July 2010

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

September 2013

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York courts

April 2008

Calendars from the Historical Society of the New York Courts

In front of the Women in the Law Room, June 17, 2013

A most appropriate setting for the reception honoring the 2 newest Court of Appeals judges (Pictured, l. to r.: Justices Pigott, Smith, Rivera, & Abdus-Salaam)

Judicial Portrait Collection

Row of oil paintings at the entrance to the library

Hands-on learning

The School Without Walls Summer Law Camp visiting the Rare Book Room & staff workroom during a tour of the library August 15, 2013

International visitors

A legal delegation from the Ukraine with library staff members September 25, 2013

Celebrating 15 years at 50 East Avenue

Our corner of Chestnut Street & East Avenue, ca. 1998

UB Law Students Visit the Library

Students begin their tour of the library on January 23, 2014.

On display through April

Colorful patches from the library's display on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

March 20, 2014

Close to finishing law school? Learn about us!

Yesterday we had some law students in their last year at UB visiting us. As their "tour guide" notes,
One aspect of the tour that was particularly interesting for the students was the availability of free Lexis, private study rooms, and Wi-Fi. I told the students that many attorneys meet with clients in the private study rooms, while using the wireless connection to access email, Lexis and the Internet. It was clear they were already pondering the possibilities as I talked about it - one of them immediately commented, "We could use the library as our law office." The idea that they could start their own law practice without the expense of an office was something they hadn't thought possible. When combined with the library's massive print collection, the students acknowledged that our facility really does offer just about everything a young attorney would need to get started in the profession. In fact, one of them has already returned (a day later) to conduct research for her current law school assignment!

March 17, 2014


Next Sunday, March 23, at 3:00 P.M., the Little will present Forbidden Voices, a documentary profiling three dissident bloggers who've braved repression in their home countries, as part of its Women's History Month Film Series. The stories of Yoani Sanchez of Cuba, Zeng Jinyan of China, and Farnaz Seifi of Iran will no doubt make compelling viewing.

Closer to home, it's important to note that this is Sunshine Week, a national initiative, in the words of its website, to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools, and others interested in the public’s right to know. The American Association of Law Libraries and the American Library Association will be taking part in Sunshine Week activities. For more information, see here and here.

Update: The Democrat and Chronicle has several pieces online addressing Sunshine Week concerns locally. Here's a site we learned about there and would like to pass along: Open New York, an open data portal "bringing together local, state and federal data in one place."

February 25, 2014

Reception for Rochester's new mayor

The Rochester Black Bar Association and the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys recently hosted a reception for Mayor Lovely Warren. We noted some familiar faces in the Daily Record's photos of the event.

February 24, 2014

Downton Abbey & Law Made Fun

Appearing last night on WXXI-TV's Talking Abbey Live, Brighton Town Justice Karen Morris provided engaging and thoughtful commentary from a legal point of view on the popular PBS series Downton Abbey, which appears to enjoy quite a following in the legal community. As the show wrapped up its fourth season, Judge Morris, author of Law Made Fun through Harry Potter's Adventures, suggests there may be a Law Made Fun through Downton Abbey coming our way. We look forward to it.

February 14, 2014

From vellum to digital archives

We were pleased to get a visit yesterday from a group of students from the World of Inquiry School who had chosen the subject of law to investigate during their "Intensive Week." Pictured below is a discussion on data preservation and storage media. Staff was vividly reminded of the rapid changes in this area when the teacher accompanying the group was unfamiliar with a 5 1/4-inch floppy!

If your group would like to schedule a tour of the library, please call the Reference Desk at 585-530-3251.

February 10, 2014

What's Going On in Downtown Rochester?

There is a wonderful balloon exhibit on display in the Sibley Building of Jack and the Beanstalk by Balloon Manor. The exhibit has every color of the rainbow and more. Every detail can be seen from a roaring fireplace to butterflies all a flutter. If you are looking for FREE family fun this exhibit is a must see.

You better hurry!  Today, the exhibit is scheduled to come down, and a large-scale popping party will ensure it is done in the most fun way possible.  

The popping party starts tonight at 5 P.M.

January 27, 2014

Rochester Black Bar Association Meet and Greet

The RBBA will hold its first social event of the year on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Wall Street Bar and Grill located at 330 East Avenue. The event goes from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. 

More information can be found at the RBBA website.