Release Date: October 24, 1997
BUFFALO, N .Y. -- Louis A. Del Cotto, professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo School of Law, will receive the 1997 Edwin F. Jaeckle Award -- the law school's highest honor -- during a luncheon to be held at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
Del Cotto will receive the award following the law school's 22nd annual Alumni Convocation.
The award, named for Edwin F. Jaeckle, a 1915 graduate of the law school, is given annually to an individual who has distinguished himself or herself and has made significant contributions to the law school and the legal profession.
Recognized as one of the nation's top tax authorities, Del Cotto graduated from UB law school in 1951 and practiced for a decade with the Buffalo firm of Jaeckle, Fleischmann, Kelly, Swart & Augspurger.
In 1955, he became a partner in the firm, now known as Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel.
` Several years later, Del Cotto returned to academia, earning a master's degree in law from Columbia University. He joined the UB law faculty in 1961.
He was influential in broadening and shaping the school's tax curriculum and taught thousands of students the intricacies and policy behind the tax codes.
He is regarded by former students as an extremely effective teacher, role model and mentor.
Nationally respected as a scholar, Del Cotto collaborated with top experts on the five-volume treatise on Federal Income Estate and Gift Taxation.
From 1981 until recently, he was tax counsel with the Buffalo firm of Kavinoky & Cook.
He is a resident of Williamsville.
The convocation program, to run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Hyatt, will focus on recent developments in tax law, matrimonial procedures, supplemental needs trusts and jury selection.
Scheduled to speak are Ann B. Bermingham, a vice president and senior trust officer, Marine Midland Bank; John F. Canale, a senior partner with the Buffalo firm of Bouvier, O'Connor; Peter J. Fiorella, Jr., a partner in the Buffalo firm of Fiorella & Palmer; the Hon. Barbara Howe, New York State Supreme Court justice for the Eighth Judicial District and an adjunct associate professor of sociology at UB; Kenneth Joyce, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the UB School of Law; the Hon. Nelson H. Cosgrove, New York State Supreme Court justice for the Eighth Judicial District, and Patrick C. O'Reilly, a senior managing partner with the Buffalo firm of Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury & Cambria.