The Oral History Project hosts a collection of interviews with
alumni, faculty members and friends of the School of Law. These
interviews are preserved for posterity, and digitally indexed to
provide easy access for historians, researchers and others.
Below are selected video and audio clips from the School of Law's extensive oral history project, featuring some of the best-known names in Western New York's legal community and beyond.
Herald Price Fahringer '56 on Professor Clyde Summers:
"He opened a whole new world for me in terms of individual
rights and the importance of the human condition and that just
changed me completely. It’s because of Clyde Summers that I
went into the field of practice that I do today and can’t
just tell you the influence he had on my life."
Jacob D. Hyman on changes that were made to the law school in
“The law school was poor. It had quite a small student body, so it didn’t have a lot of money from tuition. It was a private institution at that time and had very limited resources. And this small group of really distinguished legal scholars ran a law school that was high quality.”
Matthew J. Jasen '39 talks about attending law school at 77 West
"Classes at that time where held in a building called 77 West
Eagle which was a brownstone mansion. It was converted into a law
school. It had two classrooms, a library, and a few offices for the
Mary Ann Killeen '52 discusses being a woman in the legal
“Most of the students when I started law school were veterans. And they were a lot older than I was. They were men who had spent 3 or 5 years in World War II. They were very serious and had families. They were taking advantage of the GI Bill.
“Generally speaking it became obvious to me that women were not welcome in all fields of the law. It was quite obvious.”
Richard D. Schwartz on establishing a program to focus on law
and social policy:
“At the time we were interesting in establishing incentives for the study of law and politics. We already had people interested in doing that kind of work, but an incentive would provide some financial base, some staff and some opportunities to facilitate this kind of research. I think this incentive is still called law and social policy.”
Video interviews with alumni, faculty members and friends of the