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UB law faculty members named SUNY distinguished professors



Two key professors at the University at Buffalo Law School have been elevated to the rank of distinguished professor by the State University of New York board of trustees.

Professors Guyora Binder and James A. Gardner were among 25 SUNY faculty members recently given the title, the highest honors that SUNY confers upon its teaching faculty. A total of five were from the University at Buffalo.

“It is with great pride that we recognize the brilliant scholars and teachers whose service merits one of the SUNY distinguished ranks,” said board Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “The board joins with the recipients’ families and campuses in celebrating their academic, service, research and teaching accomplishments.”

The rank is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation in their academic field.

An expert in criminal law and in the interdisciplinary field of law and literature, Binder is one of the nation’s leading legal theorists. He has been recognized as one of the “50 Most Prolific Law Professors” for his consistent publication of substantial articles in leading law journals. He has also written a book, His book “Felony Murder (Stanford University Press) is forthcoming this year and another book, “Literary Criticisms of Law,” and has two more coming out before the end of 2012. A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, he joined the UB Law School faculty in 1982. He has led faculty recruiting efforts at the law school for many years, and currently serves as chair of the President’s Review Board.

Gardner is considered a pioneer in the study of state constitutional law. He has also published 13 articles in the top 25 most-cited law reviews, work that has been cited more than 1,000 times. He is a frequent commentator in state and national media on constitutionalism and elections law and has been voted the best teacher in the Law School. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, and a former Department of Justice civil attorney, Gardner joined the UB Law faculty in 2001 and currently serves as vice dean for academic affairs. In addition, he has written a number of books and directs the law school’s Edwin F. Jaeckle Center for State and Local Democracy.