Volunteer Judges Needed

It’s spring semester at the School of Law, and the Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (LAWR) program seeks experienced attorneys to serve as judges in one of the pinnacles of the first year experience: the oral argument. 

Every first-year law student argues before a panel of judges, so we always need your help. Over the years, we have been grateful for the turnout by the Buffalo legal community, and hope that this year we can count on you to be part of this essential aspect of the law school’s educational mission. Will you help?


   Tuesday, March 29 and  Wednesday, March 30
   Please arrive promptly by 6:00 p.m.; rounds run from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
   O’Brian Hall, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Dinner will be offered, and non-transitional CLE credit will be provided to participating lawyers for their service.

Be a Part of the First-Year Experience

The students’ last LAWR assignment as a first-year law student – and the culmination of the first-year course – is a ten-minute oral argument before a panel of judges. As a judge, your panel will hear a maximum of eight students, in four sets of two.  Each student is allowed ten minutes for her argument, plus approximately five minutes per student for judicial feedback and commentary.

Join Us

If you are ready to sign up, please submit a Volunteer Form. It’s not necessary for you to have any special experience or expertise in any particular area, just enthusiasm and willingness to be a part of this event. All volunteer judges will get a bench memo and suggested questions to help smooth the process.

Please also encourage any colleague who might be interested to get in touch with us.  We welcome their participation.

Once the schedule has been set, Cheri Tubinis, Administrator for Skills and Special Programs, will send you more information.

On behalf of Vice Dean for Legal Skills Kim Connolly, Dean Jim Gardner, and the LAWR faculty, thank you for considering this invitation.  We hope you can be a part of this exciting evening for our first-year students.  They take this project very seriously and truly appreciate and benefit from your effort. 

If you have any questions about anything related to the arguments, please email Cheri Tubinis at tubinis@buffalo.edu.