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Fall library hours start Monday

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The fall semester is starting and with it comes a change to the Fall schedule of hours for the Law Library.

Beginning on Monday, August 29, the Law Library will observe the following schedule:

Regular Fall Hours – August 29 – December 2, 2016*

Monday-Thursday:    7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday:    7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday:    9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday:    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

*Exceptions to Regular Fall Hours

Saturday-Sunday 9/3-9/4:    Closed
Monday 9/5 (Labor Day):    Closed

The full schedule of Law Library hours can be found at For hours at other University Libraries locations, visit The Law School calendars can be found at

Passport Office Closed Week of August 15th

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

The Law Library’s Passport Office will be closed this Monday, August 15th through Friday, August 19th. The Office will reopen on Monday, August 22nd at 9:00 AM.

  • If you need a passport-sized photo while our office is closed, please visit CVS in the Commons.
  • For passport assistance while our office is closed, the Erie County Clerk’s Office, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202 accepts new passport applications only. The Clerk’s Office will not process renewal applications, but you can mail in your own renewal if you meet these requirements:
  • Should you require a new passport or renewal to travel within the next three weeks, please call 1-877-487-2778 to schedule an appointment with the Buffalo Passport Agency at 111 Genesee St., Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14203.
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Mitchell Lecture this fall: “Editing the Environment”

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The Fall 2016 Mitchell Lecture will address the topic, “Editing the Environment: Emerging Issues in Genetics and the Law.” The lecture will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo (North Campus). This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary.


“Emerging biotechnologies such as CRISPR and gene drives are ushering in a new era of genetic engineering. In this new era, the technical means to modify life are becoming cheaper, faster, more accurate, and more widely accessible than ever before. Gene editing technologies have already made it possible to engineer ourselves, our food animals, and our crops. More recently, they are also being developed to intentionally and rapidly alter or even drive to extinction species such as mosquitoes, with far-reaching implications for the management of human diseases, including malaria, dengue, Zika, and Lyme. In other words: gene editing technologies are increasingly granting humans the power to engineer life at all scales.

“What kind of futures do gene editing technologies portend and what imaginaries of progress, risk, and control guide their regulation? This year’s Mitchell Lecture will explore the complex cultural, scientific, ecological, legal, and normative implications of gene editing technologies for the future of life. Three distinguished speakers from law, science, and governance – as well as a dozen scholars from a wide-array of disciplines and professional backgrounds – will examine and problematize the evolving regulatory approaches to gene editing. The speakers and commentators will consider the potential impacts of contemporary gene editing technologies within, and beyond, the human.”

The facilitator is Irus Braverman, University at Buffalo School of Law and speakers include: Kevin Esvelt, Media Lab, MIT; Lori Andrews, Chicago-Kent College of Law; and Sheila Jasanoff, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

More information:

Cheers for Christine Anne George!

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Christine GeorgePlease join the Law Library in saying fare well and best wishes to Christine George.

Christine has accepted a position at Cardozo Law where she will be the Faculty & Scholarly Services Librarian. While at UB, Christine served as the law library’s Archivist and Faculty Services Librarian. In these roles she completed projects, led initiatives, and hosted events which the law school community will benefit from for years to come. She was involved in everything faculty-related from metrics projects to the Lunch & Learn Series and everything in between.

We are grateful for Christine’s contributions. She will be missed but we wish her well on her new journey.

New Law Library hours beginning July 26

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

On Monday, July 25, the Law Library will be open 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Then on Tuesday, July 26, we will begin to follow a new schedule of hours, and will be open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the rest of the summer.

Summer Session II – July 25-August 28***

Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday Closed

***Exceptions to Regular Hours

Monday before bar exam, 7/25 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The full schedule of Law Library hours is available at

Charles B. @ AALL16

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Law librarians from around the country are flocking to Chicago for the annual AALL conference. You won’t have to look too hard to find our librarians there:

Nancy Babb is working with the Animal Law Caucus to make therapy dogs available during Exhibit Hall breaks.

Brian Detweiler will be presenting his poster The PB&J Bar: Leveraging Lunctime in the Law Library on July 19.

Christine George will be presenting Making Legal Scholars Bloom with ORCID at the Cool Tools Cafe on July 17.

Joe Gerken will be presenting from his new book, The Invention of Legal Research, at the Hein booth on July 17 (Early Supreme Court Reporters) and July 18 (The Codification Movement).

Terry McCormack, Theo Belniak, and Ellen McGrath will be presenting their panel Making a Legacy Collection: What Do I Do with All These Microforms? on July 18.

Ellen McGrath will be receiving the 2016 Renee D. Chapman Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Tehcnical Services Law Librarianship from the Technical Services Special Interest Section on July 18.

Welcome, Summer!

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Although we’re still some weeks away from the Solstice, it’s time to bid goodbye to the spring semester and start summer hours at the Law Library.

During the first part of summer, for bar study, May 23-July 24, the Law Library will observe the following schedule of hours:

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

The Law Library will also be closed on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and Independence Day (Monday, July 4).

Commencement weekend

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The semester is ending and commencement is here!

During commencement weekend, Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, the Law Library will be closed.  We will re-open Monday, May 23, at 9:00 a.m. as we begin the schedule of summer hours.

Congratulations to all graduates and continuing students — have a wonderful summer and keep in touch!