BUFFALO, N.Y. – Two University at Buffalo Law School
professors are taking on expanded roles as the school works to
extend its presence, not just regionally and nationally, but
Dean Makau W. Mutua, a well-known scholar in the area of
international law, has announced that Professor David A.
“Bert” Westbrook will serve as director of the law
school’s global strategic initiatives and Associate Professor
Meredith Lewis will direct the Canada-U.S. Legal Studies Centre.
The appointments became effective Feb. 1.
In his new administrative role, Westbrook will be responsible
for exploring the development of a wide range of global strategic
initiatives for the law school. These include initiatives in
curriculum, international student recruitment, student study-abroad
and exchange programs and faculty involvement, including faculty
exchanges with peer schools abroad. Also under consideration is a
possible expansion of the school’s presence in international
ventures in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Westbrook also will oversee the UB Law School’s master of
laws program, which draws practicing attorneys from throughout the
world to pursue specialized study at the law school, and will chair
the Committee on Graduate and International Programs. Mutua
noted that Westbrook’s work will dovetail with the
university-wide UB 2020 strategic planning initiative.
Westbrook, the Floyd H. and Hilda Hurst Faculty Scholar at the
UB Law School, teaches on business and international topics,
including basic courses in corporations, contracts and
international law. His most recent scholarly book is
“Deploying Ourselves: Islamist Violence and the Responsible
Projection of U.S. Force” (Paradigm Publishers). A graduate
of Harvard Law School, he joined the UB Law School faculty in
Founded in 1989, the Canada-U.S. Legal Studies Centre
integrates Canadian legal issues into the UB Law School by
coordinating its activities with those of research groups, faculty
initiatives and student organizations. As director, Lewis will be
responsible for refocusing and expanding the center’s mandate
to align it with emerging law school planning and scholarly
“UB’s location on the border creates inviting
opportunities to create synergies with colleagues in UB and across
the border in a variety of initiatives, including international
trade law,” Mutua said. “Meredith brings a wealth of
experience to this position, having co-founded, and served as
associate director of, the New Zealand Centre for International
Economic Law at the Victoria University of Wellington Law
Lewis, whose law degree is from Georgetown University Law
Center, joined the UB law faculty in 2012. She teaches and writes
in the area of international trade law.
Since its founding in 1887, University at Buffalo Law School
– the State University of New York system’s only law
school – has established an excellent reputation and is
widely regarded as a leader in legal education. Its cutting-edge
curriculum provides both a strong theoretical foundation and the
practical tools graduates need to succeed in a competitive
marketplace, wherever they choose to practice. A special emphasis
on interdisciplinary studies, public service and opportunities for
hands-on clinical education makes UB Law unique among the
nation’s premier public law schools.