Dean Hannah R. Arterian, Syracuse University College of Law

Dean Arterian received her bachelor’s degree in English, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Elmira College and her J.D. degree, with high distinction, from the University of Iowa. She was note and comment editor of the Iowa Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Dean Arterian was associated with the New York law firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood where she practiced corporate tax law. Before coming to Syracuse, Dean Arterian taught at Arizona State, the University of Houston and the University of Iowa law schools. She served as associate dean at Arizona State for ten years. Dean Arterian has written in the area of Title VII, particularly the dilemma of the employment of women in fetally toxic work environments.

Dean Lorraine Branham, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Lorraine Branham became dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in July 2008. In her first year at the school, Branham has focused on developing professional partnerships in an effort to address the issues raised by a rapidly changing media industry. Under her leadership, the school has continued to move toward a multimedia emphasis, with the launch of a multimedia storytelling class, the development of a student-produced newszine, continued curricular overhaul and other activities. She also facilitated the school’s entry into News21, a journalism student fellowship program created by the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism; hosted a major on-campus symposium examining the work of legendary television executive Fred Silverman ’58; and secured major gifts to support students and academic programming in the school. In addition, Branham was a driving force behind the establishment of SU’s Semester in Los Angeles, a satellite campus program that will engage students in professional internships, specialized course work and regular interactions with industry leaders on the West Coast. The program will begin in Fall 2009.

Before coming to Newhouse, Branham was director of the School of Journalism and G.B. Dealey Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Branham joined the UT faculty in 2002 after a 25-year career as a newspaper editor, editorial writer and reporter. She was previously the assistant to the publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and senior vice president and executive editor of the Tallahassee Democrat, and held several positions at the Philadelphia Inquirer, including associate managing editor for features. She also worked as a reporter at the Philadelphia Tribune; the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, N.J.; the Philadelphia Bulletin; and the Baltimore Sun.

She has taught reporting and writing at Temple University and has taught in the summer program for minority journalists at the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a Hearst Visiting Professional-in-Residence at the University of Missouri, the University of Florida and the California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo.

In addition, she was assistant managing editor for the inaugural ASNE Reporter Newspaper, the convention newspaper published by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and staffed by college journalists.

Branham twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prize journalism awards and for three years as a judge for the William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards Program, the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism. She has also sat on the board of visitors of Florida A&M University's School of Graphic Arts and Journalism.

She is a member of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the National Association of Minority Media Executives, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS).

Branham holds a bachelor's degree in television, radio and film from Temple University. She also attended the Women in Management Program at the University of Baltimore and the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University. In addition, she was awarded a nine-month John S. Knight Fellowship to Stanford University, where she studied American foreign policy in third world countries and media management.

Her areas of interest include women in leadership, covering diverse communities, journalism ethics and editorial writing.


  • Diversity and Media
  • Ethics, Journalism
  • Newspapers

Jennifer Smith, President of CNY Women's Bar Association

Jennifer is a 2001 graduate of Cornell Law School where she graduated cum laude.  Jennifer’s previous experience includes a focus on municipal law and legislation which she practiced at both the federal and county level.   She is currently Assistant General Counsel for the C&S Companies, a full service design and construction firm which includes engineering, architecture, construction management and construction services.  Jennifer is also currently the president of the Central New York Women’s Bar Association, a chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.

Maureen Helmer, Hiscock & Barclay LLP

Ms. Helmer is the Co-Chair of the Regulatory Practice Area concentrating her practice on energy and telecommunications law as well as corporate and professional ethics and the New York State Legislature.

Ms. Helmer has had an expansive career touching on a broad range of issues related to New York energy and telecommunications law. She led the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) during a time of sweeping change in the telecommunications and energy industries. A key goal during her tenure was the development of rational market rules that would nurture innovation and reduce barriers to competition while maintaining reliable service. It was with this goal in mind that she took on a leadership role in increasing coordination between New York and its neighboring U.S. and Canadian ISOs and RTOs. During this initiative, she was a vocal advocate for resolving “seams” issues and enhancing regional reliability.

During her tenure as Chair of the PSC, New York became the first state in the country to gain federal approval authorizing Verizon to offer long distance service, a milestone that highlighted the positive environment that had been established in New York for the development of local telephone competition.

Utilizing her rich experiences—including serving on multiple boards and committees evaluating New York’s energy, public utility and telecommunications policies, organizing associations to create forums for discussions on these topics, and speaking to fellow attorneys, other professionals, students and regional leaders—Ms. Helmer will be a substantial contributor and true asset to her Practice Group and the Firm.
Areas of Practice

Publications / Speaking

  • Global Energy Summit, November 2007
  • Former State Utilities Commissioners’ Letter to U.S. Electricity Policymakers, November 2007
  • “Delivering Green – Getting Green Power to the Markets,” ACE NY Fall Conference, Panel Moderator, October 2007
  • “Paving the Way: New York Policies Shaping Competitive Markets,” Independent Power Providers of New York 22nd Annual Membership Meeting & Fall Conference, Panel Moderator, September 2007
  • “Managing Change,” Energy Bar Association, Panel Moderator, September 2007
  • “Balancing the Commission’s Need for Information with the Goals of Open Government,” New York State Bar Association Committee on Public Utility Law, Panel Moderator, July 2007
  • “New York’s Policy on Renewable Energy,” New York State Bar Association, Presenter, October 2006

Admitted to Practice

  • New York


  • The University of Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, J.D., 1982
  • State University of New York at Albany, B.S., 1979

Professional Affiliations

  • New York State Women in Communications, Founding Board Member & past President
  • New York State Bar Association, Public Utility Law Committee
  • Energy Bar Association, Northeast Chapter Board Member, former Chair of the State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee
  • Plug Power Inc., Board of Directors, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee Chair, Audit Committee Member

Civic Activities

  • School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany, Foundation Steering Committee
  • Albany Rowing Center, Member, Board of Directors

Prior Experience

  • Green Seifter, Attorneys PLLC, Member
  • New York State Public Service Commission, Chair 1998-2003, Commissioner 1997-1998, General Counsel 1995-1997
  • New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment, Chair
  • New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
  • New York State Environmental Board
  • New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission
  • Electricity Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Vice Chair
  • National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Board of Directors
  • U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Board
  • New York State Cyber-Security Task Force

Joe Di Scipio, Fox Television Stations, Inc.

Joseph M. Di Scipio is Vice President, Legal and FCC Compliance, for Fox Television  Stations, Inc.  He is responsible for all FCC regulatory matters relating to the Fox owned  and operated television stations.  In addition, Mr. Di Scipio is responsible for negotiating  and drafting all retransmission consent agreements for the Fox owned stations.  Prior to joining Fox, he was a member of Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C, where he specialized in broadcast media, wireless, wireline and digital/internet regulation.  Mr. Di

Scipio's broadcast media practice focused on providing advice and counsel on FCC  compliance in complex transactional matters and credit facility placements as well as all  facets of practicing before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He also  negotiated network affiliation agreements and retransmission consent agreements on behalf of his broadcasting clients.  Mr. Di Scipio served as Practitioner-in-Residence for Communications Law at Syracuse University College of Law.  Prior to joining Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, Mr. Di Scipio was a partner at Cohn and Marks in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he worked at the Federal Communications Commission as an agent in the field (where he was awarded the Catherine Forster Public Service Award for outstanding public service) and, after attending law school, as an attorney in the Compliance and Information Bureau and the Common Carrier Bureau.  Mr. Di Scipio is currently Assistant Secretary of the Federal Communications Bar Association.  He is past Chair of the FCBA Foundation, having previously served as Treasurer. Prior to chairing the Foundation, he served a three-year term on the Executive Committee of the FCBA. He has also served as Co-Chair of the CLE Committee and as Co-Chair of the FCBA Young Lawyers Committee. In 2008, he was awarded the FCBA Distinguished Service Award.  Mr. Di Scipio is a member of the Board of Directors of the Syracuse University Alumni Association and is immediate past President of the

Syracuse University Law Alumni Association (SULAA), having previously served as second Vice-President of the Executive Committee. He is the recipient of the Syracuse University College of Law 2005 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.  Mr. Di Scipio holds a law degree, magna cum laude, from the College of Law and a

Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, both at Syracuse University, and a Bachelors of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Denver. He is a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia, New York State and District of Columbia Bars. Mr. Di Scipio and his wife, Peggy, reside in Falls Church, Virginia with their three children.

Elise Hiller,Cable Television Association of New York

Elise L. Hiller serves as the General Counsel to the Cable Telecommunications Association of New York, Inc. She has held that position since June 2002. Elise began her career as a Lawyering Professor at Albany Law School from 1989-1999. In that capacity she taught legal research, legal writing, reasoning, negotiations, and appellate advocacy. Elise next spent 2 years as Counsel at the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), a not-for-profit trade association representing the villages and cities in New York State. As counsel she worked with members in numerous areas such as elections, zoning, planning, land use, cable and telecommunications. She began her private practice in 2001 and represented a number of municipal clients in all manners of practice in addition to her work at the Cable Association. Now she primarily centers her practice on cable and telecommunications issues.

Bryan Tramont,Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Bryan Tramont, the firm’s managing partner, offers strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies and trade associations, as well as small and mid-sized telecommunications and media companies, on all aspects of communications law and regulation. Given the breadth of his work in the industry, he is regularly called on to advise companies as they develop and evaluate new business opportunities in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Mr. Tramont served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Chairman Michael Powell. As FCC Chief of Staff, Mr. Tramont managed all aspects of the agency’s operations and directed the FCC staff in implementing all components of the agency’s broad policy portfolio including media, broadband, mobility and traditional telephone services. Before being elevated to the Chief of Staff post, Mr. Tramont was Chairman Powell’s Senior Legal Advisor, advising him generally on strategic policy matters and specifically on wireless, international, technology, satellite, and consumer issues. Mr. Tramont also served as Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy and, before that, to Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. Before joining the FCC in 1999, Mr. Tramont practiced communications law at Wiley Rein and Fielding in Washington, DC. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Duane Benton on the Supreme Court for his home state of Missouri.

The Secretary of Commerce recently re-appointed Mr. Tramont to the Spectrum Management Advisory Committee to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on which he serves as Co-Chairman. Mr. Tramont also is active in the Federal Communications Bar Association, where he serves as President Elect on the Executive Committee and was awarded the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Tramont serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. He also serves as a member of the Federalist Society’s Telecommunications Practice Group Executive Committee. Mr. Tramont is currently an adjunct law professor at The Catholic University of America as part of the Communications Law Institute, is a senior adjunct fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and served as the Syracuse University Law School's Practitioner in Residence. Mr. Tramont is the author of numerous articles on communications policy and is a frequent speaker and lecturer at academic and industry events. In its most recent survey, Mr. Tramont was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the Top Communications Lawyers in the city. In addition, Mr. Tramont has served as an expert witness in a number of communications-related litigation matters.

Bryan Tramont graduated summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a degree in political science. He earned his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review.

Sascha Meinrath, New America Foundation

Sascha Meinrath is the Director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative and has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars Technica's Tech Policy "People to Watch" and is also the 2009 recipient of the Public Knowledge IP3 Award for excellence in public interest advocacy. Sascha is a co-founder of Measurement Lab, a distributed server platform for researchers around the world to deploy Internet measurement tools, advance network research, and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. He also coordinates the Open Source Wireless Coalition, a global partnership of open source wireless integrators, researchers, implementors and companies dedicated to the development of open source, interoperable, low-cost wireless technologies. He is a regular contributor to Government Technology's Digital Communities, the online portal and comprehensive information resource for the public sector. Sascha has worked with Free Press, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), the Acorn Active Media Foundation, the Ethos Group, and the CUWiN Foundation.

Sascha serves on the Leadership Committee of the CompTIA Education Foundation as well as the Advisory Council for the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. He blogs regularly at

Jennifer Bagg, Lampert O’Connor & Johnston, PC

Jennifer Bagg advises clients on a variety of regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters involving the Federal Communications Commission and state regulatory commissions.

Prior to joining Lampert, O'Connor & Johnston, Jennifer was a legal advisor at COLT Telecom, a UK-based company that focuses on providing telecommunications services to business clients in major European markets.  She worked for the UK business division on complex telecommunications sales and procurement contracts, advising on commercial matters, and counseling on disputes and litigation.  She later worked in the COLT Group legal office providing oversight to local legal teams and off-shore offices and countries and advised on the development and implementation of group-wide legal and corporate infrastructure, including corporate policies, procedures and legal precedent.  She also advised on product and business development and engaged in strategic contract negotiations and drafting.

Jennifer also served as a law clerk in the office of Commissioner Copps and an intern with the Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission.

Hank Hultquist, VP, Federal Regulatory, AT&T

Hank joined AT&T (then SBC) in 2004.  He represents AT&T at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a number of issues including broadband and Internet policy, video and media policy, intercarrier compensation, and universal service. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the of the Wireless Communications Association (WCA) and serves on the North American Numbering Council (NANC). Prior to joining AT&T, he was with MCI for eight years. Hank is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children.

Richard Strong,Charter Communications

Richard T. Strong is the Corporate Director & Senior Counsel for State Government Affairs/Franchise Relations for Charter Communications; a broadband communications company providing a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television, high speed internet and telephone services. Currently, Mr. Strong represents Charter Communications and develops corporate policy with regard to state issues involving cable television, telephony and broadband along with advising on matters relating to the drafting of legislation and regulations in the area of cable television and cable franchising.  Additionally, Mr. Strong oversees corporate policy on the drafting and negotiating of over 3000 franchise agreements with local and state governments throughout the 28 states in which Charter operates and the development of relationships with state and local regulatory bodies.  Prior to joining Charter Communications, Richard was Manager of Government Affairs for the Syracuse Division of Time Warner Cable and continues as an Adjunct Professor at the Syracuse University College of Law.  Richard received his bachelor and law degrees from Syracuse University and interned in the New York State Senate. Richard was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1998 and is a currently a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Legislative Exchange Counsel, National Cable Television Association, and is a member of the cable television associations law committees in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Nevada, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

Nick Allard, Patton Boggs

Nick Allard is Co-Chair of the firm’s Public Policy and Administrative Law Department. He draws on his understanding of legislative, regulatory, and administrative matters to counsel clients in the fields of telecommunications, information technology, health, energy, environmental law, and higher education. His clients include domestic and international organizations, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He also represents non-profit organizations and public and private universities.

In addition to his experience in private practice, Mr. Allard has significant political and legislative experience. He served as Administrative Assistant and Chief of Staff to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan from 1986 to 1987, and from 1984 to 1986, he was Minority Staff Counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where he served as legal counsel to Senator Edward Kennedy.

Mr. Allard is a prolific author on a broad range of issues, including more than 20 articles on Internet law, new media, and privacy. He contributes to and is on the advisory board of several legal publications, including the Hastings Communication and Entertainment Law Journal and the Shidler Center’s e-journal, Journal of Law, Commerce & Technology, at the University of Washington School of Law. Mr. Allard also speaks frequently at professional conferences in the United States and abroad.

Mr. Allard taught for several years as an adjunct professor at both George Mason University Law School and the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He is a frequent guest lecturer on campuses throughout the United States and holds several major alumni leadership positions at Princeton University, Oxford University, and the Rhodes Scholarship Trust.

Mr. Allard is a graduate of Princeton and Oxford Universities, and was a Rhodes Scholar. After receiving his law degree from Yale University, he served as law clerk for Chief United States District Judge Robert F. Peckham in San Francisco and for United States Circuit Judge Patricia M. Wald in Washington, D.C.

Professional Distinctions and Affiliations Include:

  • Member, ABA Administrative Law Section, Task Force on Lobbying Regulation (2009-)
  • Arbitrator, Telenor Mobile Communications A.S. v. Republic of Hungary, ICSID Case No. ARB/04/15 (September 13, 2006) – the Award in this case set a standard for the threshold review of investment treaty claims at the jurisdictional stage, and confirmed the fundamental importance of respecting limits placed by sovereign States on their consent to international arbitration.
  • Chair, CBI’s Bio/Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Government Affairs and Lobbying Compliance Congress, Washington, D.C. (July 30-31, 2007)
  • Special State Attorney General, New Mexico (Appointed: Nov. 13, 2006)
  • Advisory Board, Clean Energy Systems, Inc. (2005-)
  • Executive Advisory Board, University of Washington School of Law, Shidler Center Journal of Law, Commerce & Technology (2003-)
  • National Advisory Board, Center For National Policy, Washington, D.C. (1994-2000)
  • Advisory Board, Hastings University Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (1994-)
  • Advisory Board and Founding Member, Center for Technology Law, George Mason University (1998-2004)
  • Director, Association of American Rhodes Scholars (1998-); Secretary, (2006- ); Co-Chair, Rhodes Scholarship Trust Capital Campaign (2008-); Secretary, Class of 1974 American Rhodes Scholars; Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, District V, Secretary (2002-), Member (1998-)
  • Director, Merton College Charitable Corporation (1991-)
  • Princeton Alumni Activities include: Member, Advisory Board, Scholars in the Nation’s Service, Woodrow Wilson School (2007- ); Member, Council of the Princeton University Community (1974, 2005-06); Alumni Council Executive Committee (2001-06); National Schools Committee (1992-95, 2000-02, Chairman 2003-05); Committee to Nominate Alumni Trustees (1989-92, Chairman, 1991-92); President, Class of 1974 (1972, 1974, 1994-99); Member, Alumni Council Task Force on Alcohol (1998-99); Member, Alumni Council Strategic Planning Committee (1997-99); Co-Chair, Princeton Club of Washington 250th Celebration (with Anne Linton and John Vogel) (Weekend Symposium: The Transformation of Learning in the Age of Technology); President; Princeton Club of Washington, (1992-94), Vice President, Princeton Club of Washington (1990-92); Chairman, Annual Giving in Washington, D.C. (1982-86); Chairman, Alumni Schools Admission Committee for Southern Maryland (1986-91); Orange & Black Society, John Maclean Society
  • White House Fellows Selection Committee (1999-2001)
  • Aspen Institute Law and Society Seminar (2008-)
  • Trustee, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, DC (2008-)

Matt Schruers, Computer & Communications Industry Associations

Matthew Schruers is Senior Counsel for Litigation and Legislative Affairs to the Computer and Communications Industry Association. Before joining CCIA, he was an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he focused his litigation and appellate practice on intellectual property, antitrust, and administrative law.

Mr. Schruers received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review, and received the John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics for his research on Internet service provider liability. He received a B.A. in Public Policy Studies, cum laude, from Duke University.

Lisa A. Dolak, Syracuse University College of Law

Lisa A. Dolak is the Angela S. Cooney Professor of Law at the Syracuse University College of Law in Syracuse, New York.  At Syracuse University, Prof. Dolak teaches courses on patent law, Internet law, and practice and procedure in the federal courts, and serves as Associate Director of the Center on Property, Citizenship, and Social Entrepreneurism and Associate Director of the Syracuse University Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media.  In her professional consulting practice, she serves as an expert and early neutral evaluator/mediator in patent cases, and advises on litigation matters and patent reexamination and interference proceedings.

During a sabbatical leave from Syracuse University, she served as law clerk to the Hon. Paul F. Michel, (now-) Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  She has served since January 2005 as a member of the Federal Circuit’s Advisory Council.

Prior to attending law school, Prof. Dolak worked for several years as a synthetic organic chemist in pharmaceutical research aimed at the development of new drugs at Bristol-Myers Company and Ayerst Laboratories Research, Inc.

Prof. Dolak received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Duquesne University and her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from the Syracuse University College of Law.  She is admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Professor Dolak’s research interests include issues at the intersections of patent law and judicial procedure, patent law and the media, and patent law and legal ethics. Her current research projects focus on media coverage of the U.S. patent system, the effects of the evolving inequitable conduct doctrine on the practice of patent law, and a reconsidered theory of subject matter conflicts.  Representative publications include:

The Inequitable Conduct Gyre Widens, 50 IDEA: J.L. & Tech. __ (forthcoming)

(Available at SSRN:

The United States Patent System in the Media Mirror, 58 Syr. L. Rev. 459 (2008) (with Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D.)

Power or Prudence: Toward a Better Standard for Evaluating Patent Litigants’ Access to the Declaratory Judgment Remedy, 41 U.S.F. L. Rev. 407 (2007)

The Ethics of Delaying Prosecution, 53 Am. U. L. Rev. 739 (2004)

Risky Business:  The Perils of Representing Competitors, 30 A.I.P.L.A. Q.J. 413 (2002)

Patents Without Paper:  Proving a Date of Invention with Electronic Evidence, 36 Hous. L. Rev. 472 (1999)

Roy Gutterman, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Roy S. Gutterman returned to Newhouse in the Spring of 2005 as a visiting professor of communications law. A graduate of the Newhouse school, Gutterman teaches courses in media and communications law and newswriting to undergraduate and graduate students.

After graduating from Newhouse, Gutterman worked as a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, covering local and state government, crime, legal issues and general news.

Gutterman also graduated from Syracuse University's College of Law where he served as editor in chief of the law review. After law school, he clerked for a New Jersey Superior Court judge and practiced business and general litigation.

Gutterman has written and spoken on media law, legal education and writing issues. His book, L.Rev: the Law Review Experience in American Legal Education (Academica Press 2002) is in law school libraries around the world.

While at Syracuse, Gutterman also worked at The Boston Globe, The Courier-News in Bridgewater, New Jersey, The Post-Standard and The Daily Orange.

His areas of expertise include the First Amendment, Media Law and Communications Law.


  • Law (Communications, First Amendment)

Russell P Hanser, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Russell Hanser joined the Firm in 2006 following three years at the Federal Communications Commission. His practice focuses on the regulation of next-generation broadband services and IP-enabled applications, information privacy, universal service, intercarrier compensation, and a range of other issues faced by the information and communications technology industry. His clients include wireline carriers, mobile wireless providers, cable operators, Internet service providers, equipment manufacturers, and investment advisors.

At the FCC, Mr. Hanser was a leading attorney on broadband and wireline communications policy, holding senior positions in the Wireline Competition Bureau, the Office of General Counsel, and the Office of Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy, where he served as Legal Advisor for Wireline Competition Issues. Previously, Mr. Hanser was an attorney at Wilmer Cutler & Pickering, where he practiced communications law, and at Ropes & Gray, where he practiced commercial litigation.

Mr. Hanser clerked for Judge Norman H. Stahl on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a Primary Editor on the Harvard Law Review. He received his Political Science degree magna cum laude from Amherst College. He is co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Moot Court Committee, and serves as Adjunct Professor at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, where he teaches courses on telecommunications and high-technology law. He has previously been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.

Peter Suderman, Reason Magazine

Peter Suderman is an associate editor of Reason magazine, where he writes regularly on health-care, tech policy, and pop culture.

Before joining Reason, Suderman worked as a writer and editor at National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, Doublethink, and Culture11. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post,,, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times, The New Atlantis, The American Conservative, the Orange County Register, and numerous other publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Jeff Carlisle, Skyterra

Jeff Carlisle is currently a consultant on telecommunications issues to the Presidential Transition Team.

Before this, he was Vice President, International Public Policy and Government Relations for Lenovo, the global computer company.  In this role, he headed Lenovo’s office in Washington and was responsible for managing Lenovo’s positions on foreign investment in the U.S., procurement, national security, privacy, trade, e-waste, and other areas of interest to the IT industry.   Mr. Carlisle came to Lenovo after having spent a numbers of years as a telecommunications attorney.  From 1995 to 2000, he practiced law at O’Melveny & Myers, starting as a transactional attorney and then specializing in broadcast and telecommunications law.  In 2000, Mr. Carlisle opened his own practice, negotiating vendor, services and leasing agreements for telecommunications companies and representing a company that developed some of the first residential installations of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services.   In 2001, Mr. Carlisle joined the FCC to serve as Deputy Chief and then Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau.  At the FCC, Mr. Carlisle managed the development of the Commission’s policies on broadband and competitive entry into the local exchange market, and was the architect of the Commission’s policies on VoIP and bankruptcy of  common carriers.  Mr. Carlisle has lectured extensively on telecommunications policy issues, and more recently on trade and national security.  He received a B.A. in History, magna cum laude and with honors, from UCLA, a J.D. from Boalt Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School.  He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Dr. Rebecca Carlisle, and their two children, Isabelle and Jonathan.

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