Melissa Foti '03 and Elizabeth Savino '92 talk to law students about the importance of being a member of the Law Alumni Association.

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If someone had asked Melissa Foti ’03 when she was a recent law graduate if she could one day see herself becoming an active leader in the UB Law Alumni Association (LAA), she might have said, “No way.” Now a partner in the Buffalo law firm Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP, and chair of the LAA Membership Committee, she understands just how important it is to pay your dues to your profession, and to your alumni association.

“As a graduate of this law school, you share a life-long bond with other UB lawyers and judges that is unique. The $75 membership dues is a small price to pay for the amazing networking opportunities-- from fun socials put on by the GOLD Group (Graduates of the Last Decade), to formal receptions like the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner, which wouldn’t happen without the Law Alumni Association.

“And not just in Buffalo! We take our show on the road, traveling to Rochester, New York City, Washington, Albany and Central NY.

“Our cutting edge CLE programs serve the needs of all our graduates, both experienced and recent,” she says. “Every year, we keep increasing the number of programs we offer-- and our presenters are the best!

Melissa Foli '03 understands just how important it is to pay your dues to your profession, and to your alumni association. 

Membership has its benefits, and ours include substantial discounts to social, professional and educational opportunities:

  • DISCOUNTED UNLIMITED ONLINE CLE: LAA members can add a one-year subscription to Cognistar, our online CLE partner, providing unlimited access to a library of continuing legal education courses to meet your biennial reporting requirements. Regularly $295, our members can save $100 by subscribing at a reduced rate of $195. Subscription year commences on the date of purchase.
  • FREE UNLIMITED ONLINE RESEARCH SERVICESHEINONLINE AND EBSCO: The use of these databases, valued at $600, are now available to paid members of the Law Alumni Association through an online portal called Law School Alumni Connect. To obtain a username and password for the Law School Alumni Connect portal, please register online. You will receive email notification once your membership has been verified and your account has been activated.
  • FREE LIVE CLE PROGRAMS: Western New York attorneys can attend three one- hour CLE programs held at the Buffalo Club, including breakfast and parking-- for free.
  • NETWORKING SOCIAL EVENTS FOR REGIONAL ALUMNI:  Meet distinguished guests and judges in New York City, Albany, Rochester, Central New York and Washington, DC.
  • ROCHESTER MEMBERS: Free two-hour CLE on March 13 for paid members including lunch on Nuts & Bolts of Depositions: Tips, Perspectives, and Advice on Effective Deposition Practice; also, a free one-hour CLE in the spring followed by a free social reception for paid members.
  • FREE CLE on DVD: Paid members who are New York State attorneys may receive a copy of the LAA GOLD Group's annual four hour Ethics CLE on DVD.
  • FREE LIVE ETHICS CLE AND BREAKFAST WITH THE NIAGARA FRONTIER CORPORATE COUNCIL ASSOCIATION: Learn about Sexual Harassment in the Era of “Me Too.”  Earn two CLE credits on April 24. Come early to socialize with members of the NFCCA including breakfast at the Buffalo Club.
  • DISCOUNT ON LIVE ETHICS CLE FOLLOWED BY COCKTAILS WITH SIX SUPREME COURT JUDGES: Paid members receive a $35 discount on March 14 for a one- and- a- half credits on Discovery Practice and Motion Abuse, followed by an open bar and hors d’oeuvres at the Buffalo Club.
  • DISCOUNT TICKET TO THE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARDS DINNER: Paid members receive a $35 discount off their ticket price for our awards dinner May 8.
  • COMING SOON! ONLINE DATABASE FOR ALUMNI REFERRALS WITH OPTION TO SIGN UP FOR THE PART 36 LIST: This new benefit is now under development. Details to follow.