The Baldy Center Podcast 2022 – 2023


The Baldy Center Podcast highlights UB faculty research and perspectives on current issues and events. We focus on UB's interdisciplinary scholars of law, legal institutions, and social policy.


The Baldy Center Podcast is streaming on PodBean,   Spotify,   Apple Podcasts, or most any audio app. You can also listen by using the audio player on each episode's webpage.

Podcast Spring 2023

Title IX focus of blog and podcast - Introduction by Simon Honig and Julia Merante

In Spring 2023, The Baldy Center Blog and Podcast will again feature a variety of discussions to focusing on one topic, Title IX.

On June 23, 1972, President Nixon signed Title IX of the Education Amendments into law, stating that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” 

This civil right enabled millions of women and girls to gain the same scholastic opportunities that men had already enjoyed for decades, leading to an over 450% increase in women’s sports participation since the ratification date. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, protects victims of sexual harassment and assault, while likewise empowering individuals to safely express their sexual orientation and gender identity. 

Albeit the breadth of Title IX is broad, the public’s understanding of this law often pertains to women’s increased participation in sports. The statistics, which various guests will discuss this season, are astounding. Women have gained significant athletic attention and opportunities, from high school through college, and even in professional sports. However, scholars also address inequities that Title IX has not yet cured, including colleges that allocate more economic resources to men’s teams over women’s, and reduce the number of scholarships for women in other disciplines. Guests will discuss adverse effects such as backlash politics in the media surrounding women’s collegiate and professional athletics.

The Baldy Center multimedia aims to analyze Title IX’s advancements and insufficiencies alike. As scholars and organizations illuminate its progress, alongside its apparent pitfalls, Title IX’s historical achievement and its capacity for improvement will become clear. The Baldy Center intends to provide a better understanding of what is needed to advance Title IX to its full extent, nationwide.

Podcast Fall 2022

  • Episode 31: Claire Cameron examines the challenge of implementing Erin’s Law
    According to the Child Advocacy Center, Erie County has the 2nd highest rate of reported child abuse in New York State — more than 3,000 cases annually. Erin’s Law requires all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. In Episode 31 of The Baldy Center Podcast, Claire Cameron, observes that the challenge of implementing Erin’s Law involves the difficulty of having conversations about domestic violence and the sexual abuse of women and children. She suggests that having conversations about implementing Erin's Law can become a way to heal the wounds of domestic violence.
  • Episode 30: Judith Olin discusses Erin’s Law and advocacy for victims of family violence
    Judith Olin discusses Erin’s Law, which mandates child sexual abuse prevention curricula in schools. She discusses the weaknesses in the implementation of Erin’s Law in New York and the critical need for training school professionals in responding to children who disclose sexual abuse.

Simon Honig, Podcast Producer 2022-2023

Simon Honig, a third-year law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, is the host/producer for the 2022-23 Edition of the Baldy Center Podcast. Honig.

Simon Honig

Simon Honig, a third-year law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, is the host/producer for the 2022-23 Edition of The Baldy Center Podcast. Honig is a Law Clerk at Block, Longo, LaMarca & Brzezinski, P.C., an Associate at the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, a Student Ambassador, and the Social Media Coordinator for the Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Marketing at SUNY Geneseo. Honig’s career interests lay at the crossroads between sports law and intellectual property law.

Executive Producers

Samantha Barbas
Professor, UB School of Law; Director, The Baldy Center

Amanda M. Benzin
(Spring 2023)
Assistant Director, The Baldy Center

Caroline Funk (Fall 2022)
Associate Director, The Baldy Center