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A History of the Buffalo Law Review

The Buffalo Law Review's inaugural issue was published in 1951 by a group of students under the guidance of Professor Charles W. Webster, who had served as the executive editor of the Wisconsin Law Review. The first issue of the Buffalo Law Review was 350 pages and had an initial run of 100 copies without having any subscribers. The lead article in Volume 1 was written by Charles S. Desmond who was then an Associate Judge on the New York Court of Appeals and would later become the Chief Judge of New York's highest court.

In the fifty-plus years since its humble beginnings, the Buffalo Law Review has seen its subscription base grow from zero to well over 600. Today the Buffalo Law Review publishes five issues per year with each issue containing articles from scholars, practitioners, and judges. The Buffalo Law Review also publishes member-written pieces on contemporary legal issues.


Paul Larkin's article on the implications of changing marijuana laws was featured in his testimony to the Canadian Parliament on the same subject matter. Paul had a particular focus on how, as governments are legalizing marijuana in different ways, and at different rates, there are coordination issues when citizens have freedom to travel between the jurisdictions of those governments. His full statement can be found here.

Brendan Conley's comment was selected from our 2016–17 Note & Comment competition. It focuses on the transient legal setting in which fantasy sports betting has been developing. Concurrent with its publishing, the Supreme Court made its decision in the case he follows. As expected, the Court ultimately did rule in favor of New Jersey on May 14, 2018, striking down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in Murphy v. NCAA, 584 U.S. ___, Nos. 16-476, 16-477, 2017 WL 684747 (2018). More on Murphy can be found here.

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