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Judge Hugh B. Scott to be Honored by Buffalo Law Review

By Ilene Fleischmann

Release Date: April 8, 2002

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The editorial board of the Buffalo Law Review at the University at Buffalo Law School will honor U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott, a 1974 graduate of the school, at the 13th annual Law Review Dinner.

The event will be held April 12 in the Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave. Cocktails at 6 p.m. will precede dinner at 7 p.m.

Scott is being recognized "for his distinguished service to the Western New York community and the UB Law School."

Nils Olsen, dean of the UB Law School, said "Judge Scott has been an inspiration for hard work, fairness and involvement. His commitment to learning and community have not only shown the highest of ideals as a professional and leader, but also as a person."

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Niagara University and juris doctor degree from UB, "Judge Scott embarked on a remarkable and pioneering career," according to Buffalo Law Review editors.

He was the first African American to become assistant attorney general in charge in Western New York, as well as the first African American to become assistant United States Attorney, assistant corporation counsel and assistant county attorney. At age 32, Scott was elected to the Buffalo City Court. He was re-elected to another 10-year term before leaving the position to become the first African American to sit on the federal bench in the Western District of New York.

Active in numerous civic activities, he is regional chairman of the National Conference on Community and Justice, which is dedicated to community involvement and justice initiatives.

He is a vice president of the UB Law Alumni Association and serves on the UB Law School's Dean's Advisory Committee. He has taught trial technique at the school for the past 18 years, is involved in the Criminal Law Center's LL.M. program and is a frequent guest lecturer. Most recently, Judge Scott brought the first federal trial to UB's new courtroom.

He has served on the board of directors of the Catholic Health Systems, Canisius College, the Gow School for the Physically Challenged, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Judicial Task Force on Domestic Violence and the Buffalo Museum of Science. He also is secretary of the Board of Directors for the Erie County Bar Foundation, vice chairman of the board of the Urban League, and vice president of the board of the Legal Aid Society.

For more information, contact Ilene Fleischmann at 645-2107.