Unconventional Wisdom


In her new memoir, An American Story (Pantheon Books, September 2000), Debra Dickerson offers her analysis of the HLS experience and its students as a coda to an autobiography filled with determination, hurt, achievement, and struggle.

In Defense of Disobedience

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When police tear-gassed the giant sea turtle outside the World Trade Organization meeting last November, Katya Komisaruk ’93 sprang into action.

Chronicle of a Forgotten War

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When Kenneth Cain graduated from HLS in 1991, he understood how powerful law can be when it is applied fairly and obeyed. Seven years later, he made it his mission to illustrate what happens when it is not.

Bicultural Biography

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Ana Maria Salazar ’89 always notices the surprised looks. Salazar, deputy assistant secretary of defense for drug enforcement policy and support, gets that reaction often on the job.

Home Is Where the Heart Is


Cheryl Mendelson ’81 a lawyer and professor of philosophy by training, demystifies the mysteries of housekeeping and presents an argument for the value of domestic life, in her best-selling book, In Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House.

A Connection to the Lockerbie Trial

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Donna Arzt ’79 remembers exactly where she was in 1988 when she heard that Pan Am Flight 103 had exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. It was Arzt’s first year as a law professor at Syracuse University, and with 35 Syracuse undergraduates on board Flight 103 the knowledge that the blast left no survivors cast a pall over the campus.

On Top of the World

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As the recently appointed executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, Lydia Kennard ’79 oversees four airport facilities, 3,000 employees, and an annual budget of nearly $1 billion. But her greatest concern is the growing number of passengers overburdening the second-largest system of airports in the world.

The Perfect Blend

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Jim Paras, the founder of Jade Mountain Winery, has been both a wine producer and lawyer since 1988, when he began to demonstrate that wines comparable to the best offered by France’s Rhône Valley could be produced in California.

Profile – Bennet Boskey ’39: Not Shy, Not Retiring

As a student at HLS, Bennett Boskey ’39 took the name of one of his courses literally. In Conflict of Laws, with Professor Erwin Griswold ’28 S.J.D. ’29, Boskey aired his own conflict with the man who would later serve as dean of HLS for 21 years. In a final exam, Griswold allowed students to […]

Commencement 2000


The Class of 2000—552 J.D.’s, 135 LL.M.’s, and 11 S.J.D.’s—received diplomas and 34 International Tax Program students received certificates at HLS Commencement ceremonies on June 8.