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 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
Alumni attorneys lead course during Winter Session
By Christine Murray
Several Harpur College students participated in Harpur 300: Current Issues in Legal Practice, spending four evenings in New York City with nine distinguished Harpur College alumni.
The course was held from Jan. 12-15, hosted by Linda Riefberg '81 at the offices of Cozen O'Connor, where students were able to learn from Harpur alumni about their experiences in law. On Jan. 14, students participated in Metro Career Night at the Fashion Institute of Technology and met other alumni representatives from various industries. | Read More
Law & Society Blog
By Christine Murray
Students at Harpur College have a strong sense of discovery through inquiry and connecting the broad disciplines of study in order to gain a deeper understanding of issues at large. In this spirit, Harpur College Law Council plans to launch a "Law & Society Blog" to give students, faculty and alumni the opportunity to both think about ideas related to law and engage in law-related discussions.
The blog, created by Harpur Law Council member Glenn Moss '75, began as "a means to
apply social media to some core values of the Binghamton community." | Read the full story
BULR seeks undergraduate submissions for law journal
By Tania Rahman
In an effort to engage Harpur students interested in pursuing law school after graduation, the Binghamton University Undergraduate Law Review (BULR) is calling for undergraduate submissions for its law journal.
Founded in early 2014, the BULR aims to encourage legal scholarship in Binghamton University students. BULR provides an outlet for students to familiarize themselves with law-related content, by gaining experience through submission of their law-related research, using The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, a style guide that is used by students in law school. | Read the full story
A rising star from Binghamton, New York
By Ben Meyers
Natalie Elisha is simply unstoppable.
Constantly on the go in three-inch black heels, shoulder-length blonde hair, with a powerfully positive outlook, the 2009 Binghamton University graduate came back to campus to speak with students at the Harpur Edge and the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development on April 1. She talked about how she rolled through a double major in just two years on campus. At the age of 25 she is a co-owner of Rubenstein & Elisha PLLC, a New York law firm. | Read More
Law alumni networking reception, November 2014
More than 80 law alumni gathered at Public House in Manhattan on November 4, 2014 for a networking reception. Law alumni and current law school students connected with classmates, met members of the Harpur Law Council Steering Committee and spoke with the Dean of Harpur College, Anne McCall. A special thank you to Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., Zenith Abstract, LLC, the Metro New York Chapter and the Harpur Law Council for sponsoring the event.
We will begin planning for the fall 2015 reception this summer. Details coming soon!
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.
- 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.