BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The public will get an opportunity to watch one
of the state's most influential courts in action next month when
the University at Buffalo Law School hosts a full day of appellate
judge arguments beginning 10 a.m. on April 9 in the Francis M.
Letro Courtroom in John Lord O'Brian Hall on UB's North (Amherst)
A panel of five appellate judges will listen to oral arguments
from some of the area's most accomplished attorneys, as well as
conduct a typical court workday. UB Law School students, as well as
others interested in how the Appellate Court conducts business, are
"We were very pleased to accept the invitation extended to us by
Law School Dean Mutua to conduct a session of our court at UB Law
School," said Presiding Justice Henry J. Scudder of the Appellate
Division, Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial Department. "We hope the
students benefit from the opportunity to observe oral arguments and
see the court at work."
Scudder will head a panel that will include Justices Salvatore
R. Martoche, Eugene M. Fahey, Erin M. Peradotto and Samuel L.
Green. Scudder credits Peradotto for coordinating the arrangements
for the session with the law school.
Law School Dean Makua Mutua said he hoped this Appellate open
house would be one of many opportunities for UB to host this kind
of program for his students and the public.
"It is a chance for our students and faculty to observe
first-hand the complex and varied jurisprudence of the Appellate
Division," Mutua said.
The Appellate Division is New York State's intermediate level
appellate court. The State of New York is divided into four
judicial departments, and each department exercises its
jurisdiction in a separate geographic region. The Fourth Department
is comprised of 22 counties in Western and Central New York. The
court hears civil appeals from the Supreme Court, Surrogates Court,
Family Court and Court of Claims, and criminal appeals from the
Supreme Court and County Court in those 22 counties.
The Appellate Division, Fourth Department is comprised of 11
justices designated by the governor from among the justices of the
Supreme Court. The Appellate Division courthouse is located in