Telephone: (716) 645-2052

Fax: (716) 645-5968



Since its founding in 1887, the University at Buffalo Law School ‑‑ the State University of New York system's only law school ‑‑ has established an excellent reputation and is widely regarded as a leader in legal education. It's cutting‑edge curriculum provides both a strong theoretical foundation and the practical tools graduates need to succeed in a competitive marketplace, wherever they choose to practice. A special emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, public service and opportunities for hands‑on clinical education makes UB Law School unique among the nation's premier public law schools.


The first‑year program includes traditional legal courses in procedure, torts, contracts, property, criminal law, constitutional law, and ethics, as well as intensive year‑long course in research and writing and spring semester electives in selected areas of legal practice. In the second and third years students can choose from 11 curricular concentrations that allow for in‑depth study. Moreover, each student has the opportunity to craft a custom‑made curriculum, beyond the selected concentrations, drawing from numerous offerings to build a personalized sequence of courses and experiences.


UB Law School's nationally renowned clinics offer diverse and sophisticated practice opportunities for second and third‑year students. Known for its groundbreaking approaches to skills training and public interest practice, it's Clinical Education Program combines client service, impact litigation, and transactional planning. UB's Affordable Housing Clinic, for example, has been responsible for developing more than $60 million in affordable housing in the Western New York community.


A beautiful Mission‑style courtroom recently constructed in John Lord O'Brian Hall offers students the opportunity to watch judges and lawyers as they conduct actual judicial proceedings. It is one of the only law school courtrooms that is utilized by a state court system where real cases are regularly tried.


High‑quality faculty members are another important ingredient in UB Law's success. The school has a very low student‑faculty ratio. Currently, more than 75 percent of its upper division courses are comprised of fewer than 40 students. A large number of faculty members are nationally prominent and hold advanced degrees in the social sciences and other disciplines, in addition to their law degrees. Their scholarship is published widely, and they bring a wealth of practice and policy experience to UB Law School.


A wide range of interdisciplinary and dual degree programs permit UB law students to combine their legal studies with masters or doctoral programs through the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, as well as the School of Management, the School of Social Work, the School of Informatics, the School of Public Health, and various graduate departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. UB Law also offers a unique post‑professional Master of Laws degree in Criminal Law.


Dean and Professor:

R. Niles Olsen (716) 645‑2052

Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid:

Lillie Wiley‑Upshaw (716) 645‑2907

Financial Aid Coordinator:

Brezetta Steverson (716) 645‑7923

Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library & Associate P:

James Milles (716) 645‑2089

Associate Dean for Career Services and Placement:

Lisa M. Patterson (716) 645‑2056

Associate Dean for Alumni and Public Relations:

Ilene R. Fleishmann (716) 645‑2107

Vice Dean for Student Affairs & Clinical Instructor:

Melinda R. Saran (716) 645‑6223

Associate Dean for Records & Registration:

Karen Waltz Cowart (716) 645‑2061

Vice Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor:

Susan Vivian Mangold (716) 645‑2052

Vice Dean for Development:

Deborah J. Scott (716) 645‑2109

Director of Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy & Profess:

Lynn Mather (716) 645‑5541

Assistant Dean for Information Technology:

Alexander P. Dzadur (716) 645‑7393

Vice Dean for Resource Management:

Marlene M. Cook (716) 645‑2053

Chair of the Appointments Committee & Professor:

Guyora Binder (716) 645‑2673



ROLF NILS OLSEN, JR., (Dean and Professor), Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1969); Columbia University (J.D., 1974). Email:

LEE A. ALBERT, (Professor of Law), born 1937; admitted to bar, 1965, District of Columbia; 1968, New York. Education: Rutgers College (A.B., 1960); Yale Law School (J.D., 1963). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Health Law, Law, Medicine and Bioethics. Email:


JAMES B. ATLESON, (Professor of Law & SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor), born 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, Ohio. Education: Ohio State University (B.A., 1960; J.D., 1962); Stanford University (LL.M., 1964). COURSES: Labor Law, Law and the Visual Arts, Labor History. Email:


DIANNE AVERY, (Professor of Law), born 1944; admitted to bar, 1983, New York. Education: Duke University (B.A., 1966); Wesleyan University (M.A.T., 1967); The University at Buffalo Law School (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Employment, Family Property, Real Property, Labor Law. Email:


ROBERT S. BERGER, (Professor of Law), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1978, Illinois. Education: Kenyon College (A.B., 1970); University of Chicago (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Environment and Development Policy, Evidence. Email:


GUYORA BINDER, (Professor of Law & University of Buffalo Distinguished Professor), born 1956. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1977); Yale Law School (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, International Human Rights, International Law. Email:


PAUL I. BIRZON, (Adjunct Associate Professor), Education: City University of New York (B.A.); Columbia University (LL.B.).


BARRY B. BOYER, (Professor of Law), born 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, District of Columbia and Florida. Education: Duke University (A.B., 1966); University of Michigan (J.D., 1969). COURSES: Administrative, Environmental, Occupational Safety and Health Law. Email:


LAUREN E. BREEN, (Clinical Instructor), Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1983); University of Buffalo (J.D., 1989). Email:


ELIZABETH F. BUCKLEY, (Adjunct Associate Professor), Education: University of Massachusetts (B.A., 1976); Howard University (J.D., 1980).


CHARLES CARR, (Adjunct Associate Professor), Education: City University of New York (B.A.); Howard University (J.D.). Email:


CATHERINE CERULLI, (Clinical Instructor), Education: St. Mary's College (B.A.); University at Albany (M.A.); University at Buffalo (J.D.). Email:


LOUIS A. DEL COTTO, (Professor Emeritus), born New York, December 29, 1923; admitted to bar, 1952, New York. Education: University at Buffalo (LL.B., 1951); Columbia University (LL.M., 1961). COURSES: Federal Tax, Corporate Reorganization.


THOMAS F. DISARE, (Clinical Professor), born 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, New York. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1977; J.D., 1980). COURSES: Clinical Teaching, Corporate Finance. Email:


MARKUS D. DUBBER, (Professor of Law), born 1966. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1988); Stanford University (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Criminal Justice, Criminal Procedure. Email:


DAVID M. ENGEL, (Professor of Law, Director of International Programs), born 1945. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1967); University of Michigan (M.A., 1974 and J.D., 1974). COURSES: Conflict Resolution, Torts, Products Liability, Disabilities and Law, Law and Society. Email:


CHARLES PATRICK EWING, (Professor of Law & SUNY Distinguished Service Professor), born 1949; admitted to bar, 1984, New York. Education: Syracuse University (B.A., 1971); Cornell University (Ph.D., 1975); Harvard University (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Criminal Law, Evidence, Juvenile Law, Law and Psychiatry. Email:


SARA FAHERTY, (Clinical Instructor), Education: Wellesley College (B.A., 1983); University at Buffalo (J.D., 1990). Email:


DAVID B. FILVAROFF, (Professor of Law), born 1931; admitted to bar, 1958, Ohio; 1980, Texas. Education: University of Wisconsin (S.B., 1953); Harvard University (LL.B., 1958). COURSES: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Torts, Federal Jurisdiction, International Law. Email:


LUCINDA M. FINLEY, (Frank G. Raichle Professor of Trial & Appellate Advocacy), born 1956; admitted to bar, 1980, District of Columbia. Education: Barnard College (B.A., 1977); Columbia University (J.D., 1980). COURSES: Torts, Toxic Torts, Employment Discrimination, Feminist Jurisprudence, Women and the Law. Email:


REBECCA REDWOOD FRENCH, (Professor of Law), Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1971); University of Washington Law School (J.D., 1974); Yale Law School (LL.M., 1988); Yale University (Ph.D., 1990). Email:


JAMES A. GARDNER, (Professor of Law), Education: Yale University (B.A., 1980); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1984). Email:


SHUBHA GHOSH, (Professor), Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1984); University of Michigan (Ph.D., 1988); Stanford (J.D., 1994). Email:


WILLIAM R. GREINER, (Professor of Law), born 1934; admitted to bar, 1961, Connecticut; 1973, New York. Education: Wesleyan University (B.A., 1956); Yale University (M.A., 1959; J.D., 1960; LL.M., 1966). COURSES: Federal Tax Policy, Real Property, State and Local Tax, Federal Tax, Local Government. Email:


PHILIP HALPERN, (Professor of Law), born 1946; admitted to bar, 1975, New York. Education: Columbia College (B.A., 1968); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Civil Rights, Clinical Teaching, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Tax. Email:


NAN L. HAYNES, (Research and Writing Instructor), Education: Empire State College (B.A.); University at Buffalo (J.D.). Email:


THOMAS E. HEADRICK, (Professor of Law and SUNY Distinguished Service Professor), born 1933; admitted to bar, 1960, Connecticut; 1962, California. Education: Franklin & Marshall College (B.A., 1955); Oxford University (B.Litt., 1958); Yale University (LL.B., 1960); Stanford University (Ph.D., 1975). COURSES: Corporate Finance, Corporations, World Civilization. Email:


GEORGE M. HEZEL, (Clinical Professor), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1974, New York. Education: Fordham University (A.B., 1966; M.A., 1968); The University at Buffalo Law School (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Community Development Law, Housing Development Law. Email:


JACOB D. HYMAN, (Professor Emeritus), admitted to bar, 1935, New York. Education: Harvard University (B.S., 1931; LL.B., 1934).


KENNETH F. JOYCE, (Professor of Law and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor), born 1937; admitted to bar, 1961, Massachusetts; 1974, New York. Education: Boston College (A.B., 1958; LL.B., 1961); Harvard University (LL.M., 1964). COURSES: Property, Taxation, Trusts and Estates, Introduction to Law. Email:


GEORGE KANNAR, (Vice Dean and Professor of Law), born 1948; admitted to bar, 1979, New York. Education: Yale College (B.A., 1970); Harvard University (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Ethics, Law and Politics. Email:


MILTON KAPLAN, (Professor Emeritus), born 1915; admitted to bar, 1941, New York. Education: Hamilton College (A.B., 1937); Harvard (LL.B., 1940).


ALFRED S. KONEFSKY, (Professor of Law and U.B. Distinguished Professor), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, Massachusetts. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1967); Boston College (J.D., 1970). COURSES: American Colonial Legal History, Contracts, Law and American Labor History. Email:


JANET S. LINDGREN, (Professor of Law), born 1947; admitted to bar, 1971, Wisconsin. Education: Macalester College (B.A., 1968); University of Wisconsin (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Contracts, Legislation, Remedies. Email:


JEFFREY D. MALKAN, (Director of Research and Writing), Education: Columbia College (A.B., 1976); SUNY Stonybrook (M.A., 1982; Ph.D., 1982); City University of New York (J.D., 1988); Stanford (J.S.M., 1992). Email:


SUSAN V. MANGOLD, (Vice Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1987, Pennsylvania; 1993, New York. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1982); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1987). COURSES: Child Advocacy, Evidence and the Child Victim. Email:


H. JEFFREY MARCUS, (Clinical Professor), Education: University at Buffalo (B.A., 1978); University of Michigan (Ph.D.); University at Buffalo Law School (J.D., 1990). Email:


ISABEL S. MARCUS, (Professor of Law), born 1938; admitted to bar, 1976, California; 1989, New York. Education: Barnard College (B.A., 1961); University of California at Berkeley (M.A., 1965; J.D., 1975; Ph.D., 1974). COURSES: Administrative Law, Family Law, Labor Law, Social Security Law. Email:


LYNN MATHER, (Director of Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and Professor), Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A.); University of California at Irvine (Ph.D.). Email:


GREGG S. MAXWELL, (Research and Writing Instructor), Education: University of Buffalo (B.A.; J.D.). Email:


MARTHA T. MCCLUSKEY, (Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1988, Maine. Education: Colby College (B.A., 1980); Yale Law School (J.D., 1988); Columbia Law School (J.S.D., 1995). COURSES: Family Law, Feminist Theory, Workers' Compensation, Civil Rights. Email:


ERROL E. MEIDINGER, (Vice Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Law), born 1952. Education: University of North Dakota (B.A., 1974); Northwestern University (M.A., 1977; J.D., 1979; Ph.D., 1986). COURSES: Property, Administrative Law, Law and Ecosystem Management, Environmental Law, Indian Law. Email:


ELIZABETH B. MENSCH, (Professor of Law), born 1943. Education: New School for Social Research (B.A., 1965); Cornell University (MAT., 1967); The University at Buffalo Law School (J.D., 1978); Harvard University (LL.M., 1979). COURSES: Abortion, Law and Morality, Antitrust, Torts, Contracts, International Trade. Email:


TERESA MILLER, (Associate Professor), Education: Duke University (B.A., 1982); Harvard University (J.D., 1986); University of Wisconsin (LL.M., 1989). Email:


JAMES MILLES, (Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library and Associate Professor), Education: St. Louis University (B.A., 1978; J.D., 1990); University of Texas at Austin (M.A., 1980; M.L.I.S., 1982). Email:


ATHENA D. MUTUA, (Associate Professor), Education: Earlham College (B.A.); American University (J.D./M.A.); Harvard University (LL.M.). Email:


MAKUA MUTUA, (Professor of Law), Education: University of Dar‑Es‑Salaam (Tanzania) (B.L., 1983; M.L., 1984); Harvard University (LL.M., 1985; J.S.D., 1987). Email:


WADE J. NEWHOUSE, (Professor Emeritus), born Tennessee, November 22, 1922; admitted to bar, 1952, Michigan; 1971, New York. Education: Southwestern University/Memphis (B.A., 1948); University of Michigan (J.D., 1951). COURSES: Education Law, Law and Public Education. Email:


JOHANNA ORESKOVIC, (Director of Post‑Professional Degree Programs and Assistant Director of Buffalo Criminal Law Center), Education: Barnard College, Columbia University (B.A); University at Buffalo (M.A./Ed.M./J.D.). Email:


MARGARET PHILLIPS, (Instructor of Research and Writing), Education: Barnard College (B.A.); University at Buffalo Law School (J.D.). Email:


STEPHANIE L. PHILLIPS, (Professor of Law), born 1952; admitted to bar, 1983, Pennsylvania; 1984, Florida. Education: University at Buffalo (B.S., 1978); Harvard University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Conflict of Laws, Securities Regulation, Law and Religion.


PETER R. PITEGOFF, (Professor of Law), born 1953; admitted to bar, 1981, Massachusetts; 1988, New York. Education: Brown University (A.B., 1975); New York University (J.D., 1981). COURSES: Community Development Law, Corporations, Corporate Finance/Labor, Legal Profession. Email:


JENNIFER PLANTS, (Instructor of Research and Writing), Education: Hartwick College (B.A.); Valparaiso University Law School (J.D.). Email:


LAURA B. REILLY, (Instructor of Research and Writing), Education: Washington University (B.A.); William Mitchell (J.D.). Email:


ROBERT I. REIS, (Professor of Law), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1965, New York; 1966, Connecticut. Education: Adelphi University (A.B., 1961); New York University (LL.B., 1964); University of Southern California (LL.M., 1965). COURSES: Computer Law, Environmental Law, Land Use Controls, Real Property, Personal Property. Email:


MELINDA R. SARAN, (Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Clinical Instructor), admitted to bar, 1987, New York. Education: University at Buffalo (B.A., 1982; J.D., 1986); University of Rochester (M.P.H., 1983). COURSES: Education Law Clinic. Email:


JUDY SCALES‑TRENT, (Professor of Law), born 1940; admitted to bar, 1974, District of Columbia; 1986, New York. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., 1962); Middlebury College (M.A., 1967); Northwestern University (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination, Law and Literature. Email:


JOHN HENRY SCHLEGEL, (Professor of Law), born 1942; admitted to bar, 1968, Illinois. Education: Northwestern University (A.B., 1964); University of Chicago (J.D., 1967). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Contracts, Corporations. Email:


MARGARET A. SHANNON, (Adjunct Associate Professor), Education: University of Montana (B.A.); University of California, Berkeley (M.S./Ph.D.). Email:


SHEILA R. SHULMAN, (Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Social and Preventive Medicine), Education: University of British Columbia (LL.B.); Boston University (M.P.H.); Toronto Western Hospital (R.N.). Email:


ROBERT J. STEINFELD, (Professor of Law), Education: City College of New York (B.A., 1968); Harvard University (A.M., 1972; Ph.D., 1980; LL.M., 1983); Boston College (J.D., 1978). COURSES: American Legal History, Property. Email:


LOUIS H. SWARTZ, (Associate Professor of Law and Social Work), born 1925; admitted to bar, 1950, New York. Education: Cornell University (LL.B., 1950); Columbia University (LL.M., 1957; Ph.D., 1977). COURSES: Criminal Law, Domestic Relations, Law and Medicine, Law and Sexuality. Email:


ANTHONY H. SZCZYGIEL, (Director of Clinical Education and Professor of Law), born 1950; admitted to bar, 1977, New York. Education: University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1972; J.D., 1975). COURSES: Administrative Law, Business of Health Care, Clinical Teaching, Health Care and Elderly. Email:


SUZANNE TOMKINS, (Clinical Associate Professor), born New York, June 13, 1955; admitted to bar, 1992, New York. Education: State University College at Buffalo (B.A., 1989; J.D., 1992). COURSES: Domestic Violence. Email:


AMY DEAN WESTBROOK, (Professor), Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1987; J.D., 1992). Email:


DAVID A. WESTBROOK, (Professor of Law), Education: Emory University (B.A., 1988); Harvard University (J.D., 1992). Email:


KENDRA E. WINKLESTEIN, (Instructor of Research and Writing), Education: University of Rochester (B.A.); University at Buffalo (J.D.). Email:


JAMES A. WOOTEN, (Professor of Law), admitted to bar, 1992, Pennsylvania. Education: Rice University (B.A., 1981); Yale University (J.D., 1993; M.A., 1989). COURSES: Pension/Employee Benefits, Labor Law, Bankruptcy. Email: