Michael J. Hutter, Jr.

Michael J. Hutter is a Professor of Law at Albany Law School, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1976.  He is also Special Counsel to the Albany law firm of Powers & Santola, LLP.

Professor Hutter is an honors graduate of Brown University, receiving scholarships during his four years of matriculation, and Boston College Law School.  In law school he was the Editor-In-Chief of Boston College’s law review (Annual Survey), and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  After graduation, Professor Hutter served as law clerk to Judge Matthew J. Jasen, an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.   From 1979-1984, he was the Executive Director of the New York State Law Revision Commission.  In 1999, Professor Hutter was selected as one of seven nominees to the Court of Appeals by the State Commission on Judicial Nomination.  He presently serves as a Commissioner on the New York State Law Revision Commission and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Capital Defender Office.

Professor Hutter’s teaching areas include Evidence, Trial Practice, Intellectual Property, and Trade Regulation.  In his practice, he specializes in appellate practice.  He has argued over 350 appeals in all of New York’s appellate courts, state and federal, and many of the cases in which he represented the prevailing party are landmark decisions.

“Yes, ‘I Love New York’.  However, as more and more New Yorkers are being deprived of the opportunity to live and work in New York and others from actually enjoying the beauty of our state due to excesses by so-called environmentalists, the New York I love is in trouble. There must be a pushback against them.  The Foundation can be a major player in bringing a voice of reason and moderation against those who consider only their selfish interest. That is why I firmly believe the Foundation is necessary, and the reason why I joined it.”