Government Law Center

New York's preeminent legal and policy research center


Mission: The Government Law Center at Albany Law School Conducts Interdisciplinary Study, Research and Analysis Regarding Government and the Public Interest


To carry out its mission, the GLC educates students and engages faculty in promoting public policy analysis, good government reform efforts and public service. With a historic focus on state and local issues, the GLC nevertheless assists government at all levels—local, state, national and international—to address pressing social, legislative and administrative challenges in ways that are innovative, scalable, efficient and effective, while also exposing students, faculty and alumni to opportunities that promote public service. The GLC collaborates in a non-partisan fashion with key partners in government and the private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors to further its mission. 

To these ends, the GLC has the following initiatives:

Economic Development and the Law:

Creating engines for economic growth and systems that promote economic justice
  • Within this initiative, the GLC focuses on the following issue areas:
  • Job Creation and Business Development

  • Inequality and Human Rights

  • Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

  • The Law of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Technologies

  • The GLC engages in a variety of innovative activities to initiate, educate and engage students, new business leaders, and organizations across New York state in the law of entrepreneurship and emerging technologies. Startup Law Day offers entrepreneurs free legal workshops and one-on-one consultations, conducted by Albany Law faculty and the area’s expert law practitioners, on early-stage business issues to help improve their companies’ chances of success. The GLC’s Entrepreneurial White Paper Series illuminates complex legal issues on topics that are proposed by academic institutions and organizations around the state that benefit from the cutting-edge information contained in these papers. The GLC is a regular contributor to the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority’s Clean Tech Matters blog, which covers a range of issues relevant to entrepreneurs engaged in clean technology entrepreneurship. The GLC also organizes innovative opportunities for law students to collaborate with students in other disciplines, where they are exposed to the science, art and law of entrepreneurship and emerging technologies. Many of our activities are in partnership with well-regarded education, research and technology resources in the Capital Region, such as the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

  • Regulation of Financial Markets

  • Equine, Racing and Gaming Law


Innovations in Governance:

Developing practical and inspired solutions to the challenges of governance
  • Within this initiative, the GLC focuses on the following issue areas:
  • Climate Change Management and Emergency Preparedness

  • Government Ethics

  • Local Government Structure and Governance         

  • Public Safety and Policy-Community Relations


Law and Social Innovation:

Crafting creative approaches to meeting social needs

Within this initiative, the GLC focuses on the following issue areas:

  • Urban Development and Smart Cities

  • Health Law

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Access to Justice

  • Law and Aging