BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo Law School held its 120th
commencement ceremony on May 23 where nearly 250 students received
a J.D. degree and an additional 10 students received a LL.M.
degree. Awards were presented to the following graduates:
• Kevin J. Espinosa of Lancaster, the Max Koren Award,
given to the graduate judged by the faculty to be the most
outstanding member of the graduating class.
• Patrick E. Fitzsimmons of Albion, the John N. Bennett
Achievement Award for the highest scholastic achievement,
leadership and dedication to the ideals of the law school as
determined by the dean and faculty. Fitzsimmons was also awarded
the Professor Thomas E. Headrick "Trees and Forest" Award.
• Candacé M. Jackson of Newport News, the Dale S.
Margulis Award for contributing the most to the UB Law School and
the community and the Minority Bar Association of Western New York
• Anna M. Falicov of Buffalo, the American Law
Institute-American Bar Association Scholarship and Leadership Award
and the Linda S. Reynolds Award.
• Jill M. Hurley of Cheektowaga, the American Bankruptcy
Institute Medal for Excellence in Bankruptcy and the Edith and
David Goldstein Award.
• Catherine B. Meyers of Webster, Tara L. Short of Amherst
and Adam J. Tapply of Agawam, Mass., the American Bar Association
and The Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the
Study of Health Law.
• Randy V. Clower of Amherst, Kurt R. Denniston of Altamont
and Barbara L. Waal of Bath, the American Bar Association and the
Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence in the Study of
Intellectual Property Law.
• Samuel S. Feuerstein of Tonawanda, Julia M. McCrea of
Hamburg and Anthony R. Reeves of Buffalo, the American Bar
Association and the Bureau of National Affairs Award for Excellence
in the Study of Labor and Employment Law.
• Amy J. Kaslovsky of Slingerlands, the Birzon Prize in
Clinical Legal Studies.
• Daniel E. Dovi of Buffalo, the Charles Dautch Award.
• Stephani L. Bouvet of Buffalo, the Professor Louis
• Roopa R. Chapprakkan of Brooklyn, the Maurice Frey
• Taiymoor J. Naqi of Albany, the Judge Matthew J. Jasen
Appellate Practice Award.
• Deborah Aloof of Plainview, the David Kochery Award.
• Brian D. Manning of Buffalo, the Laidlaw Law Alumni
• Joshua A. Dilk of Fulton, the Professor Virginia Leary
• Laurie A. Baker of Hamburg, the Moot Evidence Award.
• Joshua L. Dudeck of West Seneca, the Albert R. Mugel
• Brittany T. Akins of Canaseraga, the Ryan J. Mullins
• Joshua L. Dudeck of West Seneca, the Harry A. Rachlin
Prize in Real Property Law and Real Estate Transactions.
• Yasmin W. Adamy of Williamsville, the Judge William J.
• Mark A. Foti of Williamsville, the James M. Kieffer Trial
• Ryan D. Haggerty of Williamsville, the New York State Bar
Association Ethics Award.
• Gabrielle C. Peterson of Clarence, the Carlos C. Alden
• Keith A. Gorgos of Binghamton, the Justice Philip Halpern
• Pamela S. Schaller of Amherst, received the Justice M.
Dolores Denman Award presented by the Western New York Chapter of
the Women's Bar Association.
• Rebecca L. Town of Buffalo, the Linda S. Reynolds
• Steven A. Marshall of Lafayette, the Milton Kaplan Award
in Law and Social Development.
• Henderson O. Brathwaite II of Brooklyn and Jodi-Kay
Williams of Rosedale, the Minority Bar Association of Western New
• Emily R. Fusco of Canandaigua, the Women Lawyers of
Western New York Award.
• Amy L. Goerss of Williamsville, the National Association
of Women Lawyers Award.
• Jodi-Kay E. Williams of Rosedale, the UB Law Alumni
Association's GOLD Group Award.
The following received the Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique
• James A. Davis of Tonawanda
• Mark A. Foti of Williamsville
• Eduardo V. Gonzalez of Buffalo
• Allyson B. Levine of Pittsford
• Jeremy V. Murray of Williamsville
• Sydney V. Probst of East Amherst
• Antonio L. Restaino of Niagara Falls
• Marnie E. Smith of Williamsville
• Stefanie A. Svoran of Pittsford.
The newly elected members of the Order of Barristers, a national
oralists honors society, include:
• Victoria Choi of Brooklyn
• Darice L. Dinsmore of Buffalo
• Kevin J. Espinosa of Lancaster
• Michael J. Hecker of Clifton Park
• Matthew J. Kibler of South Wales
• Katherine L. McCrink of Yonkers
• Chad E. Murray of Medina
• Sydney V. Probst of East Amherst
• Kimberly L. Sweet of Buffalo.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system that is 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.