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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 Bloomberg.com 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!

Posted on: | by John Beatty |

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: http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/collections/faculty_authors/authors.asp?FacultyName=Abramovsky,%20Aviva

HeinOnline Author Profile: http://heinonline.org/HOL/AuthorProfile?action=edit&search_name=%20Abramovsky,%20Aviva&collection=journals

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Welcome, John Beatty!

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

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 http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/staff/dir/results.asp?lastname=beatty

Celebrating “A Black Man’s Journey from Sharecropper to College President” by Judy Scales-Trent

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

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.

Happy summer

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

From May 22-July 24, the Law Library will follow this schedule of hours:

Summer Session I (Bar study) – May 22-July 24**

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

**Exceptions to Regular Hours

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29: Closed
Monday, July 3: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4: Closed
Day before Bar Exams, Monday, July 24:  9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Need Reference assistance?
The Reference Desk will be staffed from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday during regular library hours. You can also contact Reference via phone at (716) 645-2047 or email to asklaw@buffalo.edu any time.

Law Library closed on Memorial Day

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Just a reminder that the Law Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. So the Library will be closing on Friday, May 26, at 5:00 p.m. and re-open on Tuesday, May 30, at 9:00 a.m.

The full schedule of Law Library hours is posted at http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/about/hours/ and http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/about/hours/calendar.asp

New publication: Adcreep by Mark Bartholomew

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

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The Law Library has just received the latest book by University at Buffalo School of Law Professor Mark Bartholomew, Adcreep: the Case against Modern Marketing.

Publisher Stanford University Press notes, “Adcreep journeys through the curious and sometimes troubling world of modern advertising. Mark Bartholomew exposes an array of marketing techniques that might seem like the stuff of science fiction: neuromarketing, biometric scans, automated online spies, and facial recognition technology, all enlisted to study and stimulate consumer desire. This marriage of advertising and technology has consequences. Businesses wield rich and portable records of consumer preference, delivering advertising tailored to your own idiosyncratic thought processes. They mask their role by using social media to mobilize others, from celebrities to your own relatives, to convey their messages. Guerrilla marketers turn every space into a potential site for a commercial come-on or clandestine market research. Advertisers now know you on a deeper, more intimate level, dramatically tilting the historical balance of power between advertiser and audience. … ” [more]

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Goodbye spring and hello summer!

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

The spring semester has ended, with summer approaching and bar study here.  The Law Library will be closed during commencement weekend, Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21.  Our schedule for the start of summer will then be:

Summer Session I (Bar study) – May 22-July 24**

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

**Exceptions to Regular Hours

Memorial Day, Monday, May 29:   Closed
Monday, July 3:   9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4:   Closed
Day before Bar Exams, Monday, July 24:   9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

As the Library’s shifting project continues into the summer, we’re also making some adjustments to quiet study spaces to better accommodate students studying for the bar. Beginning Monday, May 22:

  • Floors 2, 5, and 6 will be designated for quiet study;
  • Floor 3 will be open but expect noise;
  • Floor 4 will be closed.

We anticipate that floor 6 will also be closed as the project progresses and will post updates at that time.

As always, floor 7 is a Law Student-only quiet reading room.

The full schedule of Law Library hours is posted at http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/about/hours/ and http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/about/hours/calendar.asp. Hours at other University Libraries are posted at http://library.buffalo.edu/hours/

Congratulations to all graduates and continuing students!

Pick-Up a Cell Phone Holder at the Reference Desk!

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

Be sure to drop by the Reference Desk and pick your free Law Library Cell Phone Holder before you leave campus! Not only will you have a convenient place to store and charge your phone at your desk, you will always have the number and email for the Reference Desk close by. That way, any time you get stuck while researching an assignment you can call us for help!

Cell Phone Holder

The holder is made of soft foam so it doubles as a stress-relief ball, but you won’t be stressed out because reference librarians are here every weekday from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM to help you navigate whatever tough legal issues arise this summer! Please be sure to identify yourself as a UB Law Alumnus when you call; if no one picks up, we are probably helping another patron, so please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible.

Also, you can also arrange for a 15-20 minute research appointment before you leave campus at: http://bit.ly/refappt. These sessions can be tailored to the resources in various practice areas or can simply be a more general review. [Please indicate your employer and/or area(s) of interest in the “Your name” field when you sign up.]

We wish you every success in your careers and hope that you will come back and see us after you graduate. We are here to help!

Reading/Exam period hours for the Law Library

Posted on: | by Nancy Babb |

This Friday, May 5, is the last day of classes for the semester, with the reading/exam period running from May 6 through Commencement.  The Law Library will be open on the following schedule:

Reading/Exam Period – May 5-21, 2017

Friday 5/5 (last day of classes): 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 5/6: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 5/7: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Monday-Thursday 5/8-5/11: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 5/12: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 5/13: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 5/14 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Monday-Thursday 5/15-5/18: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 midnight
Friday 5/19: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 5/20-5/21: Closed

The full schedule of Law Library hours is available at http://law.lib.buffalo.edu/about/hours/. The schedule of other University Libraries is at http://library.buffalo.edu/hours.