Experts by Expertise: Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties

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The correct name of the university is “University at Buffalo,” not “University of Buffalo.”

  • Head shot of Samantha Barbas.

    Samantha Barbas

    Professor of Law

    Expertise: Mass media law, libel, privacy, freedom of the press

    Phone: 716-645-6216


  • Head shot of Christine P. Bartholomew, University at Buffalo faculty expert on class actions, evidence and antitrust law, and on clergy abuse.

    Christine P. Bartholomew

    Professor of Law

    Expertise: class actions, antitrust law, consumer protection, clergy abuse, clergy privilege

    Phone: 716-645-7399


  • Portrait of Guyora Binder, University at Buffalo criminal law expert.

    Guyora Binder

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of Law and Hodgson Russ Faculty Scholar

    Expertise: criminal law, felony murder, homicide, jurisprudence, legal theory, international law

    Phone: 716-645-2673


  • Head shot of Michael Boucai.

    Michael Boucai

    Professor of Law

    Expertise: Law and policy on sex, sexuality, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation; reproductive rights; constitutional, criminal, and family law; LGBTQ history

    Phone: 716-645-1743


  • Portrait of Shawn J. Donahue, University at Buffalo elections, political science and Constitutional law expert.

    Shawn J. Donahue

    Assistant Professor of Political Science

    Expertise: voting rights, redistricting, gerrymandering, state and local politics (including New York State and Buffalo-area politics), campaigns, elections, civil liberties, Constitutional law, election law

    Phone: 716-645-8446


  • Portrait of Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora.

    Jorge Luis Fabra-Zamora

    Associate Professor of Law

    Expertise: legal philosophy, transnational law, transitional justice, truth commissions, Colombia’s peace agreement, international human rights and compensation

    Phone: 716-645-3292


  • Head shot of Lucinda M. Finley.

    Lucinda M. Finley

    Frank G. Raichle Professor of Trial and Appellate Advocacy

    Expertise: abortion, reproductive rights, women and the law, Supreme Court, employment discrimination, equal protection law, tort law and reform

    Phone: 716-645-6152


    Contact: Finley can also be contacted through Doug Sitler in UB Media Relations at 716-645-9069 or

  • Portrait of James Gardner, UB election law and constitutional law expert, in a suit and tie.

    James A. Gardner

    Bridget and Thomas Black SUNY Distinguished Professor of Law

    Expertise: election law, constitutional law, federalism, voting rights, redistricting, democracy, state constitutional law

    Phone: 716-645-3607


  • Portrait of Athena D. Mutua, University at Buffalo civil rights law and legal justice system expert.

    Athena D. Mutua

    Professor of Law and Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar

    Expertise: civil rights law; constitutional law (Fourteenth Amendment); critical race and feminist legal theory; law and political economy; race and the legal justice system

    Phone: 716-645-2873. Athena D. Mutua can sometimes be contacted more quickly through the UB Media Relations team at


  • Portrait of Anthony O'Rourke, University at Buffalo criminal law and procedure expert.

    Anthony O’Rourke

    Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad Professor of Civil Justice

    Expertise: criminal law and procedure, inequality in the criminal justice system

    Phone: 716-645-3097