Joanne Van Dyke was a founding partner in Cotè & Van Dyke, LLP, a firm which specializes in helping victims and their families in medical malpractice, products liability & personal injury. She has held positions on the Board of Directors of the Onondaga County Bar Association, the Assigned Counsel Program, and the Central New York Women’s Bar Association. She has hosted and lectured at continuing education seminars for the New York State Bar Association, the Trial Lawyers Association and other groups.
In 1987, she graduated from Syracuse Law, and in 2004, she began teaching Practical Lawyering Skills and various other litigation or trial advocacy courses at Syracuse University College of Law. In 2009, Professor Van Dyke received a LLM in Trial Advocacy from Temple University, Beasley School of Law.
Professor Van Dyke has been actively involved in the Syracuse Trial Advocacy Program, which is one of the top ranked programs according to U.S. News & World Reports. In 1996, she began coaching the Syracuse National Trial Teams, including the Tournament of Champions, TYLA National Trial Team, and the American Association for Justice Trial Competition. Professor Van Dyke has hosted various trial competitions, and is the co-director of the Syracuse National Trial Competition. Since 2014, Professor Van Dyke has been on the Board of Directors of the Tournament of Champions. According to Professor Van Dyke, the law school’s trial advocacy program “helps law students take their knowledge of the law and apply it to real problems presented by clients in a mock trial competition setting. The students are able to develop the skills of interviewing and counseling clients, writing about their legal issues, and learning how to effectively and ethically educate their clients position in and out of the court room.”