Professor Kenneth F. Joyce to Receive 2003 Jaeckle Award

By Ilene Fleischmann

Release Date: November 5, 2003 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Kenneth F. Joyce, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the University at Buffalo Law School and one of the most popular and engaging faculty members to teach there, will receive the 2003 Jaeckle Award from law school and the UB Law Alumni Association at a luncheon to be held on Nov. 15 in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

The award, named for Edwin F. Jaeckle, JD '15, is the highest honor the law school and the Law Alumni Association can bestow. It is given annually to an individual who has distinguished himself or herself and has made significant contributions to the law school and to the legal profession. Prior Jaeckle Award winners include Hon. Charles S. Desmond, Frank G. Raichle, Jr., M. Robert Koren, Manly Fleischmann, Hon. M. Dolores Denman and UB President William R. Greiner

The luncheon and award presentation will follow the UB Law Alumni Convocation, an annual continuing legal-education program, on "Buffalo, City on the Edge: Legal and Ethical Issues Facing Business in the Niagara Frontier." The program will focus on "Doing Business Across the Bridge" and there also will be a panel discussion on Buffalo's Control Board.

The convocation will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

"Throughout his illustrious career, Ken Joyce has brought honor to the law school and to the legal profession," said Nils Olsen, dean of the UB Law School. "He is an exceptionally worthy recipient of the Jaeckle Award."

A graduate of Boston College High School, Boston College and Boston College Law School, Joyce has lived in Buffalo for nearly two-thirds of his life, although he sounds as though he left Boston just last week.

After graduating from Boston College Law School in 1961, Joyce clerked for the Hon. Paul Kirk of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the Hon. John Danaher of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., garnering the experience to land a teaching job. In 1963 he began a yearlong LL.M. program at Harvard Law School, funded by a Ford Foundation fellowship in law teaching.

Except for one semester as a visiting professor at Cornell University Law School in 1971, and a brief stint at Albany Law School while serving as director of the Law Revision Commission in Albany in the late 1980s, Joyce has never left the UB Law School. He has earned a reputation as one of its most popular faculty members, teaching courses on tax administration and procedure, trusts and estates, and administrative law. Named a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1997, he has received numerous student-awarded faculty awards at UB law commencements.

The morning CLE program on Nov. 15, "Doing Business Across the Bridge," will touch on areas of the law ranging from international financial and transactional issues, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to employment and human-resource issues, immigration issues and criminal issues -- especially the recent changes in Canadian laws regarding the effect of criminal convictions on entry into Canada. Speakers will include Amy Deen Westbrook, UB assistant professor of law, Roseanna Berardi, Rodney O. Personius and Joyce Cavanagh-Wood.

During the second part of the morning program, focusing on "Buffalo's Control Board: A Panel Discussion," four leading attorneys will discuss the new Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority Act and its impact on entities conducting business with, and within, the City of Buffalo. Experts will touch on such topics as: the history and intent of the act, the role of the control board in overseeing city finances, its impact on existing and future municipal contracts and ethical issues dealing with potential conflicts of interest. Speakers will be James L. Magavern, Richard M. Tobe, Sean P. Beiter and Michael B. Risman.

The full morning program is approved for 3 CLE credits. Handouts will be distributed at both sessions.

In addition to the law school and the Law Alumni Association, the program is supported by the Bar Association of Erie County, Delaware North Companies, Inc., Forge Consulting LLC, Giant Food Stores LLC, Jack W. Hunt & Associates and Wilson Greatbatch Technologies, Inc.

The fee to attend both the convocation and Jaeckle luncheon is $65 for Law Alumni Association members and $75 per person for all others. A firm table of 10 will be $650. Patron tickets are available for an additional $25 for individuals and an additional $250 for firms. Patrons will be listed in the luncheon program.

The fee includes 3 CLE credits, reference materials, breakfast and the Jaeckle Award luncheon. Advance registration is recommended, and participants are asked to respond by Nov. 7. For more information, call the UB Law Alumni Office at 645-2107.