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New Law Library hours beginning July 26

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

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!


Reading/Exam Period hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Beginning May 5, the Law Library will be open on the following schedule for the Law School’s Reading/Exam period:

Thursday 5/5: open 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 5/6: open 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 5/7: open 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 5/8: open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Monday-Thursday 5/9-5/12: open 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 5/13: open 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 5/14: open 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 5/15: open 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Monday-Thursday 5/16-5/19: open 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 5/20: open 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Commencement, Saturday 5/21: Closed
Sunday 5/22: Closed

Hours at all University Libraries are noted at:

2016 Mitchell Lecture, Part 2

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

2016 Mitchell Poster

The second of this semester’s Mitchell Lectures is here. On Friday, April 8 at 1pm, three speakers will address what changes in the legal profession mean for law schools and legal education. Get yourself in the Mitchell mood by checking out these articles by Friday’s speakers.

Susan Carle, American University Washington College of Law

Kevin Johnson, University of California Davis School of Law

Michael Schwartz, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

We hope to see you at the Mitchell Lecture on Friday, April 8 at 1pm in 106 O’Brian Hall.

How to Fix New York’s Constitution? A Town Hall Meeting on the 2017 Referendum

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Constitution Town Hall

Tomorrow, April 5, 2016 from 2-5:30pm, SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Baldy Center, Buffalo Law Review, Jaeckle Center, Partnership for the Public Good, and SUNY Rockefeller Institute will be hosting a town hall meeting, How to Fix New York’s Constitution.

On Election Day, Nov. 7, 2017, New Yorkers throughout the State will go into voting booths to ponder the question, “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?”  The New York Constitution mandates this ballot question every 20 years to give New Yorkers the opportunity for government reform.  (N.Y. Const., Art. XIX, § 2).   To educate voters about the ramifications of this question, this Town Hall meeting will bring together prominent experts on the government and constitution of New York State to discuss the content and character of the federal and state constitutions; what a constitutional convention would look like; and the issues at stake in constitutional reform.

Presenters will include:

GERALD BENJAMIN, Director, Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives, SUNY New Paltz.

CHRISTOPHER BOPST, Chief Legal and Financial Officer at Sam-Son Logistics.

HENRIK DULLEA, Trustee, Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY)

PETER GALIE, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Canisius College.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

2:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Cellino & Barnes Conference Center, 509 O’Brian Hall

Followed by Reception

Do You Need Help with Research Papers, Law Review Case Notes, or Other Research Assignments?

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

The Reference Librarians Are Here to Help Six Days a Week!

Don’t forget that the Law Library reference librarians are available to show you how to do research for seminar and other research papers, Law Review case notes, and research projects for faculty or law firm employers. We will help you discover the treasure trove of information in our vast array of commercial databases, treatises and other secondary sources (in print or e-books), and free internet resources. Also, we will assist you with designing a research strategy and teach you some of our specialized research techniques.

Our reference desk hours are: (hours vary during vacations, intersession, and summer)
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

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