About Us

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The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy at the University at Buffalo School of Law is an endowed academic center for interdisciplinary research on law and legal institutions. The mission of the Baldy Center is to advance interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and social policy. It does so by supporting research projects, conferences, workshops, fellowships, visiting scholars, speakers, grant proposals, and other promising initiatives.  

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has named Samantha Barbas winner of its grant competition in the 2020 Public Scholars Program. The highly competitive NEH Public Scholars Program, which supports well-researched books in the humanities aimed at a broad public audience, funded only twenty-five grants totaling $1.4 million this year. Barbas currently serves as Director of the Baldy Center and Professor of Law at University at Buffalo, School of Law. The NEH grant supports the development of her new manuscript, “New York Times v. Sullivan: The Landmark Case that Shaped Politics and the Press as We Know It.” The new book will present a comprehensive history of the Supreme Court free speech case New York Times v. Sullivan (1964), which established the current legal standard of libel against public officials.
The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy was established in 1978 under a bequest from Buffalo attorney Christopher Baldy. A Buffalo native, Christopher Baldy graduated from the UB Law School in 1910. During his long and successful legal career, he was an active member of the Alumni Association and a member of the University Council from 1950-59.
The land on which the University at Buffalo operates is the territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations Confederacy. This territory is covered by The Dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship, a pledge to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is also covered by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, between the United States Government and the Six Nations Confederacy, which further affirmed Haudenosaunee land rights and sovereignty in the State of New York. Today, this region is still the home to the Haudenosaunee people, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and share ideas in this territory.
The University at Buffalo has three campuses: the North Campus in suburban Amherst, the South Campus on Main Street in a North Buffalo neighborhood and the growing Downtown Campus, encompassing several buildings in downtown Buffalo.
The Buffalo-Niagara region is a major metropolitan area with a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct character and all united in a rich panorama of life.
The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy is located in 511 O'Brian Hall, on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York.