Two well-known names in the Buffalo legal community have a permanent home at the University at Buffalo Law School, which dedicated its Cellino and Barnes Conference Center on Thursday.
The naming of the Law School’s fifth-floor conference center honors Ross M. Cellino Jr., ‘82, and Stephen E. Barnes, ‘83. Their $1 million gift in 2009, one of the largest cash gifts UB Law has received, is being invested in student scholarships, teaching technologies and improved student services.
The conference center, one of the most elegant and widely used facilities in John Lord O’Brian Hall, hosts a wide variety of academic and legal conferences, seminars and continuing legal education courses. The dedication ceremony featured remarks by Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua and the honorees.
Cellino is serving a three-year term as a UB Law School Alumni Association director and actively participates in the school’s mentoring program. Barnes, a former Marine Corps officer and Gulf War veteran, serves regularly as a judge for moot court competitions and for the oral arguments program for first-year students.
“We made this gift because we are impressed with Dean Mutua and his vision for the school,” the partners said. “It’s easy to be loyal to UB Law because it was good to us,” Mutua, who has set a goal of placing UB Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation, called the donation an “amazing act of philanthropy” that provides a wonderful resource to help accomplish the vision of academic excellence.