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.
The week-long program, Lawyers as Agents of Social Change,
invites high school graduating seniors and college students of all
levels to the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua Lake from July
28 to Aug. 4. The students will explore the role of lawyers in the
community as they advocate for and participate in social change.
The students will be accompanied by two faculty members from the UB
Law School, Bernadette Gargano and Johanna Oreskovic.
“We want students to participate in the process of
learning, to consider different perspectives from a variety of
sources,” said Gargano, a member of the UB Law School’s
legal skills faculty. “Students will have the chance to focus
on learning in an atmosphere that fosters creativity and
The program began last year when Gargano approached Hadar
Borden, administrative director of undergraduate academies, with an
idea to introduce undergraduate students to the legal world in a
professional and motivating environment.
“She really wanted students to experience what it was like
to be a lawyer in a real-world setting,” said Borden.
“We don’t use the word ‘transformative’
very often, but students said the experience was genuinely
transformative for them. They especially loved being surrounded by
peers with the same enthusiasm and drive.”
Last year’s trip introduced students to legal proceedings,
and arranged meet-and-greets with lawyers devoted to legal justice
on both a local and global scale. One highlight for the students
was a dinner at the home of Francis Letro, prominent attorney in
the national community and vice chair of the UB Law School's Dean's
This year, students will be introduced to the concepts of crime,
punishment and public service based on the life of Justice Robert
H. Jackson. This historical example will lead to an exploration of
modern legal systems and their continued impact on society.
Additionally, students will have the option to continue their
study with Gargano in the fall as part of a discovery seminar
surrounding the legal system’s involvement in the Civil
“We provide students with an interactive learning
experience that broadens their understanding of lawyers in local,
national and global communities as agents of meaningful social
change,” said Gargano.
Fee for the program is $1,050 and registration is still being
accepted. For more information, contact Borden at 716-645-8177.