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January 2017

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School of Law and Alumni Association select Gardner for its highest honor

Interim Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor James A. Gardner has been chosen to receive the School of Law and the Law Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award. As part of the law school's annual New York Alumni Luncheon, the presentation will take place at the Union League Club, 38 E. 37th St. in Manhattan, on Jan. 27. [Read more / Register to attend this event / Download an invitation (PDF)]

Inside this issue: Law School News | Faculty News | Alumni News | Alumni Association | Volunteers Needed | Events | Freeze Frame | Giving | Career Corner

Law School News

Ewing steps down as Advocacy Institute Director, Connolly steps up

StorySUNY Distinguished Service Professor Charles Patrick Ewing will be stepping down after serving three years as Director of the Advocacy Institute. Ewing has led the effort to transform the idea of an Advocacy Institute into a reality – one that is now thriving and benefitting our students in many ways, according to interim Dean James A. Gardner.

Gardner is pleased to announce that Vice Dean and Professor Kim Diana Connolly has agreed to serve as the Institute’s next director. Connolly joined the law school in 2010 as Director of Clinical Education, and soon followed with service as Vice Dean for Legal Skills and then Vice Dean for Experiential and Skills Education. [Read more]

Faculty News

Prof. Schlegel on Hohfeld and the American legal academy

StoryThe popular Legal History Blog recently gave Professor John Henry Schlegel a favorable shout-out, alerting its readers to Schlegel’s upcoming book, The Legacy of Wesley Hohfeld: Edited Major Works, Select Personal Papers, and Original Commentaries (Cambridge University Press, 2018). [Read more]


Faculty in the national press

Our esteemed faculty often are contacted by national media to comment on issues taking place across the country.

Below are samples of faculty who are quoted in the media. To read more, visit Press Mentions.

Dec. 19, 2016 - An article on Fox News reports families of the victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting have filed a federal civil suit against Twitter, Facebook and Google for allegedly providing "material support" to the Islamic State and helping to radicalize shooter Omar Mateen, and quotes Professor Mark Bartholomew. The article also appeared in the New York Post, Business Insider UK, MSN and MSN UK, KBET-AM (Las Vegas) and International Business Times. A similar story ran in The Christian Science Monitor, The Sun (UK) and Daily Telegraph (Australia). [Read the article]

Dec. 30, 2016 - The Atlantic interviewed Professor Rick Su in an article that explored how law enforcement officials will handle U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump’s pledge to deport millions of undocumented immigrants. [Read the article]

Jan. 09, 2017 - A story on NPR about a raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a Buffalo-area taqueria and Mexican grocery store and three other restaurants operated under the same owner, one of the nation’s biggest immigration worksite actions in recent years, interviews Assistant Clinical Professor Nicole Hallett. The story also aired on NPR affiliates around the country, including WBUR-FM (Boston), WYPR-FM (Baltimore), KTEP-FM (El Paso), and WBFO-FM. [Listen to the story]

Jan. 10, 2017 - An article in USA Today about the first court appearance by Florida airport shooting rampage suspect Esteban Santiago quotes Professor Charles P. Ewing who said motive probably doesn’t matter in this case. "The term 'motive' usually connotes a rational reason for doing something," he said. [Read the article]

Alumni News

Caroline Wojtaszek becomes Niagara County's first woman DA

StoryNiagara County made history by swearing in their first female district attorney, Caroline A. Wojtaszek '97.
* Niagara Frontier Publications, Jan. 5, 2017
* WGRZ, Jan. 4, 2017

Former student leader Frank Ewing found his niche in a changing legal profession

StoryAmong its many lessons, law school teaches you to think on your feet – even when there’s an earthquake shaking the ground you’re standing on. That’s a reality for today’s law students, who face a rapidly changing legal job market. For them, the old realities – assured entry into a solid law firm, a comfortable living from then on – don’t necessarily apply.

For some, though, that earthquake is opening up amazing new opportunities. Count Frank Ewing '12 among them. [Read more]

William Bradberry talks about Underground Railroad, racism

StoryWilliam Bradberry '79, chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission and scholar of local history will be honored with the Civil Rights Achievement Award at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at 6:00 p.m., Jan. 19 in the Performing Arts Center at Niagara Falls High School.
* The Buffalo News, Jan. 15, 2017

Dianne Bennett and husband reviews Hollywood’s latest

StoryDianne Bennett ’75, former president and then chair of Hodgson Russ, and her husband William Graebner, emeritus professor of History, State University of New York at Fredonia, have turned their critical eyes to review tinsel town’s latest critical hits, La La Land, Hell or High Water, and Manchester by the Sea. The couple writes monthly film review for the online English-language Italian-based magazine, The American/In Italia.

From the Law Alumni Association


The GOLD Group is turning SILVER - Help us celebrate!

Save the date:
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Location: The Foundry, 1738 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
To Attend: Register online.

We need your membership dues now more than ever! They support the School of Law's expanding program and initiatives as well as tuition scholarships to help attract the best and the brightest students.

Become a LAA member so that our GOLD Group reaches its
50th Gold Anniversary!

Volunteers Needed

The Advocacy Institute seeks volunteer judges for the following competitions.

Feb. 25, 2017- Albert Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition
Hosted by the School of Law for more than thirty years, the Mugel Competition is the oldest national tax moot court competition in the United States. Each year, the Mugel Competition gives law students from across the nation an opportunity to demonstrate their proficiency in oral advocacy and brief writing on a cutting edge issue of federal tax law and policy. The competition will take place in Erie County Courthouse in downtown Buffalo, NY. CLE credit will be given to volunteers.

Mar. 4 & 5, 2017- ABA Regional Representation in Mediation Competition
School of Law will be hosting the ABA Regional Representation in Mediation Competition. Attorneys are invited to participate as either a judge or mediator for the Competition. It will be an exciting event in which law schools (including our own) from diverse locations in the eastern U.S. send two outstanding student teams to engage in a rigorous competition. Experience as either a mediator or advocate in mediation helpful but not required. CLE credit will be given to volunteers.

Apr. 1, 2017 - Wechsler Moot Court Competition
Named after the drafter of the Model Penal Code, the annual Wechsler Competition is the only national moot court competition in the United States to focus on topics in substantive criminal law. Problems address the constitutionality and interpretation of federal and state criminal statutes as well as general issues in the doctrine of federal and state criminal law. The competition will take place in Erie County Courthouse in downtown Buffalo, NY. CLE credit will be given to volunteers.

To participate in any of these competitions, please register online.


Western New York Mentors Needed!
The School of Law and the UB Law Alumni Association coordinate an annual mentoring program for law students. Experienced practitioners in the Western New York area (attorneys admitted for three years or more) are matched with a first-year law student or LL.M. student. The time commitment is minimal, and our students benefit greatly from the insight and expertise offered by members of our local legal community. Mentors have the opportunity to meet their assigned student at our "Mentor Matching Reception" scheduled on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Center for Tomorrow on UB's North Campus. [Register to participate in the program]

Events Calendar

Jan. 27 - Edwin J. Jaeckle Luncheon and Award Presentation

Feb. 8 - 2017 Career Fair

Feb. 16 - UB Distinguished Speakers Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States (2009-15)

Feb. 17 - BPILP's Annual Auction

Feb. 24 - GOLD Group turns SILVER

Feb. 25 - Albert Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition

Mar. 2 - Coral Reefs in the 21st Century: A Conversation about Hope and Despair

Mar. 9 - OUTLaw Dinner

Apr. 1 - Wechsler Moot Court Competition

Apr. 20 - Students of Color Dinner

Apr. 27 - 28th Annual Buffalo Law Review Dinner

May 4 - LAA Annual Dinner and presentation of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards

May 11 - Volunteer Leadership Summit (Save the date)

Freeze Frame


01/1-6/17 - Trip to Israel/Palestine: a foray into environmental injustices
In a journey led by Professor Irus Braverman, UB School of Law students traveled to Israel/Palestine to investigate the environmental justice issues that underlie so many of the political challenges of this place. During their trip, law students visited the Separation Wall and its checkpoints, met with Israeli and Palestinian officials, nonprofit organizations, and local students, hiked through national parks and nature reserves, visited Bedouin and Jewish settlements, and floated in the Dead Sea.


30 million connections

Story“UB law’s greatest strength can’t be seen. With time, it can be sensed. Later, it can be keenly felt. Eventually it can become a tool and an asset, and finally a source of sustenance and comfort. The strength to which I refer is community.”

- Interim Dean James A. Gardner [Read more]

2016-17 Annual Fund

You can make a difference

Our 2016-2017 Annual Fund is under way. Please help us reach our $1 million goal! Your contribution will help the students of UB School of Law succeed in their legal endeavors. Please support your school today and help ensure that UB School of Law continues to make its mark on the legal profession. Thank you! .

To make a gift, please visit our website or contact the Development Office at 716-645-2109.

2016-17 Annual Fund Co-Chairs

Josephine A. Greco '81 & Chris G. Trapp '81
Greco Trapp PLLC
Buffalo, NY

Robert J. Gutowski '99
New York, NY

Mason P. Ashe '89
Ashe Sports & Entertainment
Consulting, Inc
Washington, DC

Career Corner

Participate in our 2017 Career Fair

The 2017 School of Law Career Fair will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. To register your organization to attend as an employer, click here. Hosted by the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program and the Student Bar Association, the Fair is open to all current law students. For more information, contact Marc Davies at

Hire School of Law Talent

Recruit talented School of Law students or alumni with the assistance of the Career Services Office. For help in filling your legal or professional hiring needs, contact Marc Davies at

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