BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo Law School Dean Makau W.
Mutua has been chosen by Attorney General-elect Eric T.
Schneiderman for his transition committee to help recruit top legal
talent to join the attorney general's staff and to provide policy
recommendations to improve the lives of New Yorkers.
Mutua, recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities in
human rights law and appointed dean of UB's Law School in 2008,
will serve on Schneiderman's Infrastructure/Technology/Regional
"My appointment to the AG's Transition Team is recognition of UB
Law and the importance that the Western New York legal community
plays in the administration of justice in New York," says Mutua. "I
am humbled that AG-elect Schneiderman has placed such great faith
in me, and I pledge to do all I can to help his august office
uphold the rule of law."
A SUNY distinguished professor and Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst
Faculty Scholar at the Law School, Mutua is former chairman of the
Kenyan Task Force on the Establishment of a Truth, Justice and
Mutua is the former head the Buffalo Human Rights Center, a
research center of the UB Law School. He previously was associate
director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, from
which he received a doctor of juridical science degree in 1987. He
is a member of the executive council and executive committee of the
American Society of International Law, the most prestigious and
largest organization of international lawyers in the world.
He was recently elected a life member of the Council on Foreign
Relations, a New York City-based think tank and membership
organization that studies major international issues and publishes
the influential journal Foreign Policy. Mutua has conducted
numerous human rights, diplomatic and rule-of-law missions in
Africa, Latin America and Europe.
He is one of 10 members of the Infrastructure/Technology
Committee, which is co-chaired by Andrew Rasiej, senior technology
adviser for the Sunlight Foundation, and Laura Ross, chief of staff
for the Office of New York State Attorney General Robert
The Transition Committee is comprised of legal experts and
leaders throughout New York and the nation, and reflects a diverse
range of legal, academic and professional talent across a wide
spectrum of backgrounds.
The committee has been charged with continuing the tradition of
legal excellence and innovation for which the Attorney General's
office has become nationally known, and assembling an office that
is above politics and partisanship.
"As Attorney General, I am deeply committed to continuing the
tradition of legal excellence and innovation for which New York's
Attorney General's office has become nationally known," says
Schneiderman. "I am confident that with the help of this
distinguished group of bipartisan leaders -- reflecting a wide
spectrum of geographic and cultural diversity -- we will assemble
an office above politics and partisanship, that seeks above all to
be the best public interest law firm in America."
Since its founding in 1887, the University at Buffalo 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 unique among the nation's premier public law