In the Press

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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April - July 2020

Binder.

07/09/2020 – The Wall Street Journal quoted Professor Guyora Binder in a story on the felony-murder rule, a controversial legal doctrine at the heart of the George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and Ahmaud Arbery cases. [Note: The article is behind a paywall.]

Michael Boucai.

06/16/2020 - The Christian Science Monitor quoted Professor Michael Boucai in a story on the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that firing an employee because of their sexual orientation or gender identity violates federal law.

Drew.

07/31/2020 – WVIB quoted teaching faculty Nellie Drew in an article about and how players from the Toronto Blue Jays will be playing locally at Sahlen Field, and how they intend to cope with COVID-19.

07/02/2020 – Drew was quoted by Law360 in an article about five pending sports and betting lawsuits that attorneys should keep an eye on. [Note: article is behind a paywall.]

Gardner.

07/15/2020 - The CBC and Yahoo! News quoted Professor James Gardner in an article addressing the legal and ethical questions related to how foreigners may participate in U.S. elections. The story also ran on Internewscast.

05/23/2020 – Voice of America interviewed Gardner in an article on “faithless” members of the Electoral College who vote as they wish, and whether states can punish them if they refuse to support the winning ticket in their state.

06/06/2020 - WBFO-FM interviewed Gardner for a story on Ruthie’s Law, an Erie County law requiring that nursing homes follow several protocols when a resident is injured or prospective residents are visiting facilities. Local nursing homes argue that Ruthie’s Law conflicts with state law and is therefore illegal.

photo of Micheal Higgins.

07/08/20 – Clinical Teaching Faculty Michael Higgins was quoted in a Newsday (Long Island/NYC) article on the issue of access to government records in a case involving the alleged misconduct of Freeport police officers during the arrest of Akbar Rogers in Nassau County.

06/23/2020 - The Buffalo News interviewed Higgins in an article on New York State mask requirements in restaurants and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

06/11/2020 – Higgins was quoted by Newsday (Long Island/NYC) in an article about the protection of the personal records of police officers and the state Freedom of Information Law.
 
05/22/2020 - Higgins was quoted in a story on Syracuse.com on the legality of private meetings of the Central New York Regional Control Group. The group is tasked with monitoring the area’s coronavirus cases and testing rates and shaping policies for reopening segments of the economy.
 
04/19/2020 - The Buffalo News quoted Higgins in a story on how political leaders must balance public health concerns with civil rights during the current pandemic. 

February - March 2020

Drew.

02/24/2020 - The Buffalo News quoted teaching faculty Nellie Drew in an article on the changing nature of coaching and today's athletes.

02/07/2020 - The Roankoke Star interviewed teaching faculty Nellie Drew in a story on the shelving of a bill by the Virginia House Subcommittee on Higher Education that would have made Virginia the second state to allow college athletes to make money off of their names, images and likenesses.

December 2019 - January 2020

Bartholomew.

01/22/2020 - In a story on mandatory reporting for clergy on issues related to child abuse or neglect, the Salt Lake Tribune referenced Professor Christine Bartholomew’s research on clergy privilege.

01/13/2020 - Professor Christine Bartholomew published an article in The Conversation about the Rule of Pontifical Secrecy and other forms of clergy privilege. The article was carried in media outlets such as The Washington Post and the Houston Chronicle.

01/08/2020 - The Oregonian quoted Professor Christine Bartholomew in an article about a lawsuit alleging that a clergy member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints violated a promise of confidentiality by turning over a child molester's confession to the authorities. Bartholomew’s quotes were also republished in several other media outlets including The Washington Post, CNN and The World News.

Binder.

01/06/2020 - The Colorado Sun reported on the ethics of Colorado’s felony murder law, which allows a defendant and all accomplices to be charged with murder when a person dies during the course of a felony. The article included comments by Professor Guyora Binder on a proposal from Colorado State Senator Pete Lee to reclassify the charge from first-degree murder to second-degree murder.

Brown.

12/07/2019 – Professor Todd Brown participated in a Q&A at the Movement to Restore Trust symposium held at Canisius College. Brown discussed the implications of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. The symposium was covered by local media outlets, such as WBEN, WBFO, and WGRZ.

Connolly.

01/29/2020 - Business First highlighted the School of Law’s Veterans Legal Practicum, which provides free legal assistance and consultation for veterans. The story interviewed Professor Kim Connolly, Anthony Kuhn ‘15, and 3rd year law student Jacqueline Robertson.

01/10/2020 - WBFO spoke with Professor Kim Connolly in an NPR segment on the Trump administration’s efforts to exempt numerous infrastructure projects from federal environmental regulations.

Olin.

01/07/2020 –The Buffalo News published an op-ed by Assistant Clinical Professor Judith Olin on the surge in intimate partner homicides in Erie County.

 

westbrook.

01/16/2020 - The Buffalo News quoted Professor David Westbrook in article concerning former congressional representative Chris Collins as he awaited sentencing for insider trading.

October-November 2019

photo of Aviva Abramovsky.

11/18/2019 - Dean Aviva Abramovsky joined David Miranda on his podcast “Miranda Warnings” where they discussed the NYSBA Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles and the Law.
 

Connolly.

10/03/2019 - The Buffalo News interviewed Professor Kim Diana Connolly  about the designation of the Niagara River Corridor as a wetland of international importance. A story also ran in the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, WBFO, Niagara Frontier, and Spectrum News Buffalo.

Drew.

10/29/2019 - The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed teaching faculty Hellen "Nellie" Drew in an article about NCAA athletes receiving compensation for the use of their name, image or likeness. Similar stories also ran in NBC News, WIVB-TV and Spectrum TV.

Photo of Lise Gelernter.

10/23/2019 - Bloomberg Law quoted teaching faculty Lise Gelernter in a story on how recent court rulings may affect arbitration agreements that have stopped drivers for app-based companies from claiming in court that they are employees and not independent contractors.

August-September 2019

Bartholomew.

08/04/2019 – Mother Jones quoted Associate Professor Christine Bartholomew in an article about clergy privilege laws.
 

Binder.

09/22/2019 – The Kansas City Star quoted Professor Guyora Binder in an article about a case in Kansas where a teenager has been charged with felony murder.

09/17/2019 - The Baltimore Sun quoted Professor Binder in an article on the prison terms for Maryland’s felony murder rule.

08/15/2019 - Chicago’s Daily Herald quoted Professor Binder in an article on the controversial history of Illinois’ felony murder rule.

photo of Matt Dimick.

08/02/2019 - Vox mentioned Professor Matthew Dimick’s paper “Productive Unionism” in an article about sectoral bargaining, where unions negotiate with industrial sectors, not specific companies.

Drew.

09/19/2019 – WBEN interviewed teaching faculty Hellen "Nellie" Drew about a bill proposed by New York State Senator Kevin Parker that would allow college athletes to be compensated for the college's use of their names, likenesses, and images while they compete.

08/26/2019 - The Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted Drew on how a professional sports work stoppage would affect tourism in Las Vegas.

08/01/2019 - The Las Vegas Review-Journal also quoted Drew in an earlier article on the naming rights for the new Las Vegas stadium.


Gardner.

08/09/2019 - Arizona Republic quoted Professor James Gardner in an article about a lawsuit against Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Senator Martha McSally who contend that it’s unconstitutional for McSally to serve as senator for 27 months without being elected.

photo of Bernadette Gargano.

09/20/2019 – The New York Law Journal published an op-ed co-authored by Vice Dean Bernadette Gargano calling for an increase in the provision of legal services for unrepresented civil litigants in federal courts.

Olin.

08/19/2019 - Assistant Clinical Professor Judith Olin was interviewed on the Knowledge@Wharton radio program in a segment about the impact of New York State's new Child Victims Act. The program originally aired on Sirius XM Channel 132, Business Radio powered by The Wharton School.

June-July 2019

photo of Aviva Abramovsky.

06/02/2019 - The Wall Street Journal quoted Dean Aviva Abramovsky in an article about Henry Greenberg, the new president of the New York State Bar Association. Abramovsky was recently named chair of the NYSBA's new Task Force on Autonomous Vehicles and the Law. The task force will hold hearings and examine questions about liability, data collection, implications for traffic routes and shared-use agreements.

Bartholomew.

07/16/2019 - The Buffalo News quoted Professor Mark Bartholomew in an article about Delaware North and its legal battle with the federal government over trademarked names at Yosemite National Park.
 
07/03/2019 - City & State quoted Professor Bartholomew in an article about the probe announced by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo into claims that Facebook’s advertising platform allows state-regulated advertisers to discriminate against users based on race, national origin, religion and other classifications.
 
06/27/2019 - Vox interviewed Professor Bartholomew in an article about advertising campaigns that are purposefully making consumers angry.

06/16/2019 – Professor Bartholomew was a guest on the nationally-syndicated podcast, “Background Briefing” where he and host Ian Masters discussed the political advantages of digital advertising.

Michael Boucai.

06/24/2019 - The online publication Insight into Diversity quoted Professor Michael Boucai in an article on how law schools are training students to advocate for LGBTQ rights.

 

Drew.

07/07/2019 - The Buffalo Law Journal profiled teaching faculty Hellen "Nellie" Drew and UB's Center for the Advancement of Sport.

06/11/2019 - Professor of Practice Helen “Nellie” Drew was interviewed on the Knowledge@Wharton radio program where she discussed how gender equality is being emphasized in the Women's World Cup.

Gardner.

06/13/2019 - CBS News quoted Professor James Gardner in an article about the comments by President Trump that he might welcome information from a foreign government that would damage his political opponents. A similar story also appeared in Voice of America.

photo of Jim Milles.

06/28/2019 - The New York Law Journal quoted Professor James Milles in an article about the School of Law’s undergraduate degree in law. This story was also covered by SLAW, a Canadian online legal magazine.

Olin.

06/16/2019 - Spectrum TV News interviewed Assistant Clinical Professor Judith Olin at a domestic violence training for Erie County 911 Dispatchers.

April - May 2019

photo of Aviva Abramovsky.

05/24/2019 – The Buffalo News interviewed Dean Aviva Abramovsky and Professor Kim Diana Connolly in an article about the Canada goose who chose a concrete planter on a fifth-floor atrium of O’Brian Hall for her nest. Ruth Bader Gooseburg's daily activities were streamed live on the law school's Goose Cam. A similar story also ran in the New York Law Journal.

Bartholomew.

05/22/2019 - Associate Professor Christine Bartholomew published an article in The Conversation about a recent change to Catholic Church law making it mandatory for clergy to report sexual abuse to church superiors.

05/09/2019 - Reuters quoted Bartholomew in an article about a landmark decree issued by Pope Francis that makes bishops directly accountable for sexual abuse or covering it up. The article appeared in news outlets around the world, including Yahoo News, Yahoo Singapore, Devdiscourse, Haaretz, Arabian Post and India’s Business Standard.

Bartholomew.

04/23/2019 - The Huffington Post quoted Professor Mark Bartholomew in an article about parents oversharing photos or stories about their children on social media, and whether their children could sue them.
 

Binder.

05/30/2019 - The Marshall Project quoted Professor Guyora Binder in an article about a man involved in a high speed chase with police who was convicted of first-degree felony murder after an officer was struck and killed by another patrolman during the chase.

05/09/2019 - WOSU-FM, an NPR affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, interviewed Binder in an article about a teenager charged with felony murder in a case where her boyfriend was fatally shot by police during an alleged robbery. Binder also discussed the case with Columbusalive.com.

Michael Boucai.

04/29/2019 - The Washington Times interviewed Professor Michael Boucai in an article about transgender advocates who sued the state of Tennessee for the right to alter their birth certificates.
 

Connolly.

04/26/2019 - WBFO quoted Connolly in an article about the veterans human rights conference “Thank You for Your Service” held at UB.

 

Drew.

05/05/2019 - Spectrum News interviewed teaching faculty Hellen "Nellie" Drew about the Kentucky Derby and the historic disqualification of the thoroughbred Maximum Security, the horse that crossed the finish line first but did not win.

05/03/2019 - The Associated Press interviewed Drew in an article about women hockey players who have pledged to not play in North America until the NHL establishes a women’s professional hockey league.  The article appeared in more than 100 news outlets throughout Canada, including CTV, MSN Canada, Yahoo Canada Sports, Edmonton Journal, Toronto Sun, Canoe, Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen, Daily Hunt (India), Wow (Mexico), Taiwan News, Gainesville Sun, KOMO-TV (Seattle), Sacramento Bee, Hartford Courant and Minnesota Public Radio.

04/23/2019 - Pennsylvania’s Patriot-News quoted Drew in an article about football player Le’Veon Bell and the purpose of the NFL's franchise tag.

Finley.

04/16/ 2019 - USA Today interviewed Professor Lucinda Finley in an article about efforts by Planned Parenthood to reshape its image and publicly position itself as a front-line community health provider. The article also appeared on Salon, Richmond Times-Dispatch, ABC News, Miami Herald, Philly Voice, and Herald Mail.

Gargano.

04/23/2019 - Buffalo Business First interviewed Vice Dean Bernadette Gargano in an article about the five-year anniversary of the Federal Court Pro Se Assistance Program, a collaboration between Volunteer Lawyers Project and the School of Law.

Photo of Mutua.

04/01/2019 – Professor Makau Mutua was a guest for the podcast “Africa Rights Talk” produced by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria.

 

Photo of O'Rourke.

04/30/2019 - Buffalo Business First interviewed Professor Anthony O’Rourke in a Q&A article about O’Rourke's leadership of the School of Law’s Advocacy Institute and his plans for the program.

February - March 2019

Bartholomew.

03/15/2019 - Associate Professor Christine Bartholomew joined New York State Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace ’94 for a press conference introducing the Child Abuse Reporting Expansion (CARE) Act. The press conference was covered by local media, including WKBW and WGRZ.

Bartholomew.

03/14/2019 - Yahoo News (New Zealand) quoted Professor Mark Bartholomew in an article explaining how the U.S. Department of Justice’s criminal investigation into Facebook’s data-sharing agreements may lead to revelation of more embarrassing disclosures.

02/15/2019 - Professor Bartholomew was interviewed by MarketWatch for an article about Canada Dry’s “Made from Real Ginger” ginger ale campaign, forcing the company to pay $11.2 million to settle claims that it misled consumers.

Drew.

03/27/2019- The Buffalo News quoted Helen “Nellie” Drew in an article that reported on the idea of a domed, open-air or one with a retractable roof.  Drew was also featured in a WKBW-TV segment on the new proposed stadium.

03/14/2019 - The Associated Press interviewed Drew, professor of practice in sports law and director of the Center for the Advancement of Sport, in an article on college coaches accused of accepting bribes to accept wealthy students. 

Finley.

03/27/2019 - Bustle interviewed Professor Lucinda Finely in an article that featured experts weighing in on the four state legislatures who have passed or advanced “heartbeat bills,” making it illegal to obtain an abortion after the detection of a “fetal heartbeat.”

03/13/2019 - The Buffalo News interviewed Professor Finley in a column about a proposal to raise the age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Gardner.

03/06/2019 - Wyoming Public Media interviewed Professor James Gardner about a bill in Colorado that would cast all of Colorado's electoral votes in a presidential election to the winner of the national popular vote. The story also aired on Boise State Public Radio and KRCC-FM in Colorado.

December 2018 - January 2019

clergy privilege.

01/09/2019 - The Springfield News-Leader, part of the USA Today network, interviewed Professor Guyora Binder in an article about felony murder, a mechanism that allows individuals to be charged with murder without actually killing someone.

clergy privilege.

12/26/2018 - WVIB interviewed Professor Kim Diana Connolly for a story on a new law passed by the Buffalo Common Council that prohibits tethering dogs for over an hour during extreme weather conditions.  Council Member Joel P. Feroleto '12 worked with the School of Law’s Animal Law Clinic, the Erie County SPCA, and the City of Buffalo law department to sponsor this law. This story was also covered by WKBW.

Bartholomew.

12/20/2018 - WGRZ-TV interviewed Professor Mark Bartholomew about new privacy issues related to Facebook.

12/13/2018 - Bartholomew appeared on the TWiT netcast, This Week in Law, on the topic “The Neuroscience of Cheetos,” where he discussed his book “Adcreep,” the advertising industry, and how brain scans may help the future of marketing.

Braverman.

12/28/2018 - The Atlantic quoted Professor Irus Braverman in an article about an animal advocacy group and its effort to move an elephant from the Bronx Zoo to an animal sanctuary.

12/02/2018 - The Guardian mentioned Braverman’s book “Coral Whisperers” in an article that gives a rundown of inevitable environmental catastrophes around the globe.

saran.

01/09/2019- The New York Law Journal interviewed Melinda Saran, the law school's Vice Dean for Social Justice Initiatives, in an article about the impact the government shutdown is having on young law students who may have been considering a career in government service. This story was also reprinted in Nonprofit Quarterly.

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.

Bartholomew.

10/31/2018 - Politico.com quoted Professor Mark Bartholomew in a story about New York State Governor Cuomo urging businesses to advertise in public subway stations.

10/31/2018 - The Boston Globe interviewed Professor Bartholomew in an article about a New Hampshire judge ordering Amazon to provide Echo recordings in a double murder case.

10/20/2018 – Wiredfocus.com quoted Professor 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.

Braverman.

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.

Brown.

10/31/2018 – The Associated Press interviewed Todd Brown in an article about efforts by the US Department of Justice to step up scrutiny of asbestos trust funds to reduce fraudulent claims.

Finley.

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.
 

Gardner.

11/30/2018 - Roll Call interviewed Professor James Gardner in an article about a recent New Jersey law that clarifies that a candidate for one of the state’s U.S. Senate or House seats can also run in presidential primaries.

11/15/2018 - South Florida Sun Sentinel interviewed Professor Gardner in an article about issues with voting by mail in elections.

Gargano.

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.
 

mccluskey.

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.

Odunsi.

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.
 

Patterson.

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.