Our History

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 Center was founded in 1978 during the Law School deanship of Thomas E. Headrick, although the broad outlines of a program in law and the social sciences had emerged under the deanship of Richard D. Schwartz in the early 1970s.

The Baldy Center was directed for the first 13 years by Barry B. Boyer, who became dean of the Law School in 1992. From 1978-80 James C. Brady, from the Department of Philosophy, served as Co-Director.

David M. Engel, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Law and a past President of the Law and Society Association, followed Barry Boyer as Director in October 1992. Errol Meidinger served as Interim Director from 2001-2002, during which time an international search was held for a new director.

In 2002 Lynn Mather, formerly Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and currently SUNY Disinguished Service Professor of Law and Political Science, was appointed as director. Professor Mather is also a past President of the Law and Society Association.

Rebecca French, Roger and Karen Jones Faculty Scholar at the University at Buffalo School of Law, served as Director from 2008-2010.

Errol Meidinger, Margaret W. Wong Professor of Law, is the current director of the Baldy Center, effective summer 2010.