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Matthew Joseph Jasen, American lawyer, retired judge. Bar: New York 1940. Fellow Hilbert College; recipient Distinguished Alumnus award State University of New York-Buffalo School Law, 1969, Distinguished Alumnus award Alumni Association, 1976, Distinguished Alumnus award Canisius College, 1978, Edwin F. Jaeckle award State University of New York-Buffalo School Law, 1982.


Jasen, Matthew Joseph was born on December 13, 1915 in Buffalo. Son of Joseph John and Celina (Perlinski) Jasinski.


Bachelor, Canisius College, 1937. Bachelor of Laws, University Buffalo, 1939. Postgraduate, Harvard University, 1944.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Union University, 1980. Doctor of Laws (honorary), New York Law School, 1981.


Worked at Jasen, Jasen & Sampson, P.C. Admitted to the bar, 1940, New York and United States. District Court, Western District of New York.

Phi Alpha Delta. Author: "The Supreme Court and the Fourth Amendment," Buffalo Courier-Express, March 1963. "Comparative Negligence," New York Law Journal, February 5, 1964. "A Judge Looks at the Contributory Negligence Rule," New York State Bar Journal, October, 1964.

"Are 12-Member Juries Necessary in Civil Trials," Erie County Bar Bulletin, September 1965. "Times of Change: A Challenge to the Bar," New York State Bar Journal, June 1969. "The Administration of Justice," Buffalo Daily Law Journal, September 11, 1969.

"The Role of the Justice's Court in Today's Society," Buffalo Daily Law Journal, January 1970. "The Practice of Law Today," Buffalo Daily Law Journal," February 1972. "Mental Health: New York Law and Practice," book review, New York Law Journal (The Lawyer's Bookshelf) November 14, 1975.

"The New Lawyer - Opportunities and Responsibilities," New York State Bar Journal (Obiter Dicta), April 1976. "A View from the Court of Appeals Bench," New York State Bar Journal, Insurance, Negligence, and Compensation Section, December, 1976. "An Elected Judge Favors Merit Selection," New York Law Journal, October 28, 1977.

"Recalling The Holocaust," Buffalo Courier Express, January 1, 1982. "Basic Human Rights," Buffalo Evening News, April 12, 1985. Appointed to the New York State Supreme Court, Eighth Judicial District, 1957-1967.

Associate Judge, Court of Appeals, 1968-1985. Special Master: United States Supreme Court, South Carolina, et al. v. James A. Baker, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Case No.

94, Original, 1987-1988. United States Supreme Court, Illinois v. Kentucky, Case No. 106, Original, 1988, 1996.

President, United States Security Review Board, The State of Wurttemberg-Baden, Germany, 1945-1946. United States Judge, 3rd Military Government Judicial District, Heidelberg, Germany, 1946-1948. Awarded honorary Doctor of Laws by: Union University, 1980.

Albany School of Law, 1980. New York Law School, 1981. Member: Erie County, New York State and American Bar Associations.

American Law Institute. American Judicature Society. National Conference of Appellate Judges.

National Advocates Society. Military: With United States. Army, ETO 1943-1946, Captain.


  • Bar: New York 1940.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member council University Buffalo, 1963-1966. Trustee Canisius College Chair of Polish Culture, also, Nottingham Academy Served to captain Army of the United States, 1943-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member National Conference Appellate Judges, State University New York at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association (president 1964-1965), American, New York State, Erie County bar associations, American Law Institute, American Judicature Society, Lawyers Club Buffalo (president 1961-1962), National Advocates Club, Professional Businessmen's Association Western New York (president 1952), Phi Alpha Delta, DiGamma Society.

Clubs: Knights of Columbus (4 degree).


Married Anastasia Gawinski, October 4, 1943 (deceased August 1970). Children: Peter M., Mark M., Christine (Mistress David K. Mac Leod), Carol Ann, (Mistress J. David Sampson). Married Gertrude O'Connor Travers, March 25, 1972 (deceased November 1972).

Married Grace Yungbluth Frauenheim, August 31, 1973.

Joseph John Jasinski

Celina (Perlinski) Jasinski

Anastasia Gawinski

Gertrude O'Connor Travers

Grace Yungbluth Frauenheim

Peter M. Jasen

Mark M. Jasen

Christine Jasen (Mistress David K. Mac Leod)

Carol Ann Jasen

(Mistress J. David Sampson) Jasen