The oldest government law center in the United States, the GLC serves as a bridge between government and academia, providing diverse services to government leaders, public officials, students and the community. An Advisory Board, comprised of the Albany Law School faculty, and leaders from tâ€‹he public, private and non-profit sectors, assists the GLC's Director in charting future initiatives. The Center draws upon the expertise of faculty from Albany Law School and other academic institutions who participate in a number of the Center's projects and programs.
The Center is staffed with full-time and part-time professionals who are well respected in their fields. Government Lawyers in Residence enhance the Center by bringing a wealth of experience to the Center and working together with post-graduate fellows and staff attorneys on myriad projects. Project coordinators lead special programs housed at the Center. The Center also benefits from the involvement of law students and members of the Albany Law School faculty, including the President William McKinley Distinguished Professor, who also serves as a senior fellow at the Center.
The Government Law Center of Albany Law School was established in 1978 to promote interdisciplinary study and research in government and the problems facing government; to introduce law students to methods of policy analysis and to public service; and to serve as a resource to all levels of government in the resolution of specific problems.
The Center conducts research and studies, sponsors conferences and symposia, and offers a number of training programs. These activities may be at the request of governmental entities or on the Center's own initiative.
The GLC focuses on legal aspects of important public policy issues which assist governments in meeting new challenges. The Center's studies often report on recommendations for legal and policy reform based upon a national and international comparative research methodology. Through cooperative efforts with other academic institutions, the nonprofit sector, the private sector, and governmental entities, the Center has created both an environment for the open exchange of ideas and a laboratory for innovation.
The Center is funded by Albany Law School, corporate and foundation support, contracts and grants, and through individual donations.
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