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U.S. News data shows SUNY Buffalo Law grads’ debt load is light

The latest data on a much-talked-about issue in legal education, the amount of education debt carried by new graduates, shows that SUNY Buffalo Law School grads carry less debt than nearly 90 percent of their peers.

In a study rank-ordering total student debt from lowest to highest, the Law School ranks 21st among 184 U.S. law schools in its graduates’ total debt load. This puts the school among the best 12 percent nationwide in terms of lowest debt carried by its graduates. [Read more]

Law School News

ADR: a growing part of the Advocacy Institute

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), encompassing a broad range of techniques, is becoming a larger part of skills training through the school’s Advocacy Institute, directed by SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Charles Patrick Ewing. [Read more / View photos from the Mediation Competition]

Longtime mediator finds the way to harmony

Simeon Baum, president of Resolve Mediation Services in New York City, was the featured speaker kicking off the ADR Speaker Series held Sept. 28 at SUNY Buffalo Law School. His appearance, titled "Confessions of a Mediator," was sponsored by the Alternative Dispute Resolution division of the Law School’s Advocacy Institute and by the student chapter of the ADR Association. [Read more]

Clinic students are easing the way for cancer patients

An innovative partnership between SUNY Buffalo Law School and Roswell Park Cancer Institute aims to make life easier for patients by addressing legal problems that arise all too often after a cancer diagnosis.

Through the initiative, called LegalCare, students in the Law School’s Health Justice Law & Policy Clinic will counsel patients on issues that include employment law, guardianship arrangements, housing law and advance planning for end-of-life care. [Read more]

Law Librarians join forces to create free database, archiving New York’s regulatory history

The Law School’s Charles B. Sears Law Library, the Appellate Division Fourth Department Law Library (Rochester), and the New York State Supreme Court Library (Buffalo) have launched the NYCRR Digital Archives database. This free, open access legal research database contains replaced pages (or "takeouts") of the New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York for the years 1945 through 2001. [Read more / Search the database]

See also: Law librarians come through to archive NY’s regulatory history, Buffalo Business First, Nov. 16, 2015

Healthcare as a basic human right: activists changing the politically possible

SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Human Rights Center sponsored a forum on Nov. 10 featuring two community-based human rights activists. One was instrumental in pushing a Vermont single-payer universal health care plan through the state legislature. The other is a Buffalo doctor whose organization serves some of the city’s neediest patients. [Read more / View photos]

Forum celebrates five pioneering women lawyers

At a time when women labor side by side with men in law schools, law firms and courts, it’s easy to forget the challenges the earliest women lawyers faced. In the forum “Western New York Women Pioneers in the Law”, they were remembered. [Read more / View photos]

Cutting-edge topics at play in new issue of the Buffalo Law Review

The newly published issue of the Buffalo Law Review, the well-respected legal journal of SUNY Buffalo Law School, features several major articles addressing hot-button issues in the law and the larger society. [Read more]

To subscribe to the journal, visit their website or contact their office (716-645-2059 or

Faculty News

Lecturer Bernadette Gargano to receive 2015 Woman Lawyer of the Year award

Women Lawyers of Western New York has chosen Lecturer Bernadette Gargano as 2015 Woman Lawyer of the Year. Gargano is being honored because of her legal work, her civic engagement, and her commitment to diversity in the legal profession. The annual luncheon will take place at the Hyatt Buffalo on December 9. [Read more]

Associate Professor O’Rourke says ex-speaker Hastert’s misconduct allegation could weigh on judge during sentencing

Former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty on Wednesday to trying to evade federal banking laws. But that is not the conduct that people find most problematic, says Associate Professor Anthony O’Rourke.

The guilty plea, says O’Rourke, allows Hastert to avoid a trial where damaging details about why he agreed to pay hush money to someone from his past could come out. [Read more]

Alumni News

Remembering Judge Matthew J. Jasen ’39

The Historical Society of the New York Courts marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Judge Matthew J. Jasen ’39. [Read more]

Career Corner - News You Can Use

We are ranked #2 in the state for placement when law school-funded positions are excluded. [Read more]

Services Available for Employers and Alumni Job Seekers

For recent graduates and all alumni, the Law School offers continued access to our online job bank, Simplicity. Among many available positions are:

Town Attorney, and three Deputy Town Attorneys (ID 10407)
Position Type: Attorney
Employer: Town of Amherst (Williamsville, NY)
Titles: Town Attorney, Deputy Town Attorneys

Attorney (ID 10400)
Position: Attorney
Employer: Chase & Militello (Rochester, NY)
Title: Associate

Term Law Clerk to United States Magistrate Judge (ID 10352)
Position Type: Law Clerk
Employer: U.S. District Court, WDNY (Buffalo, NY)
Title: Term Law Clerk to United States Magistrate Judge

To search for these and many more employment opportunities, visit CSO's Symplicity. For assistance using the service, please contact CSO at 716-645-2056 or

Hire SUNY Buffalo Law School Talent

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

2016 Career Fair

The CSO will hold Career Fair on February 10, 2016, at UB's Center for Tomorrow. Be a part of it! Employer registration can be found online. This event is hosted by Student Bar Association and the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program. For more information, contact Marc Davies at [View photos from last year's Career Fair]

From the Law Alumni Association

Remember to re-member the Law Alumni Association

Click to join or renew your membership to the LAA today!

Your Law Alumni Association dues support alumni priorities and help us raise the visibility and reputation of your Law School. While the UB Alumni Association has adopted a non-dues based model, we need you more than ever. Our dues-paying model has served us well for over 125 years, supporting the many initiatives of the Law Alumni Association including tuition scholarships to help recruit the best and the brightest students. Enhancing the future of your Law School enhances the value of your degree.

Not sure if you're a member? Contact the Alumni Office at 716-645-2107 or

Events Calendar

Dec. 2 - UB on Broadway - On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan

Dec. 3 - Members Only Ethics CLE & Networking Breakfast

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Jan. 29 - NYC Alumni Luncheon & Jaeckle Award

Feb. 10 - 2016 Career Fair

Feb. 18-20 - Mugel Competition - Judges Needed!

Feb. 26 - 21st Annual BPILP Auction - Save the date!

Apr. 9 - Wechsler Competition - Judges Needed!

May 11 - Law Alumni Association's Annual Dinner and presentation of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards - Save the date!

Volunteer Judges Needed

SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Advocacy Institute and Buffalo Moot Court Board are hosting the Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition and the Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition and currently seek volunteers. For those who volunteer their time, CLE credit will be offered for each competition.

Feb. 18-20, 2016: Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition (CLE Credit Available)

This year's competition will be held February 18-20, 2016, at the Erie County Courthouse in Downtown Buffalo. 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. Tax expertise is not required, as a bench brief will be circulated to all judges. Non-transitional CLE credit will be provided for participating lawyers.

Apr. 09, 2016: Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition (CLE Credit Available)

This year's competition will be held April 9, 2016, at the Erie County Courthouse in Downtown Buffalo. 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. Non-transitional CLE credit will be provided for participating lawyers.

Please email the Buffalo Moot Court Board ( to confirm your interest and availability (including any specific limitations). Once the Board receives your response, they will contact you with further details as they become available. [Volunteer now!]

Freeze Frame

Smiles from recent events:


11/30/15 - Desmond Moot Court
A distinguished panel of appellate judges took the bench to hear arguments for the championship round of the 2015 Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition, the annual intramural appellate advocacy competition at SUNY Buffalo Law School.


11/12/15 - Rochester Alumni Social
The Rochester Chapter of the Law Alumni Association held their fall social at Orbs Restaurant.


10/27/15 - Albany Alumni Social
Albany Chapter of the Law Alumni Association held a reception and social with Interim Dean James Gardner at the Albany Pump Station.


10/27-28/15 - Celebrate Pro Bono Days
With the CSO’s canine champion, Abby, leading the charge, the Law School and the Buffalo Public Interest Law Program (BPILP) celebrated volunteerism by inviting various Western New York public interest organizations to visit the law school, discuss what their offices do, and recruit future volunteers and interns.


10/21/15 - The Justice System and its Affect on Race
The Black Law Student Association held a discussion on racially-biased laws that correlate with mass incarceration and the deterioration of minority communities.


A Cross-Border Education for a Cross-Border Career
New Video - Located within 98 miles/158 km of Toronto, SUNY Buffalo Law School, the only law school in the SUNY system, offers an exceptional legal education in a collegial and supportive environment.

Reunion Weekend – Oct. 2 &3, 2015

Kicking off Reunion Weekend, on Friday, Oct. 2, classmates gathered for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception held at The Mansion. The following evening, Saturday, Oct. 3, each individual class gathered for their own dinner held at several popular locations around the Buffalo area.

Class of 1975
The Class of 1975 held their 40th reunion at Giancarlo’s Restaurant.

Class of 1980
The Class of 1980 held their 35th reunion at The Buffalo Club.

Class of 1985
The Class of 1985 held their 30th reunion at the Jacobs Executive Development Center at the Historic Butler Mansion.

Class of 1995
The Class of 1995 held their 20th reunion at Bacchus Restaurant.

Class of 2005
The Class of 2005 held their 10th reunion at the Jacobs Executive Development Center at the Historic Butler Mansion.


Campaign Ticker

2015-16 Annual Fund

We’re Going Up!

With less than $4 million to reach our goal, we are going up! We still need you, our alumni and friends, to help us get there. This is a pivotal time for all of us as the Law School the final year of its most ambitious fund-raising campaign ever. With your donations and pledges, we will get to the top together. Please give a gift or make a pledge today!

To make a gift please visit our website or contact Shatorah Donovan at 716-645-9048 or

2015-16 Annual Fund Co-Chairs

Kenneth W. Africano '85
& Maura Africano
Buffalo, NY

Christopher A. Wightman '99
& Diane Wightman
San Francisco, CA and New York, NY

Click to make your gift today!

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