BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The UB Marching Band will parade through the
Hotel Lafayette lobby playing the UB fight song Friday night as the
University at Buffalo Law School kicks off its 125th anniversary
celebration with a 650-piece rolling blue-and-white cupcake display
topped by giant sparklers.
The more than 700 people signed up for the unusual celebration
will then mark the moment by singing "Happy Birthday" to honor the
legacy of an institution that has educated generations of lawyers
and changed the professional landscape of Western New York.
"We didn't want to have a formal black-tie dinner," says Ilene
R. Fleischmann, vice dean for the Law School. "The party is all
about having fun -- for alumni, students, faculty and friends of
Guests will start to arrive at 6 p.m., but the real action
begins at 7:15 p.m. when the "Thunder of the East" UB Marching Band
rocks the renovated hotel lobby at 391 Washington St. at Lafayette
The rolling display of 750 school-color cupcakes arranged in a
giant cake topped with sparklers will enter the main Marquis
Ballroom shortly after 7:20 p.m.
There will then be a short ceremony at the stage of the main
ballroom attended by UB President Satish K. Tripathi, Law School
Dean Makau Mutua and UB Law Alumni Association President Brian
Melber. UB Council Members Pamela D. Heilman and Christopher J.
O'Brien, as well as the school's Dean's Advisory Council Chair
Thomas E. Black Jr., are also expected to attend.
The group will sing the "Happy Birthday" song to the Law School
about 7:40 p.m., according to the celebration schedule. The evening
will also include live music by The Informers.
The party marks the start of a year-long celebration featuring
social and scholarly events in Western New York and at the Law
School's regional chapters throughout the nation. The anniversary
weekend will include speed-dating-style career mentoring, the
unveiling of the Law School's anniversary microsite at
www.law.buffalo.edu/125.asp and several class reunions. Alumni are
invited to audit classes on campus earlier in the day.
The Law School's initial class was held Oct. 3, 1887, during the
first of former Buffalo Mayor Grover Cleveland's terms as U.S.
President. Established by educators who saw the limitations of the
apprenticeship model of legal training, the school has since
educated more than 10,000 lawyers with a special focus on public
interest work and innovative interdisciplinary scholarship. Law
School officials estimate eight of 10 lawyers working in Western
New York learned their craft at the UB Law School. Alumni can be
found working throughout the U.S. and world.
For more information on the event, contact Amy Hayes Atkinson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 861-2222.