Orange Law Alumni Stories

The powerful Orange Law network includes over 11,300 extraordinary alumni working and making an impact in every state across the country and worldwide.

Our alumni embody the power of a Syracuse Law degree, serving as shining examples of the diverse paths our graduates can embark upon while making a meaningful impact on the world. Read their stories, celebrate their successes, and see why many choose to give back to the place where they got their start in the law.

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Featured Alumni Highlights in “The Ways You Give Back”: 2023 Giving Book

The Ways You Give Back


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45+ Alumni Return as Mentors for Orientation and Fall 2023 Residencies

Guiding the Next Generation of Orange Lawyers: 45+ Alumni Return as Mentors for Orientation and Fall 2023 Residencies


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Bernard Kossar ’53, L’55

Bernard Kossar ’53, L’55: Distinguished in Life, Business, and Love of His Alma Mater


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The Honorable Ted Limpert L’88

Honoring Our Veterans: Celebrating 2023 Law Honors Award Recipient The Hon. Ted Limpert L’88


Joanne Van Dyke L’87

National Mentoring Day: Recognizing 2023 Law Honor’s Award Recipient Joanne Van Dyke L’87


Zabrina Jenkins G’97, L’00

Transforming Setbacks into Success: A Journey from Law School Challenges to Starbucks General Counsel


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Jack Rudnick L’73 

The Innovation Law Center: The Village That Jack Built


Betania Allo LL.M.’20

LL.M. Program’s Intersection of Law, Policy, and Technology Led Her to Combatting Terrorism at the United Nations


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Michael Wohl ’72, L’75

From Generation to Generation: Doing Well by Doing Good


Sherman F. Levey ’57, L’59

Renaming the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic to Honor a “Champion of Many”


Charles Raffe ’60, L’62

Charles Raffe ’60, L’62’s Family Traces Love of Syracuse University Back More Than a Century


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Eleanor Theodore ’49, L’52

Honoring a Trailblazing Alumna Who Lived a Quiet Life of Public Service


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Walter Pearce L’29, Ted Pearce L’77, and  Andrew Pearce L’12

All in the (Syracuse) Family


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Alan B. Richer L’79

From the Legal Field to the Potato Field

two lawyers, one male sitting at a desk with his hands crossed, and a female standing to his right in a red suit with her elbow on his shoulder, in front of law booksJ. David Hammond L’07 and Melissa Swartz L’14

Taking on Justice Causes in Pursuit of Truly Meaningful Representation


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Daria Ivasiuk LL.M. ’20

Sustained Support: LL.M. Program Provides Knowledge Needed to Succeed 


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The Hon. Thomas J. Murphy L’54, The Hon. James (Jim) Murphy L’84, Timothy (Tim) P. Murphy L’89, Martin (Marty) Murphy L’86, and Timothy (Tim Jr.) Murphy Jr. L’21

The Murphy Family: The Story Continues!


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President Joseph R. Biden Jr. L’68

Syracuse Law Leaders in Public Service


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John Katko L’88

Syracuse Law Leaders in Public Service


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Will Barclay L’95

Syracuse Law Leaders in Public Service


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Ahmed Hmeedat LL.M.’16

Always Ready To Take A Risk: Ahmed Hmeedat LL.M.’16 on Using Law and Art to Empower Fellow Palestinians


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Adom M. Cooper L’12

Adom M. Cooper L’12 Finds Risk and Reward at the State Department


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David Miller L’69, Joseph Frateschi L’14, Susan K. Reardon L’76, Michael W. Tyszko L’15, and Gabriela Wolfe L’16

Five Musician-Attorneys Discuss the “Duet” Between Music and the Law


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Gunther Buerman L’68

DRIVEN: Gunther Buerman L’68 on the Road from Syracuse Law to the Newport Car Museum


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Scott Karson L’75

Scott Karson L’75 Reflects on Becoming NYSBA President-Elect and on an Ethos to Live By: “Lawyers Are the Guardians of Justice”


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Hank Greenberg L’86

Hank Greenberg L’86 Concludes His Term as NYSBA President: “At the forefront of shaping the future of the legal profession.”


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Kevin Belbey L’16

In the Paint: Sports Agent Kevin Belbey L’16 Is the Vision Behind Boeheim’s Army—The Orange’s “Other Team”


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John V. Elmore L’84

Gloves Off!: From Sparring in the Courtroom to Sparring in the Ring— How John V. Elmore L’84 Divides His Time


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Elizabeth Strout L’82

The Write Stuff: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Elizabeth Strout L’82 Examines Law School’s Influence on Her Writing Career.


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Brian N. Bauersfeld L’04

“Over the Years, I’ve Seen It All”: Brian Bauersfeld L’04 Brings Justice to the NYS Correctional System


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Michelle Rafenomanjato LL.M.’19

Home Away From Home: Michelle Rafenomanjato LL.M.’19 is Building Her IP Career on Her Syracuse Training—And Missing the Snow!


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The Hon. Rodney Thompson L’93

Syracuse Graduates Find a New Home in New Jersey: The Hon. Rodney Thompson L’93 Builds a Tradition of Hiring Orange Law Clerks