40 Years at the Baldy Center: A Law and Society Hub in Buffalo

Luke Hammill. 40 Years at the Baldy Center: A Law and Society Hub in Buffalo. Buffalo: University at Buffalo Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy. 2018

University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-008

123 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2018 Last revised: 6 Dec 2018

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Luke Hammill

University at Buffalo Law School

Date Written: November 10, 2018

Abstract

The University at Buffalo’s Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy just turned 40. That’s 40 years of groundbreaking sociolegal research, conferences, teaching, support for graduate students and much more. To commemorate the Center’s many accomplishments, this monograph traces through its history, showing that it helped put (and keep) Buffalo on the map as a hub in the Law and Society movement.

The monograph draws on a year’s worth of research and interviews with the key characters in the Baldy Center’s story. Thousands of pages of University at Buffalo archives, court records, academic papers, historical documents and more were reviewed to piece together a narrative showing the Baldy Center’s tremendous impact on institutions, the academic literature and people’s careers. What emerges is a picture of a place where interdisciplinary collaboration and unique ideas find a home that wouldn’t exist if not for an endowment created by a civic-minded Buffalo lawyer who died in the mid-20th century and couldn’t have imagined the legacy that awaited him.

Keywords: interdisciplinary research, law and society, law schools, lawyers, law professors, philanthropy, public policy, research centers, socio-legal studies

Suggested Citation

Hammill, Luke, 40 Years at the Baldy Center: A Law and Society Hub in Buffalo (November 10, 2018). Luke Hammill. 40 Years at the Baldy Center: A Law and Society Hub in Buffalo. Buffalo: University at Buffalo Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy. 2018; University at Buffalo School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3287154 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3287154

Luke Hammill (Contact Author)

University at Buffalo Law School ( email )

School of Law
528 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States

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