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Reading Room PSA

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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Over the next few weeks you may notice that there are fewer chairs in the 2nd and 3rd floor reading rooms in the Law Library. The chairs are being sent out for maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Movie Night at the Law Library

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

Movie Night

Last Friday night, after we closed at 5pm, the Law Library hosted its first movie night. We screened the courtroom classic, My Cousin Vinny. Popcorn, pizza, and fun were had by all.

It’s Millie Time

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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Oscar? Who cares about Oscar? Here at the Law Library, everything’s coming up Millie. That’s right. Millies season is upon us!

Named for our first director Mildred Miles, The Millies honor law and the people who uphold it in film. Over the course of the next two weeks, the choice is yours. Who had the best negotiation/mediation? Who had the best courtroom scene? Which law or pre-law student is the most promising? And, finally, who is the favorite lawyer?

Anyone may participate. Voting will open on Monday at 3pm and close Friday at noon. You will be able to access the ballot via the Law Library’s blog. Results will be revealed each Friday on the Law Library’s blog. If you find you don’t agree with the nominees for a category, never fear—there will be a write-in option for each category.

Millies season starts Monday. Stay tuned.

40 Whacks

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


If you were like me, you tuned into the Lifetime movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax  this past weekend to find out whether or not grown up Wednesday Addams actually did it. Spoiler alert—Lifetime pretty much gives it away in the title. Don’t know much about Lizzie Borden? Accused of killing her father and stepmother with a combined 30 whacks—not 81 as the children’s rhyme would lead you to believe—from a hatchet, she was at the center of a sensationalist trial. The jury acquitted, but speculation remains to this day. Maybe it was the sister, or an illegitimate brother, or the angry maid.

If the movie—which used contemporary music against the 1892–93 events because why not?—left you wanting more, be sure to check out the titles available at the Law Library. From a collection of the prosecuting attorney’s letters, to conspiracy theories, to an analysis of women on trial in the United States, there’s a little something for everyone.

Delayed Opening

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |

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Please be advised that the Law Library will have a delayed opening on Tuesday, January 07, 2014. Weather permitting, we will open at 9am. Should the situation change, an update will be posted on the blog. Please check for updates from us and UB Alerts before venturing to campus. Stay safe and stay warm!

Study Snacks for Law Students

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


What’s better than studying for finals at the Law Library? Studying for finals at the Law Library with snacks.

Beginning today (Tuesday, December 12) and running through Friday, December 20, the Law Library will be hosting a mid-afternoon snack break in the 7th floor reading room for law students. [Please note that snacks will only available on weekdays.]

Good luck on your finals!

Winner #4!

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


Congratulations to Double Jeopardy Trivia Week #4 winner Alie Williams!

The Mitchell Lecture Series is a fantastic event at SUNY Buffalo Law. It was endowed in 1950 by a gift from Lavinia A. Mitchell, in memory of her husband, James McCormick Mitchell. An 1897 graduate of the Buffalo Law School, Mitchell later served as chairman of the Council of the University of Buffalo, which was then a private university. Mitchell Lecture programs have brought many distinguished speakers to the SUNY Buffalo Law School. These have included Irene Khan, C. Edwin Baker, Derrick Bell, Barry Cushman, Carol Gilligan, Elizabeth Holtzman, Stewart Macaulay, Catharine McKinnon, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Richard Posner, and Clyde Summers.

This year’s Lecture will be given by Madhavi Sunder and is entitled Learning by Doing, Looking at Fandom, Commerce and the Freedom to Play. Be sure to check it out  on October 8.

So who gave the first Mitchell Lecture in 1951? None other than Justice Robert H. Jackson. Justice Jackson’s lecture, “Wartime Security and Liberty Under Law” was published in the first issue of the Buffalo Law Review.

Many thanks to all who participated in Double Jeopardy Trivia. You really do know your school!

For the Love of Food

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


Everyone has his or her own pet peeves. You can’t help it. To you, those things are so patently offensive that it seems beyond the realm of understanding why anyone with a shred of human decency would willingly engage in such behavior. (You know who you are people who don’t properly observe the 4-way stop at Flint.)  When a person reaches such a level of frustration, it seems only logical that they vent. What’s the easiest way to vent to a whole lot of people? Why mass emails, of course.

In what is becoming fairly common at law schools everywhere, law students who take issue with classmates have put the entire student body on blast. (Above the Law covered the fury over an epidemic of lunches being stolen.) The latest missive allegedly comes from a law student at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and covers the etiquette of eating in the classroom which basically boils down to don’t. While there are many things in the email to which the students of Osgoode might take offense—personally, I would start with the tone—what has stuck out to them is that pineapples were included in the list of crunchy-fruits to be avoided. Law students have formed an emergency Pineapple Appreciation Day to promote “pineapple justice.”  Meanwhile school admins are working to find out who sent out the complaint email and potentially violated Osgoode policies by assuming a different identity while emailing.

This seems to be as good of a time as any for a PSA about food in the Law Library. We at the Charles B. Sears Law Library are happy to have you bring in your food. We ask that you be considerate of all those around you and avoid smelly, noisy, and messy foods. (Hint: if you have to stop and consider whether or not your food is smelly, noisy, and/or messy, it probably is.) Please don’t forget to clean up your trash when you’re done. Thanks!

It’s the Final Week of Double Jeopardy Trivia!

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


With Week #3 behind us (congrats again to our winner Sarah!), it’s time to move on to our final trivia question.

Question: Who gave the first Mitchell Lecture in 1951?

Hint: The Law School’s website has information about the history of the Mitchell Lecture, including the fact that the 2011 Lecture was about this particular individual.

Submit your answer now!

This contest is only open to students currently enrolled in SUNY Buffalo Law School. Each student may only enter once, and may only win once. If you submit the correct answer by noon on Friday, your name will be entered in a drawing for a $10 Starbucks gift card.

We Have a Week #3 Winner!

Posted on: | by Christine Anne George |


Congratulations to Double Jeopardy Trivia Week #3 winner Sarah Draper!

O’Brian Hall is named for a remarkable man. John Lord O’Brian had a career in public service that was bookended with appointments from both Roosevelt presidents: Teddy appointed him U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York in 1909, and FDR appointed O’Brian General Counsel of the War Production Board in 1941. In between those appointments, O’Brian was the Head of the War Emergency Division of the Department of Justice during WWI (he was the one prosecuting espionage and sabotage cases), and then was appointed Assistant Attorney General of the Anti-Trust Division of the Justice Department in 1929 (he argued 15 cases in front of the Supreme Court). From 1945 until his death in 1973, O’Brian practiced law in Washington DC.

So when did this impressive alum graduate from the Law School? John Lord O’Brian was a part of the class of ‘98—1898.

Be sure to check in on Tuesday to find out the final question and hint. Next Friday you could be the one with a $10 Starbucks gift card.