As a UB law student in the Desmond Moot Court competition, Mr. Schulz developed a deep
interest in the appellate process. At that time, Charles S. Desmond, newly retired Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, instructed the law students. With other prominent jurists, Judge Desmond also presided over the final competition in which Mr. Schulz participated. As a law student Mr. Schulz was selected to be an Intern at the 1967 New York State Constitutional Convention, and served with the President of the Convention, Hon. Anthony B. Travia.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Schulz passed up more lucrative job opportunities in
favor of helping indigent criminal defendants in the appellate courts and benefitting from the
numerous occasions for preparing briefs and presenting oral argument made available by those
appeals. In January 1970 he was the first attorney to argue before the Appellate Division the day
after the court formally admitted him and other
new attorneys to practice law. Over the next year, frequent appearances before the appellate courts, and participation in trials and hearings in numerous lower courts, provided a comprehensive and practical background for learning the ins and outs of appellate practice.
It was not long before a prominent criminal defense attorney recruited him to assume an important role in a burgeoning appellate practice. Beginning in January 1971, Mr. Schulz began a four-year period in which he was associated with the Buffalo law firm of Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Schuller & James. He continued to handle a variety of matters in the lower courts but devoted the principal portion of his time to handling civil and criminal appeals and motions in all four of New York's Appellate Divisions and the New York Court of Appeals. During this period, he expanded his practice to include a variety of matters in the United States District Court, appeals in several Circuit Courts of Appeals, and numerous filings in the United States Supreme Court with respect to motions, petitions for certiorari, jurisdictional statements, and amicus curiae briefs later mentioned by the Court. During this period, Mr. Schulz achieved a number of important successes in each of the Appellate Divisions and the New York Court of Appeals, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
When it came in 1975, Mr. Schulz quickly accepted an offer to come on board as Confidential Assistant to the Appellate Division Justices in the Fourth Judicial Department. In that position he worked with each member of the court and its outstanding staff. This position allowed him to acquire an insider's understanding of how the court is organized and operates, analyzes the causes brought before it for review, and reaches its decisions. The Justices, and the other members of the support staff, were always gracious and helpful in this very useful learning process. During his five years at the Appellate Division, Mr. Schulz performed numerous tasks for the court: preparing substantive preliminary reports on appeals and assisting as needed in the decision making process; assisting the court in both civil and criminal motions and applications; supervising the admission of new attorneys; serving as liaison to the several Committees on Character and Fitness in the Fourth Department; and reporting to the court on applications for approval of group and prepaid legal services plans.
In addition to other duties, Mr. Schulz worked particularly closely with then Presiding Justice John S. Marsh on interesting and high level court administrative matters. For example, Mr. Schulz was named by Judge Marsh to represent the Fourth Department on the 1977 New York State Jury Selection Uniform Rules Task Force. That body was charged with drafting rules that could be used throughout the state to supplement newly revised laws intended to streamline jury selection statewide. Mr. Schulz was also asked by Judge Marsh to participate in the five-member Drafting Committee assembled by then Chief Judge Charles D. Breitel. That 1977-1978 Committee drafted the Standards and Policies used to implement the Constitutional shift of administrative authority from the Appellate Divisions to the Chief Judge, the Associate Judges of the Court of Appeals, and the Chief Administrative Judge.
In 1981, Mr. Schulz joined the Buffalo law firm that eventually became Saperston & Day, P.C. This rapidly growing firm was expanding its litigation department and recruited Mr. Schulz to lead and develop its appellate practice. During most of his fifteen years at the Saperston firm, he was an equity partner and one of the senior members of the litigation department. He was also a co-chairman of the firm's Library Committee, and played an important role in elevating a respected firm employee with an M.S. degree in Library Science to the position of Law Librarian. With the assistance of the Librarian, Mr. Schulz spearheaded the firm's implementation of a computer assisted legal research program that enabled the firm to keep pace with the future of legal research.
As head of Saperston's appellate practice, Mr. Schulz took responsibility for the highest profile and most complex appeals, including many cases tried to verdict and others involving difficult and substantial motions. He was never too busy to teach and encourage younger less experienced attorneys in the arts of legal research and brief writing, and often provided the principal leadership to teams of attorneys and paralegals working on large litigation projects.
When it became apparent that the Saperston firm was in its last days, Mr. Schulz was one of a number of partners who opted to start their own law practices. Since 1996, he has worked as a sole practitioner, focusing his practice on complex trial court motions and state and federal appeals in all the principal appellate courts in New York State. In this firm structure he is able to give his personal attention to each matter in which he is engaged, whether to consult with other attorneys, handle an appeal of any size or difficulty from start to finish, or to work with other counsel on various aspects of an appeal or motion.