BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Law Alumni
Association will honor five UB graduates and Justice Sharon S.
Townsend, administrative judge of the Eighth Judicial District, at
the 47th annual UB Law Alumni Association meeting and dinner at 6
p.m. on May 5 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
"We are fortunate at UB to have such remarkable alumni and
friends. This is an exceptionally worthy group of recipients," said
UB Law Alumni Association president Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden,
Buffalo City Court judge. "Their leadership and accomplishments
have contributed enormously to our law school, community and legal
The five UB alumni will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards for
their valuable contributions to the legal profession and community.
The dinner also marks the end of the Law Alumni Association's
membership drive for 2009-10. Alumni who have not renewed or joined
the Association for this year are requested to send their $50 dues
to the Alumni Office, 312 O'Brian Hall, Buffalo, N.Y. 14260.
Those to be honored at this year's dinner are:
Hon. Jeffrey S. White '70, United States District Court
Judge, Northern District of California. White will be recognized
for his "conscientious and diligent performance in the judiciary."
Prior to his appointment to the bench, White was a partner in the
law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in San
Francisco. He has previously served as special litigation counsel
at the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, in
Washington, D.C., and as assistant U.S. Attorney at the United
States Attorney's Office in Baltimore, Md. He lives in Moraga,
Brent L. Wilson '76, partner in Elarbee, Thompson, Saap
& Wilson, LLP in Atlanta, Ga. Wilson was praised, "for his
leadership by example as a private practitioner." Wilson devotes
his practice to defending employers in employment-related
litigation matters as well as counseling employers regarding
day-to-day employment decisions to avoid litigation. He works with
a variety of employers nationwide, including communications
companies, service providers, educational institutions, non-profit
groups, public entities and manufacturing operations. He has been
named one of America's Leading Black Lawyers by Black Enterprise
Magazine, a member of Georgia's Legal Elite by Georgia Trend
Magazine and one of Georgia's Top 100 Attorneys by Super Lawyers
Magazine. He lives in Lithonia, Ga.
Elizabeth B. Mensch '79, SUNY Distinguished Teaching
Professor Emerita, University at Buffalo Law School. Mensch won
praise for "her commitment to public service." A teaching icon,
Mensch began teaching in the UB Law School in 1980 and retired at
the end of the 2007-08 academic year. During her Law School career,
she taught torts, contracts, legal history and church/state
relations. Mensch plans to spend her retirement working with
secondary school students who become lost and neglected within the
educational, social and legal system. She lives in Rhinebeck.
Lynn A. Clarke '83, principal court attorney, New York
State Supreme Court. Clarke will be honored for "her many
contributions to the betterment of our community." She is founder
and annual chairperson of the Bar Association of Erie County's
"Have-A-Heart" Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of Western New
York. She assisted in the establishment of the BAEC's Attorney
Access, Inc., organized to promote the hiring of minority law
students for clerking positions and minority lawyers for associate
positions. She is past recipient of the BAEC's Special Service
Award, the YWCA of Western New York's 2005 Leader Award, and is a
past-president of the UB Law Alumni Association. Clarke lives in
Anna Marie Cellino '81, president of National Fuel Gas
Distribution Corporation. Cellino will be recognized for "her
exemplary performance in business." Cellino joined National Fuel in
1981 as an attorney. By 1991, she was promoted to senior management
and was named assistant vice president in 1992. Cellino later
became vice president of the utility and assistant secretary of
National Fuel Gas Company before becoming president of National
Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation in 2008. Cellino is also the
former chairman of the Niagara Health Quality Coalition. She lives
in West Seneca.
Hon. Sharon S. Townsend, administrative judge for the New
York State Supreme Court, Eighth Judicial District. Townsend will
be honored "for her outstanding service to the community by a
non-alumna." She is the first woman to be named to this position in
this district and the first Family Court judge in the state to be
appointed administrative judge. Townsend is a recipient of the
National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York,
Inc.'s 2008 Community Leader Award, the Erie County Bar
Association's Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee's 2007 Sandy Kulick
Memorial Award, and she has been named one of the Outstanding Women
in the Law by the Eighth Judicial District Women in the Courts
Committee. She lives in Amherst.
For more information on the dinner, please contact the UB Law
Alumni Office at (716) 645-2107 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.