CSLS 50th Anniversary Conference

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THE FUTURE OF LAW AND SOCIETY

Bancroft Hotel
November 3-4, 2011

The response to the announcement of the Center for the Study of Law and Society's 50th Anniversary Conference on the Future of Law and Society has been enthusiastic. To accommodate the growing numbers, the Conference sessions have been relocated to Booth Auditorium at Berkeley Law, just up the block from the Bancroft Hotel.

For those of you who have not yet registered, you are invited and encouraged to register (free) at the Conference. Online registration has been closed because Thursday dinner and Friday lunch have reached room capacity (at the Bancroft Hotel). But there is plenty of room at all the conference panels in Booth on Thursday and Friday, and you are welcome to partake of the continental breakfast on Friday and attend the Closing Reception on Friday.  We hope to see you there.  

In the 50 years since the founding of the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley by Philip Selznick with funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, the field of law and society has been firmly established in research centers and academic associations, in doctoral programs and in the legal academy.  But law and society may be at a time of transition, and the time to consider the future direction of the field is upon us. What are the key questions to ask moving forward?  What will be the field’s substantive strengths?  Its theories? Its methods?  Its institutional homes?   In this Conference we bring together law and society scholars at the forefront of a range of disciplines and ask them to consider the future of the field from the lens of their own research questions, theories and methods.  Through their choices of topics, theory and methodology, and through their career paths and the direction of their students, they are shaping the future of the field.  

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SESSION 1:  HISTORY AS PROLOGUE
Harry Scheiber
, University of California, Berkeley, Chair
Jerome Skolnick, New York University
Malcolm Feeley, University of California, Berkeley
Robert A. Kagan, University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Friedman, Stanford University


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SESSION 2:  LAW, RIGHTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE
David Lieberman
, Chair/Discussant
Michael McCann, University of Washington
Javier Couso, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile)
Laura Beth Nielsen, Northwestern U. & American Bar Foundation                      
Charles Epp, University of Kansas


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SESSION 3:  LAW, CULTURE AND INEQUALITY
Catherine Albiston
, University of California, Berkeley, Chair/Discussant
Kitty Calavita, University of California, Irvine (Emerita)
Leti Volpp, University of California, Berkeley
Kathleen Hull, University of Minnesota
David Wilkins, Harvard University


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 SESSION 4:  GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
Jonathan Simon
, University of California, Berkeley, Chair/Discussant
Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago and American Bar Foundation
Sida Liu, University of Wisconsin
Sally Engle Merry, New York University
John Hagan, Northwestern University and American Bar Foundation
César Rodríguez-Garavito
, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)


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SESSION 5: IN THE ACADEMY
Calvin Morrill
, University of California, Berkeley,   Chair/Discussant
Austin Sarat, Amherst College
Laura Gomez, University of California, Los Angeles
Edward Rubin, Vanderbilt University
Lauren Edelman, University of California, Berkeley