The last month has brought profound changes to our lives and communities. I hope that you and your loved ones are faring well, and are safe and healthy.
At the law school, we have rapidly adapted to our changing circumstances. We’ve now finished three weeks in our new distance learning environment, with less than three weeks remaining in the spring semester. I am pleased to report that the transition has gone well thanks to the efforts of our entire law school community. Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure continuity for our students. I am deeply grateful for their hard work and loyalty.
I would also like to thank many of you who have assisted the law school, or who have reached out to help one another. Whether it’s collecting groceries for those in need or providing remote research or service opportunities for our students, I am continually impressed by the compassion and the resiliency of our law school.
Though we are all working remotely, the School of Law remains open for business virtually, including our Law Library. Be sure to read the interview in this issue with Elizabeth Adelman, vice dean for legal information services, to learn how the law library can assist you with your legal research needs. You can also learn how the law school is working with externship supervisors and community partners to ensure that our students can continue to provide access to justice at a critical time.
Of course, much more lies ahead of us. We will continue to mobilize our resources to help where help is needed most. Of immediate impact is our emergency student assistance fund, created to help our students with unexpected financial difficulties that might otherwise disrupt their progress toward earning their UB School of Law degree, such as a loss of income, a health emergency, or other unanticipated educational expense. Established and currently maintained by a generous grant from AccessLex Group, Inc. and the generous support of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the legal community, we welcome all gifts to this fund, which can be made at law.buffalo.edu/emergency-student-fund. If you are able, we would greatly appreciate your help.
Thank you for your support. We will continue to keep you informed. Regular updates about the School of Law and the University’s response to COVID-19 are available on our website at www.law.buffalo.edu.
Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns or to let us know how we can assist you. Now, more than ever, our commitment to each other remains #UBuffalo Strong.
Best wishes for your continued safety and well-being,
Dean and Professor of Law