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The Advocacy Institute Fund

The Advocacy Institute is a multifaceted effort to provide experiences and help develop practical skills in trial and appellate advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. 

The implementation of this program has allowed the School of Law to think big and set an ambitious goal of making the program one of the nation’s Top 10 for legal advocacy.

Professor and criminal procedure scholar Anthony O’Rourke directs the program, providing a strategy to secure the Institute’s future.

“I envision my role as making big-picture decisions about what the Advocacy Institute should be and the direction it should take in cultivating excellent student advocates and litigators,” O’Rourke says. “We need to build an endowed Institute that builds on the strengths of our students, faculty, and legal community. My goal is for us to achieve national prestige without sacrificing the core values of legal education.”

Initial funding for the Institute has been provided by Terry Connors ’71 and the law firms of Goldberg Segalla, Brown Chiari, Damon Morey and Phillips Lytle.

In order to reach the goal of making this one of the best programs in the nation, funding is needed for technology, programming and travel costs.  Your further support is crucial for the institute to grow.

link to an Advocacy Institute video

You can also make a gift via postal mail by sending your contribution to:

University at Buffalo
School of Law
Office of Advancement
408 O'Brian Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260

Checks should be made out to the Advocacy Institute.