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Law Library Thanksgiving Break

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During the Fall Recess Thanksgiving Break, the Law Library will observe the following schedule of hours:

Fall Recess – November 25 – November 29
Wednesday 11/25:  open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 11/26 (Thanksgiving):  Closed
Friday-Saturday 11/27-11/28:  Closed
Sunday 11/29:  open 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Regular Law Library hours will resume on Monday, November 30, at 7:30 a.m.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday and restful break, and we’ll look forward to seeing you bright and early Monday morning.

Do You Need Help With Research Papers? The Reference Librarians Are Here to Help!

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Now that it is paper writing time, don’t forget that the Law Library reference librarians are available to show you how to do research for seminar and other research papers and projects. We will help you discover the treasure trove of information in our vast array of databases, books, and on the internet and assist you with search techniques.

Our reference desk hours are:
Monday – Thursday 9 am to 9 pm
Friday and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

Also, you can call the reference desk (716-645-2047) to get help or set up an appointment.

Or, email us at

New Collection in HeinOnline: Animal Studies

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The Law Library has purchased access to HeinOnline’s new collection, Animal Studies: Law, Welfare and Rights. From Hein, “With titles from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Animal Welfare Institute, this collection aims to establish the foundational laws pertaining to animals and follow the evolution of these rights throughout the years. It includes philosophical books dating back to the 1800s, videos, periodicals, brochures, and more.”
HeinOnline Animal Law

Remembering the Class of ’98

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Class of 98

From the Law Library’s archives, a list of toasts given by members of the Class of ’98, including one to “The Volunteers of the Class of ’98.”

On Veteran’s Day, we take the time to honor those who have served our country. This seems like a good time to look back into a particular instance of SUNY Buffalo Law School’s history when a class honored three servicemen.

The Spanish-American War may not be the most well-known of American conflicts. Post-Civil War and pre-World War I, the Spanish-American War is what caused Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders to charge up San Juan Hill. Amid cries to “Remember the Maine,” then President McKinley (who had yet to make his trip to Buffalo) asked Congress to declare war on Spain on April 20, 1898. Congress approved the request five days later. The war ended when the Treaty of Paris was signed on December 10, 1898.

In April 1898, the Buffalo Law School (as it was then named) was only ten years old. It was located on the ninth floor of the Ellicott Square Building in Buffalo. Adelbert Moot was dean. It’s first two female graduates (Helen Z.M. Rogers and Cecil B. Wiener) were a year shy of graduation. John Lord O’Brian, our building’s namesake, was set to graduate. Among his classmates were the three men who inspired this post: Henry Adsit Bull, John Dunn Clute, and Archie C. Ryder. Bull, Clute, and Ryder enlisted to fight before they could graduate.

The students at the Law School in those early years would regularly petition the administration. In University Archives, you can find petitions requesting that exams be delayed, vacations extended, and any other number of suggestions. Some were granted, some were not. The Class of 1898 circulated a petition that showed that they stood in solidarity with their three classmates who left to serve their country. The petition asked that, even though Bull, Clute, and Ryder were absent, the three men receive their degrees as a part of the Class of 1898. Through a resolution from the University Council, the request was granted.

Didn’t I Say Don’t Look?

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My thoughts have been with Florida as late and it has little to do with the oncoming Buffalo—nope I’m not going to say it. I absolutely refuse to say that terrible word that starts with a w and ends with inter, but I digress. I had Florida on my mind—sorry Georgia—because there have been some interesting stories coming out of the courts. A judge and public defender pausing proceedings for fisticuffs?  Yup. And now judges in the Sunshine State have a dress code. While the Florida Supreme Court’s edict would be right at home in my color wheel, there are some who are less than pleased.

So what’s the latest? Well a certain juror found out that actions have consequences. Contempt of court consequences. During jury selection for a murder trial, Judge William Fuente gave the standard instructions: “Do not read, post, listen to, watch or talk about the case.”  There was one juror who didn’t obey and owned up to it the following day. She had read an article because she was “curious.” She pled guilty to contempt and was sentenced earlier this week to six months probation. The kicker? Every other Monday during her probation period, she has to report for jury duty until she serves on a case.

It just goes to show that the hardest time to not look is when someone tells you not to.

Regular Law Library Hours for Fall 2015

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The Law Library’s regular hours of operation for Fall 2015 (August 31-December 4) are:

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

Exceptions to this schedule are noted at

Please note that on Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, classes are in session and the Law Library is open regular hours.

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Library hours during Law School Fall Break

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Welcome to Fall, and to the Law School‘s Fall Break!  The Law Library will be open on the following schedule during this period, from October 1-October 4:

Thursday-Friday 10/1-10/2 :      7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10/3:      9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10/4:      12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.

Regular hours will resume on Monday, October 5, at 7:30 a.m.

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Wi-Fi Boost

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Reliable Wi-Fi coverage is important to our campus community, and demand is growing exponentially. Working with the campus community, UB is building a better Wi-Fi network across all three campuses. As UB makes a major investment in Wi-Fi infrastructure, Wi-Fi Boost will double our access points and upgrade UB’s networks to the latest and fastest standard.  This project will increase coverage and improve the services we offer

Work on the Wi-Fi Boost project is scheduled to start in O’Brian Hall on October 6, 2015. While technical staff are converting the wireless access points, Wi-Fi connectivity in O’Brian will be intermittent.

During this work period, UB_Secure and Eduroam will see intermittent connectivity. UB_Wireless, UB_Guest, and UB_Gaming will be removed and replaced with a new service, UB_Connect.

Note: A known issue for Windows 7 users is that they may be prompted to re-authenticate with their UBIT credentials when they roam between buildings with networks that have or have not been upgraded.

Work is scheduled within O’Brian from 10/6 through 10/22. Additional information about the project can be found at

Holiday hours at the Law Library

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The Law Library will be closed from Saturday, September 5, through Monday, September 7, due to the Labor Day holiday.  The Library will re-open and resume regular hours on Tuesday, September 8, at 7:30 a.m.

Speaking of Labor Day, have you viewed the Library of Congress American Memory’s Today Day in History collection? Great historical tidbits about American history, including Labor Day.

Archival photo of Labor Day parade, ca. 1900

Labor Day parade, Main St., Buffalo, N.Y., ca. 1900

from Today in History: September 5 : The First Labor Day,

Have You Heard We Have a PA System? Don’t Worry—You Will

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The Law Library is happy to announce that we have a new PA system. In addition to conveying emergency messages, the PA system will have an automated message that will play at close every night. Patrons will be warned of closing thirty minutes, fifteen minutes, and five minutes before the Law Library closes. It is the Law Library’s policy that the PA system will only be used for closing and emergency communications and not for paging patrons.

For all you Law Library regulars out there, can you guess which librarian voices our closing message?