University at Buffalo School of Law

March 2017

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Celebrating Student Successes

The School of Law is incredibly proud of the outstanding achievements of our students outside of the classroom. Whether competing in advocacy competitions, serving the public through Access to Justice programs, or contributing to cutting-edge scholarship, our students stand out among the very best. This issue highlights just a few of their many recent accomplishments at a regional, national and international level.

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

Law School News

Gardner accepts School of Law’s top honor

StoryOn Jan. 27, 2017, interim dean James A. Gardner accepted the School of Law’s highest honor, the Edwin F. Jaeckle Award, as part of the annual New York City Alumni Luncheon. The Jaeckle Award is given annually to “an individual who has distinguished himself or herself and has made significant contributions to the School of Law and the legal profession.” [Read more / View photos from this event / Watch this event]

Helping to correct miscarriages of justice

StoryRochester radio station WXXI-AM reported on the School of Law’s Innocence and Justice Project, interviewing Professor Kim Diana Connolly, director of the law school’s Advocacy Institute; Jon P. Getz '92, co-director of the Innocence and Justice Project; and Farina Mendelson, a third-year law student.
[Listen to the interview]

Faculty News

A bold new option in the conservation toolbox

StoryAn article co-authored by Professor Jessica Owley was recently named one of four chosen to be condensed and published in the Environmental Law Reporter, produced by the Environmental Law Institute. Articles are selected during the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, a yearly competition for environmental law scholars. [Read more]

Engel discusses why Americans don’t sue on Point of Inquiry

Story SUNY Distinguished Service Professor David Engel was interviewed by Lindsay Beyerstein on the “Point of Inquiry,” the flagship podcast for the Center for Inquiry. Engel discussed the findings in his newest book, Myth of the Litigious Society: Why We Don’t Sue. [Listen to the podcast]

In tough times, Mutua gives voice to the rule of law

StoryProfessor Makau Mutua has been chosen by his peers to lead the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), headquartered in Rome. He will chair the organization’s governing Board of Advisors, a group of academics and professional experts on law and development. [Read more]


Faculty in the national press

Our faculty are frequently contacted by national media outlets to comment on issues of global importance. Below are samples of our faculty in the news. To read more, visit Press Mentions.

03/16/17 - Professor Rick Su responds to federal court blocks on Trump travel bans on WBEN - "There's really at this point nothing the Trump administration can do short of withdrawing the order entirely. The problem is just the statements that he had made on the campaign trail surrounding this particular issue, and those statements can't be taken back." [Read the article]

03/10/17 - Professor David Westbrook discusses private markets as public markets in BloombergView - "The governance of the U.S. economy has to a surprising degree become a matter of grace: the nation now relies on a small elite to make good decisions on its behalf about the allocation of capital, the governance of firms, and the preservation of portfolio value." [Read the article]

03/09/17 - Professor Tara Melish voices concerns over proper identification of gender issues onWBFO - "Looking at the gender impact of all policies that are taken by all agencies and departments and then, on the basis of that gender analysis, to then put together a plan of action on how we are going to address the gender inequities that are identified through the data-driven gender analysis." [Read the article/Listen to the interview]

Alumni News

GOLD Group turns silver

StoryMarking 25 years of professional development and collegiality, the UB Law GOLD Group hosted a spectacular celebration honoring its past presidents and founding members. The Law Alumni Association’s Executive Director Ilene Fleischmann provided remarks at the event commending the Group for its development of leaders for the Western New York bench and bar.

Law Alumni Association to honor distinguished practitioners

StoryFive alumni who have gone on to succeed in widely varied types of practice will be honored as the UB Law Alumni Association confers its 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards at its Annual Dinner on May 4. The 55th annual dinner, which also honors one non-alumnus, will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo. Tickets, including patron tables and other levels of sponsorship, are available from the Alumni Office at 716-645-2107 or [Read more]

From the Law Alumni Association


It's a whole new membership year!

And we need you now more than ever! Your Law Alumni Association membership dues support the School of Law's expanding program and initiatives as well as tuition scholarships to help attract the best and the brightest students.

Check out our benefits and join for the 2017-18 membership year today!

Volunteers Needed

The Advocacy Institute seeks volunteer judges for the following competition.

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. Competition 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 awarded to eligible volunteers.

To participate, please register online.

Events Calendar

Apr. 1 - Wechsler Moot Court Competition

Apr. 6 - CLE - The Break-Up: Considerations in Dissolving and Liquidating a Business

Apr. 20 - Students of Color Dinner

Apr. 27 - 28th Annual Buffalo Law Review Dinner

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

May 11 - UB Volunteer Leadership Summit (Save the date)

May 21 - The School of Law's 128th Commencement

June 1 - Rochester Alumni Chapter's Annual Reception for Newly Admitted Attorneys (Save the date)

Freeze Frame


02/17/17 - Eric Holder Visit
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder paid the School of Law a visit with a special informal session with law students, faculty and staff.


02/17/17 - BPILP Auction
The Buffalo Public Interest Law Program (BPILP) held its biggest fundraising event, the 22nd Annual BPILP Auction. Funds raised go to support law students who work in public interest positions over the summer.


02/25/17 - Lawyers for the Arts
Our School of Law Community showcased their many talents at this year's Lawyers for the Arts fundraising event at the Tralf Music Hall in downtown Buffalo. Photos by Glenn E. Murray.


02/28/17 - Mentor Matching Reception
Alumni and law students had an opportunity to meet their match at the Annual Mentor Matching Reception held at UB's Center for Tomorrow.


03/07/17 - Dress for Success Event
A panel of attorney experts provided fashion advice to law students at the Dress for Success fashion show at JC Penneys, co-hosted by the Western New York Chapter of the Women's Bar Association.


03/08/17 - NYC Annual Fund Event
The NYC Alumni Chapter and Annual Fund Co-Chair Robert J. Gutowski '99 hosted an alumni reception a the Remi Restaurant in Manhattan.


Out of major commitment, a major gift

StoryLawrence P. Castellani, lent his business savvy to the University at Buffalo in a thousand ways, notably serving terms as chair of the UB Foundation and of the UB Council. Now Castellani and his wife, Joan, have made a $1 million gift to the University, to be apportioned between the School of Law and the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. [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 our students succeed in their legal endeavors. Please support your school today to ensure that our law school 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

Chris G. Trapp '81 &
Josephine A. Greco '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

Hire Our 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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