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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The current U.S. Supreme Court debate over whether to maintain buffer zones restricting protestors at Massachusetts reproductive clinics returns to familiar constitutional territory justices already have ruled on, University at Buffalo Law School faculty member Lucinda Finley says.

A prestigious legal honor society, whose philosophical roots stretch back to medieval English jurisprudence, has chosen the University at Buffalo Law School as its newest member.


“Nelson Mandela, the last of the modern political greats, lived a life like no other.” So says a fellow champion of human rights in Africa, University at Buffalo Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Most people are familiar with the made-popular-by-TV phrase “you have a right to a lawyer.” Fifty years ago this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that criminal defendants had the right to counsel, at government expense, if they couldn’t afford one.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – New York State’s chief judge, Hon. Jonathan Lippman, will be at the University at Buffalo Law School on Oct. 3 to hear testimony about the unmet needs for civil legal services in the state, and what it will take to meet those needs.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Court proceedings, exposure to the legal world and historic sights await students participating in University at Buffalo’s Undergraduate Academies second annual Extension Learning program.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The acquittal of George Zimmerman for shooting Trayvon Martin is an example of a country stuck in “the album scratch of a failing criminal justice system that both hunts and refuses to protect people of color” and another example of a judicial system that “discriminates against some and privileges others,” says a University at Buffalo Law School professor who has written extensively on law and race.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newly appointed investigative body charged with examining the state Board of Elections and looking at potential wrongdoing by legislators in campaign fundraising will include as a member University at Buffalo Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – A pioneering academic and gay activist at the University at Buffalo has praised today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage as “the biggest advance in queer rights since the Lawrence v. Texas decision in 2003, which overturned anti-sodomy laws.”
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Suspected Nazi military commander Michael Karkoc should face charges for alleged war crimes whether or not he ordered his men to kill civilians or personally was involved in the killings, University at Buffalo Law School expert Stephen Paskey says.