Giving Societies

Giving

Learn more about our Giving Societies, the Circle of Leaders, or the Dean’s Club.

The Circle of Leaders

The Circle of Leaders is the School of Law’s pledge-based giving initiative, the charter phase of which was launched in July 2011. Circle of Leaders members pledge their support at a leadership level (minimum $1,000 per year) for three consecutive years. By doing so, Circle of Leaders members help the Law School to plan, as well as connect with more alumni and friends who would like to be involved with the future of Law School. The charter phase of the Circle of Leaders will continue until June 30, 2013.

The Edwin and Erma Jaeckle Society

Established to honor individuals who make a leadership gift of $5,000 or more to the Law School during the fiscal year. Graduates of the Last Decade, gifts of $2,500 or more.

Erma R. Hallett and Edwin F. Jaeckle are among the most distinguished law alumni. A 1915 graduate of the Law School, Mr. Jaeckle rose to prominence as the Erie County Republican chairman and New York State GOP chairman in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1959, he formed the forerunner to today's successful firm of Jaeckle, Fleischmann and Mugel. Among the lengthy list of honors Mr. Jaeckle has received are the Chancellor's Medal and a special Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Law School. The latter was later named for him, as was the school's Jaeckle Center for State and Local Government Law, which was established in 1980, prior to his death in 1992.

Mrs. Jaeckle, a 1936 graduate of the School of Law, practiced in Western New York with Carborundum and with Moot and Sprague. During World War II, she served in the legal department of the Merchant Marine Division of the U.S. Coast Guard. She later moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where she formed that area's first all-female law firm, and was a specialist in matrimonial and custody trials. In total, Mrs. Jaeckle's career continued for more than 40 years. The Law School awarded her the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award in 1999.

The John Lord O'Brian Society

Established to honor individuals who make a leadership gift of gifts of $2,500 to $4,999 to the Law School during the fiscal year. Graduates of the Last Decade, gifts of $1,250 - $2,249.

After graduating with high distinction from Harvard and the Buffalo Law School, John Lord O'Brian embarked on a legal career that spanned over 75 years. Although O'Brian achieved national recognition as an outstanding trial and appellate lawyer, his private practice was frequently interrupted by public service under three presidents. His most outstanding achievement in this arena was perhaps his service as general counsel to the War Production Board, whose exemplary fairness was widely recognized. O'Brian maintained lifelong ties to UB, receiving both the Chancellor's Medal and the Samuel P. Capen Alumni Award. The Law School's current building also bears his name.

The Jacob D. Hyman Society

Established to honor individuals who make a leadership gift of $1,000 to $2,499 to the Law School during the fiscal year.
Graduates of the Last Decade, gifts of $500 - $1,249.

Jacob D. Hyman joined the Law School faculty in 1946, serving as dean from 1953 to 1964. As a teacher and mentor, Hyman was a role model to generations of students. An innovator in legal education, he instituted many programs and initiatives that have shaped the Law School and influenced legal education for more than 50 years. The society honors his many contributions to the intellectual and professional life of the Law School, its graduates and the legal community as a whole. Dean Hyman passed away in April 2007.

The Dean's Club

Established to honor individuals who make a gift of $500 to $999 to the Law School during the fiscal year.
Graduates of the Last Decade, gifts of $250 - $499.