Monica P. Wallace

MONICA PIGA WALLACE, Local Director, teaches Advanced Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research at SUNY Buffalo Law School.  Before joining SUNY Buffalo Law School, Professor Wallace served as a confidential law clerk to Hon. Richard J. Arcara, United States District Court Judge for the Western District of New York, and as a law clerk to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 


Her expertise includes legal writing and analysis, legal research, federal litigation, civil procedure, criminal procedure, and federal sentencing issues.  Professor Wallace has assisted in the judicial resolution of hundreds of federal motions, trials, and appeals. She also has participated in drafting court rules and procedures.  Professor Wallace practiced law in the commercial litigation and commercial lending departments at Phillips Lytle LLP.


Professor Wallace received her J.D., cum laude, from SUNY Buffalo Law School, and her B.A. in Political Science, with high honors, from SUNY Binghamton. She is an active member of the Women’s Bar Association for the State of New York, and has served as State Director, Co-Chair of the Judiciary Committee, Chair of the Membership Committee, and Co-Chair of the Employment Law Committee.  She currently serves on that organization’s statewide Pro Bono Task Force.  She is a member of the Lancaster YMCA Board, and she was recently appointed to serve on the Legal Writing Institute’s Bar Outreach Committee.


Local Director



Judiciary, UB Law Liaison &

Denman Scholarship


Phone:  (716) 645-2399