The Opinion is the official University at Buffalo Law School student newspaper. The first issue debuted on November 29, 1949 under the leadership of its first editor, Michael Beilewech, Jr. ‘51. The inception of the newspaper coincided with the opening of the new West Eagle Street law school building. The Opinion has historically served as a forum for law student viewpoints with an editorial staff comprised of University at Buffalo Law School students. In 1977 it won the American Bar Association’s Award for Excellence.