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The List - One year, hundreds of stories. 2014-15 Progress Report.


Wade J. Newhouse Jr., a longtime Law School faculty member and dean of the school from July 1986 to December 1987, passed away on May 21. A resident of Getzville, N.Y., he was 91 years old.

The University at Buffalo Law School today released employment figures for its Class of 2013, showing an employment rate on par with and exceeding the national average in one of the toughest job markets for new law school graduates.


Law review editors who do the exacting work of checking their articles’ citations of other scholars’ work see the same names pop up again and again. In the field of election law, a new study has tallied those citations to identify the 10 faculty from all 200 ABA law schools whose work in election law has the most impact on their peers – and a University at Buffalo Law School professor is on the list.


University at Buffalo Law School Professor and immigration expert Rick Su says the ongoing flood of Central American children coming to the U.S. differs from other refugee crises because of the large number of children leaving their families and risking their lives to find new homes.


University at Buffalo Law School sports law expert Nellie Drew believes Buffalo sports fans will get their wish: The Bills will stay in Buffalo.


Law School faculty consists of distinguished scholars and teachers actively engaged with research, policy and practice worldwide and are committed to excellence in teaching our students.

BUFFALO, N. Y. The recent landmark federal ruling that allows college athletes to be paid for selling their rights to their names and images further blurs the distinction between amateur and professional athletes, according to University at Buffalo Law School adjunct Professor Nellie Drew, who specializes in sports law.

The NFL’s new “test case” for pro football players accused of domestic violence could lead to increased scrutiny and more education about the issue outside of professional sports, according to the director of the Domestic Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic at the University at Buffalo’s Law School.

Nellie Drew

University at Buffalo Law School adjunct professor Nellie Drew is the utility player of sports law. She can devise an imaginary world of NFL expansion in her classroom and she takes a decisive stance in the ongoing sales of the Buffalo Bills.


The flight is long, the food is unfamiliar, the language can be tricky. But for four law students who spent the summer working abroad, the experience of an international legal internship will stay with them forever.

Sarah Balogh ’14 had forgotten all about it. She was, after all, busy graduating from SUNY Buffalo Law School, studying for and taking the bar exam, and settling into her first post-law school job.
More than 100 speakers representing every inhabited continent. Over 300 attendees. At least 40 countries represented.

Continuing to develop its presence in global legal education, the University at Buffalo Law School has begun two new programs for international students.


Kenneth R. Feinberg, the Gerald S. Lippes lecturer, will speak on “Settlements and Compensation Funds” at an Oct. 6 Law School conference that will examine recent developments in tort law.

Professor French with the Dalai Lama during his visit to UB in 2006.
A rapidly growing field of study – the influence of Buddhist thought on legal systems worldwide – has its first book-length overview with a new compilation conceived by a Law School professor who is a pioneer in the field.

The timely and controversial subject of the United States’ drone policy in the Middle East will be debated and explored at a public program to be held at the University at Buffalo Law School at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, in 107 O’Brian Hall on UB’s North Campus.

Associate Professor S. Todd Brown and 2014 Lippes Lecturer Kenneth R. Feinberg.

Attorney Kenneth R. Feinberg’s 2014 Lippes Lecture addressed the complex and emotional process of applying money to soothe the human wounds of mass tragedies.

puppy mill

Municipalities wanting to keep themselves free of “puppy mills” – large-scale commercial dog breeding operations that put profits above animal welfare – have a faithful companion in the Pro Bono Project.

Professor Mangold was selected as co-editor of the 5th edition of the casebook Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice, long the standard choice for law professors teaching in the area.

Two innovative public service endeavors have invigorated the Law School’s Jaeckle Center: a New York State election news blog and a non-partisan voting rights clearinghouse.

best value

A leading magazine of legal education has named SUNY Buffalo Law School as one of the best in the nation for students’ return on their investment.


As a founding partner of Cannon Heyman & Weiss, Steven J. Weiss ’91 secures investment incentives for historic preservation projects, such as the H.H. Richardson complex.

The U.S. Mexican border, U.S. is on the left side of the border. Photo: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

On Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., a student-sponsored panel of law professors and practicing attorneys will take up the question of how we should treated unaccompanied minors at the border.

“This important achievement is by no means the end of the road to full liberty and equality,” says Michael Boucai, associate professor of law.

Associate Professor Michael Boucai says recent decisions finding a constitutional basis for same-sex marriage suggest that it is just a matter of time before same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.


A distinguished panel of appellate judges took the bench to hear arguments for the championship round of the 2014 Desmond Moot Court Competition.


On Nov. 11 the Law School will hold an event marking the launch of a new Veterans’ Economic Security Clinic which will provide free civil legal services to veterans.

The life work of a linchpin of SUNY Buffalo Law’s clinical education program has been honored with an award recognizing his lifetime of achievement in facilitating the construction of affordable housing.
Professor James A. Gardner has been appointed Federalism Scholar in Residence for the European Academy’s annual Institute for Studies in Federalism and Regionalism.

Professor Tara J. Melish is a key player in a case filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, seeking relief for detainees held against their will in inhumane conditions in Guatemala’s national psychiatric institution.

A boy looks out the door window from the room he is staying in at the Brownsville, Texas, port of entry. Photo by Edwardo Perez, courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The flood of unaccompanied minors showing up at the U.S.-Mexico border was the focus of a student-sponsored panel discussion that brought some legal light to a heated issue.

Consider, said Joshua Dressler, two people who kill: a mother who, on a whim, throws her child from a bridge, and a son who carefully plans out the mercy killing of his terminally ill father. Which killer deserves the more severe punishment?

Drew’s behind-the-scenes involvement in helping Mogilny elude Russian secret police and escape to Buffalo to start his high-profile hockey career is part of a 30-minute documentary.

At an Oct. 23 visit to the Law School, State Senator Mark Grisanti recognized the Domestic Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic with an official proclamation.

Building on decades of work, the Law School’s Domestic Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic is making a difference for clients at a critical juncture in their lives.


SUNY Buffalo Law School students are packing their bags as they prepare for three January courses to be held outside of Buffalo – two of them outside the United States.

According to some legal practitioners and scholars, social media - especially Twitter - is an underutilized tool in today’s legal profession. SUNY Buffalo Law School Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research lecturer Laura Reilly, and her writing fellow Sean Balkin, have instituted a new, innovative program to address this issue – while at the same time teaching their students to be clear, concise writers.
Law professor and forensic psychologist Charles P. Ewing made an appearance in Episode 11 of Serial, a popular weekly podcast from the creators of This American Life that follows a nonfiction story over the course of a whole season.

SUNY Distinguished Professor James A. Gardner has been named interim dean of the University at Buffalo Law School, UB Provost Charles F. Zukoski announced today.


Amit Goyal, an internationally recognized materials scientist, has been named director of RENEW, the University at Buffalo’s new interdisciplinary institute dedicated to research and education on globally pressing problems in energy, environment and water.

Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Prof. Kim Connolly
Professor Kim Diana Connolly, Danielle Pelfrey Duryea and Lisa A. Bauer of SUNY Buffalo Law School have been named 2015-16 Bellow Scholars by the American Association of Law Schools Clinical Legal Education Section.
Clinical Professor Suzanne E. Tomkins ’92 and Dr. Catherine Cerulli ’92
A fund to carry on the work of one of the Law School’s signature clinics, and to honor its founders, has reached a critical milestone.

The Supreme Court’s announcement on Friday that it would soon consider whether states are constitutionally required to license same-sex marriages will likely bring marriage equality to the minority of states that still prohibit it, according to Michael Boucai, a University at Buffalo professor who specializes on law and sexuality. The Court will take up the matter in April, and a decision is expected by late June.

"You make your own luck," Ernest Hemingway once said to his son by way of life advice.

High-performing University at Buffalo undergraduates will have a simpler route to beginning their legal education, thanks to two new initiatives of the UB Law School.


The University at Buffalo will host a program, “What Ferguson Can Teach Us: Working Together for Justice and Community Safety,” on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 12:15 p.m. in room 145a of the Student Union on the UB North Campus.


Human rights violations, including honor killings, human trafficking, child and slave brides, female genital mutilation, stoning of women and domestic violence, will be the topics of discussion during a daylong human rights conference, “Culture and Control of Women – Resources and Remedies,” being held on March 7 at the University at Buffalo Law School.

Erica Pandolfo '16, Kelly Barrett '15; Coach, Steven Sugarman '85; Andrew DeMasters '16, and Sean Balkin '15
Two teams of law students – Sean Balkin ‘15 and Kelly Barrett ’15, Erica Pandolfo ’16 and Andrew DeMasters ’15 – represented SUNY Buffalo Law School in the 15th Annual Representation in Mediation Regional Competition, held at Levin College of Law, University of Florida on Feb 21-22. These students made up the two winning teams from UB’s own Representation in Mediation Competition, held at the school in November.
Front row: Stacey Walker ‘15, Anaiss Rijo ‘16, Oscar Kpota ‘15, Meghan Hart ‘16, Sarah Draper ‘16, Michelle Santiago ’16. Back row:  Anna McCarthy ‘15, Anastasia Stumpf ‘15, De'Jon Hall ‘16, Jerry Whalen ‘16, Mohammed Haque ‘15, and Andrea DiLuglio ‘15.

Teams from SUNY Buffalo Law repeatedly distinguished themselves once again, and in at least three different cases, reaching all the way to the semi-final round.

Mugel winners

For three days, during a record-cold Buffalo February, teams from more than a dozen law schools from across the United States gathered at the Erie County Courthouse for the 42nd annual Albert R. Mugel National Tax Law Competition.


After doing field research in Italy, Switzerland and Austria, Professor and interim Dean James Gardner is back in Buffalo with new insight into the struggle for power between central governments and their states.


SUNY Buffalo Law School's award-winning initiative to attract underrepresented minority students into the legal profession will continue for a fourth year.

D. Christopher Decker ’98 (left), a local firehouse reduced to rubble.

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, April 25, in Nepal, devastated Kathmandu and nearby areas, killing more than 8,000 Nepalis. D. Christopher Decker ’98, Chief Technical Advisor for the Rule of Law and Human Rights Program of the UN Development Program, was in the city when the earthquake struck. Though he and his family are safe, below is his first-hand account of the events that took place.

University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi, Pamela Davis Heilman and Interim Dean James A. Gardner

Pamela Davis Heilman’75, a longtime leader in cross-border business practice with the Hodgson Russ law firm, was presented the 2015 Edwin F. Jaeckle Award.


UB law students in their formative first year will receive even more personal attention from their professors under a new plan approved by law school faculty.


Several UB graduate and degree professional programs have been recognized as among the best in the country.


Calling the events of the past months some of the most “ugly off-field incidents” in the history of the NFL, University at Buffalo Law School professor and sports law expert Helen A. Drew says nothing short of “swift, comprehensive and substantial disciplinary measures” are needed to address the flood of disciplinary issues that have challenged Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ability to protect the league’s reputation.


The question “Who rules big data?” and how these information technologies change our understanding and application of the law is the subject of the University at Buffalo’s annual Mitchell Lecture.


UB law professor says Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not just problematic for the LGBT community

Matthew A. Eldred
A third-year student whom one professor called “extremely serious, but also a genuinely nice person” has won the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence – the first SUNY Buffalo Law student ever to receive the honor.
Left to right: Mac Morey and Mathri Thannikkotu, Wechsler winners from the University of Miami Law School; Hon. William J. Hochul, Jr.’84, the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York; Hon. Erin M. Peradotto ’84, Associate Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department; Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, Jr. ’73, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals; and John Kennelly and Nick Christianson from the University of North Dakota, who placed second.

Twenty-two teams from law schools across the country came to Buffalo on March 28 to compete in the 17th Annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition organized by SUNY Buffalo Law School.


Most parents shift from denial to support, according to law professor Charles Ewing.


At its 40th annual gathering, held April 3 and 4 in Schenectady, the New York African Studies Association honored Professor Makau W. Mutua as its Distinguished Africanist.


After a career of advocating for women’s and civil rights, Marcus was honored with the first Woman of SUNY Buffalo Law Award.


The 11th annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence takes place April 16.


Three graduate students took first place in the University at Buffalo’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC) for a biotechnology venture that offers a revolutionary new way to deliver cancer drugs.


Supreme Court’s decision hinges on Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to Michael Boucai.


PhotoZyne, the startup led by the three UB graduate students that won this year’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition, has done it again — this time at the state level.

Ana Lara de Castro is a public prosecutor from Brazil.
Change is difficult. That’s true in personal life and it’s especially true in societies, where cultural attitudes run deep. Often a change in laws leads the way to true progress. That’s the situation now in Brazil, says a longtime public prosecutor who is attending SUNY Buffalo Law School this year, earning an LL.M. degree in criminal law.
Vincent E. Doyle III ’89
The Buffalo Law Review is a dispassionate place for legal scholarship, but at the journal’s year-end dinner, there was high emotion.

Erin Decker tests well. OK, that’s an understatement. She’s one of only a handful of test-takers who aced her LSAT, close-reading and problem-analyzing her way to a perfect 180 score.

What do you do for an encore after an intense and rewarding spring semester in the New York City Program on Finance and Law?
Alyssa Weiss, Chief of Staff to Buffalo Common Council Member Michael LoCurto, Mary Travers Murphy, Director of the Family Justice Center of Erie County, Sawrie Becker, Chair of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, Karen Mulhauser, Chair of the United Nations Association-USA and Assoc. Professor of Law Tara J. Melish

What does it mean to implement international human rights treaties locally? What would that mean in Buffalo? Those were the key question engaged at an exciting conversation held at SUNY Buffalo Law School.


Four others - including distinguished faculty, alumni and Buffalo natives – will receive honors at the event.

Looking back in celebration and forward in anticipation, SUNY Buffalo Law School’s students of color gathered at their annual dinner to renew their commitment to “lift as we climb.”

It could easily be a decade before Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence is carried out, according to law professor Charles Ewing.


A longtime UB Law School professor who has spent a lot of time in courtrooms throughout the nation is unveiling ambitious plans for the school’s Advocacy Institute.


New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman will be the keynote speaker at the University at Buffalo’s Law School commencement.


Expansion of the National Security Agency's surveillance of Americans' international Internet traffic is troubling, says UB's Mark Bartholomew.


Most escape attempts end within a very short distance of the prison, says UB's Charles Ewing.

Competition winners Kevin Carter, Jonathan Smyth ‘15, Michael Bisogno
It’s a long road from good idea to successful biotech company, but Jonathan Smyth is leading a team with a good head start.
A milestone for generations of newly minted lawyers – the New York State bar exam – is about to undergo an extreme makeover, and for SUNY Buffalo Law students, it may open doors to new opportunities.

The pomp was in full swing and the circumstance was celebratory at SUNY Buffalo Law School’s 126th Commencement ceremonies. Two hundred and nine degrees were conferred in the May 23 ceremony.

With the recent news that author Harper Lee will publish a sequel to her beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird, public attention has again focused on a great fictional lawyer – the book’s hero, Atticus Finch.

UB Law School researcher Jessica Owley has found significant gaps in how public agencies keep track of endangered species agreements.


Experts from UB’s Jaeckle Center for Democracy, Law and Governance are available to explain voting rights, election law and campaign finance issues.


This week’s Supreme Court ruling affirming nationwide tax credits for mandatory insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act preserves access to affordable health insurance in all 50 states and will help narrow the health outcomes gap between lower- and higher-income Americans.


The main battle over same-sex couples' right to marry is over, says UB's Michael Boucai.


Processes that have been considered effective in prisons before will be re-evaluated after the latest escape, says UB's Teresa Miller.