Law School Directory

A listing of the School of Law's departments, the services they provide, and those individuals working in these departments.

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Dean's Office

Contact: Room 319, O’Brian Hall, 716-645-2052, law-deans@buffalo.edu

Office Hours

By appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please contact law-deans@buffalo.edu.

Meetings with the Dean may be scheduled via the Executive Assistant to the Dean via law-deans@buffalo.edu.

Requests for the Dean’s attendance at academic events, alumni and development, may be submitted via email, phone call or in person, with information like date, time, location, and background information that may be helpful in preparing the Dean for attendance. We ask that events are scheduled as far in advance as possible.

Additional services and support provided by the Office of the Dean include:

  • preparation and scheduling of faculty meetings
  • maintenance of the official record of faculty governance   
  • law school-specific room access within O’Brian Hall via our swipe card access system
  • scheduling and room availability for non-academic events within O’Brian Hall law classrooms (additional information may be required for events to coordinate with public safety, the Office of Government relations, Alumni and Development, Student Services or the Career services offices, or other related organizations and business units, depending on the nature of the event.

Academic Programs & Services

Office Hours

For inquiries or to make an appointment, contact Tim Conti (tjconti@buffao.edu).

Administration & Resource Management

Contact: 317 O’Brian Hall, 716-645-2093

Virtual Office Hours

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Via Zoom / Personal Meeting Room ID: 973 2884 9491

Admissions

The Office of Admissions is responsible for identifying and recruiting applicants to the School of Law’s academic program through a variety of events and activities including, but not limited to, law and graduate fairs, open houses, campus visits, webinars, and LSAT prep events. The admissions office oversees all aspects of the evaluation and admissions process, including working alongside the Admissions Committee to assess and decision J.D. and LL.M. applicants and award new student scholarships. In addition, the admissions staff provides counseling to applicants and cultivates relationships with prelaw advisors and community partners to help enroll a qualified and diverse student body.

Contact: 309 O’Brian Hall, 716-645-2907, law-admissions@buffalo.edu.

See Also: Admissions

Virtual Office Hours

The Office of Admissions is available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for appointments by phone or Zoom.

Via Zoom / Password: law2020
Zoom Office Hours will be conducted on a one-on-one basis. If there is a wait, you will be placed in a Waiting Room until the host is available. Thank you for your patience.

Request an Appointment

The Office of Admissions is available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for appointments by phone or Zoom. Schedule an appointment using the links below.

  • Lindsay Gladney - Three-Year J.D. Admissions (Domestic students)
  • Laurel Root - Three-Year J.D., Advanced Standing Two-Year J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. Admissions (Domestic & international students)
  • Kristen Kelly - Three-Year J.D. Admissions (Domestic students) 

Advancement (Philanthropy & Engagement)

The Office of Advancement and Alumni works to advance the School of Law and University by: encouraging partnerships among internal and external communities, including our over 12,000 law alumni, throughout the country and internationally; providing opportunities for meaningful and enduring engagement through communication, outreach, events and programs, volunteer and educational opportunities, and a network of connections; and by securing philanthropic and strategic investments.

Contact: 408 O'Brian Hall, 716-645-2109, law-development@buffalo.edu. See Also: Make a Gift

Office Hours

For inquiries or to make an appointment, contact Karen Kaczmarski (716-645-6429 or krkacz@buffalo.edu).

Advocacy Institute

The Advocacy Institute helps students cultivate the skills, discipline, and ethics necessary to become creative and principled litigators. The Institute serves as host to the law school’s programs in Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, and Mediation. These programs provide students with training from leading judges, trial attorneys, and faculty. The dedication of these practitioners and scholars enables our students to develop the litigation skills necessary to successfully advocate on behalf of their future clients.

Trial Advocacy
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Jennifer Scharf, Director

Appellate Advocacy
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Lucinda FinleyDirector

Mediation
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Steven Sugarman, Director

Office Hours

For inquiries or to make an appointment, contact law-advocacy@buffalo.edu.

Alumni Affairs

The Office of Alumni Affairs provides connections and opportunities for UB law students to get to know and learn from other lawyers, judges and members of the larger legal community, many of whom hire our graduates. We assist more than 12,000 alumni in private practice, public interest, business, government or other areas --at all stages of their professional careers-- with networking, social and professional events, Continuing Legal Education (CLE), career connections, mentoring, reunions, and student professional development. In addition to Buffalo, we support the networking events and activities of regional alumni chapters in Albany, Central New York, New York City, Rochester, and Washington DC.

Contact: 312 O’Brian Hall, 716-645-2107, law-alumni@buffalo.edu. See: Also Alumni Relations

Virtual Office Hours

The Alumni Affairs office business hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Law Information Technology and Audiovisual Services

The School of Law's Information Technology and Audiovisual Department provides a variety of services that will support your research and teaching needs. We actively partner with UB Information Technology , the UB Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) and the Charles B. Sears Law Library  to provide faculty with the best possible computing infrastructure to support their work.

Law IT-AV Services is available as your first stop for technology questions and we are ready to assist with any computer, printer, or network issues you may encounter.

Additionally, we will assist with classroom technology and online teaching applications. We will also work with our university partners to provide you with enterprise level support for computing and classroom instructional technologies.

Contact: 221 O’Brian Hall (in the Law Library), IT: 716-645-7393, AV: 716-645-2045, Law-IT-AVServices@buffalo.edu. See AlsoLaw School Information Technology

Virtual Office Hours

Live Law-IT Requests:

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Text: 716-222-9905

Live Zoom Support Line:
https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/95845496130 or by phone +1 646 558 8656 (use code: 958 4549 6130)

Google Hangouts: add law.it.live@gmail.com to your UB Gmail chat client

The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy

Contact: 511 O’Brian, 716-645-2102, baldycenter@buffalo.edu.
See Also
: Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy

  • Samantha Barbas, Professor; Director, Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy
  • Caroline Funk, Associate Director, Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy
Office Hours

For inquiries or to make an appointment, contact BaldyCenter@buffalo.edu.

Career Services

The Career Services Office (CSO) is a resource available only to UB law students and alumni, and the legal employers who seek to hire them. Our career counselors all have J.D.s and assist in summer, academic year, and post graduate job searches of students and alumni on an unlimited and free basis.  We provide the assistance, encouragement and support necessary to enable law students to discover and pursue their career paths. CSO also provides free services to employers to post jobs, participate in career fairs and hold on campus interviews of UB Law students.

Contact: 608 O’Brian Hall, 716-645-2056, law-careers@buffalo.edu.
See Also: Career Services

Virtual Office Hours

Career Services Office staff are working Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  For inquiries, email law-careers@buffalo.edu or call 716-645-2056 and someone will return your message as soon as possible.

Students can make appointments using LOCK, and indicate in the “notes” box whether you would like to meet by phone or Zoom.

Clinical Legal Education

Our Clinical Legal Education program offers diverse and sophisticated practice opportunities to upper-class and LL.M. students working closely with skilled supervising attorneys. Our clinical offerings involve cutting-edge issues and complex matters in which creativity and innovation play key roles in serving clients effectively.

Contact: 507 O’Brian, 716-645-2167, law-clinic@buffalo.edu.
See Also
: Clinical Legal Education

Virtual Office Hours

For law students:
Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
via Zoom or schedule an appointment.

For the public, please contact law-clinic@buffalo.edu to schedule an appointment.

Communications Office

The Office of Communications promotes and protects the School of Law’s reputation. We manage the content and design of the law school’s official print and digital publications; maintain the law school’s website and all social media channels; facilitate the distribution and promotion of law school and/or faculty news both internally and externally; and oversee the appropriate use of the law school’s name and brand. We assist all departments and faculty members with messaging and the promotion of their work, and we address any communications crisis or concern. 

Office Hours

For inquiries or to make an appointment, please email law-communications@buffalo.edu.

Externships & Judicial Externships

Externships and Judicial Externships provide law students with unique legal and public service experience as they work in a variety of government and non-profit organizations.

  • Michael Higgins, Director of Externships; Staff Attorney & Government Accountability and Press Freedom Clinical Teaching Fellow, Civil Liberties & Transparency Clinic
  • Dawn Skopinski, Program Administrator of Externships
Virtual Office Hours

Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. via Zoom.

Faculty Assistants

The faculty assistants perform a wide variety of administrative and clerical duties in support of the faculty.  They assist with class preparations, organizing materials and posting documents on UBLearns.  They provide general office assistance including printing, scanning and photocopying.  The faculty assistants serve as the initial point of contact for the faculty members.

See Also: Faculty Assistants

Faculty Research

See Also: Faculty and Research

  • Guyora Binder, SUNY Distinguished Professor; Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Development

International and Graduate Programs, and Visiting Scholars

Law Library Services

The Charles B. Sears Law Library occupies six floors in the center of the School of Law, and boasts a variety of different study spaces available for all UB students. Collections and services are tailored to support the research and educational missions of the UB School of Law community.

As the only research-level law library in Western New York, the Charles B. Sears Law Library is an important community resource that serves the legal information needs of the UB community, the practicing bar, and the public at large.

Contact: 2nd Floor O’Brian, asklaw@buffalo.edu.
Reference Desk:  645-2047 / Circulation Desk: 645-6765 / Koren AV Center: 645-2045
See Also: Charles B. Sears Law Library

  • Elizabeth AdelmanVice Dean for Legal Information Services; Director of the Law Library

Closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

The library is closed to the public. Students may access the following services:

Service Desk Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Information Desk closed Saturday and Sunday

Reference Librarian Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Reference Desk closed Saturday and Sunday

24/7 Study Spaces

  • 5th and 7th floors are 24/7 study spaces for JD and LLM students, enter through 5th floor
  • When the service desk is closed, students are limited to study spaces on the 5th and 7th floors

Virtual Research Assistance

Notary Services

Records, Registration, & Financial Aid

Records, Registration, & Financial Aid Office manages all aspects of class registration and course scheduling, final examinations, degree conferral, bar certifications, academic transcripts, posting of grades, degree audits, financial aid​, and other important processes requiring certification of student status.

Contact: 304 O’Brian Hall, 716-645-2060, law-records@buffalo.edu. See Also: Records, Registration, & Financial Aid

Office Hours

For inquiries or to make an appointment, please contact 716-645-2060 or law-records@buffalo.edu.

Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs provides a broad canopy of advising, support, engagement, and resources for law students and the law school community.  This office encompasses Student Affairs, Student Life, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

The Vice Dean for Student Affairs provides individual advising on academic requirements, academic planning, student support and wellness, referrals for University Student Services--such as counseling and accommodations--and planning for personal concerns, unexpected occurrences, and emergencies. Students and faculty should feel free to make Student Affairs their first stop when seeking information and resources.

Contact: 314 O’Brian Hall, 716-645-6223, law-studentaffairs@buffalo.edu

Virtual Office Hours

Summer Hours
June 1 – August 13: By appointment only. Contact Cheryl Jones (cajones@buffalo.edu) to request an appointment.

Via Zoom / Password: 454309
gargano@buffalo.edu  / 716-645-6223

Individual Student Advising
Schedule an appointment via
Cheryl Jones, cajones@buffalo.edu / 716-645-6223  

Student Life

As part of the Office of Student Affairs, the Director of Student Life is proud to enhance the overall student experience at the School of Law by providing strategic support to our student government, student groups, journals, in order to facilitate a vibrant community for our student body. The Director also plans and executes orientation, commencement, and co-curricular events.

Virtual Office Hours

Tuesday, 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Via Zoom / Password: 548606 (ID 961 8801 5127)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As part of the Office of Student Affairs, the Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion works with students, faculty, administrators, and staff to promote diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency throughout all levels of the School of Law. Through programming and support, we work strategically to develop relationships with students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to continue to cultivate and maintain a diverse and inclusive law school environment.

Contact Us: 723 O'Brian Hall, 716-645-2354, law-dei-questions@buffalo.edu. See Also: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Office Hours

By appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please contact law-dei-questions@buffalo.edu.

Undergraduate Advisement

Virtual Office Hours

Mondays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m
Via Zoom or contact Melinda Saran (saran@buffalo.edu).

Internal Communications Listservs

Faculty & Staff