Eight distinguished members of the local and national legal community join the Dean’s Advisory Council

Dean Aviva Abramovsky, Douglas W. Dimitroff '89.

Dean Aviva Abramovsky with DAC chair Douglas W. Dimitroff '89

Published November 9, 2018

Dean Aviva Abramovsky and the University at Buffalo School of Law announce the addition of eight new members to the Dean’s Advisory Council (DAC).

“Our role is not just to let the leadership of the law school understand what the alumni are thinking, but for the alumni to understand what is happening at the School of Law and the challenges that it faces. “I don’t think I have ever been to a DAC meeting where the question wasn’t asked, ‘What can we do to help?’”
Douglas W. Dimitroff, Partner
Phillips Lytle LLP, Buffalo, NY

Established in 1991, the Council is comprised of 33 general members and 51 emeritus members who provide guidance and counsel to the dean on matters such as curriculum, advancement, alumni relations, governmental relations, public service, and administration for the school.

Members are leaders from across the country in law, government, business, and the community. All members share a strong connection to the law school and a commitment to its future. New DAC members include:

Marc W. Brown ’99, president of the UB Law Alumni Association and partner with Goldberg Segalla, LLP in Buffalo, N.Y.;

Terrence M. Gilbride ’88, partner with Hodgson Russ, LLP in Buffalo, N.Y.;

F. Kenneth Graham ’11, senior associate with Phillips Lytle, LLP in Buffalo, N.Y.;

Josephine A. Greco ’81, partner with Greco Trapp, PLLC in Buffalo, N.Y.;

Robert J. Gutowski ’99, managing director of legal & compliance at MSCI, Inc. in New York City;

Hon. Barbara Howe ’80, senior counsel for Woods, Oviatt Gilman LLP in Buffalo, N.Y. and former New York State Surrogate Judge for Erie County;

Michael D. Mann ’06, partner at Sidley Austin, LLP in New York City; and

Aaron M. Saykin ’13, president of the UB Law Alumni Association’s GOLD Group and associate at Hodgson Russ, LLP in Buffalo, N.Y.

The DAC is chaired by Douglas W. Dimitroff ’89, partner with Phillips Lytle LLP in Buffalo, N.Y. and Washington, D.C.  A long-time advocate for the law school and its alumni association, Dimitroff describes the relationship between DAC and the law school as a “two-way street.”

“Our role is not just to let the leadership of the law school understand what the alumni are thinking, but for the alumni to understand what is happening at the School of Law and the challenges that it faces,” says Dimitroff. “I don’t think I have ever been to a DAC meeting where the question wasn’t asked, ‘What can we do to help?’”

The newest DAC members have already stepped up to help further the dean’s main priorities. DAC members are fully engaged in efforts to assist with mentoring, admissions recruiting, career placement, fundraising, and strengthening the law school’s visibility among members of the judiciary.

“The DAC plays a crucial role in enhancing the quality and reputation of the legal education that we provide,” says Dean Aviva Abramovsky. “I am honored to have the collective wisdom and experience of our DAC members to guide me. Their input is critical to shaping the future of our law school.”