Giving Through the Years: Barry Slotnick L’71


Our alumni’s generosity underwrites the College of Law’s success. For many alumni, a tradition of lifelong giving is often tied to personal stories and fond memories of their alma mater. And what better time to reflect on their College of Law days than on the occasion of a class anniversary! 
Here, alums celebrating years ending in one share their philanthropic journeys. Tell us yours by emailing us at
Barry Slotnick L’71

Barry Slotnick is a partner and Chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Practice Group at New York City-based Loeb & Loeb LLP. His areas of focus include copyright, rights of privacy, and publicity and entertainment law. He is also a member of the board of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

What inspired you to study law?

As a kid, I had a propensity and a talent for arguing with people. I was also terrible in math and science, so med school was out of the question!

What brought you to Syracuse Law?

I chose to attend SU because of the quality of education it offered. I also had friends who were at or were going to the College of Law, which was a draw, and I received a scholarship.

What law school memories stand out? 

I recall feeling totally lost and overwhelmed during the first few weeks of law school. That feeling eventually went away. Now, if I have such feelings—and they still do come back on occasion—I just ask an associate to give me the answer I am looking for!

Did you attend the most recent reunion?

I did not get to attend the 50th reunion because of COVID-19. I’m really not sure I wanted to see how old everyone else got! I find it hard to imagine it’s been 50 years. The time went by so quickly, but time flies when you are having fun.

Did a particular law professor have a lasting impact? 

Professor Thomas Maroney L’63 seemed to really love what he was doing. He taught at the school for 43 years.

Why is philanthropy important to you personally?

I started giving to the school a few years after graduation. It would have been difficult for me to attend law school without the financial assistance I was given. I also try to give my time, because of the mentoring I received both at school and once I began practicing. How could I not do the same for the next generation?

Do you have a message to recent graduates about giving back? 

My advice is to do what you can. Make an effort and stay involved.