Gift to UB Law School Remembers Long-Time Friend

Release Date: February 1, 1999 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A family gift to the University at Buffalo's Law School has become a living tribute to the memory of Harry A. Rachlin, a 1926 graduate of the law school.

Buffalo attorney Lauren D. Rachlin of Kavinoky and Cook and family members have given $25,000 to the law school to be used for the Harry A. Rachlin Prize in Property and Real Estate Law.

Lauren Rachlin said it was a joint decision among the siblings and grandchildren "because they knew the law school was very important to my father and they wanted to let his name and the law school connection continue." He added that his father had "a great interest in the welfare of law students and young lawyers particularly in the area of property law."

Rachlin practiced with his father for more than 40 years and agreed with him that the UB Law School is devoted to its students. The award helps recognize both the school and its students. Rachlin, who received an undergraduate degree from the UB School of Management, said he hopes "this kind of gift can serve as a catalyst for other alumni to give back to the university."

The first two Harry A. Rachlin prizes were awarded to Steven Sturman of Buffalo and Sarah Rudell of Williamsville.

Sturman, a 1997 graduate of the Law School, received the award for his efforts on behalf of the Edwin F. Jaeckle Government Law Center, which deals with property law and local land use. Sturman said, "It was a great experience and nice to be recognized for my efforts in this area."

Rudell is a third-year law school student who said she was delighted to receive the award for her studies in property law.

Sturman and Rudell received their awards during the Law School's recent Alumni Convocation.

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