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Friday, April 24, 2009          8:00am-7:00pm           Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley

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Catherine Albiston (B.A., M.A. Stanford University; J.D., Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley) joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2003. After clerking in the Northern District of California, she practiced law at the Employment Law Center, a project of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. She held a Skadden Fellowship (1995-97) and litigated some of the first federal cases brought under the Family and Medical Leave Act. After completing her Ph.D., Albiston joined the law faculty at the University of Wisconsin, where she also held affiliate appointments in Sociology and Women's Studies. Albiston's research addresses the relationship between law and social change through a variety of empirical projects and topics including how institutions affect rights mobilization, the role public interest law organizations play in bringing about social change, and how technical legal rules have unintended consequences for the development of law.  KT won the Law & Society Association Dissertation Prize (2002), and has twice received honorable mention for the Law & Society Association Article Prize (2001, 2007).  Among her recent publications are: "Institutional Perspectives on Law, Work, and Family" in Annual Review of Law & Social Science, "The Procedural Attack on Civil Rights: The Empirical Reality of Buckhannon for the Private Attorney General" in UCLA Law Review (with Nielsen 2007), "Anti-essentialism and the Work/Family Dilemma" in Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice (2005), "Bargaining in the Shadow of Social Institutions: Competing Discourses and Social Change in Workplace Mobilization of Civil Rights," in Law & Society Review (2005), "Mobilizing Employment Rights in the Workplace" in Handbook of Employment Discrimination Research: Rights and Realities (2005).

Richard Arum is Professor of Sociology and Education, New York University; and Program Director of Educational Research, Social Science Research Council.  He received a Masters of Education in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.  He is author of Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority (Harvard University Press, 2003).  His international comparative work includes co-directing with Walter Müller The Reemergence of Self-Employment: A Comparative Study of Self-Employment Dynamics and Social Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2004).  He also recently co-directed with Adam Gamoran and Yossi Shavit a comparative project on expansion, differentiation and access to higher education in fifteen countries, recently published as Stratification in Higher Education: A Comparative Study (Stanford University Press, 2007).

Pamela C. Corley is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.  She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a J.D. from Georgia State University (2005; 1995), and a B.S. in management from Georgia Institute of Technology (1989). Her research focuses on courts and judicial politics.  Her research has been published in Political Research Quarterly, Judicature, and American Politics Research and she is the author of Concurring Opinion Writing on the United States Supreme Court (SUNY Press, forthcoming).  She is currently writing a book examining the factors that give rise to consensus on the Supreme Court, despite the institutional norms that promote dissensus.

Lauren Edelman (B.A., Wisconsin, M.A., Ph.D. Stanford, J.D., UC Berkeley) is the Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley.  She was an assistant, then associate professor in the sociology department and law school at the University of Wisconsin before joining the Boalt faculty in 1996. She was also a visiting professor at the UC Berkeley Institute of Industrial Relations and the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) program at Boalt Hall. Edelman was appointed to the Agnes Roddy Robb Chair in 2006. Edelman's research addresses the interplay between organizations and their legal environments, focusing on employers' responses to and constructions of civil rights laws, workers' mobilization of their legal rights and the internal legal cultures of work organizations. She is the winner of a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on the formation of civil rights laws in the workplace. Her publications include "The Endogeneity of Legal Regulation: Grievance Procedures as Rational Myth" in the American Journal of Sociology (with Uggen and Erlanger, 1999), "Constructed Legalities: Socio-Legal Fields and the Endogeneity of Law" in How Institutions Change: Institutional Dynamics and Processes (Powell and Jones, eds., forthcoming), "Symbols and Substance in Organizational Response to Civil Rights Law" in Research in Social Stratification and Mobility (with Petterson, 1993), and "Legal Readings: Employee Interpretation and Enactment of Civil Rights Law" in Academy of Management Review (with Fuller and Matusik, January 2000). 

Scott R. Eliason (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is Associate Professor of Sociology and BIO5 affiliate at the University of Arizona.  The focus of his research is labor markets, stratification, and the welfare state, including gender inequalities in job and market reward attainments, how market structures facilitate and constrain attainments, the role of social and political institutions in market process, and how labor law and market policies shape and are shaped by the market. Since the mid 1980s, Eliason has published on loglinear models, association models and generalized loglinear models for categorical data analysis, purging techniques for the analysis of rates, maximum likelihood estimation, population undercount, market inequalities, and gender and the welfare state.

Yuval Feldman is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University where he has served since 2004. He received a BA in Psychology and an LLB (1998) from Bar-Ilan University, and a PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley in 2004.  He clerked for the Supreme Court of Israel in 1998-1999.  His main research interests include: psychology and law; experimental law and economics; quantitative approaches to law and society; regulatory impact and social norms; formal and non-formal enforcement of the law; employment and labor law.  He has been the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards including Fulbright, Alon, Zeltner and Rothschild. In addition, he has been awarded a number of research grants to conduct large scale empirical projects, from foundations including the European Union (FP6), the Israeli Science Foundation (with Oren Perez), the German-Israeli Foundation and the American Bar Association (with Orly Lobel).  His papers were published in journals such as the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Review of Law and Economics, NYU Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Comparative Labor Law and Policy and Regulation and Governance.

Tristin Green (BS UCLA, Sociology (1991); MS Northwestern, Journalism (1993); JD UC Berkeley (1998)) is a Professor of Law visiting this year at UC Berkeley from Seton Hall Law.  She specializes in employment discrimination law.  Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between organizational structures and individual biases and stereotypes and on the legal implications of understanding discrimination as a relational problem.  Her work on a structural approach to employment discrimination law has appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. Her scholarship on work culture and workplace assimilation demands has appeared in the California Law Review and the North Carolina Law Review. A recent article critiques the Supreme Court’s decision in the controversial pay discrimination case, Ledbetter v. Goodyear, as evincing a conceptual shift toward insular individualism and maps some of the potential consequences of that shift for employment discrimination law, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (2008).  Her recent projects also include a co-authored article with sociologist Alexandra Kalev, University of Arizona, on developing discrimination-reducing measures at the relational level, Hastings Law Review (2008), and an article focusing on bias in relations between workers accomplishing day-to-day tasks and the role (and potential) of Title VII affirmative action law as it applies to decisions organizing work in shaping those relations.

John Hagan is John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He is the Editor of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. His articles and book, Structural Criminology, present a power-control theory of crime and delinquency. The themes of poverty and powerlessness are central to his research with Bill McCarthy on homeless youth for their book, Mean Streets. As a Guggenheim Fellow, Hagan studied the migration of American Vietnam war resisters to Canada that is described in the book Northern Passage.  Hagan's book, Justice in the Balkans, focused on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and his most recent book, Darfur and the Crime of Genocide, is co-authored with Wenona Rymond-Richmond.  With Rymond-Richmond and Alberto Palloni, Hagan’s most recent articles in Science, the American Sociological Review and the American Journal of Public Health document and explain the patterns of rape, killing, dehumanization and displacement involved in the Darfur genocide.  Hagan is a former President of the American Society of Criminology and recipient of the Edwin Sutherland, Albert Reiss and C. Wright Mills Awards.

Daniel E. Ho is Assistant Professor of Law and the Robert E. Paradise Faculty Fellow for Excellence in Teaching and Research at Stanford Law School.  His scholarship centers on quantitative empirical legal studies, with a substantive focus on administrative, antidiscrimination, and election law.  Prior to joining Stanford Law School, he clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.  He received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005, a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2004, and a B.A. in political science from U.C. Berkeley in 2000.  His research has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as the Stanford Law Review, Yale Law Journal, the N.Y.U. Law Review, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the American Statistician, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Political Analysis, and Public Opinion Quarterly.  Ho was recipient of the Benjamin Scharps prize for best paper by a third-year Yale law student (2005) and co-recipient of the Warren Miller prize for the best paper published in Political Analysis (2008), the McGraw-Hill Award for the best paper published by political scientists on law and courts (2006), the Pi Sigma Alpha award for the best paper delivered at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting (2004), and the Robert H. Durr award for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem at the Midwest Political Science Association meeting (2004). 

Alexandra Kalev is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton and held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at U.C. Berkeley. She studies organizations, stratification and the law from a structural perspective. Her work explores how workplace restructuring ("high performance work" and downsizing) affects the careers of women and minorities and the role of the law in shaping these effects. She also studies the how employer efforts to comply with anti-discrimination requirements affect workplace diversity. Her new research project in this area looks at formal and informal accommodations of pregnancy at work, including discrimination by employers and co-workers and discrimination avoidance behavior. In a second line of research she studies the diffusion of managerial models from a political sociology and labor process perspectives. Kalev's work has been published in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, the Administrative Science Quarterly, Law and Social Inquiry and the Hastings Law Review. She was recently awarded a research professorship from the University of Arizona.

Linda Hamilton Krieger (B.A., Stanford; J.D., N.Y.U.) is Professor of Law and Director of the Ulu Lehua Scholars Program at the University of Hawai`i Richardson School of Law, and Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. After graduating from New York University in 1978, she practiced as a civil rights lawyer at the Employment Law Center in San Francisco and as a senior trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. During her 13 years of practice, she handled, at both the trial and appellate levels, a number of groundbreaking employment rights cases.  From 1991 to 1995, she was a lecturer and acting associate professor at Stanford Law School, where in 1995 she received the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching and published "The Content of Our Categories: A Cognitive Bias Approach to Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity" (Stanford Law Review, 1995). Professor Krieger has published extensively in the areas of antidiscrimination law and policy, international comparative equality law and policy, and judgment in legal decision making.  Recent and forthcoming publications include Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment: A Guide for Lawyers and Policy Makers (with Paul Brest, Oxford University Press); “The Watched Variable Improves: On Eliminating Sex Discrimination in Employment,” in Sex Discrimination in Employment (Blackwell 2007), “Behavioral Realism in Employment Discrimination Law” (with Susan T. Fiske, California Law Review, 2006), and Backlash Against the ADA: Reinterpreting Disability Rights (University of Michigan Press, 2003).

Richard O. Lempert is the University of Michigan’s Eric Stein Distinguished University Professor of Law and Sociology emeritus.  His current position is Deputy for Research in the Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division of the Science and Technology Directorate in the Department of Homeland Security. He has also served for four years as the Division Director for the Social and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation.  Professor Lempert is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Michigan Law School, and he holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan. He has chaired the Sociology Department at the University of Michigan and was the founding director of the University of Michigan’s Life Sciences, Values, and Society Program (LSVSP).   Professor Lempert has received numerous honors for his scholarship.  He is a recipient of the Law & Society Association's Harry Kalven Jr. Prize for outstanding socio-legal scholarship, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Secretary of Section K of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  His interest in applying social science research to legal issues is reflected in his work on juries, capital punishment, affirmative action, dispute processing and the use of statistical and social science evidence by courts. His innovative book, A Modern Approach to Evidence, now in its third edition, pioneered the problem-oriented approach to evidence. Lempert is also the author (with Joseph Sanders) of An Invitation to Law and Social Science, and co-editor (with Charles O’Brien and Jaques Normand) of Under the Influence? Drugs and the American Work Force.   In July 2007, he began a two year term as President of the Law & Society Association.

Sandra Levitsky is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan and begins an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Michigan in the Fall of 2009.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota.   Her research interests lie at the intersection of sociology of law, political sociology, and social movements.  More specifically, her work examines the use of law and legal discourse in social reform movements, and considers the ways in which contemporary social welfare problems are changing public understandings of what types of social needs ought to be protected as “rights” or “entitlements” of citizenship.   Her dissertation, “Private Dilemmas of Public Provision:  The Formation of Political Demand for State Entitlements to Long-Term Care,” was the winner of the 2007 Law and Society Association Dissertation Award.   She is currently working on a book manuscript on the construction of political demand for U.S. long-term care public policy reform.  She is also co-editing a book, entitled Social Movements and the Transformation of U.S. Health Care, with Mayer Zald and Jane Banaszak-Holl to be published by Oxford University Press.

Stefanie A. Lindquist holds the Thomas W. Gregory Professorship in Law at the University of Texas at Austin. She previously taught at the Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia as an Associate Professor of Political Science. Professor Lindquist has written many articles on judicial decision making and jurisprudence for various law journals and co-authored Measuring Judicial Activism (forthcoming Oxford University Press 2009), and Judging on a Collegial Court: Influences on Appellate Court Decision Making (University of Virginia Press 2006). Professor Lindquist completed her J.D. from Temple University School of Law and received her Ph.D., with an emphasis on American Politics, Public Law, and Public Administration, from the University of South Carolina.

Orly Lobel (LL.B. 1998, Tel Aviv University; LL.M. 2000, Harvard Law School; S.J.D. 2006, Harvard Law School) is Associate Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law.  She writes and teaches in the areas of employment law, administrative law, consumer law, legal theory, and torts. Her current research focuses on new models of law and governance in the context of the new economy, the labor market, privatization, and new public management techniques. Methodologically, her research aims to integrate the empirical study of organizations and the effect of regulation on industry with theoretical inquiry on the role of law, government, and private ordering.  Her articles have been published in the Minnesota Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, Regulation and Governance, inter alia.   Her article, "Interlocking Regulatory and Industrial Relations: The Governance of Workplace Safety," published in the Administrative Law Review was the winner of the Irving Oberman Memorial Award for best paper on a current legal issue in law and governance). She is the co-author of the forthcoming Elgar Encyclopedia of Employment Law and Economics (Dau-Schmidt, Harris & Lobel eds. forthcming 2008). She is currently working on a manuscript on the intersection of employment law and intellectual property law.

Virginia Mellema, J.D., Ph.D., graduated from U.C. Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program in 2006. Her dissertation, “Race Matters: The Paradox of Race in Police Personnel Decisions” received Honorable Mention in the Law and Society Association’s Dissertation Prize competition in 2007.  She is the co-author (with Kay Levine) of “Strategizing the Street: How Law Matters in the Lives of Women in the Street-Level Drug Economy,” published in Law and Social Inquiry (2001).  She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant and a Chancellor’s Dissertation-Year Fellowship.  She has taught employment discrimination law and sexual harassment law at Santa Clara University, Currently she works as an administrative judge for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Calvin Morrill (PhD Harvard 1987) is Professor of Sociology, Business, and Criminology, Law & Society at UC Irvine.  He is also Visiting Professor of Law (in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program) at UC Berkeley (2008-09) and previously taught at the University of Arizona (1987-2001). His research interests focus on the interrelationships between social conflict, legal consciousness and mobilization, and institutional change in organizations.  He is currently co-authoring (with Michael Musheno), Makin’ It Work: Youth Conflict and Control in a Multiethnic High School, which is based on a decade-long field study of how youth negotiate racial difference and informally handle peer conflict amidst the broader context of the “safe schools” movement.  With Richard Arum, Lauren Edelman, and Karolyn Tyson, he is investigating rights consciousness and legal mobilization among students, teachers, and administrators in two-dozen high schools in California, New York, and North Carolina.  With Mayer Zald and Hayagreeva Rao, he continues research on the role of social movements in organizational change.  The theme of the informal bases of social order and change undergird much of his earlier work, including The Executive Way: Conflict Management in Corporations and, more recently, Together Alone: Personal Relationships in Public Places (with David Snow and Cindy White).  Morrill is former chair (2002-2007) of the UCI Sociology Department, a recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Pacific Sociological Association, and a member of the Sociological Research Association.

Anne Joseph O’Connell is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Phil. in history and philosophy of science from Cambridge University, and a B.A. in mathematics from Williams College. Her primary areas of research are the qualifications and tenure of agency officials; patterns of agency rulemaking; agency design and reorganization; and agency oversight (including congressional hearings and U.S. Government Accountability Office auditing of policy programs). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the California Law Review, Discrete Mathematics, the University of Chicago Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review. Her paper on political cycles of agency rulemaking won the Association of American Law Schools’ 2007-2008 Scholarly Papers Competition for faculty with fewer than five years of law teaching. Before joining the Berkeley Law faculty, O'Connell clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, served as a trial attorney for the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division, and clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Kevin Quinn is an Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University. He holds a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and an  A.M. and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to  arriving at Harvard in 2003, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. In 2006-2007 he was  a residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Along with Andrew Martin, Quinn developed the  widely-used "Martin-Quinn" scores of judicial ideology. He has  published over two dozen articles in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Columbia Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Statistical Science, and The American Statistician among others. He is also the co- principal investigator on four major NSF grants and is a three-time  winner of the Gosnell Prize for best work in political methodology.

Erica Ross is a third year J.D. candidate at Stanford Law School.  Prior to attending Stanford, Erica received a B.A. in political science from Yale University in 2006.   After completing her J.D., Erica will serve as a clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for the 2009-2010 term.

Margo Schlanger is Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also founded and directs the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse.  This spring, she is a visiting professor at the UCLA Law School.  She received her J.D. in 1993 from Yale, where she was Book Reviews Editor of the Yale Law Journal and received the Vinson Prize for excellence in clinical casework. She then took up a two-year appointment as Law Clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. From 1995 through 1998, she was an attorney in the Special Litigation Section of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where her practice focused on police and prison civil rights issues.   Her recent scholarship deals with torts and civil rights, often with an empirical component.  One major ongoing project, with her Washington University colleagues Pauline Kim and Andrew Martin, is a study of “The Litigation Process in Government-Initiated Employment Discrimination Suits,” which has received National Science Foundation funding.  Another is a look at “Employment Litigation Class Action Injunctions: Terms and Trends,” which has received funding from the American Bar Association.  She served in 2007/2008 as chair of the Association of American Law Schools section on Law and the Social Sciences.

Mark Suchman (AB Harvard 1983; JD Yale 1989; PhD Stanford 1994) is a Professor of Sociology at Brown University and director of the Brown Legal Studies Seminar.  He has also taught at the University of  Wisconsin (1993-2008), and at Cornell Law School (2006-2007).  From 1999 to 2001, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at Yale University, and in 2002-2003 he was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.  He has held several large research grants from the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and he has served on NSF review panels in Law & Social Science and in Information Technology Research. His research interests center on the relationship between law and organizations, particularly the role of legal institutions in formally and informally legitimating innovation and entrepreneurship in the information technology, nanotechnology, and healthcare sectors.  He is currently writing a book on the role of law firms in Silicon Valley, and he is midway through a multi-year project on the organizational, professional and legal challenges of new information technologies in health care.  He has also written on organizational legitimacy, on inter-organizational disputing practices, on the “internalization” of law within corporate bureaucracies, and on social science approaches to the study of contracts.

Karolyn Tyson is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She earned her Ph.D. in sociology in 1999 from the University of California at Berkeley and her B.A. from Spelman College in 1991.  Her research and teaching interests are largely in the sub-field of sociology of education, with particular attention to inequality, race and ethnicity, culture, and social psychology.  Her scholarship centers on understanding the complex interactions between schooling processes and the achievement outcomes of black students and has been published in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and Sociology of Education.  She is currently working on a book in which she draws on her findings from ten years of research on students and schools to contribute to recent efforts to reframe the debate on black academic underachievement and the relationship to “acting white.”  She is also working on a multi-site, multi-method collaborative project examining issues centered on the law, rights consciousness, and legal mobilization in schools.

Christopher Zorn is Professor of Political Science at Pennsylvania State University and Affiliate Professor at the Dickinson School of Law.  He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University (1997) and a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Truman State University (1991). He is formerly a Visiting Scientist and Program Director for the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation (2003-2005), and Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science at Emory University, where he taught from 1996 to 2003.  His research focuses on courts and judicial politics, and on applied statistics for the social sciences. He is currently the principal investigator for two NSF-supported projects; the first examines the roles played by judges' positions in the legal/judicial hierarchy on their decision making, while the second develops a class of mixture-based item response models for proximity and dominance items. He is the author of three forthcoming books and more than two dozen articles, and the recipient of four grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as numerous other fellowships and awards. In addition, he currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Political Analysis, and on the editorial board of Empirical Legal Studies weblog.