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Tax Analysts Student Writing Competition

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

FYI, UB Law Students: If you have written, or are considering writing an article on tax law or policy, please consider entering the Tax Analysts Student Writing Competition:

“Tax Analysts sponsors a writing competition that enables students who win to publish a paper in Tax NotesState Tax Notes, or Tax Notes International and receive a 12-month online subscription to all of these weekly magazines after graduation. Students should be enrolled in a law, business, or public policy program. Papers must be between 2,500 and 12,000 words and focus on an unsettled question in federal, international, or U.S. state tax law or policy. Entries are blindly evaluated by our editorial staff primarily on the basis of originality, readability, organization, reasoning, and overall quality of content.”

Contest guidelines are available at

Good luck!

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Spring Hours begin Monday, February 6

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

As we move from Winter to Spring sessions, the Law Library will be closed this weekend (Saturday, February 4-Sunday, February 5).  We will re-open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, February 6, and begin to follow the schedule for Spring 2017:

Spring Session – Regular Hours – February 6-May 5, 2017

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.

For exceptions to these hours and links to other schedules, please visit

Free Tax Preparation by UB School of Management Students

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

Dean Paul Tesluk of the UB School of Management (SOM) announced that SOM students are available to provide free tax preparation assistance. His message is reproduced below.

Dear University Community:

On behalf of the School of Management, I am pleased to announce that our IRS-certified accounting students will again offer free tax preparation services to individuals and families with an annual income below $54,000. UB employees* are encouraged to take advantage of this service and to invite their families and neighbors to do the same.

The service will be offered at the North and South campuses. Dates, times, locations, maps and other important details can be found at the link below:                                                                               


Paul Tesluk

Dean, School of Management

* Please note that tax preparation for nonresident aliens requires special processing that is beyond the scope of the services provided by Beta Alpha Psi volunteers. UB employees who are nonresident aliens can visit this website to find out if you are eligible to use Sprintax for income tax filing.



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New Law Library hours starting Monday, January 30th

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

As the Winter Session draws to a close with reading days and exams, the Law Library will begin following a new schedule of hours starting Monday, January 30th.

For the Winter Session Reading/Exam period, January 30-February 5, the Law Library will be open on the following schedule:

Monday-Thursday 1/30-2/2:  7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday 2/3: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 2/4-2/5: Closed

The full schedule of Law Library hours is posted at

Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The Law Library will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Did you know…  University at Buffalo Student Engagement sponsors a community day of service to honor the legacy of Dr. King. UB faculty, staff and students are invited to volunteer for a half-day on various projects in the WNY community on January 16.  For more information, visit:

New year, new look

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Many people welcome the new year as an opportunity to get in shape or try out a new look — we’re pleased to say that this is true for the Law Library, as we show off new carpeting on our 6th floor.

Over the winter recess, all of the carpet on the 6th floor was removed and replaced. This required moving shelving, as well, which is currently being returned and tidied up.  We hope you’ll enjoy the new and improved carpet experience as much as we do!

With this project, we’re starting the new year off bright and shiny, and we’re happily anticipating more renovations to come in 2017.  (Hint: keep alert to the 4th floor, with new carpet and an enhanced reading room slated for development this summer.)

Winter Session Hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Welcome to 2017 and the Law Library’s winter session hours. From January 3-January 29, we’ll be open Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 am-9:00 pm, Fridays 7:30 am-5:00 pm, and closed Saturdays/Sundays. We’ll also be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16th.

The full schedule of Law Library hours is posted at with the full schedule for all University Libraries at

Winter Recess

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Winter Recess has arrived and with it a change to Law Library hours.

The Library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, and then observing the following schedule:

Winter Recess – December 17, 2016 – January 2, 2017

Saturday-Sunday 12/17-12/18: Closed
Monday-Friday 12/19-12/23: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 12/24 (Christmas Eve): Closed
Sunday 12/25 (Christmas): Closed
Monday-Friday 12/26-12/30: Closed
Saturday 12/31 (New Year’s Eve): Closed
Sunday 1/1 (New Year’s Day): Closed
Monday 1/2: Closed

Winter Session then begins on Tuesday, January 3, when we’ll open at 7:30 a.m.

The full schedule of Law Library hours can be found at or Hours at other University Libraries locations are at

Library hours this week

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

For the remaining Exam Period, the Law Library will be open the following hours this week:

Sunday 12/11:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Monday-Thursday 12/12-12/15:  7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 12/16:  7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Law Library will be closed Saturday-Sunday, December 17-December 18.

More info

Take a study break

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Each weekday afternoon throughout exams, the Law Library will be hosting weekday study snacks for law students in the 7th Floor reading room.  Please stop by, kick back, and enjoy a little study break! We’ll bring the goodies around 3:00 p.m.