BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Law School will honor
five accomplished alumni and an Erie County Court judge whose
devotion has earned him "honorary alumnus" status at the UB Law
Alumni Association's 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner to be
held May 11 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
The awards dinner -- the 48th annual for the UB Law Alumni
Association -- will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7
p.m. To register, call 716-645-2107 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hon. Erin M. Peradotto '84 will be honored for her conscientious
and diligent performance in the judiciary. An associate justice of
the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth
Department, in Rochester, Peradotto was appointed to the position
in 2006. Peradotto worked as a trial attorney for almost 20 years
before she was elected to the state Supreme Court in 2003. She
worked as an assistant attorney general in Buffalo from 1997-98.
She has also worked with various law associations, such as the Bar
Association of Erie County and the State of New York's Attorney
Grievance Committee for the 8th Judicial District.
Roger J. Jones '84 will be honored for his leadership by example
as a private practitioner. Jones is a partner in the Chicago law
firm Latham and Watkins. Practicing in the firm's tax department,
he specializes in tax controversy and litigation matters. He has
represented taxpayers, as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies,
in more than 50 matters at all levels of the federal court system,
including U.S. Tax Court, federal District Court, the Court of
Federal Claims, the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U.S.
Supreme Court, as well as various state courts. He is also a
frequent speaker at seminars and symposia, has taught in the
Chicago-Kent College of Law Graduate Program in Taxation and has
been a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at UB Law since
Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden '83 will be honored for her many
contributions to the betterment of our community. A Buffalo City
Court judge and acting Erie County Family Court judge, Ogden served
as president of the UB Law Alumni Association in 2008-09. She is
the first and only African-American woman to serve in Erie County
Family Court. Known as a no-nonsense yet compassionate jurist, she
was first appointed to City Court in 1995, then elected twice to
serve 10-year terms. Prior to ascending to the bench, Ogden, a
Buffalo native, worked as a trial attorney for CIGNA Insurance, had
her own practice, and served as a prosecutor from the Erie County
District Attorney's Office and as assistant county attorney. She is
a member and past-president of the Women Lawyers of Western New
Hon. Frank J. Clark '67 will be honored for his commitment to
public service. A former Erie County district attorney, Clark
served in the district attorney's office in Buffalo for 27 years.
He was a familiar figure in the news during much of that time.
First elected to the county's top law enforcement position in 1996,
he cited health concerns in announcing his retirement in 2008. A
member of the Dean's Advisory Council at UB Law, Clark has been
board president of the 100 Club of Buffalo, which supports members
of local law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service
agencies and their families. A 2007 recipient of the New York State
Bar Association's Outstanding Prosecutor Award, he served in the
U.S. Marine Corps and is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam
Harvey L. Kaminski '77 will be honored for his exemplary service
in business. Kaminski is president and CEO of Prestige Capital
Corp. in Fort Lee, N.J. A member of the Dean's Advisory Council,
Kaminski is a vocal and active supporter of the Law School; a
lecture-hall classroom in O'Brian Hall is named in his honor. He
has served as a mentor for UB Law students and fielded numerous
calls from students seeking career advice. He also has taught at
the Law School's New York City Program in International Finance
& Law. "It is critical to just give thanks and show gratitude
for the positive experiences you have had in your life and what has
made you successful," Kaminski says. "Life is short. You have to
leave a legacy."
Hon. Thomas "Tim" P. Franczyk will be honored for outstanding
service to the university by a non-alumnus. Considering all the
time, effort and creativity he contributes to UB Law, Franczyk, an
Erie County Court judge, could be considered an honorary alumnus.
Co-director of trial advocacy at the Law School, Franczyk oversees
the school-sponsored Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial
Competition, which last year brought nearly 130 law students from
32 schools to the Buffalo City Court building. Franczyk, a former
Erie County prosecutor, has been coaching trial teams, teaching
trial advocacy and drafting case problems at UB Law since 1994.