Center for the Study of Law & Society

 The CSLS 50th Anniversary Conference was a great success. Enjoy the photos from the event or visit the conference web page here.


  • Monday, August 27 – CSLS Speaker Series – Carroll Seron, University of California, Irvine – “Law Students’ Faustian Bargain with Debt: Findings from UCI Law’s Natural Experiment with Tuition Remission”
  • Friday, September 14th – Special Book Event – Calvin Morrill and Michael Musheno‘s Navigating Conflict: How Youth Handle Trouble in a High-Poverty School (University of Chicago Press, 2018) with discussants  Nikki Jones, UC Berkeley, Torin Monahan, University of North Carolina, and Forrest Stuart, University of Chicago.
  • Monday, September 17 – CSLS Speaker Series – Forrest Stuart, University of Chicago – “Code of the Tweet: Urban Violence and Criminal Justice Responses in the Social Media Age”
  • Monday, September 24 – CSLS Speaker Series – Christopher Muller, University of California, Berkeley – “Freedom and Convict Leasing in the Postbellum South” 
  • Monday, October 1 – CSLS Speaker Series – David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley – California Greenin’ – How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader
    (Princeton University Press, 2018)
  • Monday, October 8 – CSLS Speaker Series – Holly Brewer, University of Maryland – “’Most agreeable to the monarchy under which we live’: Slavery, Power, and the Restoration”
  • Thursday, October 11th – Special Event – Debate on Ethnographic Research.  Martín Sánchez-Jankowski and Steven Lubet, author of Interrogating Ethnography.  Moderated by Calvin Morrill. Co-sponsor Center for Ethnographic Research. 
  • Monday, October 15 – CSLS Speaker Series – Justin Driver, University of Chicago – The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind (Pantheon, 2018) 
  • Friday, November 2nd – Special Book Event – Issa Kohler-Hausmann‘s Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an age of Broken windows Policing (Princeton University Press, 2018) with discussants Malcolm Feeley, Armando Lara-Millan, and Sandra Susan Smith.


The Center

The Center supports theoretically-based, empirical research on new developments at the interplay of law and society in contemporary and historical contexts. While part of Berkeley’s School of Law, the Center fosters a multi- disciplinary context in which UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students from many departments interact and engage with visiting socio-legal scholars from universities in the United States and abroad.

– Jonathan Simon, Faculty Director
– Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director