Dean, School of Law

Published March 27, 2017 This content is archived.

Dear University Community:

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Aviva Abramovsky, Associate Dean for International Initiatives and Kaufman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Syracuse University College of Law, as Dean of UB School of Law, effective July 2017.

Professor Abramovsky’s appointment results from an international search. Professor Abramovsky was chosen for the position because of her impressive leadership experience, academic accomplishments, and creative, entrepreneurial vision for UB School of Law and the future of legal education. Under her leadership, I am confident that the School of Law will continue to build on its long tradition of delivering innovative and interdisciplinary research and learning in pursuit of justice.

As Associate Dean at Syracuse University, Professor Abramovsky has led the internationalization effort in the College of Law. Among her impressive contributions, Professor Abramovsky spearheaded Master of Laws (LLM) and two-year Juris Doctor (JD) programs for foreign lawyers, launched a Visiting Scholars and Researchers program, developed international partnerships to enable a new international student exchange program, and created a legal English pre-matriculation program. In addition, Professor Abramovsky also directs Syracuse University’s LLM program and clinical internship in London, and previously served as Associate Dean for Special Projects.   

Professor Abramovsky is an expert in commercial law, insurance law, regulation of financial entities and legal ethics. She has written numerous articles and legal treatises, including authoring the comprehensive, multi-volume McKinney’s Uniform Commercial Code Forms for New York. She is also the editor of LSN Insurance Law, Legislation, & Policy. Professor Abramovsky contributed to the 2013 BILA Book Prize winning Research Handbook on International Insurance and Regulation, and her scholarship has been recognized as “litigation essential” by LexisNexis.

Professor Abramovsky served as an academic evaluator for the American Bar Association’s federal judiciary committees for Supreme Court nominees Samuel Alito and Sonya Sotomayor. Among other professional leadership positions, she also served as chair and later executive board member of the Insurance Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools.

Professor Abramovsky holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dean Paul Tesluk and all of the members of the search committee for their outstanding service, which was vital to the successful outcome of this search. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Interim Dean James Gardner for his dedicated leadership of and service to the School of Law since December 2014.

Please join me in welcoming Professor Abramovsky to UB and to this important leadership role within our campus community. For more details on this appointment, please view the full announcement here.



Charles F. Zukoski                                                                                        Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs