To my Classmates and Fellow UB School of Law Alumni,
It is hard to believe it has been 23 years since our classmate Joe Antonecchia unexpectedly left us too soon. Most of you, I am sure, remember Joe quite well. He was a very kind, intelligent and thoughtful person who planned to enter public service before his life ended tragically during our final year of study. Many members of our law school community, including me, still miss him very much.
The Joseph Antonecchia Fellowship was established at our law school to honor Joe’s memory in a most fitting and constructive way. Joe used to say that one of the reasons he wanted to become a lawyer was Rousseau's observation that "everywhere I see the strong armed with the fearful power of the laws against the weak." The fellowship in his name helps UB Law students continue Joe's commitment to public justice by providing a stipend of at least $3,000 to a student who works at a public interest organization over the summer. To date, three Antonecchia Fellowships have been awarded.
I am writing today to ask for your support so that we can continue to award the Antonecchia Fellowship in perpetuity. To this end, our goal is to create an endowed fund at our law school that will generate at least $3,000 per year for the fellowship by way of the interest income. The amount required to establish the endowment is $75,000.
Thanks to the generosity of our classmates, we’ve already raised over $10,000 toward that goal. I hope you will join us in reaching the endowment level for this fellowship and respectfully ask that you give as generously as you can to help us reach our goal.
On behalf of all of us - your classmates, the law school dean and faculty, and especially the students - thank you for your attention to this request and your support of our law school. Together, we will ensure that Joe’s legacy lives on through each of us and the Antonecchia Fellows.
With my thanks and best wishes,
Joseph W. Belluck
Class of '94