Warnken, 72, earned his J.D. from the law school in 1977 and began teaching law at UB the following year, earning tenure in 1982.
(Warnken taught in both “new” UB law centers — the Maryland Avenue building that is now the Learning Commons, which opened in 1982, and the John and Frances Angelos Law Center, which opened in 2013.)
In addition to directing the law school’s judicial internship program for 33 years – placing more than 3,000 law students with judges – Warnken also taught a bar review class and served as the faculty adviser to the moot court board.
The UB School of Law’s Moot Courtroom will be named in honor of Professor Warnken at a May 3, 2018, event that is open to students, colleagues, alumni and friends. Click here for information about tickets and donations. The event is free, but tickets are required.
Asked why he stuck around for nearly half a century, Warnken replied: “I love the school, I love the students.”
The students remind him of “who I was,” Warnken said – a night student grateful to be at the law school.
Dean Weich marveled at Warnken’s legacy: “As I speak to alumni throughout the state … I encounter so many people who credit Byron with launching their careers, either because he taught them well, or he helped them pass the bar, or he got them that first job that started them on the path to success in the profession.”