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Local activists, academics, community organizers, and federal experts will exchange ideas toward making Western New York’s homes and communities healthier at a daylong environmental justice forum.

The continuing problem of lead in Western New York homes – a toxin that has been shown to cause developmental impairment in children and health problems in adults – will be the focus of a major conference on April 11.

Suzanne E. Tomkins, clinical professor and director the Women, Children & Social Justice Clinic, was honored by the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence.


On Oct. 23, socio-legal scholars will discuss Professor David Engel’s seminal article “The Oven Bird’s Song” at a conference to be held at SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy.


Drew’s behind-the-scenes involvement in helping Mogilny elude Russian secret police and escape to Buffalo to start his high-profile hockey career is part of a 30-minute documentary.


Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. proved to be personable, even witty, in front of an invitation-only crowd, affording attendees a rare personal glimpse into the mind of one of the nation’s most powerful jurists.

Highly motivated Medaille College students who want to build on their undergraduate education with top-notch legal training will be able to earn both bachelor’s and law degrees in just six years, under a new agreement between Medaille and University at Buffalo School of Law.

The work of five female lawyers will be the focus of the event “Western New York Women Pioneers in the Law: A Celebration” being held Thursday, Nov. 5, at the University at Buffalo School of Law.


Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is becoming a larger part of skills training through the school’s Advocacy Institute.

The latest data on a much-talked-about issue in legal education, the amount of education debt carried by new graduates, shows that the University at Buffalo School of Law grads carry less debt than nearly ninety percent of their peers.

David Manch ’70 has made a major gift to establish the Professor Kenneth F. Joyce Excellence in Teaching Fund.


A panel of law professors became the Party of No on April 13, as they responded to students’ questions in a forum titled “2016 Presidential Campaign Promises: Can They Be Achieved?”

Wade J. Newhouse Jr., a longtime Law School faculty member and dean of the school from July 1986 to December 1987, passed away on May 21. A resident of Getzville, N.Y., he was 91 years old.

Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Gerald S. Lippes lecturer, will speak on “Settlements and Compensation Funds” at an Oct. 6 Law School conference that will examine recent developments in tort law.


Attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg’s 2014 Lippes Lecture addressed the complex and emotional process of applying money to soothe the human wounds of mass tragedies.


Two innovative public service endeavors have invigorated the Law School’s Jaeckle Center: a New York State election news blog and a non-partisan voting rights clearinghouse.


On Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., a student-sponsored panel of law professors and practicing attorneys will take up the question of how we should treated unaccompanied minors at the border.


A distinguished panel of appellate judges took the bench to hear arguments for the championship round of the 2014 Desmond Moot Court Competition.


On Nov. 11 the Law School will hold an event marking the launch of a new Veterans’ Economic Security Clinic which will provide free civil legal services to veterans.


Building on decades of work, the Law School’s Domestic Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic is making a difference for clients at a critical juncture in their lives.


At its 40th annual gathering, held April 3 and 4 in Schenectady, the New York African Studies Association honored Professor Makau W. Mutua as its Distinguished Africanist.

The Law School will host the state’s top law enforcer at its Commencement exercises on May 23. The ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, will feature as keynote speaker Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

The pomp was in full swing and the circumstance was celebratory at SUNY Buffalo Law School’s 126th Commencement ceremonies. Two hundred and nine degrees were conferred in the May 23 ceremony.


The Advocacy Institute – the School of Law’s newest signature initiative to train students to become the best advocates in the profession – has taken a major step forward with the naming of a high-profile National Advisory Board.

Third year law student Ryan Ganzenmuller’s article, “Snap and Destroy: Preservation Issues for Ephemeral Communications,” has been recognized with a Burton Award.

As SUNY Buffalo Law School expands its global presence, drawing international students and establishing programs worldwide, a new Office of International and Graduate Programs will build on that momentum.


“We all deserve a chance to live healthy lives, no matter what state we happen to live in,” says Danielle Pelfrey Duryea, instructor and clinical teaching fellow.


Professor Charles Patrick Ewing unveils ambitious plans for the Law School’s Advocacy Institute, which helps students and legal practitioners develop essential skills in litigation and advocacy.


SUNY Buffalo Law School's award-winning initiative to attract underrepresented minority students into the legal profession will continue for a fourth year.

High-performing UB undergraduates will have a simpler route to beginning their legal education, thanks to two new initiatives of SUNY Buffalo Law School.

Effective Dec. 20, SUNY Distinguished Professor James A. Gardner has been named interim dean of SUNY Buffalo Law School.

Continuing to develop its presence in global legal education, SUNY Buffalo Law School has begun two new programs for international students.

The NFL’s new “test case” for players accused of domestic violence could lead to increased scrutiny and more education about the issue outside of professional sports, says Moellering.

Professor James Gardner has been named in a recent scholarly survey aimed at identifying the ten most cited faculty for the period of 2009 through 2013 in the area of election law.

No less than “a new way of thinking about the foundations of law” was on the table at an innovative workshop that took place at SUNY Buffalo Law School.

“You will never forget this day,” Dean Makau W. Mutua told the Law School’s newest crop of graduates, and indeed it was an unforgettable celebration as about 200 judicial degrees were awarded at Commencement 2014.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, the first Democrat to represent Indiana in the U.S. Senate since 1977, will present the keynote address for SUNY Buffalo Law School’s 125th Commencement exercises.

All four of Law School students who competed at the 2014 Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition placed among the top 30 oralists in the world at the global Competition’s International Rounds.

Twenty-four teams from law schools across the country came to Buffalo to compete in the 16th Annual Herbert Wechsler National Moot Court Competition.

A SUNY Buffalo Law School team won the 2014 Albert R. Mugel National Moot Court Tax Competition following a spirited Final Round oral argument against a team from Chicago’s John Marshall Law School.

An ambitious initiative of SUNY Buffalo Law School will help students and legal practitioners develop their skills in the critical task of advocating for their clients.
SUNY Buffalo Law School has been named to a select list of law schools recognized by National Jurist magazine as delivering top-quality practical training in legal skills.

SUNY Buffalo Law’s team advances to the International Round of the renowned global competition, to be held April 6-12 in Washington, D.C.


A SUNY Buffalo Law team won second place and another was recognized for “Best Respondent Brief” during the Northeast Regional round of the national Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition, held Jan. 22-26 in Albany.

A prestigious legal honor society, whose philosophical roots stretch back to medieval English jurisprudence, has chosen SUNY Buffalo Law School as its newest member.
“Nelson Mandela, the last of the modern political greats, lived a life like no other.” So says a fellow champion of human rights in Africa, SUNY Buffalo Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua.

Hon. Eugene F. Pigott Jr. ’73 has been chosen to receive the 2014 Edwin F. Jaeckle award, the highest honor given by SUNY Buffalo Law School and the SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association.


Dean Mutua will be the guest editor of The International Journal of Transitional Justice issue entitled Transitional Justice: Does it have a future?.

The notion of a “civil Gideon”-  a guarantee of access to counsel for poor litigants in civil proceedings - took center stage at SUNY Buffalo Law School with a series of discussions on Oct. 3.

New York State’s chief judge, Hon. Jonathan Lippman, will be at the Law School on Oct. 3 to hear testimony about the unmet needs for civil legal services in the state.

The intersection of two human impulses – play and profit – was at the center of an entertaining and informative Mitchell Lecture on Oct. 8 in O’Brian Hall.

Speaking before an audience of thousands at the University at Buffalo, President Barack Obama announced a plan he said would “shake up the system” and make college more affordable for middle-class students.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly appointed investigative body, charged with examining the state Board of Elections and looking at potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising, will include Dean Makau W. Mutua.


Suspected Nazi military commander Michael Karkoc should face charges for alleged war crimes whether or not he ordered his men to kill civilians or personally was involved in the killings, says Lecturer in Law Stephen Paskey.


Nearly three dozen Latin American judges will be in residence at SUNY Buffalo Law School in June and September, in a unique collaborative effort between the Law School and the Department of Political Science.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo stumped for an ambitious package of anti-corruption measures and campaign finance reforms to an attentive Law School audience.

SUNY Buffalo Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua is hailing a historic British declaration of “regret” and decision to compensate thousands of victims of horrific torture and other inhumane atrocities committed by the  British Empire during its colonization of Kenya.


For the rows of new SUNY Buffalo-trained lawyers eager to take on the world, the message at their May 18 Commencement ceremonies was simple but not easy: Do well, but don’t forget to do good in the process.


Professor Lynn Mather is one of 16 faculty members from across SUNY's system to receive the title of SUNY Distinguished Service Professor this academic year.

New York State's highest-ranking judge will be the keynote Commencement speaker for the state of New York’s only SUNY-system law school.

Cheerleaders and confetti cannons helped proclaim the $30 million campaign for the SUNY Buffalo Law School launched on Friday, April 26 at Kleinhans Music Hall.


The State of New York’s leading public Law School is embarking on an ambitious set of initiatives to establish itself as an international institution.


On April 11, the Domestic Violence Task Force will host a panel featuring guest Jessica (Gonzales) Lenahan who will speak the failure of US domestic violence law.


Experts explored the pressing issue of climate change in the arctic at the conference "The Big Thaw: Policy, Governance and Climate Change in the Circumpolar North."


Teams from 25 law schools traveled across the country to Buffalo, New York, to compete in the only national moot court contest in the US. to focus on topics in substantive criminal law.


SUNY Buffalo Law School’s trial team made a strong showing at this year’s National Ethics Trial Competition held in Sacramento, California.


SUNY Buffalo Law School’s teams gave an outstanding performance at this year’s ABA National Appellate Advocacy Regional Competition.


The Law School’s team of Kevin Dwyer ’13 and Kevin Campbell ’13 reached the semi-finals and took home the second place award for their appellate brief.


A huge gold cup is being engraved with the name of SUNY Buffalo Law School in preparation for its return to Buffalo for the first time in more than 40 years!

The uneasy interaction between lobbying and the financing of election campaigns was the focus of a major conference at SUNY Buffalo Law School. The conference, called "Under the Influence? Interest Groups, Lobbying, and Campaign Finance," took place at the Law School and was sponsored by the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, the Law School's major interdisciplinary scholarship center.

The 18th Annual Buffalo Public Interest Law Program's (BPILP) Auction is fast approaching, and we cordially invite you to attend the event on Friday, February 22, 2013 at The Pearl @ The Webb, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Vikki L. Pryor ’78 will speak to SUNY Buffalo Law students on professional development and the importance of networking at a kick-off event for the Law School’s 1L mentor program being held on February 26 at the Center for Tomorrow.


The Law School made an unprecedentedly strong showing in the Northeast Regional Round of the national Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition.

Two SUNY Buffalo Law School professors are taking on expanded roles as the school works to extend its presence not just regionally and nationally, but worldwide.

Makau W. Mutua served as one of six judges on an international tribunal that issued a scathing verdict against the Islamic Republic of Iran over human rights violations during in the 1980s.


Margaret W. Wong '76, a nationally renowned Cleveland immigration lawyer, will be honored in January 25 with SUNY Buffalo Law School and SUNY Buffalo Law Alumni Association’s Jaeckle Award.

Promising undergraduate students are being sought for a SUNY Buffalo Law School summer program that offers a real-world sampling of a lawyer's work and the rigors of law school.

The second annual SUNY Buffalo Law Job Forum is set to take place on  February 13, giving employers from across Western New York's legal and business community a first-hand look at tomorrow's law-trained workforce.


Election Law Journal features articles about decennial redistricting that came out of a conference, titled "Major Developments in Redistricting," held at the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy.

The New York Bar Foundation has awarded Law student Bradley Loliger ’13 the Elder Law Section Scholarship, sponsored by the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. Alissa M. Fortuna ’13, is the recipient of the New York Bar Foundation’s Lorraine Power Tharp Scholarship, sponsored by the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Makau W. Mutua, dean of the SUNY Buffalo Law School, has received three major honors – two in the international law arena, one here at home.

The disciplines of law, geography and anthropology combine in Associate Professor Irus Braverman’s new book, which presents a thorough exploration of the world of zoos.

The Law School concluded its annual Desmond Moot Court Competition with a spirited contest in a packed courtroom before an exceptionally distinguished panel of final round judges.


Following a year-long deployment as an Army executive officer and scout platoon leader in Afghanistan, Christopher Safulko '13 is familiar with pressure as he supports his teammates at a team competition in San Francisco.


A $100,000 fundraising initiative will support two awards to further the mission of SUNY Buffalo Law School's Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic, and honor the two women who started the clinical program.

Two alumni of SUNY Buffalo Law School have been appointed to serve on the Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court, serving at opposite ends of the state in one of the busiest appellate courts in the nation.
Makau W. Mutua, dean of SUNY Buffalo Law School, has agreed to serve as a judge at an international tribunal that will hear evidence of human rights abuses in Iran in the turbulent 1980s.
Two visiting Clinical Scholars from The University of York (U.K.) are visiting SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Clinical Legal Education Program from August 20 – September 7, 2012.
Law Professor Mark Bartholomew and three other UB professors have secured continued funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for UB’s program Scholarship for Service: Cyber Security and Information Assurance. A renewal of an initial grant that ran from 2008-2012, the total value of NSF’s funding is $1.6 million.
Professor James A. Wooten has been selected for induction as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. The Thirteenth Annual Induction Dinner and Ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 15, at the Harvard Club of Boston, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Professor Kim Diana Connolly, whose scholarship has focused on wetlands law, returns from the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands held in Bucharest, Romania. As chair of the U.S. National Ramsar Committee, she represented the interests of the United States in the midst of a crowd of delegates from 162 nations.

In her latest project, Professor Teresa Miller's documentary aims to show – in as immediate a way as possible – the “human costs” of living in a large men’s maximum security prison through the voices of prisoners and their family members, the warden, correctional officers and others.

Young people dedicated to changing their world will have the chance to see how a legal degree and legal expertise can lead to meaningful social change in a new inter-disciplinary summer program held at the Chautauqua Institution.
The long-awaited Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s signature health care law upholds much of the act’s intentions to expand coverage, with one major exception, says to a SUNY Buffalo Law School professor who is an expert on health care.