Aviva Abramovsky is the University at Buffalo School of Law’s 19th permanent dean and the first woman to hold the position. Since her arrival in June of 2017, she has overseen the expansion of the school’s clinical legal education program, the implementation of a new undergraduate program in law, the development of UB’s Center for the Advancement of Sport and an Entrepreneurship Law Center, and the launch of a series of capital improvements projects.
Prior to her appointment as dean of UB School of Law, Abramovsky was the Kaufman Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an associate dean at Syracuse University College of Law where she led the school’s internationalization efforts. She previously served as a visiting professor at Florida State University College of Law, and as a shareholder in the New York City-based law firm Anderson Kill & Olick.
Abramovsky is an expert in insurance law, commercial law, regulation of financial entities and legal ethics. She has authored numerous articles and legal treatises, including McKinney’s Uniform Commercial Code forms for New York. She is the current editor of LSN Insurance Law, Legislation, & Policy, and she served as the editor and academic advisor for the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal from 2010 to 2011. She also contributed to the British Insurance Law Association’s (BILA) 2013 Book Prize winner, Research Handbook on International Insurance and Regulation, and her scholarship has been recognized as a “litigation essential” by LexisNexis.
Abramovsky has served twice as an academic evaluator for the American Bar Association’s federal judiciary committees, once for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito and again for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonya Sotomayor.
She earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania where she was the managing editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and her B.S. from Cornell University.