It’s spring semester at SUNY Buffalo Law School 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 1L argues before a three-judge panel, so we always need a
lot of 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 there as part of this essential aspect of the
Law School’s educational mission. Will you help?
Tuesday & Wednessday, March 25 &
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 for participating lawyers for their service.
We have a terrific cadre of first-year LAWR professors, who strive to encourage all their students to work hard in their first year LAWR classes. With our re-vamped and expanded curriculum, we now offer a third LAWR semester during the second year. After an initial semester focusing on objective legal writing, students spend their second semester honing their persuasive writing, leading to work on an actual motion for summary judgment.
The students’ last LAWR assignment as a 1L – and the culmination of the first-year course – is a ten-minute oral argument before a three-judge panel with which we hope you can help. 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 or his argument, plus approximately five minutes per student for judicial feedback and commentary.
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, friend, partner, or associate who might be interested to get in touch with us. We would 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 Makau Mutua, and the LAWR faculty, thank you for considering this invitation. We hope you can be a part of this exciting evening for SUNY Buffalo 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or comments about the LAWR program or other things going on at the law school, feel free to email Professor Kim Diana Connolly, Vice Dean for Legal Skills, at email@example.com.