Alumni Relations

The Law Alumni Association

Interim Dean James A. Gardner, Jaeckle Award recipient Terrance Connors and University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi at the 2016 NYC Alumni Luncheon & Jaeckle Award.

For more than 100 years, the Law Alumni Association (LAA) has served our alumni/ae and law students with events and programs, social and educational opportunities, and a network of connections, throughout the country and internationally.

Benefits of Joining the Law Alumni Association

Membership includes discounts to social, professional and educational events. Or become a joint member with the UB Alumni Association and receive a long list of benefits for your joint membership.

Explore how law alumni membership dues are used to support the following programs and services:

CLE Opportunities

  • Live Programs: Western New York attorneys can attend three live one hour CLE programs held in downtown Buffalo for free.
  • CLE on DVD: Upon request, New York State attorneys who cannot attend our local programs may receive a copy of the LAA GOLD Group's annual four hour Ethics CLE on DVD.
  • Online CLE: LAA members can add a one year subscription to Cognistar, our online CLE partner, providing unlimited access to a library of continuing legal education courses to meet your biennial reporting requirements. Regularly $295.00, our members can subscribe at a reduced rate of $195.00. Subscription year commences on the date of purchase.

Tuition Scholarship Programs

A portion of all membership dues creates scholarships that help to recruit the best and the brightest students from across the nation.

Borrowing Privileges at all UB Libraries

LAA members are entitled to a University Libraries courtesy borrower card. Courtesy cards are issued at the Law Library only and permit paid LAA members to check out library materials that circulate from any UB campus library. Contact the Law Library at 716- 645-6765 to schedule a time to have your card issued.

Service Recognition

Every year the School of Law and the Law Alumni Association recognises alumni and those individuals in the legal commuinity that have made an impact to either the Law School or the legal community as a whole. Our awards includ:

  • Jaeckle Award, the highest award the School of Law and the Law Alumni Association can bestow, is presented annually.
  • Distinguished Alumni Awards - five alumni are recognized at our Annual Dinner in the spring for private practice, judiciary, community service, business and public service; and an additional award is given to a non-alumnus for service to the School of Law, the University and/or the community.

Oral History Project

The Oral History Project hosts a collection of interviews with alumni, faculty members and friends of the law school. These interviews are preserved for posterity, and digitally indexed to provide easy access for historians, researchers and others.

Access to HeinOnline and Ebsco

The online research services, HeinOnline and Ebsco, are now available to paid members of the Law Alumni Association through a new online portal called Law School Alumni Connect. To obtain a username and password for the Law School Alumni Connect portal, please register online. You will receive email notification once your membership has been verified and your account has been activated.

Regional Chapter Events

Throughout the year, the Association hosts networking events, mentoring receptions and alumni luncheon in such locations as New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Rochester, Albany, Syracuse and more.

The GOLD Group

Reaching out to our recent graduates, the Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) Group focuses on the needs of new alumni/ae as they bridge the gap from graduate to attorney. Providing traditional and non-traditional Continuing Legal Education seminars, networking opportunities and fun, informal social events, the GOLD Group carries over the camaraderie of the classroom into those first few years of practice.

Alumni Mentoring Program

Led by our most dedicated members, this program is designed to help law students and recent graduates make the transition from law school to the legal community by paring members of the practicing bar with first-year law students. Informal mentoring events are held throughout the year in a number of locations, such as Rochester, New York and Washington, DC.

Class Reunions

The Class Reunion Program has been established so that our graduates may renew old friendships, relive special memories, and rekindle bonds to the law school. Each year, we take great pride in welcoming our alumni during the Reunion Weekend.

The School of Law has assisted many alumni volunteers in forming reunion activities, by assisting with class mailings, hiring a photography for their reunion, and ordering party-favors to help make the reunion memorable. It is our honor and pleasure to assist all our reunion classes in getting their celebrations underway.

Alumni News Publications

Twice a year members will receive our magazine, Law Forum, which provides news of the Law School, faculty, graduates and students. In the fall, members receive Philanthropy, our development publication with donor profiles and honor roll of contributions. Members will also receive Law Links, the law school's monthly e-newsletter which includes feature articles about the law school, stories by or about faculty members, and news of notable alumni, as well as the online version of Class Action, with career notes on alums, marriages, births and deaths.