FCBA Educates Syracuse Law Students

Published: February 27, 2020

The FCBA’s Newly Practicing Lawyers Section teamed up with the Syracuse University College of Law to hold a social networking event at the College’s Dineen Hall on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

group of people at networking event

A well-attended networking event featured a discussion with United States Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter (standing at left), Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby (seated third from left), and United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes (seated fourth from left).

The event began at 5:30 p.m. with a discussion led by a distinguished panel, composed of Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby, U.S. District Judge Brenda K. Sannes, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew T. Baxter, Career Law Clerk Stephanie Reagan, Hancock Estabrook partner Lindsey H. Hazelton, Bond Schoeneck & King partner Suzanne Messer, and College of Law Faculty Fellow Danielle Stokes. Topics of discussion ranged from the operations of the U.S. District Court, the procedural preferences of judges and the role of law clerks, to the practice of law in the Northern District, career opportunities there, and the value of membership in the FCBA.

The discussion was followed by a social networking event in the atrium of Dineen Hall. Amidst catered appetizers and a variety of refreshments, more than 60 law students mingled with select faculty members, more than two dozen law clerks and staff attorneys, and more than a half-dozen federal court judges, including Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Margaret Cangilos-Ruiz, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thérèse Wiley Dancks, U.S. Magistrate Judge Miroslav Lovric, and recalled-U.S. Magistrate Judge David E. Peebles. Students asked many questions, and received professional guidance, about clerkships, internships and the practice of law in federal court before the event concluded well after 7 p.m.

The event was considered such a success that the FCBA and Syracuse College of Law expect to repeat it in future years.