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
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
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