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#MotivationalMonday: Listen to Coach

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George | No Comments

This is it. The last Monday before the bar. You’ve had an incredible journey so there’s only one thing to leave you with—Coach Taylor. Let’s be honest, the man knows how to do a pep talk. How could we feature only one? So as you head into your exam over the next couple of days, take a deep breath and remember his words. Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose. Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose. Clear eyes, full hearts CAN’T LOSE!

Good luck! We’re all rooting for you!

New Law Library hours schedule starting July 27

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb | No Comments

The Law Library schedule of hours will be changing beginning next week.  On Monday, July 27, the Law Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., then on Tuesday, July 28, we’ll begin to follow our late summer schedule of hours, as follows:

Late Summer – July 27 – August 30, 2015**

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

For additional schedules, visit and

#MotivationalMonday: Don’t Get Discouraged!

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George | No Comments

Well it’s all downhill now, isn’t it? July is mostly over. Three years worth of work (and the past month and a half of intensive prep) is leading up to two days. Don’t get discouraged like Rudy. Don’t let those doubts creep in. In the words of Fortune, “You don’t got to prove nothing to nobody except yourself.” Keep it up. You’re almost there!

#MotivationalMonday: You’re Rolling

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Well here we are, another Monday. Last week’s motivational video was get you started. This week it’s all about the keep on keepin’ on. When your dean puts you on double secret probation and all of your frat bros are ready to throw in the towel, what do you do? You get them going. And if you happen to get one little fact wrong, do you stop to correct yourself and lose the flow to your speech? No! You keep that momentum going, which is what all of those studying for the bar should do. You may get a question or two wrong, but forget it because, like Bluto, you’re rolling. Don’t get hung up on one mistake. Keep pushing through!

#MotivationalMonday: Just Do It!

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Ah Mondays. Aren’t they just the worst? Yes, yes, the answer is always yes. In acknowledgement of the sheer awfulness of Mondays and that there is many a SUNY Buffalo Law alum mere weeks away from the bar exam, we thought it’d be nice to partake in #Motivational Monday: The Bar Exam edition. For the next 4 Mondays, tune in for our motivational video of the week.

Know what’s terrifying and not really motivating? Shia LaBeuof yelling at you to make your dreams come true. So this week, we’re taking down a few notches and having a little kid adorably scream at you to get motivated. Take her advice…which is actually Shia’s advice. Do it. Just do it! Keep that studying up!

Passport Services Closed Week of July 5th

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

The Law Library’s Passport Services Office will be closed from Monday July 6th through Friday July 10th. We will reopen on Monday July 13th at 10:00 AM.

Should you need immediate assistance while our office is closed, please call 1-877-487-2778 to schedule an appointment with the Buffalo Passport Agency at 111 Genesee Street, Suite 101, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Terry McCormack, Rock Solid

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Terry Rock Steady

Last Friday, at the University Libraries Staff Appreciation luncheon, our very own Terry McCormack received the 2015 Rock Solid Award. Also known as “the Harvey,” the Rock Solid Award recognizes the efforts and dedication of a Library staff member whose reliability, initiative, disposition and quality of work has contributed to the betterment of the workplace and to the University Libraries as a whole.

H. Austin Booth, the Vice Provost for University Libraries, who presented the award, summarized the feelings of many in the UB community when she said:

“This individual has been described by colleagues both inside the libraries and within the University as a hard worker and someone who can always find a way to make things happen, and happen smoothly; even last-minute, huge requests. This person is never too busy to offer a smile, is always willing to listen and help and always seems to be working to make everyone else’s day run a bit easier. This individual has a one-of-a-kind worth ethic, will come in on weekends or evenings if needed to support an event and is always available by phone or email. No matter how large or how small the job, this individual tackles it with enthusiasm and true concern for those who need help. As one colleague gratefully said, “Knowing that he heads the Law IT program helps me sleep at night!” He is the library’s “Switzerland” and the law school’s “MacGyver.””

So if you see Terry, be sure to give him a high five. He’s rock solid.

The Age of Miranda

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |



If you’re like me, you found yourself pleasantly surprised yet ultimately dismayed that the full season of the NBC show Aquarius was available to stream this weekend. (For the record, pleasantly surprised was because it’s a good show worth the watch, but ultimately dismayed since binge watching a season wasn’t on the to do list, and yet…) Any law students watching—and obviously lawyers too—certainly would’ve perked up because a certain important case kept getting name dropped in the first few episodes, though the show never actually followed through with the proper wording.

Unlike pretty much every other Supreme Court decision, Miranda v. Arizona has managed to infiltrate prime time in a big way. Tune in to a police procedural, any police procedural (but not those that jumped to the silver screen) and at some point in time, you’ll hear the familiar speech, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything said can and will be used against you in court of law. . . .” Set in 1967 Los Angeles, the characters in the first episode aren’t terribly familiar with that “new, uh, Miranda thing.” I’m sure I wasn’t the only one pulling a Monica during the following exchange in episode 1:

Hodiak: I can’t remember it [the Miranda warning] exactly.

Shafe: You know it?

Hodiak: Do you?

Shafe: I got the, uh, card they handed out.

Just goes to show, from Jay-Z lyrics to network prime time, Crim Pro is everywhere.

Spaces Still Available: Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

Want to a brush-up on your legal research skills before your summer job or your first year of law practice? The Law Library reference librarians will help you improve your research skills in our Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics.
Dates: May 26 through May 28, 2015.

Prepare for Practice: Legal Research Clinics Schedule:
Tuesday, 5/26
12 – 1 Lexis and Westlaw (segment and field searching) 630A
1:15-2:15 Shepard’s Citations and KeyCite 630A
Wednesday, 5/27
12 – 1 Federal basics (statutes, regulations & cases) NY Alcove
1:15 – 2:15 New York basics (statutes, regulations & cases) NY Alcove
Thursday, 5/28
12-1 No Lexis, No Westlaw, No Worries – Free Legal Research
Websites 630A
1:15-2:15 Secondary Sources (ALR, current awareness services,
journal indexes, HeinOnline) 630A
Questions? Unable to attend the scheduled sessions? Do you need help with another topic? Contact Marcia Zubrow at 645-2160 or or Brian Detweiler at 645-2384 or or the reference desk 645-2047
To view schedule for the Prepare for Practice Refreshers and to register for a session, go to the Law Library’s website:

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Law Library holiday hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The Law Library will be closed this weekend, May 23-May 24, for Commencement, and on Monday, May 25, in observation of Memorial Day.

We will re-open on Tuesday, May 26, at 12:00 noon, as we begin to follow our schedule of early summer hours:

Early Summer – May 25 – July 26, 2014*

Monday-Thursday 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday Closed
Memorial Day, Monday 5/25 Closed
Independence Day, Saturday 7/4 Closed

For more information, view the full schedule of Law Library hours.