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Law Library winter hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Throughout the Law School’s winter session/Bridge courses (January 5-February 8),  the Law Library generally will be open on the following schedule:

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

An exception to this schedule is Monday, January 19, when the Law Library will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Looking for more schedules?

The Law Library’s full schedule of hours is available at for Google calendar version).  Hours at other University Libraries are listed at  The Law School’s calendar is at

You Need to Change Your Westlaw Password

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Attention all SUNY Buffalo Law faculty, staff, and students:

Westlaw has announced that all academic users will need to reset their passwords or risk losing access during the spring semester. We were told that the password reset is for security reasons. We do not know what the deadline will be for making these changes, but if you update your password now you will not be prompted to do so later in the semester.

To change your password, login to your Westlaw account and click “Update” on the left-hand side of the homepage next to your name.

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Then click “Manage OnePass Profile” in the top right-hand corner of the popup window.

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Finally, enter your new password into the appropriate fields and click “Save.” Passwords must be between 8-16 characters and contain at least 3 of the required features (uppercase, lowercase, symbol, and number), so Buffalo#1 would work, for example.

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You should then receive an email confirming that your OnePass Profile has been updated.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact

Thanks A Lot

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


Much like the indomitable Esther Smith, there is plenty out there that I hate, loathe, despise, and abominate. At the top of the list right now (because #1 will always and forever be Buffalo Winters, ugh) is whoever swiped Mark Twain’s cemetery plaque.  (Sidebar: whoever you are, give it back!) Back in the day, before I knew that lake effect snow and thundersnow were actual things and people let Samuel Clemens rest in peace, the #1 on thing on the list was writing the dreaded thank you note. Thank you notes took all the fun out of getting presents. Much like how wishing someone a happy birthday doesn’t count until one does it on Facebook, one hasn’t really thanked a person until one has drafted a note doing so. It was agony because that thank you note couldn’t just say “thanks” and be done with it. Oh no. It had to be personalized and it had to mean it.

Somehow—and I’m really not sure how, so much thanks to the Legal Skills Prof Blog for its post—I missed out on the saga of one Joan Orie Melvin. Former state Supreme Court Justice Melvin was busted for using state staffers to campaign for a seat on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2003 and 2009. (She wasn’t successful in 2003, but won the election in 2009.) Melvin wasn’t the only one facing the music—it was a family affair with her two sisters also punished for participating, with one serving 2 ½ years in prison while the other was under house arrest for a year. When she was convicted in 2013, Melvin was facing three years of house arrest, two years of probation, working in a soup kitchen three days a week, and—wait for it—writing letters of apology to around 600 judges and former staffers. Those letters had to be “personalized and written by her” although there was no specification that they had to be hand written. Oh and did I mention that those letters were initially supposed to be written “on pictures of herself in handcuffs”? (After an appeal, the Superior Court decided that the letters didn’t have to be on the pictures after all.) Dramatic right? But wait, there’s more.

In December 2014, The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Attorney Newsletter retracted an earlier report that stated Melvin had completed her letters. Turns out that Melvin’s efforts weren’t “satisfactory” and had to be redone. (Apparently the letters “all had a generic salutation to “members of the Pennsylvania Judiciary” [and] looked as though they came off a copier….”) Common Pleas Judge Lester G. Nauhaus also added, “The attempt to have the defendant have any kind of humility has failed.” Much like how my younger self had to turn over any thank you drafts to a higher authority (my mother), Melvin will have to show hers to Judge Nauhaus before they can be sent and her sentence completed. Way harsh.

Winter Break hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The Law Library will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, and then will observe the following schedule:

Winter Recess – December 20, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Saturday-Sunday 12/20-12/21: Closed
Monday-Tuesday 12/22-12/23: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12/24 (Christmas Eve): Closed
Thursday 12/25 (Christmas): Closed
Friday-Wednesday 12/26-12/31: Closed
Thursday 1/1 (New Year’s Day): Closed
Friday-Sunday 1/2-1/4: Closed

Library Hours for the Winter Session will then be:

Winter Session – January 5-25, 2015

Monday-Thursday 1/5-1/8: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 1/9: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 1/10-1/11: Closed
Monday-Thursday 1/12-1/15: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 1/16: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 1/17-1/18: Closed
Monday 1/19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day): Closed
Tuesday-Thursday 1/20-1/22: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 1/23: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 1/24-1/25: Closed

The full schedule of Law Library hours is available at Hours at other University Libraries locations are at  The Law School calendar is at

The Fury of Finals

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


Finals is a magical time of year. Sorry did I say magical? What I meant to say that finals is horrible, stressful, hysteria-inducing time of year that makes you forget that there was ever joy and happiness. (Of course, the light at the end of the horrific tunnel is that I am able to get good parking during winter break, but I know students aren’t as excited for me as I am.) But students aren’t the only ones that sometimes lose it during finals season. I give you Exhibit B-School Prof.

Harvard Business School Professor Ben Edelman, J.D., just wanted some Chinese food. He ordered and then found out that he had been overcharged. Some might say that his reaction (emailed threats of litigation) was a bit over the top considering it was the difference of $4, but Edelman was standing on principle (also the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Statute).  Though one law prof says that Edelman might have been interpreting the law incorrectly. **Update** Edelman has apologized.

Maybe Edelman was just having a bad day. Maybe someone took his favorite study spot. Or maybe that girl sitting in the next aisle over just wouldn’t stop clicking her pen. Or maybe finals had nothing at all to do with it and he’s just that guy. Though I do give a hats off to him for reminding the world that there is a non-music definition of the world treble. So in conclusion, gentle readers, if you are amidst the fury of finals, I advise you to take a breath, remember that it’ll be over soon/your librarian will be able to get decent parking in mere weeks, and don’t sweat the metaphorical 4 bucks.

New Law Library hours beginning Dec. 5

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The Law Library will have extended hours during the Reading/Exam period, beginning on Friday, December 5.

Our schedule of hours for the next couple of weeks is as follows:

Reading/Exam Period – December 5-19, 2014

Friday (last day of classes) 12/5: open 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 12/6: open 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 12/7: open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Monday-Thursday 12/8-12/11: open 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 12/12: open 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 12/13: open 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 12/14: open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Monday-Thursday 12/15-12/18: open 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 12/19: open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The full schedule of hours (included Winter Recess and Winter Session hours) is online at

Bridge and Spring 2015 Equipment Requests

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

The Koren AV Center and Law IT are currently booking faculty equipment/technology requests for the upcoming Bridge and Spring 2015 Semester.

Due to limited staffing and budget cuts, we are requesting at least 48 hours notice for equipment requests. Same day requests, run the risk of not being supplied due to not enough notice and/or equipment.

Also please keep in mind, if you are requesting a semester long order – please only request equipment that you know you will be using regularly.  We will be happy to add additional equipment on a day to day basis per your curricular needs.  We are becoming limited on what is available and want to make sure that everyone’s needs are met.

If you are in a technology equipped room (706, 406, 104, 106, 108, 12, 10) and would like to use the equipment in the room for your class, please notify us so that we may help you with the setup, by unlocking the cabinet and having the equipment waiting for you to go.

Concerning videoconferencing setups in classrooms or for meetings, please provide us with at least 10 days notice for any setup that includes a conferencing platform such as  Skype, Lync, WebEx or any similar third party application. Koren AV and Law IT also request your participants’ connection information in order for us to test with them in advance of the session.

Please send your requests to or contact us at 645-2045.

Thank you!

Law Library hours: Thanksgiving break

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Here is the Law Library’s schedule for the upcoming Thanksgiving break:

Wednesday 11/26: open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 11/27 (Thanksgiving): Closed
Friday-Saturday 11/28-11/29: Closed
Sunday 11/30: open 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

We hope you have a very happy holiday and enjoy your time off!