Justice Samuel L. Green Scholarship for Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies to be Offered by Daemen College

Scholarship in Recognition of Justice Samuel L. Green of Buffalo, New York, will be for Full-time Tuition, Continuous for up to Four Years of Undergraduate Study


January 19, 2012



Information:   Margaret L. Phillips

                        Director-Paralegal Studies

                        Daemen College




            Daemen College will fund a scholarship program in recognition of Justice Samuel L. Green of Buffalo, New York. The scholarship will be awarded to students in the Daemen pre-law and paralegal studies programs, with primary consideration given to minority and disadvantaged students. The award will be for full-time tuition, continuous for up to four years of undergraduate study.


            “The importance of law cannot be underestimated in the life of Justice Samuel L. Green,” noted Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen. “As a leader on the Appellate Division, Justice Green is recognized and esteemed for his scholarship, integrity, and compassion. His exemplary 38 year judicial career makes him an eminent role model for Daemen College students seeking to pursue a career in law.”


            The Daemen College History and Government Department, overseen by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, will select scholarship recipients. The scholarship application process will include a written essay on a topic to be determined by the College selection committee; a personal review; and review by Justice Green or his representative.  Students interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Daemen Director of Paralegal Studies Dr. Margaret L. Phillips at (716) 839-8283, or via e-mail, mphillip@daemen.edu .


Justice Samuel L. Green


            Justice Samuel L. Green’s exemplary 38 year judicial career began in 1973, when he was appointed to Buffalo City Court. In 1978, Justice Green broke a barrier by being the first African American official outside of New York City to win election to State Supreme Court. Justice Green went on, to continue to win re-election to State Supreme Court, becoming the most honored African American justice in Western New York history.


            Justice Green’s trailblazing continued when he was appointed by then Governor Mario Cuomo to the New York State Appellate Division in 1983, where he continued to serve with honor and distinction until his retirement in 2011. His nearly 29 years of service in the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, serving 22 counties in Western and Central New York, make him the longest-serving justice in that court’s history.


            A member of the Bar Association of Erie County for more than 40 years, Justice Green is also a founding member of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and a lifetime member of the NAACP, and the Buffalo Urban League. His many honors include the Bar Association’s 1995 Outstanding Jurist Award, and the New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association Award of Merit for distinguished service on the trial count bench.


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