UB Law Career Services Lecture Series

         A lecture series provided by the University at Buffalo Law School's Career Services Office.

June 24, 2015

OCI Info Conference Call 6/24/15

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Speaker: Lisa Patterson, Associate Dean for Career Services

April 17, 2015

2015 Hesburgh Lecture: Being Atticus Finch

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2015 Hesburgh Lecture:


“Being Atticus Finch” by Rev. David Link

Co-Hosted by the Notre Dame Attorney Alumni Group, the Notre Dame Club of Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo Law School


Thursday, April 16

Reception at 5:30 in the Student Lounge

Lecture at 6:30 in room 104


The fictional character Atticus Finch, from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, embodies the noble characteristics and bravery that we hold in high regard. Rev. David T. Link, dean emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Law School, will inspire you as he examines this character’s moral heroism and compassion, which serve as a model of integrity for us all.  We hope you can join us.


About the Speaker: Rev. David T. Link, J.D., LL.D, D.Lit., D.Sc.

Joseph A. Matson Dean Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Law School(from 1975 to 1999, the longest tenure among American law-school deans until his promotion to dean emeritus) and president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Australia Fr. Link currently serves as a volunteer chaplain at Northern Indiana Prisons.


He has served as the deputy director of Religious and Community Activities for the Indiana Department of Corrections, provost and academic vice president of the St. Augustine University School in South Africa, dean of law and deputy vice president of the University of St. Thomas, and president for the Centre for Healing and the Law.


He co-founded the South Bend Center for the Homeless, and serves on the boards of Dismas House, the Future of Russia Foundation, the Miracle of Nazareth Foundation, and World Dignity, Inc.


Fr. Link is a noted teacher and scholar in the fields of professional ethics, university administration, the rights of the disadvantaged, international taxation, and computers and the law. Among his awards is inclusion in “Who’s Who in the World.”



A recent biography was written about Rev. Link’s remarkable life, “Camerado, I Give You My Hand.” A copy will be raffled off to a student who would like him to sign it.  More info about the book is here: http://www.amazon.com/Camerado-Give-You-Hand-Lawyer-Turned-Priest/dp/0385348002


Here is a clip of Rev. Link speaking about criminal justice and prison reform: http://youtu.be/GHdBxBs9K0E



Special thanks to our sponsors: SUNY Buffalo Law School, ND Club of Buffalo; and the ND Attorney Alumni Group

September 11, 2013

Call Back Interview Prep

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Elizabeth Hofmeister (Harter Secrest & Emery) discusses how to prepare for a call back interview.

[audio: http://ublawcareerservices.classcaster.net/files/2014/09/CSO9-11-13.mp3]
September 6, 2012

Call Back Interview Prep

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Jody Ann Galvin (Hodgson Russ) discusses how to prepare for a call back interview.

[audio: http://ublawcareerservices.classcaster.net/files/2014/09/CSO9-6-12.mp3]


April 12, 2012

Clerkships in the Courts

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What jobs are available in the courts?
What can a clerkship do for me?
Where are the clerkship jobs?
Why would I want to clerk?
Whom do I need to know?
Do I need Law Review?
When can I apply?

Guest Panelists:

William Hochul ’84, United States Attorney, WDNY (Buffalo, NY) (Former Law Clerk, Maryland Court of Appeals)

Paul McGrath ’85, Chief Court Attorney NYS Court of Appeals (Albany, NY)

Craig Peterson ’76, Chief Appellate Court Attorney, NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department (Rochester, NY)

Patrick Reinkainen ’12, Law Clerk to the Hon. Thomas Griesa, US District Court, SDNY (New York, NY)
Chelsea Selby ’10, Law Clerk to the Hon. David Hurd, US District Court for the Northern District of New York (Utica, NY)

Monica Wallace ’94, SUNY Buffalo Law (Former Law Clerk to Hon. Richard Arcara, US District Court, WDNY; former Staff Attorney, US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit)

January 25, 2012

What the Employers Say

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Resume, interviewing, communication and work habit advice from UB Alumni Gary Muldoon and Kim Koski Taylor.

January 18, 2012

How to Interview!

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Get tips and techniques for great interviews

January 11, 2012

Where Do Jobs Come From?

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Where Do Jobs Come From?

A panel discussion with 2L and 3L students talking about their job searches, as well as an overview of how and where to look for jobs.

November 15, 2011

What Can You Do With A Law Degree?

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Karen Aavik

1st Vice President / Compliance Officer at First Niagara Financial Group


Karen Aavik is the First Vice President / Compliance Officer at First Niagara Financial Group. She Graduated summa cum laude from Canisius College with a BA in History, Political Science, and Spanish. Karen then received her JD from SUNY at Buffalo Law School in 1999, and her MBA in Finance from SUNY at Buffalo School of Management in 2000. In 2008, she completed her LLM in Criminal Law with a concentration in White Collar Crime at SUNY at Buffalo Law School,graduating with honors. Karen has substantial experience in analyzing federal, state, and SRO regulations, writing and implementing policies and procedures, creating and delivering training,and conducting monitoring, gap analyses, and periodic reporting activities.

Amanda Dermott

Attorney at U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Chief Counsel


Ms. Dermott is a staff attorney for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), Office of Assistant Chief Counsel in Buffalo. The Buffalo Office of Assistant Chief Counsel provides legal advice and guidance, as well as legal representation,to CBP components located throughout New York State (excluding New York City) and parts of Pennsylvania. Legal matters handled by the office include enforcement of customs and immigration laws, trade and finance issues, labor and employment cases, and civil and criminal actions involving CBP. Ms. Dermott recently graduated from UB Law School in May 2010, and began her legal career at Hodgson Russ, LLP in the firm’s Employee Benefits practice group.Ms. Dermott’s internship experience during law school included summer internships for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York and Hodgson Russ, LLP, a one-semester externship for the Buffalo Office of Assistant Chief Counsel, and a one-semester intensive clerkship for the Honorable Richard J. Arcara of the U.S. District Court for the WesternDistrict of New York.

Randy Fahs

Manager of Corporate Contracts at Moog


Randy Fahs is the Manager of Corporate Contracts for Moog Inc., a $2 billion per year publicly traded aerospace company which is located in East Aurora. He focuses his professional activity negotiating domestic and international high tech business agreements and mergers &acquisitions. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 with a BA in Government& International Relations and from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Law in 1988 with a JD. Hebegan his legal career as an associate with the Hodgson Russ Law firm and has served in various capacities with Comptek Research, Inc., Superior Technical Resources, Inc., and Northrop Grumman Corporation, prior to joining Moog. Randy participates in numerous pro bono activities, including Canal Fest of the Tonawandas, Inc., and Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc.
Glenn Murray

NYS DMV Administrative Law Judge


Since November, Mr. Murray has served as a NYS DMV Administrative Law Judge. Prior to that appointment, he had over 25 years of litigation experience in state and federal courts. Mr.Murray is a former Army prosecutor and military defense counsel, who taught Constitutional Law at Canisius College, and as a frequent guest speaker at the University at Buffalo Law School. He has lectured and chaired numerous seminars for lawyers and judges sponsored by the State and County Bar Associations and the NYS Office of Court Administration on the topic of DUI. Mr. Murray is the author of COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES OF CRIMINAL CONDUCT(NYSBA, 1992) and is the coauthor of CRIMINAL LAW SLANGUAGE OF NEW YORK 3d (Lexis Nexis/ Gould Publishing, 2006).
Robert C. Whitaker Jr.

Associate at Hancock Estabrook, LLP


Robert C. Whitaker Jr. is an attorney with the Syracuse, New York based law firm of Hancock Estabrook, LLP where he is a member of the firm’s hiring committee. Mr. Whitaker is a member of Hancock Estabrook’s Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property and Construction Law Practice Groups. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Whitaker served in the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corp (“JAG Corps”) representing active duty military personnel in military federal courts throughout the southeastern United States. As a Navy JAG, Mr. Whitaker also served as Deputy Staff Judge Advocate to a United States Marine Corps Commanding General in Al Anbar, Iraq. Mr. Whitaker continues to actively serve the Navy JAG Corps as a member of the Navy Reserves.

September 22, 2011

“How to Build a Practice,” An Engaging Program from Three Top Practitioners

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Dynamic and engaging program relevant to all students interested in learning best practices for law firm client development, how to attract and maintain clients, and how to succeed and thrive in a legal career. Learn from three of the Law School’s most distinguished alumni, who share their experiences, tips, and advice to help make you more well-informed and competitive in today’s legal marketplace.

Hosted by the Dean’s Office, SBA & CSO.

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