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Celebrating Black History Month

February 2023

The law school proudly celebrates Black History Month and encourages participation at the following programs and events.

School of Law Events

Monday, Feb. 13, 2023

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Jaribu Hill, Esq.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (EST) | 250 Baird Hall, UB’s North Campus

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Black History Month Spotlight

featuring Jaribu Hill, Esq.
Civil and Human Rights Attorney
and Founder and Executive Director of the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights.

Hill will speak on what it means to be a change agent. Local community activists will discuss their work.

Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and the Minority Bar Foundation of Western New York.

Questions? Contact Qui’Essence Harris at quiessen@buffalo.edu.

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023

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Sherrilyn Ifill, Esq.

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Dean Aviva Abramovsky

7:00 p.m. (EST) | Center for the Arts, North Campus

UB Distinguished Speakers Series
47th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Speaker
Sherrilyn Ifill, Esq.
Civil Rights Attorney
Former President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF)

Sherrilyn Ifill served as the seventh president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) from 2013 to 2022, and currently serves as president and director-counsel emeritus. Ifill, the second woman to ever lead LDF, provided visionary and transformational leadership during one of the most consequential and intense moments in our nation’s history. She began her career as a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, before joining the staff of the LDF as an assistant counsel in 1988, where she litigated voting rights cases for five years.

Dean Aviva Abramovsky will moderate the conversation.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST) | via Zoom

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) presents First Annual Entertainment Law Symposium. A program featuring trailblazing Black attorneys and executives in the entertainment industry.

Panel 1: Fashion & the Law – 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (EST) 
Demeka Fields, Esq., Counsel, Global Sports Marketing, New Balance
Olivier Labossiere, Esq.
, Junior Attorney, Louis Vuitton
Kai Reevey, Esq.
, Counsel, Endeavor

Panel 2: Sports & Media Law – 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. (EST) 
Maya Day, Esq., Counsel, BET Networks
Allison Gordon, Esq., VP of Business & Legal Affairs, XFL

Panel 3: Keynote Speaker – 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. (EST)  
Mason Ashe ’89 (Keynote), Of Counsel at Bank Rome, LLP
Michelle Nahmias, Esq., Senior Counsel, Mastercard

Panel 4: IP & Academia – 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (EST) 
Prof. Mark Bartholomew 
Prof. Amy Semet 

Petra Holness ’23 and Jela Paul ’24 will moderate.

Questions? Contact Petra Holness at petrahol@buffalo.edu.  

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023

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Hon. Trini E. Ross ’92

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (EST) | 509 O’Brian Hall, Cellino & Barnes Conference Center

The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and the Office of Student Affairs
invite you to an evening with

A Conversation with Hon. Trini E. Ross ’92, United States Attorney,
Western District of New York