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What the Stormy Daniels Case can teach us about Contract Drafting

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

Contract drafting expert Ken Adams recently weighed in on the confidentiality agreement in which adult film star Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, says she agreed to keep quiet about her alleged affair with President Trump in exchange for $130,000; it wasn’t pretty: In a scathing critique, Adams called the agreement a “flamoboyantly dreadful…dumpster fire,” and categorized the drafting…as “semiliterate [and] transcendently careless,” pointing out twenty-five examples of grammatical and formatting errors, and needless legalese.

So, if you need help drafting a contract, don’t worry—the Law Library has you covered! We have several helpful books, including Drafting and Analyzing Contracts by Scott Burnham; Drafting Contracts: How and why Lawyers do what they do by Tina Stark; and A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting by the aforementioned Ken Adams. (FYI, the recently released 4th edition of Adams’ style manual is on order, and should be on the shelf in our Reference Section shortly.)

Spring Recess Hours

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

During Spring Recess, March 17-25, 2018, the Law Library will follow this schedule:

Saturday-Sunday 3/17-3/18: Closed
Monday-Friday 3/19-3/23: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 3/24: Closed
Sunday 3/25: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Regular spring hours will resume on Monday, March 26.


Injuries, Outsiders and the Law: Revisiting David Engel’s Classic “The Oven Bird’s Song”

Posted on: | by John Beatty |

Mary Nell Trautner’s new collection, Insiders, Outsiders, Injuries, & Law: Revisiting “The Oven Bird’s Song grew out of a 2015 Baldy Center conference based on Buffalo Law professor David M. Engel’s groundbreaking 1984 article. “The Oven Bird’s Song” followed residents of a rural county in Illinois and showed how they used or did not use the legal system to resolve personal injury disputes.

The collection features works offering context to the original article, showing the article’s insight into the laws of the United States and beyond, and showing how class and status affect use of the legal system to resolve disputes.

Four Buffalo Law professors are featured in the collection. David Engel’s original article is reprinted and he also offers a new piece reflecting on his work. Alfred Konefsky’s chapter, “Karl’s Law School, or The Oven Bird in Buffalo” situates Engel’s piece “within the intellectual life and context of the Buffalo Law School.” Lynn Mather’s chapter, “Client Selection: How Lawyers Reflect and Influence Community Values” discuss the lawyer’s role in navigating not only the legal system but the community itself. Anya Bernstein, in “The Songs of Other Birds,” compares Engel’s work to her own work in Taiwan.

The book is available to be checked out from the Law Library. David Engel’s original article, “The Oven Bird’s Song,” can be downloaded for free from Digital Commons @ University at Buffalo School of Law.

Law Library Open Today, Friday 3/2/2018

Posted on: | by Marcia Zubrow |

Although classes are cancelled, the Law Library is open our normal hours today, Friday, 3/2/2018. Our hours are 7:30 am to 5 pm.
The parking lots are cleared of snow.

MPRE Resources

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler |

For students taking the MPRE later this month, check out these article from the ABA and

How to Prepare for the MPRE

Law School Toolbox:
Refuting the Myths: How to be Successful on the MPRE the First Time
Simple Strategies for Passing the MPRE

Also, feel free to take advantage of the Law Library’s resources, including our online West Study Aids (just search MPRE)!

Now is the time to start! Good luck, everyone!!!

New 6th Floor Reading Room!

Posted on: | by Brian Detweiler | 2 Comments
Be sure to check out our newly renovated 6th Floor Reading Room! It is a Quiet Study Area because of the adjacent computer classroom, and there are several Cybrary (non-Law School) computer workstations and a scanning station for you to use. We hope you enjoy the new study space!

Welcome, Spring!

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Spring classes have begun at the University at Buffalo School of Law, and so have new hours at the Charles B. Sears Law Library.

Our regular hours for this semester will be:

Spring Session – Regular Hours – February 5-May 4, 2018

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.

There will be exceptions to the regular schedule during Spring Recess, Easter, and the end of semester Reading/Exam Period.

Other schedules of interest include:

Publication featuring Professor Saran wins national award

Posted on: | by John Beatty |

SaranThe New York State Bar Association’s Disability Law and Practice Series, a three-volume print and e-book set, won the 2017 ACLEA Award of Professional Excellence for Publications, Small Organizations division. UB Law professor Melinda Saran contributed a chapter to the first volume. Her chapter, Discipline of Students With Disabilities Attending Public Schools in New York State, was co-written with Kathleen E. Surgalla. Professor Saran also acted as a reviewer on all three volumes.

ACLEA, the Association for Continuing Legal Education, gives two annual awards recognizing the contributions of its member organizations. The Award of Professional Excellence is its top award in several categories including best publication.

Purchase Volume One here. See more about ACLEA’s awards here. Or visit the law library and read our copy.

Embedded in Puerto Rico

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Brian Detweiler, Student Services Librarian at the Charles B. Sears Law Library, is traveling with law students who are participating in UB School of Law’s Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic. The clinic is providing legal services to Puerto Ricans in need following Hurricane Maria and Brian is there to support their research efforts on the ground. Brian is taking embedded librarianship to a new level!

Photo of Student Services Librarian, Brian Detweiler

Photo of Student Services Librarian, Brian Detweiler