About Us

The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy

Advancing Interdisciplinary Legal Scholarship since 1978

The Baldy Center welcomes new faculty.

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 Baldy Center is online

The Baldy Center has moved online for Fall 2020. Social distancing and travel restrictions interrupted our normal dynamic, in-person talks, workshops, and conferences for the foreseeable future, but our community of scholars still are actively engaged in research and writing. We are pleased to announce three new online initiatives to bring their work to you, where ever you are.

  • 7/28/20
    The Baldy Center podcast highlights University at Buffalo faculty research and perspectives on current events. We focus on interdisciplinary scholars of law, legal institutions, and social policy who have been associated with the Baldy Center through grants or fellowships. Season 1 of the Baldy Center podcast (Fall 2020) is streaming now, with new episodes added every two weeks.
  • 9/14/20
    The Baldy Center blog features interdisciplinary perspectives on research and current events from interdisciplinary UB scholars whose work intersects with law, legal institutions, and social policy. New blogs will be released twice a month during each academic semester. Subscribe to be informed when new blogs are posted, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for all the Baldy Center news.
  • 9/14/20
    The semi-annual magazine of the Baldy Center launches in September. Our interviews and summaries of conferences, research, and fellows’ activities will introduce you to the innovative work on critical issues performed at UB. 

The Baldy Center supports research and conferences

  • 7/8/20
    The Baldy Center supports research by UB faculty members in the broad, interdisciplinary arena of law, legal institutions, and social policy. The Center welcomes stand-alone and collaborative proposals, as well as proposals aimed at producing a pilot study or baseline research for external funding proposals. Baldy Center research grants are available to full-time University at Buffalo faculty members.
  • 7/8/20
    The Baldy Center sponsors several conferences and workshops each academic year on topics related to law, legal institutions, and social policy. Our conferences typically have thirty to fifty attendees, and include formal presentations by distinguished speakers. The Baldy Center workshops tend to be small, narrowly focused events aimed at intensive discussion. See examples of our past, present and future conferences here.
  • 7/8/20
    The Baldy Center supports book manuscript workshops as part of its mission to advance interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and social policy. The workshops seek to help UB faculty members make their book manuscripts as strong as possible prior to submission for publication.

The Baldy Center hosts visiting scholars

More about the Baldy Center

  • 7/30/20
    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.
  • 7/22/20
    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.
  • 8/3/20
    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.
  • 10/5/16
    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.
  • 1/22/16
    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.
  • 7/28/20
    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.