BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Five University at Buffalo Law School alumni
and one non-alumnus will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards on May
3 as the Law Alumni Association holds its annual dinner at the
Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
This year's honorees reflect the varied reach of UB Law School
and its alumni and friends:
For her conscientious and diligent performance in the judiciary,
Hon. Cynthia M. Rufe '77, U.S. District Court judge for the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. A Philadelphia
native, Rufe joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by
President George W. Bush. She began her legal career as a public
defender and in private practice, before being elected to the Bucks
County Court of Common Pleas, where she served for eight years.
For his leadership by example as a private practitioner, Mark
K. Suzumoto '82, who practices corporate litigation as a
partner in the Los Angeles law firm Van Etten Suzumoto &
Sipprelle. Suzumoto focuses on consumer product counseling and
regulatory compliance, including business and litigation advice on
intellectual property, products liability, and trade regulation
issues. Suzumoto is a longtime supporter of the Law School. Since
2004, he has been a member of the Dean's Advisory Council, which
advises Dean Makau W. Mutua on curricular and other matters.
For his many contributions to the betterment of our community,
Vincent E. Doyle III '89, partner in the Buffalo law firm
Connors & Vilardo. Doyle has served as president of the New
York State Bar Association since June 2011. He also served in the
bar association's House of Delegates and on the Executive
Committee, and chaired its Criminal Justice Section.
For his commitment to public service, William J. Hochul Jr.
'84, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, in
Buffalo. Hochul has served with the U.S. Attorney's office since
1991. He has been chief of the office's anti-terrorism unit, as
anti-terrorism advisory council coordinator, as chief of the
national security division and as confidential human source
coordinator. He also has prosecuted some of the biggest federal
cases in Western New York.
For her exemplary performance in business, Jill M. Bond
'85, senior vice president and general counsel for Rich
Products Corp. in Buffalo. Rich Products is the founder of the
non-dairy segment of the food industry with annual sales exceeding
$2.8 billion. She is also a former member of the Law School Dean's
For outstanding service to the university and community by a
non-alumnus, Michael S. Taheri, partner in the Buffalo firm
Taheri & Todoro. Taheri is a longtime adjunct instructor at the
UB Law School, teaching courses in DWI law, white-collar crime and
law firm management. He is the author of "The Student-Athlete's
Guide to the Criminal Justice System."
The dinner and awards presentation ceremony will be held from 6
to 9 p.m. May 3. Tickets are available through the Office of Alumni
Relations, (716) 645-2107 or http://www.law.buffalo.edu/alumni.
Since its founding in 1887, UB Law School -- the State
University of New York system's only law school -- has established
an excellent reputation and is widely regarded as a leader in legal
education. Its cutting-edge curriculum provides both a strong
theoretical foundation and the practical tools graduates need to
succeed in a competitive marketplace, wherever they choose to
practice. A special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, public
service and opportunities for hands-on clinical education makes UB
Law School unique among the nation's premier public law
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.