Telephone: (518) 445-2315



ABA Approved Since 1930


Founded in 1851, Albany Law School is the oldest independent law school in North America and the oldest law school in New York State. Located in the heart of New York‚??s Capital Region, the private institution of 700 students equips each student with the analytical skills required to be an attorney, the practical skills necessary to meet clients‚?? needs, and the intellectual tools and supportive resources to distinguish themselves in their chosen field. The Law School‚??s dedicated, accessible faculty, active alumni/ae involvement, and myriad opportunities for developing and practicing professional skills create an environment where students can immerse themselves in the experience of lawyering.


Albany Law School offers three- and four-year programs leading to a Juris Doctor degree; joint degree programs in business, public administration, social welfare and urban planning; a master of science in legal studies degree for professionals in other fields; and an LL.M program. The traditional course of study acquaints students with sources of law while giving them a thorough knowledge and understanding of legal rules and principles, both in their historical context and their contemporary application. Students develop legal reasoning and other analytical skills while learning ethical principles and professional standards. Graduates are well equipped for work in private practice, the judiciary, government service, public interest law, business, or any career that draws on legal skills. Albany Law School graduates are highly successful in securing employment; 97 percent of recent graduates were employed within nine months of graduation.


The School has 57 full-time faculty and 47 adjunct faculty. The relatively small size of the student body and intimate campus fosters a close-knit, supportive atmosphere. The collegial environment encourages frequent contact between students and faculty and friendship among students, leading to bonds that sustain them while at law school, and often continue throughout their lifetime. Albany Law School alumni/ae provide mentoring to students as well as employment opportunities and networking contacts to fellow graduates through the Career Advisory Network. The School has produced a long line of outstanding legal practitioners, scholars and jurists, as well as distinguished leaders in business and government. These include Hon. Victoria A. Graffeo, associate judge, New York State Court of Appeals; Mary O. Donohue, former New York State lieutenant governor; William McKinley, 25th president of the United States; Kate Stoneman, first female member of the New York State Bar; Hon. Lawrence H. Cooke, former chief judge of New York; Thomas J. Vilsack, former Governor of Iowa, Andrew Cuomo, New York State Attorney General and Richard Parsons, chairman of Time Warner, Inc.


Albany is a superb location for the study of law. Home to one of the world‚??s largest government structures, the city provides a rich environment for students interested in the workings of government and the judicial system. The proximity of the New York State Legislature, The Court of Appeals (New York‚??s highest court), federal courts, and numerous state agencies provide students with excellent opportunities to study and actively participate in the development, implementation, and judicial review of legislation, public policy, and regulation oversight. The School‚??s Government Law Center conducts interdisciplinary study and research on government and the problems facing governments, and introduces law students to policy analysis and public service through research programs, externships, public conferences, and legislative seminars. The Science and Technology Law Center allows students to get hands-on experience dealing with high-tech legal issues. Supervised by staff and volunteer attorneys, students help provide affordable legal assistance for start-up and early-stage high-tech companies. The Clinical Legal Studies Program includes six projects - Health Law, Civil Rights and Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Securities Arbitration, Litigation and Low-Income Taxpayer projects.


Journals produced by students include the Albany Law Review, Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, and Albany Government Law Review. The Schaffer Law Library, built in 1986, provides an inviting study environment with seating for hundreds of students. The book and microfilm collections number more than half a million volumes and equivalents. The library computer lab provides access to the Internet and online legal research systems such as LEXIS-NEXIS, WESTLAW, and DIALOG.


The Admissions Committee, in making decisions on individual applications, focuses on two broad classifications of criteria. The first is 9 objective academic criteria, 9 including LSAT, undergraduate grade-point average, the academic strength of the undergraduate institution, and the rigor of the undergraduate program. The second, of equal importance, is 9 uniqueness of life experience and background, 9 including employment experience; life experience that suggests ability and commitment to the accomplishment of difficult goals and overcoming of substantial obstacles; and racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, cultural, and national affiliations that themselves are indicators of uniqueness. The goal of the Admissions Committee, by considering all of these factors, is to enroll a highly qualified, diverse student body.


Albany Law School is part of an exciting entity in Albany - the University Heights Association, a consortium of four neighboring institutions. The unique, 30-acre campus serves the students at the Law School, Albany Medical College, Albany College of Pharmacy, and The Sage Colleges. New York‚??s Capital Region is the home of 16 colleges and universities, and abounds with cultural and recreational opportunities, including halls and theaters for the performing arts and the Times Union Center for major entertainment and sporting events. The nearby Adirondack, Berkshire, Catskill, and Green mountain ranges offer the best outdoor recreational opportunities in the Northeast.


President and Dean: Thomas F. Guernsey (518) 445-2380

Admissions and Financial Aid: Gail Bensen (518) 445-2326

Government Law Center: Patricia Salkin (518) 445-2329

Science & Technology Law Center: Annette Kahler (518) 445-3355

Academic Affairs: Connie Mayer (518) 445-2393

Library: Robert Begg (518) 445-2340

Career Planning: Sandra Mans (518) 445-2332

Institutional Advancement: Helen Adams-Keane (518) 445-3213

Student Affairs: Richard Ludwick (518) 445-3235




THOMAS F. GUERNSEY, (Law Professor), born Battle Creek, Michigan, November 3, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, New Hampshire; 1983, Virginia; 2003, New York. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1973); Wayne State University (J.D., 1976); Temple University (LL.M., 1980). Email:tguer @


PAMELA J. ARMSTRONG, (Law Professor), born Utah; admitted to bar, 1986, Massachusetts; 1987, New York. Education: Tufts University (B.A., 1977); State University of New York at Albany (M.A., 1980); Albany Law School (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Advanced Writing, Client Interviewing and Counseling, Drafting, Introduction to Civil Procedure, Employment Regulation, Lawyering. Email:parms @


ROBERT T. BEGG, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 14, 1947; admitted to bar, 1976, Ohio. Education: Slippery Rock University (B.S. 1969); University of Oregon (J.D., 1973); Rutgers University (M.L.S., 1974). COURSES:The Legal Profession, Professional Responsibility Seminar. Email: rbegg @


IRA MARK BLOOM, (Law Professor), born New York, NY. November 10, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, New York. Education: City College of New York (B.B.A., 1966); Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1969). COURSES:Estate Planning I and II, Property I, Trusts and Estates. Email:ibloo @


VINCENT MARTIN BONVENTRE, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, November 11, 1948; admitted to bar, 1977, New York. Education: Union College (B.S., 1972); Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 1976); University of Virginia (M.A.P.A., 1981; PH.D., 2002). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Judicial Process, Professional Responsibility (Ethics), State Constitutional Adjudication, The Legal Profession. Email:vbonv @


MELISSA L. BREGER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1995, New York; 1999, Michigan. Education: University of Illinois (B.S., 1991); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Domestic Violence Seminar, Family Violence Clinic, Children and the Law. Email:mbreg @


RAYMOND BRESCIA, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, July 19, 1967; Education: Fordham University (B.A., 1989); Yale University Law School (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Civil Federal Procedure, Environmental Practice/Procedure, Property, Legal Profession. Email:rbres @


BRIDGIT M. BURKE, (Law Professor), born Morgantown, West Virginia, April 29, 1962; admitted to bar, 1990, New York. Education: Southampton College, Long Island University (B.S., 1986); Albany Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Civil Rights and Disabilities Law Project. Email:bburk @


CHRISTINE SGARLATA CHUNG, (Law Professor), born 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, New York; 1993, Illinois; 1996 Massachusetts. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 989); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Securities Arbitration. Email:cchun @


BEVERLY COHEN, (Law Professor), born Plainfield, New Jersey, March 11, 1946; admitted to bar, 1988, New York. Education: Douglass College of Rutgers University (B.A., 1968); Alfred State College (A.A.S., 1979); Albany Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Antitrust in the Health Care Industry, Health Care Fraud and Abuse, Health Care Organization Finance, Privacy and Security of Healthcare Information, Torts. Email:bcohe @


JOSEPH M. CONNORS, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1989, New York. Education: State University of New York at Buffalo (B.A., 1985); Albany Law School (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Health Law Project. Email:jconn @


PATRICK M. CONNORS, (Law Professor), born Rockville Center, New York, 1963; admitted to bar, 1989, New York. Education: Georgetown University (B.A., 1985); St. John‚??s University School of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES:The Legal Profession, New York Practice I and II, Professional Responsibility Seminar. Email: pconn @


ANTHONY PAUL FARLEY, (Law Professor), Education: University of Virginia (B.A., with Distinction, 1984); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Criminal Procedure, Law and Psychoanalysis. Email:afarl @


PAUL FINKELMAN, (Law Professor), Education: Syracuse University (B.A., 1971); University of Chicago (M.A., 1972; Ph.D., 1976); Harvard Law School (Fellow in Law & Humanities, 1982-1983). Email:pfink @


JAMES THUO GATHII, (Law Professor), Education: University of Nairobi (LL.B., 1992); Kenya School of Law; Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1995; S.J.D., 1999). COURSES:Business Organizations, International Business Transactions, International Law, International Organizations, International Trade. Email: jgath @


STEPHEN E. GOTTLIEB, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, June 2, 1941; admitted to bar, 1967, New York; 1970, Missouri; 1977, West Virginia. Education: Princeton University (B.A., 1962); Yale Law School (LL.B., 1965). COURSES: Comparative Constitutional Law, Internet Law, Jurisprudence, Privacy, U.S. Supreme Court Watch. Email:sgott @


MARIA GRAHN-FARLEY, (Law Professor), born Seoul, Korea, July 17, 1972; Education: Gothenberg University (LL.M., 1999); Harvard Law School (S.J.D., Candidate, Present). COURSES:Public International Law. Email:mgrah @


PETER H. HALEWOOD, (Law Professor), born Portland, Oregon; admitted to bar, 1994, New York. Education: University of Toronto (B.A., 1985); McGill University (M.A., 1987); University of British Columbia (LL.B., 1990); Columbia University (LL.M., 1994). COURSES:Contemporary Perspective on Law, Foreign Relations and National Security Law, International Human Rights Law, International Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Law and Economics, Property I and II, The Legal Profession. Email:phale @


SHELDON W. HALPERN, (Law Professor), born 1935; admitted to bar, 1959, New York; 1997, Ohio. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1957); Cornell Law School (LL.B., 1959). COURSES:Trademark Law, Defamation and Privacy Law, Copyright Law. Email:shalp @


LENESE C. HERBERT, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1990, Pennsylvania. Education: Howard University (B.S., 1985); UCLA School of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence. Email: lherb @


DOROTHY E. HILL, (Law Professor), born Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, August 6, 1968; Education: Vassar College (B.A., 1990), University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Introduction to Lawyering. Email:dhill @


KEITH HIROKAWA, (Law Professor), born Johnstown, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1971; admitted to bar, 1999, Washington; 2000, Oregon. Education: Ursinus College (B.A., 1994); University of Connecticut (J.D., 1998; M.A., 1998); Lewis and Clark (LL.M., 2001). COURSES: Environmental Law, Policy & Ethics, Property. Email: khiro @


MICHAEL J. HUTTER, (Law Professor), born Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, September 25, 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, New York. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1967); Boston College (J.D., 1970). COURSES:Antitrust, Market Structure, Evidence, Advanced Evidence, Expert Testimony, Unfair Trade Practices. Email: mhutt @


ANNETTE I. KAHLER, (Law Professor), born Albany, New York, November 8, 1967; admitted to bar, 1995, Virginia; 1998, District of Columbia; 2006, New York. Education: University of Rochester (B.A., 1989); George Mason University School of Law (J.D., 1995). COURSES:Intellectual Property in Business, Organizations, Patents and Trade Secrets. Email:akahl @


DEBORAH S. KEARNS, (Law Professor), born Oceanside, New York, March 18, 1969; admitted to bar, 2001, New York. Education: Siena College (B.S., 1991); Albany Law School (J.D., 2000); New York University School of Law (LL.M.). COURSES: Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Email:dkear @


KATHE KLARE, (Law Professor), born Rockville Center, New York, 1948; admitted to bar, 1983, Virginia; 1997, Illinois; 2003, New York. Education: University of Michigan (BSN, 1974); University of Pennsylvania (MSN, 1980); University of Richmond (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Applied Legal Reasoning. Email:kklar @


MARY A. LYNCH, (Law Professor), born Bronx, New York, September 25, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, New York. Education: New York University (B.A., 1982); Harvard University (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Domestic Violence Prosecution, Pretrial and Trial Practice. Email:mlync @


TIMOTHY D. LYTTON, (Law Professor), born New Haven, Connecticut, September 3, 1965; Education: Yale University (B.A., 1987); Yale Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES:Advanced Torts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Jurisprudence: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law, Legislation and Statutory Interpretation, Torts, Constitutional Law. Email:tlytt @


DEBORAH A. MANN, (Law Professor), Education: University at Albany (B.A., 1975); Albany Law School (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Introduction to Lawyering. Email: dmann @ NANCY M. MAURER, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, March 7, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, New York and South Carolina. Education: Middlebury College (B.A., 1975); George Washington University (J.D., 1978). COURSES:Disability Law, Fact Investigation, Legal Issues in Medicine, Negotiating for Lawyers. Email: nmaur @


CONNIE MAYER, (Law Professor), born Springfield, Illinois, June 29, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Texas; 1986, New York. Education: Eastern Illinois University (B.A., 1974); University of Albany (M.A.); University of Houston (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Introduction to Civil Procedure, Trial Practice I and II. Email: cmaye @


DALE L. MOORE, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 10, 1950; admitted to bar, 1987, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1979; J.D., 1982). COURSES:Torts, Health Law, Introduction to Civil Procedure, Legal Issues in Medicine, Products Liability. Email:dmoor @


DANIEL G. MORIARTY, (Law Professor), born Burlington, Vermont, December 1, 1941; admitted to bar, 1968, New York. Education: Georgetown University (B.S., F.S., 1964; J.D., 1967). COURSES:Criminal Law, Legal History, Remedies, White Collar Crimes. Email:dmori @


NANCY K. OTA, (Law Professor), Education: University of California, Berkeley (B.S., 1977); Tulane University (M.B.A., 1983); Stanford University (J.D., 1992); Georgetown University Law Center. COURSES:Commercial Law Survey, Contracts, Immigration Law and Policy, Issues in Law and Society, Sales, Lease and Payment Law, Secured Transactions. Email:nota @


ALICIA OUELLETTE, (Law Professor), born Arlington, Virginia, January 15, 1966; admitted to bar, New York and Massachusetts. Education: Hamilton College (A.B., 1988); Albany Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Bioethics, Introduction to Lawyering, Law and the Disdavantaged. Email:aouel @


DAVID A. PRATT, (Law Professor), born Liverpool, England, January 11, 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, England and Wales; 1978, New York. Education: Hartford College, Oxford University (B.A., 1970). COURSES:Introduction to Taxation, Retirement Plans and Employee Benefits, Business Planning, Property I and II. Email: dprat @


PETER PREISER, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, April 27, 1931; admitted to bar, 1957, New York. Education: New York University (B.S., 1954; LL.B., 1957). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, Criminal Procedure Under the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments, Advanced Criminal Law. 28, 1969; admitted to bar, 1995, New York. Education: University of Maryland (B.A., 1991); New York Law School (J.D., 1994). COURSES: Introduction to Lawyering. Email:rquee @


JAMES D. REDWOOD, (Law Professor), born Baltimore, Maryland, January 14, 1949; admitted to bar, 1984, California; 1999, New York. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., 1971); Loyola Law School (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Business Organizations, Constitutional Law, Securities Regulation.


ELIZABETH RENUART, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, District of Columbia; 1979, Maryland. Education: LaMoyne College (B.A., 1974); Columbus School of Law (J.D., 1977). COURSES:Commercial Law Survey.


GERALD ROCK, (Law Professor), born Albany, New York, November 22, 1971; Education: Manhattan College (B.A., 1994); Albany Law School (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Introduction to Lawyering. Email:grock @


PATRICIA E. SALKIN, (Law Professor), born Suffern, New York, August 18, 1964; admitted to bar, 1988, New Jersey; 1989, New York. Education: State University of New York, Albany (B.A., 1985); Albany Law School (J.D., 1988). COURSES:Government Ethics, Housing Law and Policy, Land Use Planning, Current Legal Issues in Government. Email:psalk @


ALEX Y. SEITA, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1976, California; 1980, New York. Education: California Institute of Technology (B.S., 1973); Stanford Law School (M.B.A., J.D., 1976). COURSES:Antitrust, Introduction to Intellectual Property, Contracts. Email:aseit @


LAURIE SHANKS, (Law Professor), born Phoenix, Arizona, December 24, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Arizona; 1989, Indiana and New York. Education: Arizona State University (B.S., 1974; J.D., 1977). COURSES:Field Placement Program, Semester in Practice Project, Trial Practice II. Email:lshan @


CHRISTIAN B. SUNDQUIST, (Law Professor), born January 18, 1975; admitted to bar, 2003, New York. Education: Carleton College (B.A., 1997); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Evidence, Race/Class and the Law. Email: csund @


JENEAN M. TARANTO, (Law Professor), born Albany, New York, May 15, 1962; admitted to bar, 1989, New York; 1994, Massachusetts. Education: Kenyon College (B.A., 1984); Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Introduction to Lawyering. Email:jtara @


EVELYN TENENBAUM, (Law Professor), born August 22, 1951; Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1972); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Lawyering, Public Health Policy and Litigation. Email:etene @


DONNA E. YOUNG, (Law Professor), born Toronto, Canada; admitted to bar, 1993, New York. Education: University of Toronto (B.S.C., 1987); Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (LL.B., 1991); Columbia Law School (LL.M., 1996). COURSES:Employment Discrimination Law, Employment Regulation, Introduction to Civil Procedure, Political and Civil Right, Women and Work. Email:dyoun @