BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Dean Makau Mutua of the University at Buffalo
Law School has announced this fall's Legal Analysis Writing and
Research (LAWR) Writing Fellows. "These Fellows were chosen by the
LAWR faculty for their outstanding ability in legal writing and
analysis," he said, noting that the Law School's enhanced research
and writing curriculum is a cornerstone of its focus on practical
In the first two semesters of research and writing, students
learn the rubrics for how lawyers conduct research, organize an
argument and write clearly and persuasively in a legal format. This
year, the Law School has required an additional third semester.
This semester-long course, initiated in response to interviews with
judges, judicial clerks and attorneys, as well as a survey of other
top U.S. law school curriculums, offers students additional
coaching in these indispensable skills.
The six Fellows will assist LAWR faculty by providing support to
first year students taking LAWR I or II. Their responsibilities
will include attending class; holding office hours; providing
support for students with citation, research and other questions;
and meeting with students individually to provide additional
guidance on grammar, punctuation and style.
This fall's Fellows are:
Donald Herbert Jr. '13, who grew up in South Buffalo as the
oldest of four brothers. He graduated from Bishop Timon High School
and Alfred University, where he majored in philosophy and
comparative cultures. During college, he spent a semester abroad in
Southwest China studying language and minority culture. After
graduation, he taught English to college students and adults in
Jiangsu Province, China. He will be working with Johanna
Galena Duba '13 is a native of Jamestown, N.Y. Both her
bachelor's and master's degrees are in English literature, with a
focus on 20th century women's poetry, post-colonial literature and
the American Romantics. For the past 10 years, she has been the
coordinator of a tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk high
school students. She will be working with Stephen Paskey.
Frank Ewing '12, graduated from LeMoyne College and worked as a
consultant with KPMG before law school. At UB, he was recently
elected to a second-term as Student Bar Association president. He
is also part of the law school's National Mock Trial Team and
served as a senior associate for the Buffalo Human Rights Law
Review. In the fall, Ewing will be a judicial extern for the
Honorable Carl L. Bucki in the United States Bankruptcy Court for
the Western District of New York. He will be working with Laura
Frances Stephenson '13 is originally from Toronto, Canada. She
attended UB on a swimming scholarship and graduated in 2008 with a
B.S. in business administration, with a concentration in marketing.
She was a member of the UB swimming and diving team, acting as a
team captain during the 2006-07 season. Before law school,
Stephenson worked for AM FM Consulting Group Inc., a Toronto based
asset management consulting firm. She will be working with
Christine Pedigo Bartholomew.
Jonathan Cantil '12, is managing editor of the Buffalo Law
Review, a finalist in the Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition
and the former president of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court.
Cantil went to Clarkson University as an undergraduate and worked
in biotechnology in Boston, Mass., for three years prior to law
school. He is from Utica, N.Y., and is currently working for
Hancock Estabrook LLP in Syracuse. He will be working with Chris
Martha Donovan '12 is a native of Buffalo and completed her
undergraduate studies at Brown University. She has a graduate
degree in education and was a teacher in a Buffalo charter school
before coming to UB Law. She is fluent in Spanish. She will be
working with Nan Haynes.