Participating Law Schools and Faculty Advisors
Below you will find a list of participating law schools, and the contact information of a professor on campus who has agreed to act as a faculty adviser for the competition. There are also individual forums for each law school where participating students can collaborate and discuss topics of interest.
To gain access to the forum, please register for an account. Once you are logged in, you will find a link to the forums under the CRREO tab in the menu bar at the top of this page. This will give you access to the general forum for questions or discussion on the competition itself. You will also have access to a forum for your individual law school where you can discuss and collaborate on your essays.
Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law;
Associate Dean; Director, Government Law Center
Patricia E. Salkin, Esq. is Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, which she joined in 1990. She teaches courses in land use law, housing law and policy, NYS administrative law, current legal issues in government and government ethics. She is also on the adjunct faculty at the University at Albany in the Department of Geography and Planning where she teaches courses in planning law and planning ethics. She is a member of the faculty of the ALI-ABA Land Use Institute, and has served as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania`s School of Design. Prior New York government service includes the Office of Rural Affairs, the Department of State, and the State Senate.
Robert Batson (Albany Law School)
Mr. Batson is the Government Lawyer in Residence at the Government Law Center of Albany Law School where he teaches Federal Indian Law. He served in various legal positions in New York State government between 1976 and 2003 where he specialized in municipal law, administrative law and government regulation. From 1978 to 1995 he served as liaison between New York State and the governments of various Indian nations, and represented the State in negotiations on many issues, including land claims and gaming compacts.
Lawrence Norden is Deputy Director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program. In his capacity as director of the Brennan Center's Voting Technology Project, Mr. Norden has authored several nationally recognized reports and articles related to voting rights and voting technology.
Mr. Norden was the Keynote Speaker at the Sixth Annual Votobit International Conference on Electronic Voting (Buenos Aires, 2008), and the 2009 Electronic Voting Technology Workshop/Workshop on Trustworthy Elections (Montreal, 2009). In June 2009, he received the Usability Professional Association's Usability In Civic Life Award for his “pioneering work to improve elections.” Mr. Norden is the lead author of the book The Machinery of Democracy: Protecting Elections in an Electronic World (Academy Chicago Press) and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Routledge 2007).
In addition to his voting work, Mr. Norden has authored numerous articles and reports detailing the need to reform New York State's legislative process. He manages and writes for the Brennan Center’s blog on New York State, ReformNY. Mr. Norden is an Adjunct Professor at the NYU School of Law, where he teaches the Brennan Center Public Policy Advocacy Clinic.
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dana Brakman Reiser is an expert in the law of non-profit organizations. Her recent scholarship focuses on the legal and social ramifications of the increasing trend toward hybridization of nonprofit and for-profit endeavors. She also has written extensively on non-profit governance and the role of non-fiduciary constituencies in non-profit organizations. In addition to courses in non-profit law, she teaches property, corporations, and trusts and estates. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Section, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Associations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), and the Government Relations Committee of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.
University at Buffalo Law School
The State University of New York
514 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
622 O'Brian Hall
Jim Gardner received his B.A. from Yale in 1980 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1984. From 1984 to 1988, he practiced law in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. Before joining the University at Buffalo faculty in 2001, he taught law at Western New England College, William and Mary, and the University of Connecticut. His research interests include the theoretical foundations of the constitutional structure of politics, the institutionalization through law of principles of democracy, constitutional structures of federalism, and subnational constitutional law.
Columbia Law School
Jerome L. Greene Hall, Room 929
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
Professor Gluck is an expert in legislation and the role of state legal actors in the federal system. She joined the faculty from senior positions in the New York City and New Jersey State Governments. Most recently, she served in the Administration of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine as the Special Counsel and Senior Advisor to the New Jersey Attorney General.
She has been a lecturer before the National Association of Attorneys General and, at Columbia, is a faculty advisor to the law school's National State Attorneys General Program.
Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Associate Professor Joseph Landau specializes in civil and administrative procedure, and he teaches courses on procedure, immigration and national security law. Before coming to Fordham, he was an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School and, prior to that, clerked for the Hon. Betty Binns Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Hon. David Trager of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of New York. He spent three years in practice as a litigation associate at the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he specialized in securities litigation and co-directed the Firm’s pro bono practice group in immigration and international human rights (including Guantánamo Bay litigation). He is a former adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School and a former visiting lecturer at Yale College.
Professor Lane is the Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service at Hofstra University School of Law. He has recently coauthored with Meg Barnette A Report Card on New York’s Civic Literacy) which was published by the Brennan Center for Justice.
He is the coauthor with Michael Oreskes, managing editor for U.S. news for the Associated Press, of The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved the Country and Why It Can Again and two additional books with the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, The Legislative Process and An Introduction to Statutory Interpretation and Legislative Process. Both are law school texts. He is also the author of a number of articles on governmental decision-making.
Presently, Professor Lane is the Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center of Justice and the NYU School of Law. Through 2005 he served as special counsel to the speaker of the New York City Council. Professor Lane has also served as a consultant for the Justice Project of the Center for Court Innovation. From July 1993 to February 1995 he served as counsel to the New York State Temporary Commission on Constitutional Revision.
College of Law, Syracuse University
Professor Kelder’s scholarly interests are in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence. Professor Kelder came to Syracuse in 1975 following service on the law faculty at Cleveland State University. He was a Criminal Law Education and Research Fellow at New York University, where he received his LL.M. in Criminal Justice.
Admitted to the bars of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Schwartz was managing attorney of the Research and Appeals Bureau of Westchester (NY) Legal Services and argued three cases in that capacity before the United States Supreme Court. Publishing widely on civil rights issues, he is the author of a semi-monthly column in the New York Law Journal, on public interest law; author of a multi-volume treatise on Section 1983 civil rights litigation, titled Section 1983 Litigation: Claims and Defenses (Aspen, 4th ed., 2007); author of Section 1983 Litigation: Federal Evidence (Aspen, 4th ed., 2007); and co-author of Section 1983 Litigation: Jury Instructions (Aspen 2009). Professor Schwartz is chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual program on Section 1983 litigation and co-chair of its annual Supreme Court Review and Trial Evidence Programs. He has written a monograph on Section 1983 Litigation for the Federal Judicial Center and has participated in the New York Judicial Institute Training Program for state court judges.