Events Calendar


The Baldy Center sponsors and co-sponsors many events each year that enliven the dialogue about law and society in the University. 

2019 - 2020


Stuart Banner.
Stuart Banner

September 6, 2019
Friday, 12:30 pm, 509 O’Brian Hall

Stuart Banner teaches Property, the Supreme Court Clinic, and a variety of other courses. Professor Banner, as the director of UCLA’s Supreme Court Clinic, has represented parties in several recent U.S. Supreme Court cases. A Stanford Law School graduate, he was articles editor of the Stanford Law Review, and clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. He practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell, and at the NY Office of the Appellate Defender. Banner received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fulbright Scholar Program, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. See UCLA Law faculty profile.

Alexandra Natapoff.
Alexandra Natapoff

September 20, 2019
Friday, 12:30 pm, 509 O’Brian Hall

Alexandra Natapoff's expertise is in criminal law and procedure, misdemeanors, informants, public defense, law and inequality. Her scholarship has won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Law and Society Association Article Prize, and, two Outstanding Scholarship Awards from the AALS Criminal Justice Section. Her new book, Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal (Basic Books, 2018), describes the powerful influence that misdemeanors exert over the entire U.S. criminal system. It was selected by Publishers Weekly as a Best Book of 2018. See UCI Law faculty profile.


February 7, 2020
Friday, 12:30pm, 509 O'Brian Hall

Janet Halley is the Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature from UCLA and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She has taught at Tel Aviv Buckmann School of Law and in the Law Department of the American University in Cairo. A prolific author, Halley was recently awarded the Career Achievement Award for Law and the Humanities by the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities. She teaches Family Law, Gender and the Family in Transnational Legal Orders, Gender in Postcolonial Legal Orders, Trafficking and Labor Migration, and courses on the intersections of legal theory with social theory. See Harvard Law faculty profile.


Conference, September 26 to 30, 2019

Buddhism, Law and Society: Between Text and Context: Organized by Rebecca Redwood French, UB Professor of Law. Learn more

Workshop, October 11 & 12, 2019

Journal of Law and Political Economy: Developing the Field. Organized by Martha McCluskey, UB Professor of Law. Learn more.

Workshop, March 2020

Legacies of Suffrage: Organized by Carrie Bramen, UB Professor of English and Director of the UB Gender Institute. (dates tba)

Workshop, April 16-17, 2020

Global Glyphosate: New Challenges in Regulating Pervasive Chemicals in the Anthropocene: Organized by Marion Werner, UB Associate Professor of Geography.

Past events on this page

Spring 2019

February 7 & 8, 2019, Author's Workshop
Environmental Justice in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank

February 15, 2019, Deadline for Baldy Center Fellowship Grant Applications Learn more.

February 18, 2019, Deadline for Baldy Center Conference & Workshop Grant Applications. Learn more.

February 22, 2019, Distinguished Speaker
Catherine Fisk, "Lawyers, Labor Protest, and the First Amendment in the Mid-Twentieth Century"
Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law
University of California, Berkeley Law

March 1, 2019, Distinguished Speaker 
András Sajó, “Human Rights in a Closing World” 
Judge, European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (2008-2017)
Professor, Central European University; Global Visiting Professor of Law, New York University Law School

March 8, 2019, Distinguished Speaker
Friday, 12:30 p.m., 509 O'Brian Hall
Cristina Bicchieri, “Social Proximity and the Evolution of Norm Compliance.”
SJP Harvie Professor of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics
University of Pennsylvania

March 29, 2019, Distinguished Speaker
Matthew D. Adler, “Measuring Social Welfare: Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis.”
Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, Philosophy and Public Policy

April 1, 2019, Deadline for Baldy Center Research Grant Applications. Learn more.

April 5, 2019, Book Manuscript Workshop
Lauraleen Ford, "The Intellectual Property of Nations: Sociological
and Historical Perspectives on a Modern Legal Institution"
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bard College; Baldy Post-Doctoral Fellow (2014-2016)

April 10, 2019, International Symposium
Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 107 Capen Hall
Allison L. Des Forges Memorial Symposium

April 11, 12 & 13, 2019, Conference
From Protest to Politics: Women’s Movements and Strengthening Democracies
Gwynn Thomas, UB CAS Global Gender Studies Program

May 3, 2019 Welcoming Reception for Incoming Director Samantha Barbas
Friday, 12:00 - 1:00 (Lunch and refreshments provided)
509 O’Brian Hall

May 3, 2019, Distinguished Speaker
Friday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., 509 O'Brian Hall
John J. Donohue III, ""Right to Carry Laws and Violent Crime”
C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law
Stanford Law School

May 10, 2019, Baldy Speaker
Friday, 12:30 p.m., 509 O'Brian Hall
Steven Boutcher, "Financing Legal Education through Student Loans: Implications on Debt and Career Choice.”
Executive Officer, Law and Society Association and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Social Science Research
University of Massachusetts Amherst


Fall 2018

September 13, Baldy Center Special Event
Thursday, 4:00 p.m. with reception to follow, 509 O’Brian Hall
Heather Ann Thompson, Professor of History, University of Michigan; "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy"; Co-sponsored with the Robert H. Jackson Center.

September 21 & 22, Symposium
Addiction as a Chronic Illness: Promises and perils of a new drug policy paradigm

The event is free with registration.

September 28, 2018, Distinguished Speaker
Friday, Noon, 509 O’Brian Hall
Daniel Markovits, Guido Calabresi Professor of Law, Yale Law School
"The Meritocracy Trap"

October 12, 2018, Distinguished Speaker
Friday, Noon, 509 O’Brian Hall
Michael Storper, Distinguished Professor; Director, Global Public Affairs, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
"Regional Innovation Transitions"

November 5, 2018, Co-Sponsored Mini-Conference
Law and Gender Violence: A Global Perspective
12:00 to 4:00 p.m. 509 O’Brian Hall

November 8, 2018, Co-Sponsored Speaker
4:00 to 6:00 p.m. 509 O’Brian Hall
Neil J. Diament, Embattled Glory: Veterans, Military Families and the Politics of Patriotism in China, 1949-2007.
Papers (pdfs below) for advance reading courtesy of speaker.

November 9, 2018, Mitchell Lecture
John Braithwaite
"Tempered Power, Variegated Capitalism, Law and Society."

November 10, 2018, “Tempering Power”
The Baldy Center's 40th Anniversary Conference

November 30, 2018, Distinguished Speaker
Friday, Noon, 509 O’Brian Hall
Saule Omarova, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
“New Tech v. New Deal: Fintech as a Systemic Phenomenon”


Summer 2018

June 7 to 10, 2018: The Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Toronto 2018

Spring 2018

February 8, 2018, Co-Sponsored Event
9:30am-4pm, 120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus
Reproductive Justice: Theory and Practice: Spring Symposium
Organized by the UB Gender Institute

February 9, 2018, Distinguished Speaker
Friday, Noon, 509 O’Brian Hall
Allison K. Hoffman, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School;
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics
"Health Care’s Market Bureaucracy" (Download the paper (PDF))

Friday, February 16, 2018
12:30 - 2:00 p.m., 509 O'Brian
Law Faculty Workshop Series
John Henry Schlegel
, Distinguished Professor, UB School of Law
"To Dress for Dinner"

March 1, 2018, Invited Speaker, Co-Sponsored Event
Thursday, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., 509 O'Brian
UB Humanities Institute Workshop on City and Society Lecture
Julilly Kohler-Hausman, Assistant Professor,
Cornell University Department of History
"The Making of the Rockefeller Drug Laws: Treatment, Punishment, and the Tangled Roots of U.S. Mass Incarceration"

March 9, 2018, Law Faculty Workshop Series
Friday, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., 509 O'Brian Hall
Jessica Owley, Professor, UB School of Law

March 15, 2018, Baldy Center
Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m., 107 O’Brian
Robert Hayden, Professor of Anthropology, Law, and Public & International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
"The Practice of International Humanitarian Law as Confidence Game"

March 21, 2018, Invited Speaker, Co-Sponsored Event
Wednesday, Noon to 2:00 p.m., 509 O’Brian Hall
Jobst Landgrebe (Cologne, Germany)
"The Crisis of Western Democracy"

March 30, 2018, Distinguished Speaker
Friday, 12:30 to 2:00 pm, 509 O’Brian Hall
Shauhin Talesh, Professor of Law, UC Irvine School of Law
"How Legal Intermediaries Facilitate and Inhibit Social Change"


April 2, 2018, Department of Anthropology
Jean Monnet Distinguished Lecture
Monday, 5:00 p.m., 509 O'Brian Hall
Michael Herzfeld, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
"Paradoxes and Paroxysms: Nationalism, Migration, and the Dream of Cultural Identity - Reflections from the Southern Fringe"

April 3, 2018, Baldy Center Special Event, Book Launch
Tuesday, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., 509 O'Brian Hall
David M. Crane, Syracuse University College of Law, Founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
The Founders: Four Pioneering Individuals Who Launched the First Modern-Era International Criminal Tribunals
Interviewed by Gregory L. Peterson, Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP

April 7 & 8, 2018, Baldy Center Conference
509 O'Brian Hall
"Universities, Innovation, and Development"
Organized by Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Department of Geography

April 11, 2018, Baldy Center Conference
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., UB Center for Tomorrow
Disability and Higher Education
Organized by Cynthia Wu, Department of Transnational Studies

April 13, 2018, Mitchell Lecture
Friday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., 106 O'Brian Hall 
Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School
"The First Amendment in the Second Gilded Age,"

April 16, 2018, Panel Discussion
Monday, 1:30 to 3:00p.m., 509 O'Brian Hall
Collaborating & Creating Law and Policy Solutions for Post-Maria Puerto Rico
Contact: Kim Diana Connolly,
Program/Poster (pdf).

April 26, 2018, 2018, Co-Sponsored Event
China in Africa: Global Perspectives
Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Committee International Symposium

May 4, 2018, Book Manuscript Workshop
Erin Hatton, UB Sociology
"Between Work and Slavery: Coerced Labor in Contemporary America"
Learn more about this event

Fall 2017 Events

October 12, 2017, Trump and the Law Speaker Series
Thursday, 2:30 pm, 106 O'Brian Hall
Harold Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School 
"The Trump Administration and International Law"

October 13, 2017, Distinguished Speaker
Friday, 12:30pm, 509 O’Brian Hall
Harold Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School 

October 20, 2017, Baldy Co-Sponsored Event
Friday, Noon, 509 O’Brian Hall
Asia@Noon Lecture: Fabio Lanza, University of Arizona
“Is there a Socialist Everyday? Collectivizing Beijing in the Mao Era.”
Organized by Kristin Stapleton

October 23 & 24, 2017, Baldy Co-Sponsored Event
"Cosmopolitanism versus Globalization" 
Monday & Tuesday, 508 O'Brian Hall
Department of Jewish Thought

November 2, 2017, Trump and the Law Speaker Series
Thursday, 2:30 pm, 509 O'Brian Hall
Alex Abdo, Senior Staff Attorney, Knight First Amendment Institute
"Surveillance, Dissent, and the First Amendment"

November 16, 2017
Friday, Noon, 509 O’Brian Hall
Amanda Hughett, Baldy Center Fellow
"'A Hazardous Enterprise': Prisoners' Rights Lawyers' Quest for Justice Beyond the Courtroom"
Download the paper (PDF)

November 16, 2017, Trump and the Law Speaker Series
Thursday, 2:30 pm, 509 O'Brian Hall
Lee Gelernt, Deputy Director, ACLU Immigrants Rights Project
"Litigating the Muslim Ban and Other Immigration Issues In The Trump Era"

November 17, 2017
Friday, Noon, 509 O’Brian Hall
David McNamee, Baldy Center Fellow
"Capital Sentencing and Fundamental Law: A Participatory Case Against Death Qualification"

December 8, 2017, Distinguished Speaker
Friday, Noon, 509 O’Brian Hall
Christine Desan, Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
“The Monetary Structure of Economic Activity”  

Spring 2017 Events

Spring 2017 Events Flyer:


Discussion Circles 2017:


January 25, 2017, Wednesday,  12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Baldy Discussion Circle, 505 O’Brian Hall
John Henry Schlegel  (registration required)

February 1, 2017, Wednesday,  12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Baldy Discussion Circle, 505 O’Brian Hall
Christine Bartholomew  (registration required)

February 10, 2017, Friday, 12:30 p.m.
Baldy Speaker, 509 O’Brian Hall
Ana Mariella Bacigalupo, “The Law of the Spirit in Chile: Judge Karen Atala’s Transformative Vision and her LGBT Rights Child Custody Case.”

February 15, 2017, Wednesday, 1:50 - 2:50 p.m.
Baldy Discussion Circle, 505 O’Brian Hall
James Gardner  (registration required)

February 23 and 24, 2017, Thursday and Friday
Conference Workshop, 509 O’Brian Hall
Oceans Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea

February 27, 2017, Monday,  11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Baldy Discussion Circle, 505 O’Brian Hall
Mary Nell Trautner  (registration required)

March 3, 2017, Friday, 12:30 p.m.
Distinguished Speaker, 509 O’Brian Hall
Co-sponsored by Asian Studies
Mitra Sharafi, University of Wisconsin Law School, Medical jurisprudence in colonial India.

March 6, 2017, Monday,  1:50 - 2:50 p.m.
Baldy Discussion Circle, 505 O’Brian Hall
Martha McCluskey  (registration required)

March 10, 2017, Friday, 12:30 p.m.
Distinguished Speaker, 509 O’Brian Hall
Erin Delaney, Northwestern University Law School,  “A Federal Case for Judicial Review: From Structure to Rights.”

March 10, 2017, Friday, 4:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion, 509 O’Brian Hall
Buffalo at the Crossroads: Advocating for Climate Justice in a Cold City
A panel of local experts moderated by Sam Magavern, Adjunct Law Professor and Co-Director, Partnership for the Public Good.

March 11, 2017, Saturday, 8:30 to 4:30
Conference, 509 O’Brian Hall
The Changing Climate: Reflections on Current Law, Policy, Justice, and Regulation

March 17, 2017, Friday, 12:30 p.m.
Distinguished Speaker, 509 O’Brian Hall
Douglas NeJaime, UCLA School of Law "Assimilating Difference.”

March 27, 2017, Monday, 12:30 p.m.
Legal History Workshop, 505 O'Brian Hall
Judge Glock, Visiting Professor, College of Business and Economics at West Virginia, "Unpacking the Supreme Court: Judicial Retirement and the Road to the 1937 Court Battle"

March 29, 2017, Wednesday, 1:50 - 2:50 p.m.
Baldy Discussion Circle, 505 O’Brian Hall
Rachael Hinkle  (registration required)

March 31, 2017, Friday, 12:30 p.m.
Baldy Speaker, 509 O’Brian Hall, Co-sponsored by Asian Studies
Margaret Boittin, Osgoode Hall Law School, York  "Enforcement and Accommodation: Tier-Based Patterns in the Policing of Prostitution in China"

April 6, Thursday,  3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Baldy Co-Sponsored Event with Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies at UB
Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York, “The Brexit: Opportunities for France”
See more info on flyer.

April 10, Monday, 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Baldy Co-Sponsored Event with Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Studies at UB
Brexit: A Brown-Bag Panel Discussion
See more info on flyer.

April 10, Monday,  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Baldy Discussion Circle, 505 O’Brian Hall
Danielle Pelfrey Duryea  (registration required)

April 14, Friday, 12:30 p.m.
Distinguished Speaker
Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA School of Law, “Migrants, Refugees, and Citizens: What’s Next for Immigration Law and Policy?"

April 17, Monday,  1:50 - 2:45 p.m.
Baldy Discussion Circle, 505 O’Brian Hall
Matthew Dimick  (registration required)

April 27, Thursday, 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
107 Capen Hall, North Campus
Baldy Co-Sponsored Event with ALD Memorial Committee "Counter-Terrorism, Electoral Politics, and Human Rights"

Fall 2016 Events

September 9, Friday —   12:30pm, Distinguished Speaker and 3:00pm, Welcome Reception
  Kenneth W. Abbott, “Experimentalist Governance 2.0: Taking ‘Experiments' (More) Seriously” (paper),
  and reception for LL.M. students, Visiting Scholars, new members of our community to meet UB faculty.

September 30-October 1, Friday and Saturday — Conference
    Buddhist Law and State Law in Comparative Perspective

October 14, Friday, 12:30pm — Distinguished Speaker
    Ahmed White, University of Colorado
    “Its Own Dubious Battle: The Impossible Defense of an
    Effective Right to Strike.”

October 21 and 22, Friday and Saturday — Workshop

    Gene Editing: Life and Law Beyond the Human

October 28, Friday, 12:30 to 2:00, Park Hall 532  — Co-sponsored Speaker
    Nancy Kwak, University of California, San Diego
    “Selling American Homeownership in the Global South”

November 5, Saturday — Symposium

    Global Governance and the Transpacific Partnership