Faculty Council

Tolulope Odunsi JD, Assistant Dean Diversity, Equity and Inclusion University at Buffalo School of Law

earned her Juris Doctorate at the American University, Washington College of Law, where she graduated cum laude and served as director for the MABLSA Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition and as senior staffer for the American University International Law Review. She is the Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the University at Buffalo School of Law.   Dean Odunsi previously served as a legal intern for the Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden on the New York State Supreme Court, and as a law clerk at a boutique law firm focused on civil rights violation.  Subsequently, she worked as a civil litigation defense attorney, where she represented clients in a variety of complex civil litigation matters including employment law, automobile product liability, premises liability, insurance defense, and class action lawsuits.

In 2018, Dean Odunsi was elected as President of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York for the 2018 term. She is the author of, “Breaking the Silence in the Face of Racial Injustice,” an article published in Volume 8, Issue 2 of the Defense Research Institute’s 2017 Diversity Insider.   Dean Odunsi is also the author of a chapter entitled “Is Race Really the Issue? Examining the Fallacy of 'Black Foreigner Privilege' ” published in, Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Elder Law and Justice. In 2017, Buffalo Business First Magazine named her one of their “30 Under 30” honorees. She was also named a Legal Elite Leader for 2018 by the Buffalo Law Journal. Additionally, Dean Odunsi was featured as a Next Generation Leader by the Buffalo News in 2019.