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Bernadette Gargano received her J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School in 1999. After graduation, Gargano served for two years as a Confidential Law Clerk to the Hon. William M. Skretny in the Western District of New York before embarking on her legal practice. During her career, Gargano has represented local, national, and international businesses, entrepreneurs, law firms and attorneys, and private universities. She currently serves as general counsel, on a pro bono basis, to multiple women-owned businesses. Gargano is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, various federal courts, and all New York State courts.
During her teaching career, Gargano has developed curriculum for legal methods courses on all levels. In 2012, Gargano was awarded the Association of Legal Writing Directors’ Teaching Grant for developing an innovative advanced-level legal methods course, combining advanced federal civil procedure, federal rules of evidence, and constitutional law. Gargano is a member of the founding committee for the Federal Pro Se Assistance Program (PSAP) for the WDNY, which created a center for providing pro bono services to underrepresented communities. As the attending professor for this program, Gargano teaches an experiential learning practicum, manages students who assist volunteer attorneys, serves as a liaison to the Court and community partners, and practices as an attorney who advises pro se litigants. In 2015, Gargano’s course, the Pro Se Civil Litigation Practicum, won the ECBA Justice Award along with the PSAP and VLP’s Family Court Help Desk. Also, in 2015, Gargano was named “Woman Lawyer of the Year” by Women Lawyers of Western New York. In 2016, Gargano’s practicum was a finalist for a University at Buffalo’s Excellence in Community Engagement Award.
In her service to undergraduate education at the University at Buffalo and in collaboration with University Academies, Gargano also developed and taught “Lawyers as Agents of Social Change: Justice Jackson, Nuremberg, and International Humanitarian Law.” This course was the pilot for the “Extended Learning Experiences” program at the University. This program was housed on the Chautauqua Institution and took place in collaboration with the Robert H. Jackson Center and the State Supreme Court seated in Chautauqua County. In conjunction with this program, every fall, Gargano teaches “Lawyers as Agents of Social Change: The Civil Rights Era,” a limited enrollment “Discovery Seminar.”