Published June 19, 2014
Lynn Mather, a professor of law and political science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, is one of 16 faculty members from across the State University of New York’s system to receive the title of SUNY Distinguished Service Professor this academic year.
According to SUNY, promotion to this rank requires a demonstration that the professor has achieved a “distinguished reputation for service not only to the campus and the University, but also to the community, the State of New York or even the nation, by sustained effort in the application of intellectual skills drawing from the candidate’s scholarly and research interests to uses of public concern.”
According to Law School Dean Makau Mutua, "Lynn has surpassed this standard in every way. Her record of scholarship, public service, and teaching is exceptional. Lynn has done pioneering work at the crossroads of political science, law and anthropology. Her service to a wide range of institutions, including the Law & Society Association, the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, American Association of Law Schools and the American Political Science Association, is equally impressive.”
A leading scholar in the field of law and society, Mather has published extensively on lawyers, legal professionalism, women in the legal profession, and trial courts. Her most recent book, Lawyers in Practice: Ethical Decision Making in Context (University of Chicago Press, 2012), co-edited with Leslie Levin, is required reading in Legal Ethics courses around the country. Her earlier books include Private Lawyers and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession (Oxford University Press, 2009), co-edited with Robert Granfield, Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice (co-authored; Oxford University Press, 2001), Empirical Theories About Courts (1983) and Plea Bargaining or Trial? The Process of Criminal-Case Disposition (1979).
Mather was director of the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy from 2002 to 2008. Before joining SUNY Buffalo Law School in 2002, she held the Nelson A. Rockefeller Chair in Government at Dartmouth College.