. As one of the older law schools in the United States it was a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and one of only three law schools in New York state on the original approved list of the American Bar Association (1923). Today the College enrolls 678 students in a day-only program. The J.D. degree may be pursued over three or four years.


At Syracuse University College of Law we understand that the pursuit of excellence is a challenge that has to be met everyday. That is why we promote a rigorous, dynamic, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of law.


The College of Law prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of the future by educating them in the legal foundations of civil society. Students learn the skills and doctrines of the law while exploring its history and theory. They participate in clinics and externships where they represent real clients, they participate in trial and appellate court training and competitions, and they edit and contribute to legal scholarship by participating on legal journals.


Our interdisciplinary focus enhances student understanding of law and of legal institutions in a global context. Through research, course work, joint degree programs, interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes, and community service opportunities, our students and faculty engage the broader community in a collaborative process of discovery and learning.


In the pursuit of excellence we look for students committed to the idea of legal education as a public good. A public good is not an ordinary market or consumer good. A public good is one that produces positive benefits to society in general. As participants in the creation of a public good, students are actively engaged in the process of learning, professionalism, and service. Students are not treated as mere consumers or customers. A legal education is not something you buy, and an excellent law school is not simply a collection of capital goods. Legal education is a process of engagement; engagement with classmates, faculty, the community, and the world.


At Syracuse University College of Law students are engaged in a professional relationship of learning, discovery, and service. We have assembled an outstanding faculty of 48 full-time tenure track faculty and developed a curriculum informed by a careful consideration of the needs of lawyers in the twenty-first century. Our programs are developed with a sense of trust and of stewardship among our many constituents, and they are designed to challenge and prepare students for the rigors of the law. While our programs are dynamic and cutting edge, we do not simply respond to consumer tastes. In understanding legal education as a public good we take seriously our responsibility for developing sound academic programs, and for establishing high standards of ethics and conduct.


From its very beginning, the College has believed in an admission decision process that is more complex than merely rank-ordering applicants based on a numerical formula. This has resulted in a student body that is motivated, well-qualified for the study of law, and includes geographic and ethnic diversity. While the LSAT scores and undergraduate grade point average of the 2,100 applicants who apply to Syracuse Law are important, the College also takes into account other factors of importance, such as significant progression in grades earned or unusually difficult coursework in undergraduate or graduate programs or a special experience that the faculty considers important. Past successes in overcoming personal hardship, including such burdens as poverty or disability are also considered. Today, about 44% of the student body is women, less than 50% of the student body comes from New York state (with California the second largest feeder state), and 20% of the student body is made up of students of color.


The College of Law is located on the Syracuse University 200 acre main campus, overlooking downtown Syracuse. Syracuseâ??s 500,000 residents enjoy a full range of cultural and sporting activities--from symphony and opera to NCAA Division I football and basketball.


Dean: Hannah R. Arterian (315) 443-2524

Director, Admissions: Anikka Laubenstein (315) 443-1962

Director, Financial Aid: Gina M. Soliz (315) 443-1963

Associate Dean, Library: Thomas R. French (315) 443-9571

Director, Professional Development and Career Opportunities:

Jennifer A. Walters (315) 443-1941

Assistant Dean of Development and Institutional Advancement:

Alexandra C. Epsilanty (315) 443-1964




HANNAH R. ARTERIAN, (Law Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, New York. Education: Elmira College (B.S., 1970); University of Iowa (J.D., 1973). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Labor Law.


AVIVA ABRAMOVSKY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, New York. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1997); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 2000). COURSES: Insurance, Professional Liability, Commercial Law. Email: aabramov @


RAKESH K. ANAND, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1989); Yale Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Professional Responsibility. Email:rkanand @


ROBERT H.A. ASHFORD, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1970, California; 1979, District of Columbia; 1980, New York. Education: University of South Florida (B.A., 1965); Harvard University (J.D., 1969). COURSES:Administrative Law, Binary Economics, Corporations, Business Planning, Professional Responsibility, Securities Regulation.


ELIZABETH A. AUGUST, (Law Professor), born 1964; admitted to bar, 1995, Florida and New York. Education: St. Lawrence (B.A., 1986); Syracuse (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Legal Writing.


WILLIAM C. BANKS, (Law Professor), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, Colorado; 1980, New York. Education: University of Nebraska (B.A., 1971; J.D., 1974); University of Denver (M.S.L.S., 1982). COURSES:Administrative Law, Clinical Teaching, Constitutional Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law, National Security Law, Public Law Process.


PETER A. BELL, (Law Professor), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, California; 1972, District of Columbia. Education: Wesleyan University (B.A., 1967); Stanford University (J.D., 1970). COURSES:Criminal Law, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Jurisdictions, Law Firm, Torts.


LESLIE BENDER, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1979, West Virginia; 1985, Massachusetts; 1992, New York. Education: Chatham College (B.A., 1973); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1979); Harvard University (LL.M., 1985). COURSES:Civil Rights, Contemporary Legal Theories, Federal Jurisdiction, Law and Medicine--Bioethics, Real Estate Transactions, Torts.


PETER D. BLANCK, (Law Professor), born 1957; admitted to bar, 1987, District of Columbia and Massachusetts. Education: University of Rochester (B.A., 1979); Harvard (Ph.D., 1982); Stanford Law School (J.D., 1986). Email:pblanck @


JEREMY A. BLUMENTHAL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2001, New Jersey. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1991; A.M., 1998; Ph.D., 2002); University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2001). COURSES: Law & Social Sciences. Email: jblument @


KEITH J. BYBEE, (Law Professor), born Santa Fe, New Mexico, October 6, 1965; Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1987); Oxford University (Visiting Student in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, 1985-1986); University of California, San Diego (M.A., 1990; Ph.D., 1995). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, Law and Social Science, Judicial Politics, Law, Politics and the Media. Email: kjbybee @


SANJAY CHHABLANI, (Law Professor), Education: University of Chicago (B.A., 1992); Yale Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Capital Punishment, Trial Advocacy, Constitutional Law.


JUSCELINO F. COLARES, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1996, Brazil; 2003, Virginia; 2004, District of Columbia. Education: Universidade Federal do Ceura, Faculdade de Direito, Brazil (LL.B., 1989); The University of Tennessee (M.A.; Ph.D., 1994); Cornell Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES:International Business Transactions. Email:colares @


DAVID M. CRANE, (Law Professor), born 1950; admitted to bar, 1981, North Dakota. Education: Ohio University (B.A., 1972; M.A., 1973); Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1980); The Judge Advocate Generalâ??s School (LL.M., 1985). COURSES: International Criminal Law, International Law, National Security Law, Laws of Armed Conflict, Atrocity Law and Policy. Email:dmcrane @


EVAN J. CRIDDLE, (Law Professor), born 1976; admitted to bar, 2004, New York. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 2000); Yale Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES:Civil Procedure, International Law, Administrative Law.


TUCKER CULBERTSON, (Law Professor), born Greenville, South Carolina, October 20, 1977; Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1999); University of California, Berkeley Law School (J.D., 2005). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Foreign Relations, Jurisprudence. Email:tbculber @


CHRISTIAN C. DAY, (Law Professor), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1970, Pennsylvania. Education: Cornell (A.B., 1967); New York University (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Corporations, Land Use Planning, Decedents Estates &Trusts, Real Estate Transactions, Business Finance and Economy.


LISA A. DOLAK, (Law Professor), born 1961; admitted to bar, 1989, New York. Education: Duquesne University (B.S., 1983); Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Patents and Trade Secrets, Federal Courts.


SAMUEL J.M. DONNELLY, (Law Professor), born 1934; admitted to bar, 1961, New Jersey; 1963, New York. Education: Fordham University (A.B., 1956); Harvard University (LL.B., 1960); New York University (LL.M., 1966). COURSES:Capital Punishment, Commercial Law, Consumer Protection.


DAVID M. DRIESEN, (Law Professor), born 1958; admitted to bar, 1990, Washington; 1992, Pennsylvania; 1993, District of Columbia. Education: Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.M., 1980); Yale School of Music (M.M., 1983); Yale Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Environmental Law, Law Firm, International Environmental Law.


RICHARD A. ELLISON, (Law Professor), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1966, New York. Education: Community College of New York (B.B.A., 1962); St. Johnâ??s University (LL.B., 1965). COURSES:Conflict Resolution through Negotiation, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Health Law, Juvenile Law, Law and Education, Developmental Disabilities Law.


THOMAS R. FRENCH, (Law Professor), born Bath, New York, August 5, 1948; admitted to bar, 1987, Kentucky. Education: SUNY Oswego (B.A., 1971); SUNY Geneseo (M.L.S., 1975); University of Cincinnati (M.A., 1978); Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Intro to American Law, Advanced Legal Research. Email:trfrench @


MARTIN L. FRIED, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., February 11, 1934; admitted to bar, 1959, New York. Education: Antioch College (B.A., 1955); Columbia Law School (LL.B., 1958); New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1968). COURSES: Estates and Trusts, Federal Income Taxation, Property.


ELTON FUKUMOTO, (Law Professor), Education: Harvard (B.A., 1975); University of California, Los Angeles (M.A., 1977; Ph.D., 1984); University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Legal Writing.


IAN GALLACHER, (Law Professor), Education: University of Leeds (B.A., 1977); Carnegie Mellon (M.A., 1983); American University, Washington College of Law (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Legal Writing and Research.


GREGORY L. GERMAIN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1985, California. Education: University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 1982); University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1985); University of Florida (L.L.M., 2001). COURSES: Corporations, Creditors & Debtors Rights, Federal Taxation.


ANDREW S. GREENBERG, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1990, New York. Education: Bates College (B.A., 1983); Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Legal Writing.


THEODORE M. HAGELIN, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1970, Pennsylvania. Education: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School (B.S., 1965); Temple University (J.D., 1970); Harvard University (LL.M., 1972). COURSES:Computers and the Law, Regulated Industries, Telecommunications Law.


MARGARET M. HARDING, (Law Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, New York. Education: Boston University (B.A., 1982); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Torts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Courses in the Business Law Area, Con Law. Email:mharding @


PETER E. HERZOG, (Law Professor), born Vienna, Austria, December 25, 1925; admitted to bar, 1957, New York. Education: Hobart College (B.A., cum laude, 1952); Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1955); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1956). COURSES:Torts, Conflict of Laws, Comparative Law, European Union Law.


SUSAN JAMES, (Law Professor), Education: San Diego State University (B.A., 1989); Syracuse University (M.A., 1993; J.D., 2000).


PAULA C. JOHNSON, (Law Professor), born 1959; admitted to bar, 1985, Massachusetts; 1988, District of Columbia. Education: University of Maryland (B.A., 1981); Temple University (J.D., 1985); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1990). COURSES: Clinical Teaching, Criminal Procedure, Property.


HILARY K. JOSEPHS, (Law Professor), born February 23, 1945; admitted to bar, 1978, Hawaii; 1980, New York. Education: Radcliffe College (A.B., 1966); University of Hawaii (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Contracts, Comparative Law, International Law, International Transactions.


ARLENE S. KANTER, (Law Professor), born 1954; admitted to bar, 1982, New York; 1984, Pennsylvania; 1985, District of Columbia. Education: Trinity College (B.A., 1976); New York University (J.D., 1981); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1983). COURSES: Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Federal Rights, Health Care Law.


GARY T. KELDER, (Law Professor), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1971, Massachusetts. Education: Boston University (J.D., 1971); New York University (LL.M., 1972). COURSES: Administration of Criminal Justice, American Indian Law, Conflict of Laws, Criminal Law.


DEBORAH S. KENN, (Law Professor), born New York, N.Y., December 1, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, New York. Education: Eisenhower College (B.A., 1977); State University of New York at Buffalo (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Affordable Housing Development, Community Development Law.


NINA A. KOHN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, New York and Vermont. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1999); Harvard Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Torts. Email:nakohn @


M. LOUISE LANTZY, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 8, 1943; Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1965); Drexel University (M.L.S., 1976); Syracuse University (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Legal Writing, Law Firm.


LAURA G. LAPE, (Law Professor), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1986, Massachusetts. Education: University of North Carolina (M.A., 1985; J.D., 1986). COURSES:Estates, Intellectual Property, Property.


LYNN S. LEVEY, (Law Professor), Education: Clark (B.A., 1988); Syracuse University (M.A.; J.D., 1994); Queens (Ph.D., 1996). COURSES:Legal Writing.


TRAVIS H.D. LEWIN, (Law Professor), born Long Beach, California, August 24, 1933; admitted to bar, 1958, South Dakota; 1968, New York. Education: Southern State Teachers College (B.A., 1958); South Dakota University (LL.B., 1958); University of Michigan (S.J.D., 1968). COURSES: Trial, Evidence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Law and Psychiatry.


KEVIN NOBLE MAILLARD, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, Pennsylvania and New York. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1994); University of Michigan (M.A., Ph.D., 2004); University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Race, Sex Crimes, Memory & Law. Email:kevin.maillard @


ROBIN PAUL MALLOY, (Law Professor), born 1956; admitted to bar, 1980, Florida. Education: Purdue University (B.S., 1977); University of Florida (J.D., 1980); University of Illinois (LL.M., 1983). COURSES: Contracts, Law and Economics, Property, Real Estate Transactions, Sales, Secured Transactions.


THOMAS J. MARONEY, (Law Professor), born 1938; admitted to bar, 1963, New York. Education: Syracuse University (B.A., 1961; LL.B., 1963). COURSES:Alternative Dispute Resolution, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law.


JANIS L. MCDONALD, (Law Professor), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1977, District of Columbia. Education: George Washington University (B.A., 1972); Hofstra University (J.D., 1977); Yale University (LL.M., 1988). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Employee Discrimination, Legal Ethics, Legal History, Trial Advocacy.


MARY HELEN MCNEAL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1986, Maryland. Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1980); University of Maryland School of Law (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Clinical Legal Education. Email: mhmcneal @


SUZETTE M. MELENDEZ, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1991, New York; 1992, New Jersey. Education: State University of New York at Binghamton (B.A., 1985); University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Childrenâ??s Rights Clinic. Email:smmelend @


ALIZA M. MILNER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1998, Maryland. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1994); George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES:Legal Writing.


ROBERT G. NASSAU, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, December 30, 1958; admitted to bar, 1986, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1981); Harvard University (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Tax Law. Email:rnassau @


KATHLEEN M. Oâ??CONNOR, (Law Professor), Education: Duke University (B.A., 1989); Emory University (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Legal Writing.


ROBERT ODAWI PORTER, (Law Professor), Education: Syracuse University (A.B., 1986); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Law of Indigenous Nations, Federal Indian Law, Torts, Legal Writing.


ROBERT J. RABIN, (Law Professor), born 1939; admitted to bar, 1965, New York. Education: Cornell University (A.B., 1961); Harvard University (LL.B., 1964); New York University (LL.M., 1965). COURSES:Administrative Law, Commercial Transactions, Conflict Resolution, Contracts, Labor Law, Law Firm.


SARAH H. RAMSEY, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1974, North Carolina, 1988, New York. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1965); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A., 1966; J.D., 1973); University of Michigan (LL.M., 1982). COURSES:Family Law, Children and the Law, Family Issues.


LAVONDA N. REED-HUFF, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, Maryland; District of Columbia. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1990); University of Southern California Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Property, Communications Law, Descendantsâ?? Estates and Trusts.


LUCILLE M. RIGNANESE, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2000, New York. Education: Siena College (B.A., 1986); Syracuse University (M.P.A., 1999); Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES:Legal Writing.


RICHARD S. RISMAN, (Law Professor), born Buffalo, New York, January 26, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, New York. Education: SUNY Buffalo (B.A., 1981). COURSES: Skills. Email:rsrisman @


JENNY ROBERTS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1995, New York. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1987); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1995). COURSES:Criminal Law Clinic. Email:robertsj @


MICHAEL A. SCHWARTZ, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, New York, 1982; New Jersey, 1992; Connecticut, 1993. Education: Northwestern University (M.A., 1976); New York University School of Law (J.D., 1981); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1996); Syracuse University School of Education (Ph.D., 2006). COURSES: Public Interest Law, Family Law, Disability Law.


RODERICK SURRATT, (Law Professor), born 1943; admitted to bar, 1969, Texas. Education: Baylor University (B.A., 1966); University of Texas (J.D., 1969). COURSES:Contracts, Evidence, Products Liability, Torts.


TERRY L. TURNIPSEED, (Law Professor), Education: Mississippi State University (B.S.); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., 1988); Georgetown Law Center (J.D., 1995); Georgetown Law Center (LL.M., 1998). COURSES: Estates & Trusts, Taxation.


A. JOSEPH WARBURTON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1997, New York; 1999, District of Columbia; 2003, Illinois. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1992); University of Pennsylvania (M.G.A., 1994); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1996); University of Michigan Ross School of Business (Ph.D., 2009). COURSES: Commercial Law, Corporate Finance, Financial Instructions. Email: warburto @


STEVEN S. WECHSLER, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., June 24, 1945; admitted to bar, 1976, Colorado; 1984, New York. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1967); University of Michigan (M.B.A., 1973; J.D., 1975). COURSES:Contracts, Professional Responsibility, Negotiation.


WILLIAM M. WIECEK, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, January 31, 1938; admitted to bar, 1962, New Hampshire. Education: The Catholic University of America (A.B., 1959); Harvard University (LL.B., 1962); University of Wisconsin, Madison (Ph.D., 1968). COURSES:Legal History (American and Roman), Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Corporations.