CSLS 50th Anniversary Conference:
The Future of Law and Society
November 3-4, 2011

Presenter Biographies 

Catherine Albiston is Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  She joined the Boalt Hall faculty in 2003. Following law school, Albiston clerked for Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California and practiced law at the Employment Law Center, a project of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco. From 1995 to 1997, she held a Skadden Fellowship 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. In 2005, she was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Law & Society Association. Albiston’s research addresses the relationship between law and social change through a variety of empirical projects. She is currently conducting a study of more than 200 public interest law firms that examines how funding sources and other environmental factors affect their strategy, structure, and mission. Her other work includes investigating how law affects normative bias against workers who use family leave, barriers to exercising mandatory leave rights, how litigation affects social movements and social change, judicial deference to institutionalized employment practices, and the politics and effects of unpublished opinion rules. In 2002, her work won the Law & Society Association Dissertation Prize, and she received honorable mention for the Law & Society Association Article Prize in 2001 and again in 2007. In 2010, Cambridge University Press published her book, Institutional Inequality and the Mobilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act: Rights on Leave, which examines how the Family and Medical Leave Act operates in the courts and in the workplace.

Kitty Calavita, Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, is Chancellor’s Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. She was President of the Law & Society Association in 2000-2001, and is a Thorsten Sellin Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She has published widely in the fields of immigration and immigration lawmaking. Her work is both contemporary and historical, U.S.-based and comparative. An early book, Inside the State: The Bracero Program, Immigration, and the INS (1992), used unpublished archival material to document the internal dynamics of the INS in shaping the Bracero Program, and connected structural contradictions in the political economy to the details of agency decisionmaking. Her interest in the interplay of economic forces and state power led to her investigation of white-collar crime in Big Money Crime: Fraud and Politics in the Savings and Loan Crisis (1997, with co-authors Henry Pontell and Robert Tillman). Another book, Immigrants at the Margins: Law, Race, and Exclusion in Southern Europe (2005), examined immigrant marginalization in Italy and Spain, and the formal and informal legal processes that contribute to it. Her most recent book is Invitation to Law & Society: An Introduction to the Study of Real Law (2010). Her current research, with co-author Valerie Jenness, examines the inmate grievance process and legal mobilization in California prisons. .

Javier Couso is Professor of Law Javier Couso is Professo of Law and Director of the Constitutional Law Program at Universidad Diego Portales’ School of Law (in Santiago, Chile). He holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of Chile (1990) and a Ph.D. from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program of the University of California at Berkeley (2002). Professor Couso is member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL) and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association (LSA). In the Spring of 2012, he will be a Visiting Professor at the Law School of the University of Melbourne, and has hold other visiting positions at the University of Bologna (2011); the University of Wisconsin at Madison (2006-2007); and the Universidad Privada Boliviana (2001). Couso specializes in comparative public law and judicial politics. Recent publications include The Constitutional Law of Chile (International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Wolters Kluwers, forthcoming, 2011); “Models of Democracy and Models of Constitutionalism: The Case of Chile’s Constitutional Court, 1970-2010,” in Texas Law Review, Vol. 89 Nº 7 (June 2011); and  Cultures of Legality: Judicialization and Political Activism in Latin America. Couso, Javier, Alexandra Huneeus, y Rachel Sieder, eds.  (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Lauren B. Edelman is Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law, and Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley.  She joined the JSP faculty in 1996, and was previously a faculty member in Sociology and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research addresses the intersection of law and organizations, focusing on how organizations both respond to and shape the meaning of law. She has published articles on organizations and law in the American Journal of Sociology, Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, the Annual Review of Sociology and Annual Review of Law and Social Science, and in numerous other journals and edited volumes.  She co-edited the law entries (with Marc Galanter) for the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier) and co-edited (with Mark Suchman) The Legal Lives of Private Organizations (Ashgate). She directed the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley from 2004-2009, served as President of the Law and Society Association in 2002-2003, won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2000 for her work on the formation of law in the workplace, and has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Science. She is currently writing a book titled: Working Law: How Managers Transform Civil Rights in the American Workplace.

Charles Epp is Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas.  His research focuses on rights, courts, and the legal constitution of the administrative state. He is the author of The Rights Revolution: Lawyers, Activists and Supreme Courts in Comparative Perspective (1998), winner of the C. Herman Pritchett Award of the American Political Science Association, and Making Rights Real: Activists, Bureaucrats and the Creation of the Legalistic State (2009), both published by the University of Chicago Press, and articles in the American Political Science Review, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and other journals and edited volumes.  He received a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995.  Before joining the University of Kansas he was on the political science faculty of Indiana University.  He has been the principal investigator on three National Science Foundation grants and has received a Kemper university-wide teaching award at the University of Kansas.  With two colleagues, he is currently finishing a book manuscript on the institutional sources and social consequences of racial disparities in police stops.


Malcolm M. Feeley is Claire Sanders Clements Dean’s Chair Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  Before joining the Boalt faculty in 1984, he was a Russell Sage fellow at Yale Law School and taught at New York University and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as the director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society from 1987 to 1992. He has been a visiting professor at Hebrew University, Kobe University, and Princeton University, and was the 2008-2009 Martin and Kathleen Crane Fellow in the Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) Program at Princeton.  Feeley has written or edited over a dozen books, and has authored several dozen scholarly articles. Among his books are The Process is the Punishment (1992), which received the ABA’s Silver Gavel Award and the American Sociology Association’s Citation of Merit, Court Reform on Trial (1989), which received the ABA’s Certificate of Merit, and The Policy Dilemma (1981), Criminal Justice (5th ed., with John Kaplan and Jerome Skolnick, 1991; 6th ed., with Jerome Skolnick and Candace McCoy, 2005), The Japanese Adversary Process: Context and Controversies (with Setsuo Miyazawa, 2002),  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State (with Edward Rubin, 1998), Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Compromise (with Edward Rubin, 2008), and Fighting  for Political Liberalism: Comparative Studies of the Legal Complex (with Terrence Halliday and Lucien Karpik, 2008). His most recent articles examine issues of federalism, women and crime in the eighteenth century, prison privatization, and the role of bench and bar in fostering political liberalism. Feeley is a past president of the Law and Society Association (2005-2007) and served as co-editor (with Jonathan Simon) of Punishment & Society.

Lawrence Friedman is Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law, and (by courtesy) Professor of History and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.  He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School, where he also earned a master’s degree in law.  He practiced law in Chicago, and then taught law at St. Louis University and the University of Wisconsin before moving to Stanford.  He was appointed to the Kirkwood chair at Stanford in 1976. Friedman is the author or editor of about two dozen books, including Contract Law in America (1965); Law and the Behavioral Sciences (co-edited with Stewart Macaulay) (1969; 2nd edition, 1977); A History of American Law (1973; 2nd edition, 1985; 3d edition, 2005); The Legal System: A Social Science Perspective (1975); Law and Society:  An Introduction (1977); The Roots of Justice:  Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910 (with Robert Percival, 1981); Total Justice (1985); The Republic of Choice:  Law, Authority, and Culture (1990); Crime and Punishment in American History (1993); American Law: An Introduction  (revised and updated edition, 1998); The Horizontal Society (1999); Legal Culture in the Age of Globalization: Latin America and Latin Europe (edited with Rogelio Perez-Perdomo, 2003); Law in Action: A Socio-Legal Reader (edited with Stewart Macalay and Elizabeth Mertz, 2007); Dead Hands: A Social History of Wills, Trusts, and Inheritance Law (2009). He has published almost 200 articles in scholarly journals. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Science since 1977, holding honorary degrees from six universities at home and abroad, Friedman has been president of the Law and Society Association, the American Society for Legal History, and the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law of the International Sociological Association.  He is a recipient of both the Hurst Prize and the Kalven Prize of the Law and Society Association.

Tom Ginsburg is Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, where he works on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective.  He holds B.A., J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.  His recent co-authored book, The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009), won the best book award from Comparative Democratization Section of APSA.  His other books include Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003), Administrative Law and Governance in Asia (2008), and Rule By Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes (with Tamir Moustafa, 2008).  He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo, Kyushu University, Seoul National University, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Trento.  He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an NSF-funded data set cataloging the world’s constitutions since 1789.   Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal advisor at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and he has consulted with numerous international development agencies and governments on legal and constitutional reform. 

Laura E. Gómez rejoined the faculty of UCLA Law in 2011 after serving as professor of law and American studies at the University of New Mexico from 2005-10. Before joining the UNM faculty in 2005, she spent 12 years as professor of law at UCLA Law (where she also was appointed in the Sociology Department). She was a co-founder and the first co-director of UCLA’s Critical Race Studies Program. Professor Gómez’s scholarship has focused on the intersection of law, politics and social stratification in both contemporary and historical contexts. In her 2007 book, Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race, she examines how law and racial ideology intersected to create new racial groups and to re-structure the turn-of-the-twentieth century racial order in the U.S. In several new projects with sociologist Nancy López, she explores the legacy of that racial order for the contemporary study of “race” by scholars in the social, biological and health sciences. She just completed a two-year term as president the Law and Society Association. As an associate editor of the Law & Society Review, she worked to produce a special issue on law and racial inequality, published in 2010. She received an A.B. from Harvard in Social Studies, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Following law school, Professor Gómez clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Dorothy W. Nelson. Before going to Stanford, she worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman.

John Hagan is John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University and Co-Director of the Center on Law & Globalization at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. He received the Stockholm Prize in Criminology in 2009 and was elected in 2010 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Hagan is the Editor of the Annual Review of Law & Social Science. His research with a network of scholars spans topics from war crimes and human rights to the legal profession. He is the co-author with Wenona Rymond-Richmond of Darfur and the Crime of Genocide (Cambridge University Press 2009), which received the American Sociological Association Crime, Law and Deviance Section’s Albert J. Reiss Distinguished Publication Award and the American Society of Criminology’s Michael J. Hindelang Book Award. His most recent book is Who are the Criminals?: The Politics of Crime Policy in the Age of Roosevelt and the Age of Reagan, Princeton University Press, 2010. He is the recent co-author of “Death in Darfur” in Science, “Racial Targeting of Sexual Violence in Darfur” in the American Journal of Public Health, and of “The Collective Dynamics of Racial Dehumanization and Genocidal Victimization” in the American Sociological Review. His paper with Gabrielle Ferrales and Guillermina Jasso on “How Law Rules: Torture, Terror and the Normative Judgments of Iraqi Judges” received the 2009 Best Article Prize from the Law & Society Association. Hagan is a former President of the American Society Of Criminology and received Guggenheim, German Marshall Fund, and Russell Sage Foundation Fellowships, as well as the C. Wright Mills, Albert Reiss, and Michael J. Hindelang Awards. His book on Justice in the Balkans: Prosecuting War Crimes at The Hague Tribunal was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2003,and Northern Passage: American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada was published by Harvard University Press in 2001. He is the co- author with Fiona Kay of Gender in Practice: A Study of Lawyers’ Lives (Oxford University Press1995).

Kathleen Hull is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.  Her research examines the intersections of law, culture, inequality, and social movements.  Her book Same-Sex Marriage: The Cultural Politics of Love and Law (Cambridge, 2006) examined the interrelationship between the cultural and legal dimensions of same-sex marriage.  She has also studied gender stratification within the legal profession and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.  Her current research projects include a study of conceptions of family among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and a study of how people evaluate expert discourses, including legal discourse, in formulating their views on controversial social issues.  Hull is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Law and Society Association, and currently serves as the book review editor for Law and Society Review.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2001.

Robert A. Kagan
is Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science (Emeritus) at the University of California, Berkeley.  He began teaching political science at Berkeley in 1974, and in 1988 he also became a member of the Boalt faculty.  From 1993 to 2004, with an interval in 2001, he was Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society. Kagan was appointed to the Emanuel S. Heller Chair in 2006. He “retired” in 2011, but will continue teaching at Berkeley during the Spring semester.   Kagan was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994. He is a recipient of the Law and Society Association’s Harry Kalven Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Research (2006) and its Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award (2009). He received the Mentorship and Teaching Award of the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association in 2009. Kagan has published empirical studies of the implementation of environmental law, regulatory decisionmaking and law enforcement, the legal profession, comparative legal institutions, waterfront labor relations, and compliance with various bodies of law. His books include: Regulation and Regulatory Processes (co-edited with Cary Coglianese, 2007); Dynamics of Regulatory Change: How Globalization Affects National Regulatory Policies (co-edited with David Vogel, 2004); Shades of Green: Business, Regulation and Environment (with Neil Gunningham and Dorothy Thornton, 2003); Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law (2001); Regulatory Encounters: Multinational Corporations and American Adversarial Legalism (co-edited with Lee Axelrad, 2000); Going by the Book: The Problem of Regulatory Unreasonableness (with Eugene Bardach, new printing, 2002); Legality and Community: On the Intellectual Legacy of Philip Selznick (co-edited with Martin Krygier and Kenneth Winston, 2002); Regulatory Justice: Implementing A Wage-Price Freeze (1978).

David Lieberman is the Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law and Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.  He joined the Boalt faculty in 1984. Before coming to Berkeley, he taught at Cambridge University and was a fellow and director of studies in history at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He served as associate dean of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program and chair of the undergraduate Legal Studies Program from 2000-2004. In 2003, he helped found the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs, an international organization of law and society departments and undergraduate majors. He has served as president of the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies. Lieberman is a recipient of research fellowships and awards from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, the Institute of Historical Research, the American Bar Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. He was an honorary research fellow of the Department of History at University College, London; a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Law School; and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences. His book, The Province of Legislation Determined: Legal Theory in Eighteenth Century Britain, received honorable mention for the 1990 British Council Prize. Lieberman recently completed a critical edition of Jean Louis De Lolme’s 1771 The Constitution of England; or, An Account of the English Government. His other recent publications include “Adam Smith on Justice, Rights, Law” in Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith (2006); “The Mixed Constitution and the Common Law” in The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought (2006); “Legislation in a Common Law Context”, Zeitschrift fur Neuere Rechtsgeschichte (2005); and “Law/Custom/Tradition” in Questions of Tradition (2004).

Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Research Fellow at Shanghai Jiao Tong University KoGuan Law School. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.  Liu’s current research interests focus on the historical change, social structure, and political mobilization of the legal profession. He has written widely on various aspects of China’s law reforms and legal profession and published articles in the Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, China Quarterly, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, as well as in leading law and social science journals in China. Liu is the author of two books in Chinese: The Lost Polis: Transformation of the Legal Profession in Contemporary China (Peking University Press, 2008) and The Logic of Fragmentation: An Ecological Analysis of the Chinese Legal Services Market (Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., 2011). He also edited and translated into Chinese The Holmes Reader: Selected Essays and Public Speeches of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., 2009).

Michael McCann is Gordon Hirabayashi Professor for the Advancement of Citizenship at the University of Washington. At UW, he: founded and directed for ten years the Comparative Law and Society Studies (CLASS) Center and the undergraduate Law, Societies, and Justice program; has co-directed the LSJ Rome Program in Comparative Law; and is an Adjunct in the Law School. His books include Rights at Work: Pay Equity Reform and the Politics of Legal Mobilization (Chicago, 1994) and, with Bill Haltom, Distorting the Law: Politics, Media, and the Litigation Crisis (Chicago 2004); each book won both the LSA Book (Jacob) Prize and the C. Herman Pritchett Award in the APSA Law & Courts section along with other  awards.  Among his edited books are Law and Social Movements (Ashgate, 2006) and, with David Engel, Fault Lines: Tort Law as Cultural Practice (Stanford, 2009).    He is presently working on two new books. One, with colleague George Lovell, is titled A Union by Law: Filipino Cannery Workers and the Transpacific Struggle for Equal Rights, 1921-1991; the research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.  A second book with Jon Goldberg Hiller, Jeffrey Dudas, and others has the working title Beyond Legal Mobilization: On the Dialectics of Rights Politics in Historical Perspective.  A university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award winner, McCann has served on supervisory committees for over thirty-five dissertations.  Michael recently was elected as President of the LSA for the 2011-13 term.

Sally Engle Merry is Professor of Anthropology at New York University.   Her work explores the role of law in urban life in the US, in the colonizing process, and in contemporary transnationalism.  Her recent books are Colonizing Hawai’i: The Cultural Power of Law (Princeton Univ. Press, 2000), which received the 2001 J. Willard Hurst Prize from the Law and Society Association,  Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice  (University of Chicago Press,  2006),  The Practice of Human Rights: Tracking Law between the Local and the Global,  (co-edited with Mark Goodale; Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective (Blackwells, 2009).    She has authored or edited four other  books:  Law and Empire in the Pacific: Hawai’i and Fiji (co-edited with Donald Brenneis, School of American Research Press, 2004),  The Possibility of Popular Justice: A Case Study of American Community Mediation (co-edited with Neal Milner, Univ. of Michigan Press, 1993), Getting Justice and Getting Even: Legal Consciousness among Working Class Americans (University of Chicago Press, 1990), and Urban Danger: Life in a Neighborhood of Strangers (Temple University Press, 1981).   She is past-president of the Law and Society Association and the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology.  In 2007 she received the Kalven Prize of the Law and Society Association, an award that recognizes a significant a body of scholarship in the field.  In 2010, she was awarded the J.I. Staley Prize from the School of Advanced Research for Human Rights and Gender Violence, an award “for a book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship and writing in anthropology.” She is president-elect of the American Ethnological Society.

Calvin Morrill is Professor of Law in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) Program, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society in the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.  Before coming to Berkeley, he was Professor of Sociology, Business, and Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine, where he was also Chair of the Sociology Department and Co-director/Co-founder of the Center for Organizational Research. Prior to his appointment at Irvine, he was Professor of Sociology, Law, Communication, and Psychology at the University of Arizona. He received his PhD and MA in Sociology from Harvard University and his BA in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research examines the interplay between social conflict and institutional change.  He has authored The Executive Way: Conflict Management in Corporations (Chicago) and co-edited with David Snow and Cindy White, Together Alone: Personal Relationships in Public Places (California).  He has published articles in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, American Journal of Sociology, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Problems, and in numerous other journals and edited volumes.  Morrill’s research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and numerous private foundations. He served as Chair of the Sociology of Law Section in the American Sociological Association (2009-10) and is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association (the honorary society of the American Sociological Association).  He is currently working on a book (with Michael Musheno) entitled Youth Conflict: Culture and Control in a Multiethnic High School (contracted with Chicago).

Laura Beth Nielsen is a sociologist and lawyer with degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D. 1999 and J.D. 1996).  She is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation as well as an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University. In addition, she is the Secretary of the Law and Society Association and Editor of the journal Law and Social Inquiry since 2003.  Professor Nielsen’s research focuses on law’s capacity for social change.  Her primary field is the sociology of law, with particular interests in legal consciousness (how ordinary people understand the law) and the relationship between law and inequalities of race, gender, and class. Her first monograph, License to Harass: Law, Hierarchy, and Offensive Public Speech, (Princeton University Press, 2004) studies racist and sexist street speech, targets’ reactions and responses to it, and attitudes about using law to deal with such speech.   She has co-edited three books about rights in general and employment civil rights in particular including Theoretical and Empirical Studies of Rights, (Ashgate, 2007) and Handbook of Employment Discrimination Research: Rights and Realities, (with Robert L. Nelson, Springer, 2005); and New Civil Rights Research: A Constitutive Approach (with Ben Fleury-Steiner, Ashgate, 2006). In addition, she is the author of numerous articles published in the UCLA Law Review, Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Law and Policy, Stanford Journal of Law and Policy, and the Wisconsin Law Review.  She is also the recipient of grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and the MacArthur Foundation.  Professor Nielsen is an expert in the areas of sexual harassment in the workplace and beyond, employment civil rights of all sorts including pregnancy, pay, race, sex, national origin, and is a scholar of the legal profession. 

César Rodríguez-Garavito is Associate Professor and founding Director of the Program on Global Justice and Human Rights at the University of the Andes (Colombia). He is a founding member of the Center for Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia) and a Hauser Global Fellow at NYU Law School. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pretoria, the Åbo Academy of Human Rights, the University of Buenos Aires, the Andean University of Quito, and the Irish Center for Human Rights. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. (Sociology) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. from NYU’s Institute for Law and Society, an M.A. (Philosophy) from the National University of Colombia, and a J.D. from the University of the Andes. His publications include “ Global Governance, Indigenous Peoples and the Right to Prior Consultation in Social Minefields” (Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies); “Beyond the Courtroom: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in Latin America” (Texas Law Review); The Global Expansion of the Rule of Law; Law and Globalization from Below: Toward a Cosmopolitan Legality (coed.); and “Global Governance and Labor Rights: Codes of Conduct and Anti-Sweatshop Struggles in Global Apparel Factories in Mexico and Guatemala” (Politics & Society).

Edward Rubin is University Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University.  He received his BA from Princeton and his JD from Yale.  After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Judge Jon Newman and practicing entertainment law in New York City, he joined the law school faculty at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1982.  There, Rubin served as Associate Dean at Boalt Hall for two years.  In 1998, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He became Dean of Vanderbilt Law School in 2005 and led an initiative to reform the law school curriculum.  Rubin was appointed to his current position in 2009 when his deanship ended.  His research focuses on administrative law, modern government, constitutional, law and morality and legal education.  He is the author of three books:  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America’s Prisons (Cambridge Univ., 1998) (with Malcolm Feeley); Beyond Camelot:  Rethinking Politics and Law for the Modern State (Princeton Univ., 2005) and Federalism: Political Identity and Tragic Compromise (Univ. of Michigan, 2008) (with Malcolm Feeley) and two casebooks: The Regulatory State (Aspen, 2010) (with Lisa Bressman & Kevin Stack) and The Payments System:  Cases, Materials and Issues (West, 2nd ed. 1994)(with Robert Cooter), and he is the editor of two books, Minimizing Harm:  A New Crime Policy for Modern America (Westview, 1999), and Legal Education and the Digital Revolution (working title) (forthcoming, Cambridge Univ.).  Rubin has served as a consultant on administrative law to the People’s Republic of China and on commercial law to the Russian Federation.

Austin Sarat
is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College and Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Scholar at the University of Alabama School of Law Sarat is a pioneering figure in the development of legal study in the liberal arts, of the humanistic study of law, and of the cultural study of law. He is also an internationally renowned scholar of capital punishment.  He founded Amherst College’s Department of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought and the national scholarly association, the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. He is former President of that Association and of the Law and Society Association and of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. He is author or editor of more than seventy books including The Road to Abolition?: The Future of Capital Punishment in the United States; The Killing State: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics, and Culture, When the State Kills: Capital Punishment and the American Condition, When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice, and Capital Punishment, 2 volumes.  Other books include Something to Believe in: Politics, Professionalism, and Cause Lawyers (with Stuart Scheingold); Cultural Analysis, Cultural Studies and the Law: Moving Beyond Legal Realism (with Jonathan Simon); Looking Back at Law’s Century (with Robert Kagan and Bryant Garth); and The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society. He is editor of the journal Law, Culture and the Humanities and of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.  Sarat has received numerous prizes and awards including the Law and Society Association’s Harry Kalven Award and its Stan Wheeler Prize, the James Boyd White Award of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and, in 2011, the American Political Science Association’s Section on Law and Courts’ Lasting Contribution Award.

Harry Scheiber is Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and History at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Institute for Legal Research and the Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law. Before joining the Boalt faculty in 1980, he taught at Dartmouth and at UC San Diego. From 2000 to 2001, Scheiber served as director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society. In 1998, he received an honorary doctorate of laws from Uppsala University in Sweden. He was elected in 1999 as an honorary fellow of the American Society for Legal History. In 2003 he was elected as fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Scheiber has written extensively in American legal history, especially on the history of law and public policy, on federalism, and on constitutional development. He has also led research projects and written on aspects of environmental law, especially Law of the Sea and ocean resources policy. His other research has been in the fields of modern judicial reform, Japanese-U.S. relations and ocean policy, and Japanese fisheries law and development.  His primary books include Law of the Sea: The Common Heritage and Emerging Challenges; Legal Cultures and the Legal Profession; Inter-Allied Conflict and Modern Ocean Law Origins, 1945-52; American Law and the Constitutional Order; American Economic History; Ohio Canal Era–A Case Study of Government and the Economy; The Wilson Administration and Civil Liberties; The Old Northwest–Studies in Regional History; Perspectives on Federalism; Federalism and the Judicial Mind; The State and Freedom of Contract; Earl Warren and the Warren Court; Bringing New Law to Ocean Waters; and The Oceans in the Nuclear Age.

Jonathan Simon is the Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He was a MacCormick Fellow and the Spring 2011 Leverhulme Visiting Professor of Law, University of Edinburgh, School of Law. Before joining the Boalt faculty in 2003, he was a professor at the University of Miami School of Law. Previously, he was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He clerked for the Honorable Judge William C. Canby Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1988-89).Simon’s scholarship concerns the role of criminal justice and punishment in modern societies, insurance and other contemporary practices of governing risk, the cultural lives of law, and the intellectual history of law and the social sciences.  He is the author of Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control of the Underclass, 1890-1990 (1993) and the co-editor of Embracing Risk: The Changing Culture of Insurance and Responsibility (with Tom Baker, 2002), Cultural Analysis, Cultural Studies, and the Law: Moving Beyond Legal Realism (with Austin Sarat, 2003), and After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy and the New Reconstruction (with Mary Louise Frampton and Ian Haney Lopez, 2008). His book Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear (2007), winner of the 2008 Book Prize of the Sociology of Law section of the ASA and the 2010 Hindelang Prize of the American Society of Criminology.  His most recent book, Mass Incarceration on Trial: Brown v. Plata and the Future of Imprisonment will be published by New Press in Spring 2012.  Simon has served on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of the Law and Society Association. He was co-editor (with Malcolm Feeley) of Punishment & Society and has served as an associate editor of Law & Society Review.

Jerome Skolnick is Claire Clements Dean’s Chair Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and, until Spring 2011, taught at NYU School of Law and served as co-director of NYU’s Center for Research in Crime and Justice.  Skolnick joined the Berkeley faculty in 1962 and became part of the Boalt faculty in 1977.  He served as the second director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society, from 1972 to 1985.  He has also taught at UC San Diego, the University of Chicago and Yale University, and has been a visiting fellow at Oxford. In his half-century career, Skolnick has written extensively about criminal justice and sociology. He has authored studies of families in transition, political institutions in crisis, police and crime, law and society, the regulation of gambling, and protest. The fourth edition of his 1966 book Justice Without Trial: Law Enforcement in Democratic Society, a seminal study of police culture and practice, has just been published. Another acclaimed book, The Politics of Protest, was recently republished in its Fortieth Anniversary Edition. Other well known publications include: House of Cards: The Legalization and Control of Casino Gambling (1978); Above the Law: Police and the Excessive Use of Force (with James Fyfe, 1993); Crisis in American Institutions (with Elliott Currie, 1970; 14th ed. 2011); The New Blue Line: Police Innovation in Six American Cities (with David Bayley, 1986). Skolnick’s many honors include: the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (1966); the ASC’s August Vollmer Award (1972); the Bruce Smith Sr. award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (1984); election to the honorary Sociological Research Association. Skolnick served as 1993-94 president of the American Society of Criminology.

Leti Volpp is Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993, Leti Volpp clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson ’62 of the Northern District of California, and then worked as a public interest lawyer for several years. Volpp served as a Skadden Fellow at Equal Rights Advocates and the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, both in San Francisco; as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C.; and as a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project in New York City. Volpp began teaching at the American University, Washington College of Law in 1998 and visited at UCLA School of Law in 2004-05. She joined the Boalt faculty in 2005.  She is currently an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Law and Society Association.  Volpp is a well-known scholar in law and the humanities. She writes about citizenship, migration, culture and identity. Her publications include the edited volume Denaturalizing Citizenship: A Symposium on Bosniak and Shachar (Issues in Legal Scholarship 2011); the edited volume Legal Borderlands: Law and the Construction of American Borders (with Mary Dudziak, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2006); “Framing Cultural Difference: Immigrant Women and Discourses of Tradition” (differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 2011); and “The Culture of Citizenship” (Theoretical Inquiries in Law 2007). She is also the author of “Divesting Citizenship: On Asian American History and the Loss of Citizenship Through Marriage” (UCLA Law Review 2005), “The Citizen and the Terrorist” (UCLA Law Review 2002), “Feminism versus Multiculturalism” (Columbia Law Review 2001), and many other articles.

David B.Wilkins is the Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession, and Faculty Director of the Program on the Legal Profession and the Center for Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry at Harvard Law School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the Faculty Committee of the Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics.Wilkins has written over 60 articles on the legal profession in leading scholarly journals and the popular press and is the co-author (along with his Harvard Law School colleague Andrew Kaufman) of one of the leading casebooks in the field.  His current scholarly projects on the profession include Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies (an empirical examination of the effect of globalization on the market for legal services in rapidly developing countries such as China, India, and Brazil); Putting “India” Back into the Debate over Offshoring Legal Services to India (examining the growth of the Indian LPO sector between 2006 and 2009); After the JD (a ten-year nationwide longitudinal study of lawyers’ careers), How Corporations Purchase Legal Services (a quantitative and qualitative examination of the legal purchasing decisions of S&P 500 companies), The Harvard Law School Career Study (a panel study of HLS classes of 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2000), Cause Lawyers for the Disabled (a qualitative examination of lawyers who pursue access to justice and equal treatment for Americans with disabilities), and over 200 in-depth interviews in connection with a forthcoming Oxford University Press book on the development of the black corporate bar.