Event Listing: 2020 to 2016

On this page you will find the listing of conferences, woekshops, and academic events sponsored, entirely or in part, by The Baldy Center.

Spring/Fall 2020

February 7, 2020, Distinguished Speaker
Janet Halley (Harvard), "Towards the Liberal Family"
Friday, 12:30pm, 509 O'Brian Hall

February 14, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Law Faculty Workshop
Sarah Ludin "Litigating 'Religion' in Reformation Germany: The Accidental Construction of a Bricolage Legal Category."

February 21, 2020, Distinguished Speaker
Paul Gowder (Iowa), "On Platforms and Polities"
Friday, 12:30pm, 509 O'Brian Hall

February 28, 2020, Legal History Speaker Series
Sam Erman (USC)
Friday, 12:30pm, 509 O'Brian Hall

March 6, 2020, Symposium
Legacies of Suffrage: Women's Activism Then and Now
Organized by Carrie Bramen, UB Professor of English; Director, UB Gender Institute


(Events previously scheduled after March 11, 2020, were postponed due to COVID-19.)


October 15, 2020
Human Rights at Risk: Popular Uprisings and Regime Change
Virtual symposium presented by the Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Committee. Free, online, and open to the public with advance registration required. Email dussourd@buffalo.edu to register.

Fall 2019

September 6, 2019 Distinguished Speaker
Stuart Banner (UCLA)
Natural Law in the 19th-Century Legal System
Friday, 12:30 pm, 509 O’Brian Hall

September 20, 2019 Distinguished Speaker
Alexandra Natapoff (UCI)
Friday, 12:30 pm, 509 O’Brian Hall

September 26 to 28, 2019, Workshop
Buddhism, Law and Society: Between Text and Context, organized by Rebecca Redwood French, UB Professor of Law. Learn more.

October 26, 2019, School of Law
Alumni Reunion honors Errol Meidinger
The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, New York

October 2, 2019, Co-Sponsored Event
CLE: Learning from the Ramsar Designation of the Niagara Corridor
Learn more.


October 11 & 12, 2019, Workshop
Journal of Law and Political Economy: Developing the Field
Organized by Martha McCluskey, UB Professor of Law 
Learn more.

November 1, 2019, UB Celebration of Academic Excellence
Recognizing Errol Meidinger as SUNY Distinguished Professor

December 6, 2019. Co-Sponsored Event
Legal History Speaker Series
Christian Burset (Notre Dame)
Friday, 12:30 pm, 509 O’Brian Hall

December 6, 2019. Co-Sponsored Event
Legal History Speaker Series
Christian Burset (Notre Dame)
Friday, 12:30 pm, 509 O’Brian Hall

Spring 2019

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

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 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

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.

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

“Law at the Crossroads” Summer 2018

The Baldy Center is pleased to participate in the Annual Conference of the Law and Society Association and the Canadian Law and Society Association,  at Toronto’s Sheraton Center from June 7-10, 2018. The theme of this year’s gathering is “Law at the Crossroads”, enshrining both the city’s legacy as an international hub, and the cross-border interdisciplinary scope of the organization. As part of this gathering, we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary by co-hosting a reception with the American Bar Foundation. Along with hosting the reception, we are sponsoring an exhibit of The Baldy Center’s history for display during the conference.

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"

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, law-clinic@buffalo.edu

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"

Fall 2017

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"

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”  


Tuesday, April 5, 2016    2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by Baldy Center, Buffalo Law Review, Jaeckle Center, Partnership for the Public Good, SUNY Rockefeller Institute

On Election Day, Nov. 7, 2017, New York voters will decide: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” (N.Y. Const., Art. XIX, § 2). 

Issues are: Campaign finance reform, redistricting reform, election administration reform, term limits, tax limits, public pension guarantees, environmental protection…  Is a convention “good medicine” or “snake oil?”


  • GERALD BENJAMIN, Director, Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives, SUNY New Paltz.
  • CHRISTOPHER BOPST, Chief Legal and Financial Officer at Sam-Son Logistics.
  • HENRIK DULLEA, Trustee, Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY)
  • PETER GALIE, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Canisius College.