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Bar exam wishes and Law Library hours

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The Law Library is cheering and supporting everyone taking the Bar Exam — you’ve studied hard; you’re well prepared; and you’ll do the best that you can do!

The Law Library will be open today, Monday, July 24th, until 9:00 pm, to support ongoing study.


New Law Library late summer hours will begin on Tuesday, July 25th.

Billions in Private Student Loan Debt Could be Wiped Out Due to Missing Paperwork

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If you are a student loan borrower, you may have read with interest recent stories about missing paperwork jeopardizing the collection of billions of dollars in private student loan debt. According to this New York Times article, the National Collegiate Student Loan Trust, who owns the loans in question, “hold[s] 800,000 private student loans, totaling $12 billion, [of which] more than $5 billion…is in default.” National Collegiate and its collection company, Transworld Systems, are also now being investigated by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who vowed that he “won’t allow a generation of New Yorkers to get victimized by the very system that was created to help them get ahead.”

But before you spend next month’s student loan payment on a bottle, or let’s face it, a case of champagne, check out this article from Time to see if you might be affected. Likewise, this article cautions that defaulting on your loans can “have ruinous consequences for your credit [and, if you lose your case,] could stick you with National Collegiate’s legal fees, on top of the debt you’d be ordered to repay and any lawyer’s fees of your own.”

The debt held by National Collegiate originated as private student loans, which “lack the consumer protection” of federal loans. Borrowers wishing to dispute federally guaranteed loans can find additional information on the Department of Education’s website, or by contacting the Department’s Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group.


Welcome, Dean Abramovsky!

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Please join the University at Buffalo School of Law in welcoming Aviva Abramovsky as the new Dean of the School of Law. Dean Abramovsky joins us from Syracuse University, where she was the Kaufman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Associate Dean for International Initiatives. In addition to teaching courses in Commercial Transactions, Contracts, and Insurance Law, she led efforts to create new LLM and JD programs for foreign lawyers and develop new international programs.

Dean Abramovsky is an accomplished scholar, publishing in the areas of commercial law, insurance law, regulation of financial entities, and legal ethics. A sampling of her works can be found at the links below.

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Welcome, John Beatty!

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

John Beatty photoPlease join the Law Library in welcoming John Beatty, our new Faculty Scholarship Outreach Librarian.

John is a graduate of Syracuse University Law School who has law library experience (St. Thomas) and law practice experience (Melvin & Melvin). John will help us build and maintain the School of Law’s BePress scholarship presence in addition to other projects and initiatives that promote faculty scholarship.

John’s contact info is online at

Celebrating “A Black Man’s Journey from Sharecropper to College President” by Judy Scales-Trent

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Cover image of Black Mans JourneyJoin the University at Buffalo School of Law in congratulating and celebrating emeritus professor Judy Scales-Trent on her award-winning book, A Black Man’s Journey from Sharecropper to College President: the Life and Work of William Johnson Trent, 1873-1963 (Monroe Street Press, 2016).

Professor Scales-Trent’s book has received numerous prestigious awards, including: Silver Award, 2017 Benjamin Franklin Awards; Silver Award, 2016 Nautilus Book Awards; Finalist, 2017 Foreword INDIES Awards; Finalist, 2016 Best Book Awards.

As noted in Kirkus Reviews (12/15/2016, Vol. 84 Issue 24, p. 190-191), “Scales-Trent . . . is Trent’s granddaughter, and her book is clearly a labor of love.”

The book is available in the UB Libraries and via Amazon.

Happy summer

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

From May 22-July 24, the Law Library will follow this schedule of hours:

Summer Session I (Bar study) – May 22-July 24**

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

**Exceptions to Regular Hours

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29: Closed
Monday, July 3: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4: Closed
Day before Bar Exams, Monday, July 24:  9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Need Reference assistance?
The Reference Desk will be staffed from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday during regular library hours. You can also contact Reference via phone at (716) 645-2047 or email to any time.

Law Library closed on Memorial Day

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Just a reminder that the Law Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. So the Library will be closing on Friday, May 26, at 5:00 p.m. and re-open on Tuesday, May 30, at 9:00 a.m.

The full schedule of Law Library hours is posted at and

New publication: Adcreep by Mark Bartholomew

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The Law Library has just received the latest book by University at Buffalo School of Law Professor Mark Bartholomew, Adcreep: the Case against Modern Marketing.

Publisher Stanford University Press notes, “Adcreep journeys through the curious and sometimes troubling world of modern advertising. Mark Bartholomew exposes an array of marketing techniques that might seem like the stuff of science fiction: neuromarketing, biometric scans, automated online spies, and facial recognition technology, all enlisted to study and stimulate consumer desire. This marriage of advertising and technology has consequences. Businesses wield rich and portable records of consumer preference, delivering advertising tailored to your own idiosyncratic thought processes. They mask their role by using social media to mobilize others, from celebrities to your own relatives, to convey their messages. Guerrilla marketers turn every space into a potential site for a commercial come-on or clandestine market research. Advertisers now know you on a deeper, more intimate level, dramatically tilting the historical balance of power between advertiser and audience. … ” [more]

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Goodbye spring and hello summer!

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The spring semester has ended, with summer approaching and bar study here.  The Law Library will be closed during commencement weekend, Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21.  Our schedule for the start of summer will then be:

Summer Session I (Bar study) – May 22-July 24**

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

**Exceptions to Regular Hours

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29:   Closed
Monday, July 3:   9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4:   Closed
Day before Bar Exams, Monday, July 24:   9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

As the Library’s shifting project continues into the summer, we’re also making some adjustments to quiet study spaces to better accommodate students studying for the bar. Beginning Monday, May 22:

  • Floors 2, 5, and 6 will be designated for quiet study;
  • Floor 3 will be open but expect noise;
  • Floor 4 will be closed.

We anticipate that floor 6 will also be closed as the project progresses and will post updates at that time.

As always, floor 7 is a Law Student-only quiet reading room.

The full schedule of Law Library hours is posted at and Hours at other University Libraries are posted at

Congratulations to all graduates and continuing students!