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College of Law Announces 2021 Alumni of Color Awards Recipients
On Sept. 25, 2021, the College of Law and the Syracuse University Law Alumni Association Inclusion Network will celebrate the distinguished achievements of three alumni at the college’s fourth annual Syracuse Law Alumni of Color Awards Ceremony during Law Alumni Weekend. The ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Dineen Hall.
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Legacy Award recognizes an alum’s extraordinary contributions to the legal profession, legal education, the legal system or social justice through activism, leadership in diversity and equality, and support and mentorship of colleagues, students and members of the community.
Congratulations to the Hon. Rodney Thompson L’93, presiding judge of the family division, New Jersey Superior Court, for being selected to receive the 2021 BLSA Legacy Award, in recognition of his service on the bench; as a public defender in Trenton, New Jersey; and as a tireless advocate for families and youth as chair of Mercer County’s Domestic Violence Working Group and co-chair of the Youth Services Commission and Council on Juvenile Justice System Improvement.
The Latin American Law Students Association Legacy Award celebrates the significant contributions of alumni to their communities, the level of excellence they have achieved in their fields and their leadership toward—and commitment to—overcoming the underrepresentation of Latinas/os/x in the legal profession.
This year’s recipient is the Hon. Ramon E. Rivera L’94, New York State Court of Claims, for his service to immigration, labor and employment law as a partner of Mackenzie Hughes LLP and for his public service as a justice on the New York State Court of Claims, which he joined in 2021 having been nominated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Asian Pacific Island (API) Legacy of Excellence Award recognizes an alum’s demonstrated service to the API community, distinguished accomplishment in their chosen field, and track record of empowering and inspiring members of the API community through work or mentorship.
Congratulations to Seuk Joon Lee L’99, senior foreign counsel, Yulchon (South Korea), for working for more than 21 years across economic, trade, antitrust and business agencies; his excellence in the legal profession as vice chair of the antirust practice at international law firm Yulchon, where he addresses antitrust, medicine and pharmaceuticals, broadcasting, telecommunications and air transportation; and his steadfast support of the College of Law and its Korean Law Alumni Association.
Read the recipients’ full biographies on this webpage. To learn more about all 2021 Law Alumni Weekend programs and to register, visit alumniweekend.law.syr.edu.