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Harpur Law Council Newsletter

Fall 2015

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. If you live in the NY metropolitan area please join us for our annual law alumni gathering on Tuesday, October 20.

Formed in 1995, the Harpur Law Council of Binghamton University has established an effective network of University law alumni. The Council mentors students and alumni interested in law careers, provides guidance and advice to Harpur College on academic issues and programs relevant to the legal profession and contributes financial support for special projects that include public interest law internships and support for the mock trial team.

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



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Internship gives Binghamton students law experience

Harpur students take part in 'unique' law internship

By Audrey Sapunarich

The pre-law internship summer program, made possible through the generous support of the Harpur Law Council of Binghamton University and Harpur Law alumni, has expanded to Washington, D.C.

Judge Elaine Kaplan '76, who earned her BA in history, helped secure two host sites in D.C. Through her connections, pre-law students were able to intern at the National Treasury Employees Union and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of Chief Counsel this summer.

"D.C. is an ideal place for an internship for Binghamton University students thinking about a legal career, particularly one centered on public service. We have the Department of Justice and other federal agencies headquartered here. We have a broad variety of non-profits, advocacy groups, labor unions and public interest organizations that employ lawyers in a variety of capacities. Congress is here, the president is here, and so is the Supreme Court," Judge Kaplan said. "And D.C. is a great city. It's definitely hard to find a good bagel, but beyond that there's enough to keep even the most diehard New Yorker happy here."

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Law Alumni Spotlight - Shareema Abel ’96

By Audrey Sapunarich

Shareema Abel '96, an attorney, mother and active alumna, has taken on a new title as of this April. Appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, Abel is now Special Counsel to the Commissioner for Ethics, Risk and Compliance.

"My goal [as a Special Counsel] is to identify and mitigate risks within my agency and further streamline systems that are statewide issues. For instance, if you have a risk in a State agency and identify that risk in several other agencies, you want a statewide system to make the state safer," Abel explained. "The most fulfilling part is protecting the assets and ensuring safety. Everyone wants to save money and everyone wants to be safe."

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Where are our students going to law school?

Advising office aids students interested in law

By Audrey Sapunarich

Melinda Momplaisir, Maria Ortiz and Kenneth Law, all May 2015 graduates, have each begun their journey to law school. The three said jumping into law school is tough, but Binghamton makes it easier.

"Applying to law school while in school is stressful because on top of your schoolwork, you need to do all the necessary things for your application--essays and of course, testing. It is a lot to handle all at one time," said Momplaisir, who majored in history. "The pre-law advisor, Nolana Quince, is phenomenal. It was important for me to have people in my corner and she made sure I took all the steps I needed to get into law school."

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Join us for the Annual Binghamton Law Alumni Fall Networking Reception!

Tuesday, Oct. 20 | 7-9 p.m. | HB Burger | 127 W. 43rd St., Manhattan

Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while building your professional and social networks. Connect with fellow Binghamton University law alumni, members of the Harpur Law Council of Binghamton University and the Metro New York Chapter and hear an update from Harpur Colle Dean Anne McCall.

Register online today!

The deadline is Thursday, October 15.

The cost is $25 per person and we are offering a special price of $15 per person for alumni currently attending law school. The registration fee includes appetizers and open bar.

Event Sponsors: Harpur Law Council of Binghamton University, Alumni Association Metro New York Chapter, Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., and Zenith Abstract, LLC



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Introducing the Law & Society Blog

The Pre-Law Advising Office and the Harpur Law Council of Binghamton University are happy to announce The Law & Society Blog!

Each day, there is a law suit filed, a new law or rule proposed or passed, a court decision reached or appealed that speaks to and impacts each of us.

Privacy, civil rights, the environment, economic and property rights, freedom of artistic expression, freedom to embrace the spiritual or the material -- each of these and a great many more questions of law are affirmed, abridged and debated each day -- and define how we relate to each other.

How each of us understands, perceives and feels about these issues is what this blog is intended to explore. The goal is to offer a spirited and civil space where opinions are encouraged and respected. Whether you were pre-law, a double major in biochemistry and French, are passionate about the arts or arbitrage, the hope is you will find a story that engages you to speak and begin a dialog with the students, faculty, fellow alumni and the rest of the Binghamton community.

Click here to join the conversation.



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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.



Connect with us!

To find out how you can become involved with the Harpur Law Council, please visit the council's website at We also encourage you to join the council's subgroup on LinkedIn.

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Last Updated: 3/1/17