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.


  • March 13th CSLS Speaker Series – Avani Mehta Sood, UC Berkeley “Psychological Constructions of Criminality: Law, Crime Severity, and Bias in Lay Determinations of Criminal Attempt”
  • March 16th 3rd Annual Robert A. Kagan Lecture in Law and Regulation: Going by the Symbols: How Organizations, Courts, and Regulators Undermine Legal Rights Lecture by Lauren Edelman, U.C. Berkeley, Introduction by Jonathan Simon, UC Berkeley, with Comments by Kimberly Krawiec of Duke University and Robin Stryker of University of Arizona.
  • March 20th CSLS Speaker Series – Erin Kerrison, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley “‘Your Pants Won’t Save You’: Why Black Youth Challenge Race-Based Police Surveillance and Thoughts on How Age Conditions the Presence of Legal Cynicism”
  • April 3rd CSLS Speaker Series – Elizabeth Hinton, Harvard University “The Making of Mass incarceration”
  • April 7th Special Book Event – Franklin E. Zimring, UC Berkeley When Police Kill (Harvard University Press, February 2017) Commentators include: George Gascón, District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco; Hadar Aviram, Professor of Law, U.C. Hastings College of Law; Michael Romano, Director, Stanford Justice Advocacy Project; with Moderator Jonathan Simon, CSLS Director, UC Berkeley

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, Director