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CALI Author of the Week: Beth Adelman

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Our Law Library director, Beth Adelman, is being highlighted as the CALI Author of the Week this week.

Beth’s CALI lessons include “Forms of Federal Statutory Publication,” “Georgia Legal Research – Primary Source Material,” and “Researching Legal Ethics.” Check out all of Beth’s CALI lessons at



Access Study Aids Online 24/7 through the Law Library

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You can now access over 500 study aids, case briefs, outlines, and audio lectures online through the Law Library’s new subscription with West Academic. Just go to to get started. There are multiple titles for first year and upper-level courses, as well as a variety of academic and career success resources for students in every stage of law school.

We hope you will all take advantage of this convenient and very useful collection. If you have any trouble accessing these or any other library resources, please contact Brian Detweiler, Student Services Librarian, for assistance.


Reminder: Law Library holiday hours

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Just a reminder that the Law Library will be closed this weekend (Saturday, September 2-Sunday, September 3) and on Labor Day (Monday, September 4).

We’ll re-open and resume our regular schedule of hours on Tuesday, September 5, at 7:30 a.m.  We’ll look forward to seeing you then!


New semester, new Library hours

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Welcome to Fall and a new semester schedule for the Law Library!

We will be closed this weekend, Saturday-Sunday. August 26-27, and then beginning Monday, August 28, the Library will be open on the following regular schedule:

Regular Fall Hours – August 28 – December 1, 2017*

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

* Please note that we’ll be closed on Saturday-Sunday, September 2-3, and Monday, September 4, for Labor Day (more exceptions).

A full schedule of Law Library hours is available at Hours at all University Libraries are at

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

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

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.


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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.

UB Faculty Scholarship Database:,%20Aviva

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Welcome, John Beatty!

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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.