Extension Learning Experiences offers UB students a curricular-based intersession opportunity. These topic-based exploratory experiences are offered by distinguished faculty in a setting outside of the classroom and allow students to either explore academic areas previously not considered or delve into their discipline of choice.
Students stay on the Chautauqua Campus and lectures and experiential learning will take place at the Chautauqua Institution, the Chautauqua County Courthouse and the Robert Jackson Center. Participants will explore the role of lawyers as counselors and agents of social change in local, national, and global contexts. Our focus will be on both the socio-historical context of the Nuremberg Trials and current legal issues. Students will observe court proceedings, dissect primary legal documents, and read context narratives to prepare them for their experiential learning modules. We will explore how different communities and belief systems influence laws and legal institutions. We will also take time to recognize the achievements and impact of Justice Jackson, a local lawyer who became a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, on the national and global scale and discuss how each person has the ability to advocate for, and participate in, social change.
Bernadette Gargano, Lead Faculty Member: After earning her juris doctorate cum laude from Cornell Law School, Professor Gargano served two years as a confidential law clerk to the Hon. William M. Skretny, Chief Judge for the Western District of New York. Professor Gargano’s legal practice focused on appellate advocacy and complex litigation in both state and federal courts. She also worked as appointed pro bono counsel on complex prisoner cases, including disability discrimination claims. For the past three years, Professor Gargano developed and taught the skills curriculum for an annual six-figure LSAC Discover Law grant, which was designed to give undergraduate students from underrepresented communities the chance to develop the skills necessary for law school. She also designed and taught the University’s pilot program for extended learning programs with Lawyers of Agents of Social Change. At SUNY Buffalo Law School, Professor Gargano currently teaches a practicum involving family and federal court “help desks” and directs the Pro Se Assistance Program in the Western District of New York, located at the Robert H. Jackson Courthouse in Buffalo. As part of this program, Professor Gargano leads students and volunteer attorneys in counseling unrepresented litigants from underrepresented communities on issues of federal law and practice. Professor Gargano also teaches legal skills courses that are required in order for law students to graduate, including advanced legal skills courses and a two-semester skills course for first law year students. In 2012, Professor Gargano was awarded a national ALWD teaching grant for developing innovative law school curriculum. Her research focuses on legal institutions, policies, and individual rights. Within this broad framework, Professor Gargano is currently interested in: (1) the roles of judges, lawyers and citizens as moral agents and agents of social change; and (2) the impact of gender, race and socio-economic class on laws and legal institutions.
The cost of the experience is $1,200 and includes tuition and fees for 1 academic credit. The application can be found on UB Linked.
Students with questions can contact the Academies office at 716-645-8177 or email any questions to email@example.com.
Last updated: April 27, 2015 1:54 pm EST