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March 2015

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Grant given to DiscoverLaw pipeline program extended for another year

SUNY Buffalo Law School's award-winning initiative to attract underrepresented minority students into the legal profession will continue for a fourth year. Lillie Wiley-Upshaw, vice dean for admissions and student life, announced the extension, which comes in response to a grant by the Law School Admission Council. LSAC had initially funded the program for three years, but was able to extend that funding for one more session.

It’s an initiative that has proved effective and now has drawn statewide notice. SUNY Buffalo Law will be honored March 30 in New York City by the New York Law Journal, whose Diversity Initiative Project 2015 recognizes commitment to creating a diverse legal community and sustained efforts to reach that goal. SUNY Buffalo is the only law school so honored. Read more / Watch a video about our program

Law School News

With Jaeckle Award, a pioneer gets her due

A longtime booster of the SUNY Buffalo Law School and the University at Buffalo, and a boundary-breaking female lawyer in the Western New York legal community, received the Law School's highest honor in a Jan. 30 ceremony.

Pamela Davis Heilman'75, a longtime leader in cross-border business practice with the Hodgson Russ law firm, accepted the 2015 Edwin F. Jaeckle Award during a presentation at the Union League Club in New York City. The presentation was made in conjunction with the school's annual New York City alumni luncheon. [Read more / Watch this event / View photos from this event]

Small-class guarantee will deepen first-year law school experience

Law School students in their critical and formative first year will receive even more personal attention from their professors under a new plan approved unanimously by the school's faculty.

First-year students already undergo intensive instruction and coaching in research and writing skills. Beginning in fall 2015, they also will spend one of the six first-year doctrinal courses — covering such areas as contracts, property law and torts — in a very small class of about 15 students. [Read more]

Faculty News

Examining federalism from the bottom up

After recent trips to Italy, Switzerland and Austria to do field research, Professor and interim Dean James A. Gardner is back in Buffalo with a laptop full of notes and new insight into the struggle for power between central governments and their states. [Read more]

Lecturer Bernadette Gargano to receive 2015 Justice Award

Congratulations to Lecturer Bernadette Gargano's Pro Se Civil Litigation Support Practicum who was selected to receive the Bar Association of Erie County's 2015 Justice Award. Also selected to receive this award was Natalie M. Stutz '12 of the Volunteer Lawyers Project for her Family Court Help Desk/Federal Court Pro Se Assistance Program. [Read more]

Alumni News

Eugene M. Fahey '84 gets unanimous nod for top N.Y. court

Eugene Fahey was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate to join Eugene F. Piggott Jr. '73 as the second Western New Yorker on the state's highest court.

Defense Lawyer Herald Price Fahringer '56 Dies at 87

Herald Price Fahringer, a prominent criminal defense and First Amendment lawyer who represented clients such as Larry Flynt and adult entertainment shops in Times Square, died Feb. 12. [Read more on the New York Law Journal and The New York Times]

Judges Pull Back the Curtain on the Job of Judging

Hon. Paul L. Friedman '68 joined his fellow judges to participate in a panel discussion to discuss the solo nature of their jobs on the bench. [Read more at The National Law Journal]

Kudos & Team Competition Results

42nd Mugel Competition another rousing success

For three days, during a record-cold Buffalo February, teams from more than a dozen law schools from across the United States gathered at the Erie County Courthouse for the 42d annual Albert R. Mugel National Tax Law Competition. Named for Professor Albert R. Mugel '41, and the creation of UB Distinguished Teaching Law Professor Emeritus Kenneth R. Joyce, the Mugel Competition is the oldest and most prestigious tax law moot court in the country. [Read more]

Moot Court Roundup

In the early months of 2015, the yearly high-point of national moot court activity, teams from SUNY Buffalo Law repeatedly distinguished themselves once again. In at least three different cases, a team from SUNY Buffalo Law reached all the way to the semi-final round in a “sudden death” elimination tournament. [Read more]

Representing Buffalo at the ABA's Representation in Mediation Competition

Two teams of law students – Sean Balkin ‘15 and Kelly Barrett '15, Erica Pandolfo '16 and Andrew DeMasters '15 – represented SUNY Buffalo Law School in the 15th Annual Representation in Mediation Regional Competition, held at Levin College of Law, University of Florida on Feb 21-22. [Read more]

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March 26 - Women of SUNY Buffalo Law to honor Professor Isabel Marcus

Women of SUNY Buffalo Law, a student organization for the professional and educational advancement of women law students, cordially invites you to its first annual spring Woman of SUNY Buffalo Law Awards Night. The event will take place on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Jacobs Executive Development Center at the Butler Mansion, 672 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. The price to attend is $20 for the general public, $10 for law students and will include a light dinner.

March 27 - 2015 Mitchell Lecture: Who Rules Big Data? Law, Knowledge and Power

This year's Lecture will explore that question, with special emphasis on how these information technologies are changing our understanding and application of the law. The event - the Law School's signature lecture series - will be held at 2 p.m. March 27 in Room 106 of John Lord O'Brian Hall. A reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. [Read more about this year's lecture]

March 31 - Law Library launches its first Scholarship Salon

Please join the Law Library on Tuesday, March 31, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., for its first Scholarship Salon. This flagship event will feature Associate Professor Samantha Barbas who will be discussing her upcoming book, The Laws of Image. This free event will take place in the 2nd Floor Reading Room of the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University at Buffalo (North Campus). [Read more]

April 23 - Students of Color Dinner honors a diverse group

The Students of Color Dinner, a longtime tradition as the academic year draws to a close, will be held April 23 at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott. Highlight of the evening will be an address by keynote speaker Michael A. Battle ’81, a former judge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, and then Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, where he had administrative oversight of all 93 United States Attorneys and served as liaison between the United States Attorneys and the Justice Department and other federal agencies. He now practices commercial and civil litigation with the New York City firm Schlam Stone & Dolan. [Read more]

Events Calendar

Mar. 11 - Annual Fund/Alumni Reception with the Dean (Washington, DC)

Mar. 12 - OUTLaw Dinner

Mar. 18 - Annual Fund/Alumni Reception with the Dean (New York City)

Mar. 23 - Buffalo Intellectual Property Journal Lunch & Learn (CLE credit will be provided)

Mar. 26 - Social to Welcome Accepted Law School Applicants

Mar. 26 - Women of SUNY Buffalo Law Awards Night honoring Professor Isabel Marcus

Mar. 27 - The 2015 Mitchell Lecture, “Who Rules Big Data? Law, Knowledge, and Power”

Apr. 14 - Happy Hour with UBAA in Washington, DC

Apr. 15 - GOLD Group CLE: Deposition and Courtroom Technology

Apr. 21 - Arbitration CLE (New York City)

Apr. 23 - Students of Color Dinner

Apr. 30 - Buffalo Law Review Dinner

May 13 - 53rd Annual Alumni Dinner & Presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Awards

May 22 & 23 - Class 1965 - 50th Reunion

May 23 - Student Awards and Commencement

Oct. 2 & 3 - Reunion Weekend for the Classes of 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005

Call for Volunteers

Mar. 19-22 - Regional American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mock Trial Competition Seeks Judges (CLE credit will be provided)

Mar. 24-25 - First-Year Oral Arguments Seeks Judges (CLE credit will be provided)

March 28 - Wechsler Moot Court Competition seeks judges (CLE credit will be provided)


Campaign Ticker

2014-15 Annual Fund

Spring into Giving!

It has been a long winter, what better way to usher in spring than to do a good deed? Give today to support law students. Every dollar makes a difference for our students.

To make a gift, please visit our website or contact Shatorah Donovan at 716-645-9048 or

2014-15 Annual Fund Co-Chairs

Neil E. Botwinoff '82
New York, NY

Ann E. Evanko '79
Buffalo, NY

Lawrence M. Spaccasi '87
Washington, DC

Leveraging the Law School for good

Meet Shatorah N. Donovan '12. She recently joined the Law School as assistant director of development in charge of the Annual Fund. Donovan says she made the move from private practice back to O'Brian Hall because she sees the potential in supporting active, socially aware future attorneys and the good they can do. [Read more]

Students say thank you to our donors

Feb. 23-26 was UB TAG Week, giving UB and the Law School an opportunity to thank our generous donors for their contributions toward our school and our students. [Read more]

Make a Gift Today

Career Corner


On February 11 the Law School and SBA held the fourth annual Career Fair where attorneys and human resources professionals from across Western New York's legal and business community got a first-hand look at tomorrow's law-trained workforce. A huge thank you to those who participated in this wonderful event. View photos from this event

2015-16 Summer-Fall Recruiting

Our 2015-16 Summer-Fall Recruiting schedule is now online. To assist you with your hiring needs, the Career Services Office has several programs available:

Recruit talented SUNY Law School students or alumni with the assistance of the CSO. For help in filling your legal or professional hiring needs, contact Marc Davies at

Freeze Frame

Smiles from recent events:


03/02/15 - Dean's Potluck Lunch
SBA and the Law School administration hosted a semi-annual Potluck Lunch with the law school deans, faculty and staff. This event provides a great opportunity for the law school community to interact in a relaxed environment.


02/27/15 - 20th Annual BPILP Auction
The event, held in downtown Buffalo, raised nearly $40,000, augmented by a $5,000 gift from the Frank G. Raichle Foundation. That money will be awarded through the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program, which gives grants to SUNY Buffalo Law students who spend a summer working in a public-interest internship, such as for a nonprofit or in government service. The grants help defray living expenses for students in these typically unpaid internship placements.


02/26/15 - A discussion on McCutcheon v. FEC
The Law School's chapter of the Federalist Society held a program on McCutcheon v. FEC and invited guest speaker Professor Bradley Smith of Capital University Law School. A 2010 recipient of the Bradley Prize, Smith is one of the nation's leading authorities on election law and campaign finance.


02/25/15 - SBA Table Day
SBA's Table Days gives student organizations and law journals the opportunity to meet with students and talk to them about getting involved with their organizations.


02/23 - Insurance Defense Power Hour
The LAA hosted the second in its series of Power Hour Panel Presentations for its student members. The panel of experts in insurance coverage analysis and litigation included (left to right): Hugh M. Russ III '87, David G. Brock '72, Nicole B. Palmerton '01, Melissa A. Foti '03 (moderator), Stephanie A. Mack '08 and Sheldon K. Smith '01 (moderator).


02/15 - LAWR Guest Lecturers
Brendan Kelleher '01 and Steven Cohen '87 took time out of their busy schedules to be guest speakers in Lecturer Laura Reilly's Legal Analysis, Writing & Research class.


02/13/15 - Women in the Law Brunch and Panel Discussion
The student group Women of SUNY Buffalo Law (WSBL) hosted the Women in the Law Brunch and Panel Discussion where panelists discussed work-life balance and other topics of concern to law students and young legal professionals. The panel included: Ann Arnold, Anne E. Joynt ‘05, and Hon. Sharon LoVallo ‘94.


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