Conferences and Special Events

The Center for the Study of Law and Society sponsors conferences and workshops for the dissemination and discussion of research, the exploration of new ideas for research, and the promotion of new multidisciplinary and cross-national collaborations.

Conferences, Workshops & Special Events 2016-2017

SPRING 2017

 

3rd Annual Robert A. Kagan Lecture in Law and Regulation

Going by the Symbols: How Organizations, Courts, and Regulators Undermine Legal Rights

Wednesday, March 16th 2017, 3:30-5:15PM; Reception will Follow
Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel
Berkeley, California

Lauren Edelman
Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, U.C. Berkeley
Drawing on Edelman’s theory of legal endogeneity, this lecture offers an account of how organizations, courts, and regulators alike undermine the rights of have-nots when they go by the symbols without adequate attention to substantive legal ideals.

Introduced by:
Jonathan Simon
Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society

Comments by:
Kimberly Krawiec
Katherine Robinson Everett Professor of Law, Duke University
Robin Stryker
Professor, School of Sociology, University of Arizona

 

Symposium on Dignifying Madness: Civil Commitment, Disability Rights, and Mass Incarceration

Friday, February 10th 2017, 1:00-5:00PM
Goldberg Room, Boalt Hall
UC Berkeley Law

Moderated by
Jonathan Simon
Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, UC Berkeley;
Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society
Stephen Rosenbaum
John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer in Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Visiting Researcher Scholar, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Keynote Speakers include:
Dr. George Woods
Jennifer Johnson, San Francisco Deputy Public Defender

Cosponsored with:
Human Rights Center
The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
Disability Studies Cluster of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

 

A Conversation in Law and Society with Susan Silbey

Friday, February 3rd 2017, 2:00-3:30PM
Moot Court Room, # 140 Boalt Hall
UC Berkeley Law

Opening Remarks by
Jonathan Simon
Director for the Center for the Study of Law and Society

Interviewed by
Calvin Morrill
Associate Dean
, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program

View the event flyer here

 

Harry Scheiber Book Event

Constitutional Governance and Judicial Power
(Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2016)
More on the book and publisher here

Wednesday, January 18th 2017, 3:00-4:30PM
Kadish Library, 2240 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, California

Presented by the author and contributors:
JSP doctoral graduate Lucy Salyer, professor at the University of New Hampshire, and JSP vice chair emeritus Chuck McClain, contributors of chapters in the book, will join with Professor Scheiber in a discussion of the historical and legal problems they address in this work.

Co-sponsored with
The Center for the Study of Law and Society
Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program

View the event flyer here

 

FALL 2016

 

Book Event

Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter
(Verso Books, May 2016)
More on the book and publisher here

Wednesday, December 2nd 2016, 4:30-6:30PM
554 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Presented by editors:
Jordan T. Camp
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Christina Heatherton
Assistant Professor of American Studies, Trinity University

Facilitated by:
Rachel Herzing
Co-Director for the Center of Political Education, San Francisco

Co-sponsored with
The Center for the Study of Law and Society
The American Cultures Center
Department of Ethnic Studies
Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

View the event flyer here

 

CSLS End-of-Semester Celebration & Visiting Scholars Speaker Series

An occasional series of presentations and discussion; end-of-Semester reception to follow

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Speakers from 2-3:30PM
Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue
Celebration from 3:30-4:30PM
Kadish Library, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

Speakers Include:

Anjuli Verma
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
“Policing the Silent War: Notes from the Field”

Yannick Ganne
Doctoral Candidate in Law, University of Strasbourg, France
“Is There a Relationship Between Scholars’ Educational Background and their Propensity to Do Empirical Research? A Quantitative Study”

Carrie Shang
Asst. Professor of Law, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
“Welcoming Lex Mercatoria through Resistance: Do Trade Customs Govern Contemporary Chinese Commercial Relationships?”

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

View the event flyer here

 

Book Event

Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State
(University of California Press, November 2016)
More on the book and publisher here

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016    5:15-7:00PM
554 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, California

With Author Jordan T. Camp
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Facilitated by Undergraduate History Student & Member of Critical Resistance, Chance Grable

Co-sponsored with
The Center for the Study of Law and Society
The American Cultures Center
Department of Ethnic Studies
Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

View the event flyer here

 

Interdisciplinary Workshop

Between the World and the International: Thinking with Ottoman and Islamic Pasts
More on the workshop here

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Sessions from 9:30-10AM, 10AM-12PM, 1:30-4:30PM, 5-6:30PM
Sultan Room, Center for Middle East Studies, 360 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Friday, November 11, 2016
Sessions from 10AM-12PM, 1:30-4:30PM, 5-5:30PM
Rhetoric Conference Room, 7415 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Organized by:
The Department of Rhetoric
The Center for Middle East Studies

Co-sponsored with:
the Center for the Study of Law and Society
The Mellon Project Grant
The Office of the Dean of the Humanities
The History Department
The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Organized by
The Department of Rhetoric

View the event flyer here

 

Lauren Edelman Book Event

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Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights
(University of Chicago Press, November 2016)
More on the book and publisher here

Thursday, November 10rd, 2016    4-5:30PM; Reception & Book Sales to follow
Selznick Seminar Room – 2240 Piedmont Avenue
UC Berkeley – Berkeley, California

With Author Lauren Edelman
Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology
UC Berkeley

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

Commentators Include
Catherine Albiston
Professor of Law and Sociology, UC Berkeley
Anna-Maria Marshall
Assoc. Professor of Sociology & Head of Dept. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.)
Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Co-sponsored with
The Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program (JSP)

View the event flyer here

 

Keramet Reiter Book Event

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23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement
(Yale University Press, October 2016)
More on the book and publisher here

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016    4-5:30PM; Reception & Book sales/signing to follow
The Center for the Study of Law and Society – 2240 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, California

With Author Keramet Reiter
Assistant Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Law
UC Irvine

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

Commentators Include
Franklin Zimring
Rebecca McLennan
Francisco Casique

Co-sponsored with
The Center for Research on Social Change (CRSC)
The Human Rights Center (HRC)

View the event flyer here

 

Visiting Scholars Speaker Series

An occasional series of presentations and discussion; light lunch provided

Thursday, October 20, 2016
12:45-2:00PM
Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

Speakers Include:

Smadar Ben Natan
Human Rights Attorney and PhD Candidate, Tel Aviv University, Israel
“Enemy Criminal Adjudication: Criminal Law, Martial Law and Armed Conflict”

Helen Dancer
Senior Lecturer in Law, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, UK
“Community Leaders and Paralegals: Legal Empowerment, Capillary Power and Women’s Access to Justice in Tanzania”

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

View the event flyer here

 

290 Speaker Series

Redeemed on the Inside: Ecclesia Incarcerate in Ethnographic Perspective
With CSLS Visiting Scholar Jason Sexton, Lecturer, Cal State Fullerton
 
Thursday, October 17th, 2016; 2-4pm
221 Kroeber Hall
UC Berkeley, Department of Anthropology
 

Co-sponsored with
UC Berkeley Department of Anthropology

View the event flyer here

 

Visiting Scholars Speaker Series

An occasional series of presentations and discussion; wine and light refreshments provided

Friday, October 7, 2016
3:10-4:30PM
Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Avenue

Speakers Include:

Manoj Dias-Abey
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, Queen’s University, Canada
“Sandcastles of Hope? Can Non-Traditional Labor Organizations Improve the Working Conditions of Migrant Farm Workers in North America?”

Amelia Thorpe
Senior Lecturer and Director of Environmental Law Programs, University of South Wales, Australia
“Hegel’s Hipsters: Claiming Ownership in the Contemporary City”

Moderated by CSLS Director, Jonathan Simon

View the event flyer here

 

BOOM: A Journal of California, “Correcting California”

An important conversation around California prison reform today

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With CSLS Visiting Scholar Jason Sexton, Journal editor and panelist, Cal State Fullerton
And CSLS Director Jonathan Simon, Panelist
 
Other Panelists include:
Josef Jacques
Paige St. John (LA Times)
Anna Challet (New America Media)
Anthony Williams (Afrikan Black Coalition)
Marisa Arrona (Californians for Safety & Justice)
Brant Choate (California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation)
 

Thursday, September 29th, 2016    Reception at 4pm; Program begins at 4:30
Warren Room, 297 Berkeley LawBoalt Hall
UC Berkeley, Boalt School of Law

Co-sponsored with
UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Law & Society
UC Berkeley Division of Equity & Inclusion
Boom: A Journal of California

New America Media

View the event flyer here