Harpur Law Council Newsletter
We hope you will take a few moments to read about what the Council has been up to, hear about our pre-law students and the next generation of legal professionals and learn how you can become involved.
Formed in 1995, the Harpur Law Council seeks to establish an effective network of University law alumni, mentor students and alumni interested in law careers, provide guidance and advice to Harpur College on academic issues and programs relevant to the legal profession and increase financial support for special projects that include public interest law internships, support for the mock trial team and other mentoring and development programs. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to visit our website to learn more.
Linda S. Riefberg, Esq. '81
Chair of the Steering Committee, Harpur Law Council
Public interest law internship program
Harpur students take part in 'unique' law internship
Taking part in the Harpur Law Council Public Interest Law Internship was a life-changing experience for Susan Dolcemascolo '13 (pictured above with Paul Babchik, Assistant Counsel for the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor). "It's an opportunity that I don't think I would've had anywhere else," Dolcemascolo said. "I'm grateful that there are programs like this. That will always make Binghamton University special to me." | Read the full story
Congratulations to 2013 intern Jessica Loredo
Jessica Loredo graduated from Harpur College in May and interned at the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor this past summer. In July, Jessica accepted an offer as a Trial Preparation Assistant in the Rackets Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
"Since 2009, I have supervised many interns but Jessica is one of the best of the best. Although not yet in law school, she conducted research that was superior to that of law students and many attorneys. Because of her impressive work, Jessica won the admiration of the Waterfront Commission's Law and Licensing Divisions. We encouraged her to use her experience at the Waterfront Commission to apply for employment as a Trial Preparation Assistant in the Rackets Bureau of the Manhattan DA's Office. Jessica got the job - we expect her to work on many important criminal investigations in New York City."
-Paul E. Babchik, Assistant Counsel, Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor
Recent programs and events
Law alumni networking reception, Oct. 2013
More than 60 law alumni gathered at The Hill in NYC, on October 30, 2013 for a networking reception. Law alumni reconnected with classmates, heard from members of the Harpur Law Council Steering Committee and met the new Dean of Harpur College, Anne McCall. Thank you again to our sponsors and hosts, Alex Lycoyannis, '98, Partner at Rosenberg & Estis, P.C.; Brie DeChance '04, President of Zenith Abstract; Rory Clark, '05, Licensed Real Estate Broker at Halstead Property; Metro New York Alumni Chapter; and the Harpur Law Council.
Harpur alumni-student networking event, Oct. 2013
On October 11, 2013, during Homecoming Weekend, several Harpur College law alumni shared their advice and insights with current students at an alumni-student networking event. | Read the full story
Wine and food pairing Pre-law Internship fundraiser, March 2013
On March 21, 2013, the Harpur Law Council hosted a Wine & Food Pairing fundraiser to benefit the Harpur Law Council Public Interest Law Internship Program at Moore Brothers Wine Company in Manhattan. The program included remarks by Interim Harpur College Dean Wayne Jones and Harpur Law Council Chair Emeritus, Richard Alpern, '69. Former interns, Simone Sterling '98, Elissa Denniston '08 and Jennifer Rosen '11 spoke with alumni about their internship experiences and the impact it made on their careers. Internship site host, Rick Greenberg '74, from the Office of Appellate Defender, spoke with alumni about the program and his experience working with Harpur pre-law interns.
Mock Trial Team gears up for new season
The Binghamton University Mock Trial Team has qualified for nationals twice in the last three years. In 2013, the team won an award for best attorney and two awards for best witnesses at the regional tournament. In the beginning of the fall semester, the team held tryouts for undergraduates and hope to advance and attend Opening Round of Nationals (ORCS) this coming year.
Law alumni roundtable, Homecoming, Oct. 2012
On October 12, 2012, the Harpur Law Council sponsored a lawyer's roundtable, "Realities of Practicing Law Today" for students interested in pursuing legal careers. Alumni attorneys Richard Alpern, '69, Yang Chen, '87, Scott Dinstell, '92, Wayne Greenfeder, '77, Glenn Moss, '75, Jeffrey Rogoff '90, Jeffrey Tanenbaum '73 and Frank Vellucci '94 participated in the discussion. | Read the full story
Join us in strengthening our network
Membership and committees
A Steering Committee, appointed by the Dean of Harpur College, directs the projects of the Harpur Law Council and is supported by the following working committees. The committees are open to non-steering committee volunteers who seek to enhance the mission of the Harpur Law Council.
- Internship Committee: Enables placement of pre-law students in public interest law internships.
- Membership Committee: Encourages the involvement of law alumni volunteers interested in furthering the goals of the Harpur Law Council.
- Social Media and Marketing Committee: Utilizes social media and marketing tools to increase the visibility of the Council and conduct outreach to law alumni to further engage them with the Harpur Law Council, Harpur College and Binghamton University.
- Network/Mentoring Committee: Provides opportunities for alumni in the legal profession to network and reconnect with Binghamton University and the Harpur College community. Provides opportunities for alumni to share their professional experiences and advice with current students interested in pursuing a career in the legal field through social media platforms, special events, panel and roundtable discussions and networking events both on and off campus.
- Development Committee: Explores ways to increase funding for Harpur Law Council projects and Binghamton University, including funding for the Pre-Law Public Interest Law Internship to enable the program to grow and better prepare Binghamton students for a career in law.