Archive of Conferences
In This Section
- Conference to Honor the Work of Robert A. Kagan
- Conference on Building Theory Through Empirical Legal Studies
- Mellon Sawyer Seminar
Conferences, Workshops, and Special Events 2007-2008
2008 BCLT PRIVACY LECTURE: DAVID COLE
The Center for the Study of Law and Society co-sponsored the 2008 BCLT Privacy Lecture by David Cole of Georgetown University, with responses by John Yoo and David Kris, on April 14, 2008. The topic of Professor Cole's lecture was: "Would You Rather Be on Closed Circuit TV or in Jail ? Trade-offs between Liberty and Privacy in the U.S. and the U.K."
CSLS BAY AREA LAW AND SOCIETY GATHERING
On October 17, 2007, Bay area law and society scholars gathered for an evening of conversation, starting with a brief presentation by Lawrence Friedman of Stanford Law School, long a leading light in our field.
The second BALSS gathering took place on March 19, 2008 at UC Hastings (200 McAllister Street, San Francisco). After an informal reception, the group gathered to discuss Hiring and Career Choices in Law and Society, featuring: Nell Newton (Dean and Chancellor, UC Hastings College of the Law) and Jonathan Simon (Chair, JSP Program, and Associate Dean, Boalt School of Law, UC Berkeley). David Levine (UC Hastings College of the Law) facilitated the discussion.
Stanford Law School will host the next Bay Area Law and Society Scholars (BALSS) gathering in Fall 2008.
CSLS MINI-SERIES ON EMPIRICAL RESEARCH METHODS
CSLS has launched a new series of methodology seminars presenting aspects of empirical research methods by and for legal and sociolegal scholars. To go to the webpage of any of the workshops in the mini-series, click on the seminar title below. There you will find the videos of each 3-hour seminar; handouts; powerpoint slides; bibliographies; and other course materials.
The first seminar was a Workshop in Systematic Qualitative Fieldwork led by Calvin Morrill of UC Irvine on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.
The second seminar was a Workshop in Historical-Comparative Methods led by Robin Stryker of the University of Minnesota, on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.
The third seminar was an Introduction to Survey Research led by Tom Piazza of U.C. Berkeley's Survey Research Center, on Thursday, February 21, 2008, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.
The fourth seminar, The Art and Science of Interviewing, led by Kristin Luker, Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley, took place on Thursday, April 10, 2008, 9 a.m. to noon, in the JSP Seminar Room.
JIRI PRIBAN, "IS THERE THE SPIRIT OF EUROPEAN LAW?"
Jiri Priban, Professor of Law at Cardiff University, University of Wales, presented a public lecture on Wednesday, September 26, 2007. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Center for the Study of Law and Society, and the Institute of European Studies.
Recent Conferences and Workshops
LAW AND THE EMOTIONS
The Center for the Study of Law and Society is pleased to be a co-sponsor of Law and the Emotions: New Directions in Scholarship, February 8-9, 2007.
CONFERENCE TO HONOR THE WORK OF HARRY N. SCHEIBER
Friday, September 15th, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Boalt Hall School of Law
Conference Photos by James Block
Conference Photos by Victoria Woeste
David Lieberman presents signed poster to Harry Scheiber
WEST COAST LAW AND SOCIETY RETREAT
Friday, Saturday, March 11-12, 2005.
Doubletree Hotel / Berkeley, CA
A highlight of the year’s activities was the highly successful, inaugural West Coast Law and Society Retreat, initiated by CSLS Director Lauren Edelman, and organized and hosted by CSLS, with major funding from Boalt Hall, as well as the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Dean of Social Sciences, Stanford Law School and the University of Washington. Some 80 invited scholars in a range of academic fields from about 20 universities and law schools participated in intensive discussions about the state of sociolegal scholarship in a variety of substantive areas, as well as about teaching law and society in undergraduate, graduate and law school programs.
PROTECTING HUMAN SUBJECTS VS. PRESERVING SOCIAL RESEARCH
Thursday, April 8, 2004.
Jack Katz, Professor of Sociology, UCLA
CONFERENCE TO HONOR THE WORK OF MARTIN SHAPIRO
March 6, 2003
Martin Shapiro has profoundly shaped the study of public law in the United States His work has influenced the study of American constitutional and administrative law, the politics of European integration, and comparative constitutional law. His 1981 book Courts was described (by Sam Krislov) as "the most significant single contribution in the field" of public law in political science. He is the recent recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association. To further honor his career, of which the last 25 years have been spent at Boalt Hall, this conference brought together colleagues, admirers, and former students.
The conference featured three panels with papers prepared especially for the occasion and a discussant commenting on each session's papers. The sessions include: 1) Law and Politics in the United States, 2) Comparative Law and Courts, and 3) The Politics of European Integration. Papers and commentary were presented by Lief Carter, Javier Couso, Paul Craig, Howard Gillman, Tom Ginsburg, Carol Harlow, Lynn Mather, Shep Melnick, Bronwen Morgan, Brad Roth, Alec Stone Sweet, and Joseph Weiler. Martin provided commentary at the conclusion of the three substantive sessions. The papers were published as an edited volume in 2005, Tom Ginsburg and Robert Kagan, editors.
LAW & SOCIETY ASSOCIATION SUMMER INSTITUTE
July 16-20, 2003
Clark Kerr Campus
The Institute was co-sponsored by CSLS and the Law & Society Association, with additional support from Boalt Hall and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The theme of the Institute was “(Studying) Justice in a Changing World:” Some 26 participants drawn from 120 applicants – advanced graduate students and junior faculty from across the U.S. and abroad – had the opportunity to engage with senior law and society scholars. Faculty included 6 CSLS affiliates: Robert Kagan, Lauren Edelman, Robert MacCoun, Philip Selznick (emeritus) Harry Scheiber, and Jonathan Simon, as well as 10 other distinguished law and society scholars.
LAW AND SOCIETY IN CHINA
September 20-21, 2002
A conference on law and society in China was held at the School of Law (Boalt Hall), sponsored by the School, the Institute of East Asian Studies, the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Center for Chinese Studies. All of the participants had recently engaged in field research in China that promised insights into the operation of a range of institutions, with implications for state-society relations. The conference was organized by Stanley Lubman, visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society and lecturer at Boalt Hall, Kevin J. O'Brien, professor of political science, UC Berkeley and Neil Diamant, assistant professor of political science, Dickinson College. The papers were published as an edited volume in 2005, Diamant, O’Brien and Lubman, editors.
Other Highlights 1996-2000
CONFERENCE ON PHILIP SELZNICK AND THE STUDY OF LEGALITY
In April 2000 the Center sponsored a two-day symposium honoring founding director Philip Selznick's contribution to socio-legal studies. Focusing on the concept of legality, law and society scholars from across the United States and from abroad presented papers that demonstrated the influence of Selznick's scholarship on their work and on the field. Papers representing a wide range of topics and methodological approaches attested to the breadth and depth of Selznick's impact. Collected papers were published as Legality and Community: On the Intellectual Legacy of Philip Selznick (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, Robert Kagan, Martin Krygier and Kenneth Winston, editors).
U.S. AND JAPANESE LAW CONFERENCES.
In May, 1997, the Sho Sato Fund and the Center for the Study of Law and Society co-sponsored a two-day conference, "Sociolegal Perspectives on Governmental Regulation in Japan and the U.S." Conference papers by American and Japanese scholars covered comparative regulation of pollution, workplace safety, financial services, gender equality in the workplace, and tobacco use) in the two countries; they are forthcoming in the journal Law in Japan.
In April, 1998, the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Sho Sato Fund presented a conference, "The Role of the Criminal Defense Counsel in Japan and the U.S," organized by Professor Malcolm Feeley and Center Visiting Scholar Setsuo Miyazawa. Scholars from U.S. and Japanese universities and leading Japanese defense lawyers discussed structural differences between Japanese and American criminal justice and judiciaries and prospects for more adversarialism in Japan. The conference papers will be published (MacMillan, forthcoming).
A third Sho Sato conference on "Legal and Judicial Reform in Japan," directed by Professor Scheiber and Visiting Professor Kahei Rokumoto met in November 1999. The conference papers were be published as a symposium in the American Journal of Comparative Law (Fall, 2001).
The Center continued to co-sponsor annual Sho Sato Fund conferences, including, in February 2005, “Emerging Concepts of Rights in Japanese Law,” organized by Harry Scheiber, with papers by several affiliated faculty and visiting scholars.
OCEAN LAW AND POLICY.
In October, 1998, the Center, under the leadership of Professor Harry Scheiber, organized and hosted a conference on The Law of the Sea, with major support from the LUSO-American Development Foundation, and the California Sea Grant program, UCB International and Area Studies. The conference papers have been published in Law of the Sea: The Common Heritage and Emerging Challenges, edited by Harry Scheiber.
Together with Professor David Caron (Law) and Chris Carr ( Ph.D., JSP), Scheiber has been active in the Ocean Governance Study Group, a national scholarly consortium. The Center has hosted several meetings of the group, and Center scholars have contributed articles to special journal issues edited by Study Group members. The proceedings of the 1999 meeting were published as Emerging Issues in National Ocean and Coastal Policy, edited by Harry Scheiber. Papers from the April 2002 meeting, “Bringing New Law to Ocean Waters,” were published in 2004 as Bringing New Law to Ocean Waters (M. Nijhoff Publishers, edited by David D. Caron and Harry N. Scheiber).
SOCIAL SCIENCE AND THE LAW.
In April, 1997, the Center served as the organizational hub for a conference on Social Science and the Law, sponsored jointly with the Russell Sage Foundation and Amherst College and held at Yale Law School. Bringing together leading sociolegal scholars from the US and abroad, the conference led to the publication of Patricia Ewick, Robert A. Kagan, & Austin Sarat, eds, Social Science, Social Policy,and the Law (1999).
ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY.
The Center for the Study of Law and Society provided support, together with Boalt Hall, for two conferences organized by the student editors of the Ecology Law Quarterly. Papers by legal practitioners, academics, governmental officials, environmental activists at the February, 1997, conference were published as a symposium issue in the Ecology Law Quarterly, "The Ecosystem Approach: New Departures for Land and Water." The February, 1998 conference led to the publication of a symposium issue, "Power, Politics, and Place: Who Holds the Reins of Environmental Regulation?"
In February, 1997, the Center also hosted the "Third Space Workshop on Environmental Regulation," organized by Dr. Larry Ruth (Ph.D, JSP) addressing collaborative regulatory governance, attended by a new working group of sociolegal scholars from Berkeley and five other universities.
In 1996-97, the Center for the Study of Law and Society conducted a Workshop on Environmental Law Enforcement, in which Berkeley faculty initiated discussion among state and federal regulatory officials and prosecutors on practices and standards concerning criminal prosecution in implementing environmental law. The Workshop reflected the Center's interest in creating ongoing links between Berkeley scholars and practicing legal officials.
In September, 1996, the Center sponsored a conference, organized by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, entitled "Comprehensive Strategy on Juvenile Crime."
LAW AND SOCIETY SUMMER INSTITUTE.
In July, 1996, the Center for the Study of Law and Society helped host the Summer Institute of the Law and Society Association, a two-week program on sociolegal studies. The Center held a reception for Institute faculty and participants, and presented a lecture by Philip Selznick.
LEGAL CULTURE AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION.
In 1997 the Center sponsored a conference with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (principal sponsor) and the University of California Institute for Humanities Research on Legal Culture and the Legal Profession. The conference papers were published as Legal Culture and the Legal Profession, edited by Lawrence M. Friedman and Harry N. Scheiber.