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Buffalo Co-Lab advances an equitable economy and democratic community, collaboratively integrating scholarly and practical understanding to strengthen civic action.

Victor Rieman

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BSILR '20
Elicottville, NY
WNY Law Center
  • Interviewed public officials, staff, board and clients of the Law Center and compiled into a report detailing the history, work and impact of the organization. The report will be a valuable tool for development efforts going forward.
  • Helped plan and participated in a press conference regarding a lawsuit the Law Center filed against the Buffalo Police Department that it discriminated against people of color through traffic enforcement practices, including checkpoints that targeted neighborhoods where the majority of residents are black or Latino.
  • Traveled to Albany to meet with legislators about State policies to address vacant and abandoned properties.

“Over the summer I got to know Buffalo in a much closer way than I ever had. The job was my first ‘grown up’ white collar job that provided me with valuable information for the future. My supervisor and other workers at the Law Center were very helpful in showing me the nonprofit ecosystem of Buffalo. Working in nonprofit law is something I would like to do, and the people I worked with were helping in showing me how to get there.”

–From Victor’s Final Evaluation

“Victor picked up on things very quickly.  He went above and beyond when he was given a task and he was pleasant to work with. He was an independent worker but he wasn’t afraid to ask questions when he needed to and I think that shows maturity beyond his years.”

--Kate Lockhart, Foreclosure Data Manager

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2018