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Our History

The School of Law is marking its 130th anniversary as a path-breaking provider of legal education in Western New York and nationwide. Join us as we recognize the many prominent people and events that have helped forge our path.

How has the work of the Univeristy at Buffalo School of Law scholars changed the rarefied intellectual world of legal scholarship?
From Hon. Charles Daniels, a working New York State Supreme Court judge, to Aviva Abramovsky, our first female dean, the School of Law has been led by some of the greatest legal minds in history.
Over a century and a quarter, a long parade of distinguished teachers have brought both wisdom and knowledge to their students. Many have riveting life stories – experiences that intersected with their teaching and scholarship in sometimes surprising ways. Here are a few of the notable faculty from years past.
The Edwin F. Jaeckle Award is the highest honor the School of Law and its Law Alumni Association can bestow. These men and women have exemplified the highest ideals of the law school and been recognized for their significant contributions to the school and the legal profession.
It has been said repeatedly and emphatically: The University at Buffalo School of Law must "look like America" by our supporters and leaders. The goal is simple but never easy – to identify and recruit academically promising students and accomplished faculty of color, and to take advantage of the cultural and academic richness that a diverse population provides.
In the beginning, men dominated the bench and bar. Only with the advent of the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s did the law school see more than a handful of women in any one class. But a look back over 135 years of innovative legal education shows that accomplished and pioneering women have been the rule, not the exception, at Buffalo’s School of Law.