BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Errol E. Meidinger, professor and vice dean for
research and faculty development at the University at Buffalo Law
School, has been named director of the Baldy Center for Law and
His appointment was announced today by UB Provost Satish K.
Tripathi, who praised Meidinger for his scholarship and record of
The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy is a nationally
recognized focal point for interdisciplinary research and teaching
at the UB Law School and UB.
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Errol
Meidinger as director of the Baldy Center for Law and Social
Policy, effective immediately," Tripathi said. "Professor Meidinger
is a nationally and internationally renowned scholar and widely
respected expert in environmental and natural resources law. He
writes and teaches in the fields of administrative law,
environmental law, indigenous peoples' law, international trade and
the environment, legal theory, property, and the sociology of
"A renowned academic who crosses disciplines and possesses
substantial administrative skills and experience, he will lead the
Baldy Center into a new era of innovation and academic
As director of the center, Meidinger will lead the newly created
Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Advisory Council in making
recommendations on the center's future, and its vision, mission and
The Baldy Council is composed of Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen,
professor of geography; Guyora Binder, UB Distinguished Professor
of Law; Robert Granfield, professor and chair of sociology;
Stephanie Phillips, professor of law; Kenneth Shockley, associate
professor of philosophy; Mateo Taussig-Rubbo, associate professor
of law; and James Wooten, professor of law, director of the Law
Library and vice dean for legal information services.
Formed as an oversight body, the council will also offer
Meidinger advice on strategic matters, and will report to the
provost, the dean of the Law School and the dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences. The director of the Baldy Center will report to
the dean of the Law School.
Meidinger holds a PhD and a JD from Northwestern University and
a BA from the University of North Dakota. He is the co-editor of
two books on environmental law and the author of more than 30
journal articles and book chapters.
Meidinger joined the faculty of UB Law in 1982. He has been a
visiting professor at the University of Washington and Syracuse
University, as well as a Distinguished Environmental Scholar at
Lewis and Clark Law School and a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the
University of Freiburg. He is adjunct professor of sociology at UB,
and was the founding director of UB's Environment and Society
Institute. He also serves as honorary professor at the University
of Freiburg in Germany.
Meidinger has a distinguished record of service at UB and
nationally. He has been a member of the U.S. National Standards
Committee of the Forest Stewardship Council, and was interim
director of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and chair of
the UB Environmental Institute Task Force.
He is a member of the Law and Society Association and was
co-organizer of its International Working Group on Environmental
Institutions. Meidinger also was co-editor of the journal Law &
Policy. In addition, he has consulted widely on environmental
matters for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The
Administrative Conference of the United States and the U.S. Forest
Service, among others.