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Six law professors designated scholars

Six longtime faculty members of State University at Buffalo Law School have been elevated to new academic ranks.

The new designations, which Dean Makau W. Mutua referred to as “outstanding scholarship and notable records of teaching and service,” are possible by gifts from distinguished alumni. Several are the result of leadership gifts to the school’s seven-year, $30 million fundraising campaign, targeted at its 10,500-plus alumni.

Faculty members receiving new academic designations are:

• James A. Gardner, a constitutional law scholar and former vice dean of the Law School, designated the Bridget and Thomas Black professor;

• Errol E. Meidinger, teaches and conducts research in environmental law, and directs the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, Margaret W. Wong professor;

• Athena D. Mutua, studies and writes on critical race and feminist legal theory, Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst faculty scholar;

• John Henry Schlegel, a SUNY Buffalo Law faculty member since 1973, Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst faculty scholar. Schlegel has primarily studied legal history and the history of legal education;

• Robert J. Steinfeld, a scholar of constitutional history and legal history, Joseph W. Belluck and Laura L. Aswad professor of civil justice; and

• David A. Westbrook, who thinks and writes about the social and intellectual consequences of contemporary political economy, Louis A. Del Cotto professor.

Seven other SUNY Buffalo Law faculty members hold named scholar designations.