Faculty in the News

Our law faculty are frequently contacted by local and national media outlets to comment on issues of global importance.

To learn more about our law faculty, please visit our online Faculty Directory.

Below are recent samples of our faculty in the news.

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October-November 2018

clergy privilege

10/30/2018 - Spectrum News interviewed Associate Professor Christine Bartholomew in a story about the possible legal fallout that could be faced by the whistle-blower in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo sex abuse scandal. Bartholomew also explained clergy privilege on WIVB.

asbestos trust funds

10/31/2018 – The Associated Press interviewed Professor Todd Brown in an article about efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice to step up scrutiny of asbestos trust funds to reduce fraudulent claims. The story appeared in more than 250 news outlets, including The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, ABC News, NBC New York, WTOP in Washington, DC, and Yahoo News in the U.S., UK, New Zealand and Singapore.


10/20/2018 – Wiredfocus.com quoted Professor Mark Bartholomew in an article about global differences in the use of the Internet. “The European Union is flexing a bit more muscle. We’ve always had a bit of a big difference between what the internet looks like in China and the western world, and now we’re seeing some more distinctions between the European Union and the United States,” Bartholomew explained.


10/15/2018 - The New Yorker cited Professor Irus Braverman’s new book, Coral Whisperers: Scientists on the Brink, in an article about naturalists who are chronicling the alarming extinction of not just animal species but geographic features of the earth.


10/21/2018 – The Buffalo News quoted Professor Lucinda Finley in a story about the 20-year anniversary of the murder of Buffalo doctor Barnett Slepian by a pro-life extremist.


10/28/2018 – Vice Dean Bernadette Gargano was interviewed by Law360 in an article about a self-represented litigant's appeal of an order refusing to allow him to amend his case.


10/29/2018 - An article in Business First and Buffalo Law Journal reported that an interdisciplinary team from the University at Buffalo will examine the ethical issues of using artificial intelligence in the criminal justice system as part of a year-long project led by Assistant Clinical Professor Jonathan Manes.


10/17/2018 - Professor Martha McClusky co-authored an opinion piece in The Hill examining the distinctly human-made problems of social and economic inequality that have been reinforced and aggravated by storm damage from Hurricane Florence.


10/10/2018 - Lecturer Tolulope Odunsi was interviewed by Bizwomen in an article about efforts to increase the number of women attorneys in leadership positions.


10/18/2018 - WKBW-TV and Buffalo Business First interviewed Vice Dean Lisa Patterson for a story about the first annual New York State Public Defenders Career Fair hosted by the law school at the Center for the Tomorrow, held at the University at Buffalo.

Rick Su

10/22/2018 – The Guardian quoted Professor Rick Su in an article about the impact of ICE's reliance on a county detention center in Maryland to maintain detention and deportation numbers.

August-September 2018

Felony murder

09/29/2018 - Slate.com cited Professor Guyora Binder’s 2011 article “Making the Best of Felony Murder” in a story about Curtis Brooks, convicted of felony murder in Colorado despite no demonstrated intent to kill. This article also appeared in The Appeal.

Google News

08/29/2018 - Yahoo News interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew in an article about President Trump’s allegations of bias in the media. The article also appeared on Yahoo News sites in Canada, Singapore, UK and Australia.


08/06/2018 - WalletHub interviewed Associate Professor Christine Bartholomew about the difference between hard and soft credit inquiries and what individuals can do to protect their credit score. Bartholomew discussed questions like the biggest mistake that people make with regard to credit inquiries.

Michael Boucai

09/25/2018 - The Buffalo News quoted Professor Michael Boucai in an article on the Catholic Charities' decision to end its adoption and foster placement program.


09/13/2018 - The Buffalo Law Journal reported on the UB Law Sports & Entertainment Forum launched by teaching faculty Helen “Nellie” Drew and Joe Schafer ‘18, a blog that allows students, professors, alumni and others to discuss legal issues facing the sports world.


08/15/2018 - Professor James Gardner was interviewed by various media outlets regarding the removal of Rep. Chris Collins from the ballot in the face of insider trading charges, including: WBEN-AMUK Progressive , WGRZ, and NBC News.


09/24/2018 - Spectrum News interviewed Assistant Clinical Professor Jonathan Manes and law students Colton Kells ‘19 and Orlando Dickson ‘19 about a pilot program to test the use of body cams by Buffalo Police. Manes was recently elected to be co-chair of the Police Advisory Board to the Buffalo Common Council. 


09/22/2018 - The Paris-based digital news magazine WorldCrunch interviewed Lecturer Stephen Paskey in an article about asylum seekers in Malaysia and the trauma they experience in seeking asylum.

Rick Su

08/16/2018 – The Pacific Standard interviewed Professor Rick Su in an article about efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice to shame and blame cities, including Philadelphia, that have instituted so-called sanctuary policies. This article also appeared in The Atlantic’s City Lab.


08/10/2018 - The Buffalo News interviewed Professor David Westbrook in an article about the difficulties that legal experts predict Chris Collins will have in the face of insider trading charges.

June-July 2018


07/19/2018 - Yahoo Finance interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew in an article about regulators in the EU who recently fined Google $5.1 billion and demanded that it stop using its position in the mobile-phone market to block rival search engines.

06/15/2018 – The Buffalo News published an opinion piece by Professor Bartholomew that looked at a bill in the New York State Assembly that proposes to supplement New York’s century-old “right of privacy” law with a new “right of publicity” that would let the famous exert more control over how their images are used by others, giving them veto power when someone else references their name, picture or certain other characteristics for advertising purposes or purposes of trade.


06/27/2018 - The New York Times interviewed Professor Guyora Binder about a California challenge to the U.S. legal doctrine known as the felony murder rule, which holds that anyone involved in certain kinds of serious felonies that result in death is as liable as the actual killer. Said Binder, “This proposed bill is a very clever reform because it addresses the least popular and the least defensible aspects of the rule."


07/12/2018 - The New York Law Journal interviewed Professor Lucinda Finley in an article about threats by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to file a lawsuit if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade sometime in the future. Said Finley, “I do think the retirement of Justice Kennedy who was clearly the swing vote in preserving Roe does make it a very important time in New York to consider codifying access to abortion.”


07/21/2018 – Professor Rick Su was interviewed in An Associated Press Fact Check article about Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach’s claim that Kansas is the “sanctuary state of the Midwest.”

07/20/2018 - The Wall Street Journal interviewed Professor Su in a story about the legal challenges to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ crackdown on “sanctuary” immigration practices that have left his policy in an uneven state, with both sides claiming victory.

07/12/2018 - Bloomberg Law Podcast interviewed Professor Su who discussed a judge’s decision preserving most of California’s sanctuary laws aimed at protecting the state’s 2.6 million undocumented immigrants against a legal attack by the Trump administration.

06/28/2018 - The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed Professor Su about the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding President Trump’s ban on U.S. entry from a group of mostly Muslim-majority nations. Su noted that, in its decision, the court had interpreted a federal law banning discrimination in immigration based on national origin to apply only to the issuing of visas, leaving the President the broad freedom to deny entry to everyone, including visa-holders, from a particular nation. Says Su, “[That] reopens the door to the discriminatory immigration restrictions of the past, the Chinese Exclusion in the late 19th century and the national-origin quotas in the early 20th.”

06/27/2018 - Professor Su was interviewed in an article distributed by Sinclair Broadcast Group about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Trump’s authority to bar immigration and travel from certain countries. The article appeared in news outlets around the nation, including Circa, KATU-TV (Portland, Oregon), KUTV-TV (Salt Lake City), KOMO-TV (Seattle), WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.,) WZTV-TV (Nashville) and WPEC-TV (West Palm Beach).

06/25/2018 - Bloomberg interviewed Professor Su about the Trump administration’s announcement of a series of steps to reunite separated families at the southern border, made days before Trump said that people who enter the U.S. illegally should be deported immediately without court hearings or other judicial processes. Immigrants cannot be turned away at the border without a hearing “if they’re making a credible claim for asylum,” Su said. “And many of these Central Americans who are coming are in fact here to make that particular claim. Under those obligations they deserve at least a prescreening and, if they pass that, a hearing on their particular claim.”


07/15/2018 - The Buffalo News interviewed Professor David Westbrook in an article about the Buffalo Billion and the recent conviction of Buffalo businessman Louis Ciminelli, former SUNY Polytechnic Institute chief Alain Kaloyeros, and two Syracuse developers on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud.

07/11/2018 - Professor Westbrook’s paper “Snapchat's Gift: Equity Culture in High-Tech Firms” was referenced in Matt Levine’s Bloomberg Opinion column “Investors Gave Snap a Gift: Also insider trading, private wealth and credit portfolio trades.”

April-May 2018


05/14/2018 - The Wall Street Journal quoted adjunct faculty member Nellie Drew in a story about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision opening the door to legal sports gambling across the country by invalidating federal prohibitions on such wagers. Drew was also interviewed by The Buffalo NewsWGRZ and 103.3 The Edge: WEDG Buffalo.


05/03/2018 - WIVB-TV interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew about the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on online purchases and sales tax collection. Bartholomew was also interviewed by WGRZ-TV prior to the ruling.


05/18/2018 - Associate Professor Christine Bartholomew talks about the difference between hard and soft credit inquiries and what individuals can do to protect their credit score on WallenHub.com.

04/25/2018 - WBFO-FM interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew and law students Matthew Simeone and Matt McClellan about the role of online social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, as primary sources of information and communication.

Michael Boucai

04/26/2018 - USA Today interviewed Associate Professor Michael Boucai about Bill Cosby's conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault and the possible sentencing. The article appeared in news outlets around the world, including MSN in the U.S., South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, Pacific Daily News, KUSA-TV in Denver, KHOU-TV in Houston and WTSP-TV in Tampa.


04/16/2018 - Spectrum News reported on the outcomes of the Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic. The story interviewed Kim Diana Connolly, vice dean for advocacy and experiential learning and director of Clinical Legal Education, and third-year student David Yovanoff. A story also appeared on WKBW-TV.


05/08/2018 - Nicole Hallett, assistant clinical professor and director of the Community Justice Clinic, presented testimony at a Department of Labor hearing held at the Erie Community College City Campus in support of a proposal to eliminate the tip credit and ensure that tipped workers make the full minimum wage. The hearings were covered by local media outlets WBFO-FM and WBEN-

Local new outlets reported on a study published by Hallett titled "Workers on the Brink: Low-Wage Employment in the City of Buffalo" that was presented at the 9th Annual Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop on April 13. Coverage was provided by local news outlets WBFO, WKBW, and The Buffalo News. Hallet also published an op-ed in April 20 edition of The Buffalo News on the findings from her report.


05/02/2018 - Bloomberg interviewed Professor Rick Su about the fate of a caravan of Central American migrants who arrived at the U.S. border asking for asylum and are being allowed across the border in small groups, despite pledges by the current Administration to keep them out.

04/03/2018 - The Atlantic’s CityLab interviewed Su about the grassroots reaction to the federal government’s attack on California’s sanctuary state laws. CityLab interviewed Su again later that month about the link between the legal battles over California’s sanctuary state policies and the historical struggle over cannabis legislation.

February - March 2018


02/10/2018 - Yahoo Finance interviewed Assistant Clinical Professor Jonathan Manes about United States v. Microsoft, a data privacy case currently pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.


03/25/2018 - WVIB-TV interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew about Facebook’s questionable data privacy practices in the wake of the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica. Bartholomew was also interviewed by WKBW-TV.

2/02/2018 - Mark Bartholomew contributed an article to The Conversation about how Super Bowl advertising has changed over time. The article appeared in news outlets including Business Standard, San Antonio Express-News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, UPI and Connecticut Post.


02/05/2018 - WKBW-TV interviewed Helen “Nellie” Drew about the role a new football stadium could play in attracting a future Super Bowl to Buffalo. Drew said the NFL wants the big game held in more modern stadiums so it can entertain clients with Fortune 500 connections in style.


02/20/2018 - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Professor James Gardner about the continuing Pennsylvania gerrymandering fight that has led national Republicans to threaten to sue over the new Pennsylvania congressional map. A similar story about this issue ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

01/09/2018 - The Christian Science Monitor also interviewed Gardner for a story about a federal bill that would force all states to abide by each other’s gun permit laws.


03/26/2018 - An article in The Conversation by Nicole Hallett, assistant clinical professor and director of the Community Justice Clinic, looks at a measure in the $1.3 trillion federal budget that prevents the Trump administration from changing the law to allow employers to take workers’ tips. 

02/04/2018 - The Community Justice Clinic filed a lawsuit on behalf of six former employees of William K’s, a restaurant in downtown Buffalo, challenging the restaurant's compliance with federal and state minimum wage laws. Hallett, who directs the Clinic, was interviewed by the local media that covered the story extensively. Media reporting on the story included The Buffalo News and local TV stations, including WKBW-TV.


03/24/2018 - A Buffalo News letter to the editor by Judith Olin, assistant clinical professor and director of the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic, addresses a public official’s dismissal of intimate partner violence as a ‘family matter’.


03/13/2018 - Politico interviewed Professor Rick Su about a federal appeals court decision that formally overturned nearly all of an injunction aimed at blocking local governments in Texas from adopting so-called sanctuary policies.

01/26/2018 - Su was also interviewed on KJZZ-FM (Tempe, Arizona) about the current administration’s newly proposed DACA provisions.

December 2017 – January 2018


01/18/2018 - An article in the New York Law Journal reported on students from the School of Law who are providing legal services to residents of Puerto Rico. The article quoted Kim Diana Connolly, vice dean for advocacy and experiential learning and director of Clinical Legal Education.


In a related story, School of Law student Jonathan Reyes-Colon, who was born in Puerto Rico, shares his reflections on the legal clinic and his experience since Hurricane Maria with the New York Law Journal.

Mark Bartholomew

01/25/2018 - WBFO-FM interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew about an executive order signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that aims to preserve net neutrality in New York State. Bartholomew said it remains to be seen whether the executive order can really be enforced. 


01/23/2018 - WIVB-TV interviewed adjunct Hellen “Nellie” Drew about a new committee created by the National Football League to tackle social justice issues.



01/23/2018 - The Atlantic’s CityLab interviewed Professor Rick Su about a bill in the Massachusetts state legislature that would protect cannabis users from federal enforcement.


Mark Bartholomew

01/14/2018 – The Buffalo News interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew in a story about the end of net neutrality, an Obama-era policy aimed at forcing internet service providers to allow the same access to all websites. 


01/09/2018 - The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Professor James Gardner for a story about a federal bill that would force all states to abide by each other’s gun permit laws. 


01/04/2018 - Canada’s National Post quoted Lecturer Stephen Paskey in an article about the allegations of sexual assault and harassment filed against the founding artistic director of Toronto's renowned Soulpepper Theatre Company. The article also appeared in The Western Star, The Telegram and CTV News.

12/22/2017 - A ProPublica article on the increasing rate of life-threatening complications for new mothers in the U.S. quotes Professor Lucinda Finley. Finley discusses the legal impact of tort law on women suffering complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. The article was distributed to more than 90 news partners.

12/14/2017 - WBFO-FM interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew for a story on the Federal Communications Commission’s vote to end net neutrality.

12/01/2017 – Politifact.com interviewed Professor Rick Su on whether or not living in the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant is a crime or a civil violation.

October-November 2017


11/06/2017 - The National Law Journal interviewed Professor S. Todd Brown in an article about Bestwall LLC, the latest firm to file for bankruptcy due to rising numbers of asbestos lawsuits filed against them.


10/10/2017 - WKBW-TV interviewed adjunct faculty member Helen "Nellie" Drew on a proposed NFL rule requiring players to stand during the national anthem.

11/09/2017Bloomberg News - Audio interviewed Professor Rick Su where he discussed efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to release hundreds of Iraqis who have been detained by immigration authorities.

11/02/2017 - A story on WGRZ-TV interviewed Professor James Gardner about the New York Constitutional Convention and it's relevance in the 21st century.

11/02/2017 - The Times (UK) interviewed Professor Matt Steilen for an article about President Trump’s tweets and the troubling questions his social media use raise about separation of powers and the independence of prosecutors and the federal judiciary.

10/31/2017The Times of San Diego quoted Professor James Gardner in a story on allegations of voter fraud for a woman who voted in Georgia’s November 2016 election despite later swearing that she had been a resident of the East County, California district.

10/25/2017 - In a Bloomberg Law Brief podcast, Assistant Clinical Professor Jonathan Manes was interviewed about why the Department of Justice is moving to scale back the use of so-called “sneak-and-peek” searches.

10/20/2017 - CBS News interviewed Professor James Gardner in a story about a donation to the campaign of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and concerns over potential conflicts of interest.

10/15/2017 – Professor James Gardner was quoted by Business Insider in an article discussing the legality of Russian-bought ads that promote their fake news. The article also appeared in Business Insider editions in the UK, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as on Global Times.

10/14/2017 – Adjunct faculty member Helen "Nellie" Drew was quoted by the Greensboro News & Record in an article about a recent decision clearing the University of North Carolina of wrongdoing following allegations that the university set up a shadow curriculum designed to keep student-athletes eligible for play. The article also appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal.

10/12/2017 - United Press International quoted Professor Charles P. Ewing in a story about a new ordinance passed by the North Tonawanda Common Council that punishes the parents of children who bully others.

10/11/2017 - The New York Times quoted Professor Anthony O’Rourke in an article on different forms of amnesty found in the U.S. legal system.

10/06/2017Fox News quoted Professor Mark Bartholomew on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, implemented to help protect social media sites in their early years.

10/02/2017 - Vice.com quoted Assistant Clinical Professor Nicole Hallett in an article about DACA renewal clinics.

August-September 2017

Tara Melish

Professor Tara Melish testifies on gender equality before the Buffalo Common Council

09/15/2017 – Professor James Gardner was quoted in an article in The Washington Post on President Trump’s FEC nominee, James E. Trainor III, and Trainor’s stance on the principle that the public benefits from the disclosure of political donors, arguing that voters could be distracted from the content of political messages if they focus on who is financing ads.

08/31/2017 - Professor Rick Su appeared on Bloomberg Radio’s "Bloomberg Law" to discuss a court decision in Texas, which blocks the state’s plans to punish so-called sanctuary cities if they offer help to immigrants living in the United States illegally.

08/04/2017 - An article on The Hill by Professor Martha McCluskey looks at new credit contract clauses that call for forced arbitration if a financial institution refuses to correct a mistake or cheats consumers out of money.

07/17/2017 - A Reuters article about Takata Corp.’s U.S. bankruptcy, and the impact of the people injured by the company's defective air bags on the bankruptcy proceedings, interviewed Professor S. Todd Brown. The article appeared in news outlets around the world, including The New York Times, MSN, New York Daily News, Japan Times, NDTV in New Delhi, The Fiscal Times, Singapore’s Today Online, England’s Daily Mail, CNBC, Czechoslovakia’s 24 365 News, Yahoo Singapore and France’s Euronews.

07/12/2017 - An article on Reuters about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential race and the investigation into whether he violated U.S. election law quoted Professor James Gardner. The article appeared in news outlets around the world, including Yahoo News in the U.S., Singapore, India and England; India’s NDTV; China Daily; MSN Singapore; France’s Euronews; England’s Daily Mail; and Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald.

July 2017 - An article in The Atlantic about the decline in unions and the need for a new kind of labor organization that could address the grievances of workers who feel voiceless and powerless quoted Professor Matthew Dimick.