2012 Officers

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 Law, Societies, and Justice program; directed the LSJ Rome Program in Comparative Law; served as chair of the Political Science Department; 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). McCann has published essays in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and other journals and law reviews as well as in edited books. He is presently working on a book titled A Union by Law: Filipino Cannery Workers and the Transpacific Struggle for Equal Rights, 1921-1991. A member of the Law and Society Association since 1984, McCann has served in many capacities, including: on the Board of Trustees (1996-98); as chair (2006) and member (1995) of the Program Committee; on the Education and Outreach Committee (1996-99); on the Strategic Priorities Review Committee (1996-8); as chair (2001) and member (2004) of the Kalven Award committee; as co-chair of the Development Committee (2002-04); as faculty participant in a Summer Institute (1993); several Graduate Student Workshops (1991, 2004), and an Early Career Workshop (2009); and in various years on the editorial advisory board of Law & Society Review. He also has played leadership roles in the Consortium of Undergraduate Law & Justice Programs, the West Coast Consortium of Law & Society Scholars, and the Law and Courts section of APSA. A university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award winner, McCann has supervised dissertations for over fifteen faculty members and many current doctoral students who are members of LSA. He was a Visiting Fellow with the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science in1998 and a Guggenheim Fellow in 2007-8. One of his favorite activities is playing guitar in the Seattle blues/jazz band bluesalt. Michael is honored to be a candidate for President of the Law and Society Association, which he considers his intellectual home.

Laura E. Gómez is Professor of Law and American Studies at the University of New Mexico and was previously Professor of Law and Sociology at UCLA. She received her A.B. from Harvard and her J.D. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford, working under Lawrence Friedman, and then clerked on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Gómez has served as LSA Treasurer (2001-2003) and Trustee (Class of 1999) and multiple times as a member of the Program, Graduate Student Workshop and Diversity Committees (she chaired the latter two). She worked on LSA's minority fellowship project (with Lauren Edelman, Felice Levine and Lynn Mather) and currently serves on the selection committee for the NSF-funded LSA/ABF fellowship. Editor Carroll Seron appointed Gómez an Associate Editor of the Law & Society Review, and she has been a reviewer for several other journals in legal studies, gender studies, legal history and sociology. Her scholarship has focused on the intersection of law, politics and inequality in both contemporary and historical contexts. Gómez has published numerous articles and chapters, as well as two books: Misconceiving Mothers: Legislators, Prosecutors and the Politics of Prenatal Drug Exposure (1997) and Manifest Destinies: The Making of the Mexican American Race (2007). Gómez has been active in the ASA Sociology of Law Section, the AALS Minority Section, the Critical Race Theory Workshops and LatCrit, however, since first going to the 1990 annual meeting as a graduate student, she has considered LSA her intellectual home.

Anna-Maria Marshall is Associate Professor and Head of the Sociology Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she also has an appointment in the College of Law.  She received her J.D. from the University of Virginia (1985) and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University (1999).  Her research is broadly focused on studying the relationship between law and social change.  Her first book, Confronting Sexual Harassment: The Law and Politics of Everyday Life, analyzed the institutional and political foundations of legal consciousness when women navigated problems in the workplace.  More recently, her work has focused on law and social movements, particularly the environmental justice movement and lgbt activism.  She co-edited the volume, Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law (with Scott Barclay and Mary Bernstein).  She has also written in the area of cause lawyering, having contributed to two of the cause lawyer volumes edited by Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold.  Her articles have appeared in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and Studies in Law, Politics and Society.  With Scott Barclay and Lynn Jones, Marshall has been one of the co-faciliators of the CRN on Law and Social Movements in the Law and Society Association since 2004.  She was the Chair of the Student Paper Prize Committee in 2006 and the Article Prize Committee in 2007.  She served on the Program Committee in 2005-2006, and on the LSA Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2009.  She also serves on the Council of the ASA’s Sociology of Law Section.

Jeannine Bell is Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. She holds an A.B. from Harvard College, and both a J.D. and Ph.D. (Political Science) from the University of Michigan. Bell has written extensively on criminal justice issues including: Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights and Hate Crime (2002); Police and Policing Law (2006) and Gaining Access to Research Sites: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (with Martha Feldman and Michele Berger) (2003) Her newest book, Hate Thy Neighbor (forthcoming, NYU Press) explores hate crime in integrating neighborhoods.  During 2009-10, Bell was a fellow at Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs. 

Bell was co-chair of the Program Committee for the 2011 LSA meeting and also serves as a member of LSA’s Executive Director Search Committee. Bell’s first LSA Annual Meeting was in 1993, and over the course of the last 16 years, she has held numerous leadership roles in the Association. She was elected Trustee (Class of 2006) and has served as an associate editor of the Law & Society Review, most recently helping put together the Review’s forthcoming special issue on race.  She has served as a member of numerous committees including Jacob Prize (2003); Diversity (2000-2003), and Program committees (2002, 2006). She has chaired the Diversity committee (2002-2003), Nominations committee (2009). As co-chair and chair of the Summer Institute committee, Bell helped organized the first-ever international Summer Institutes held in England (2005) and in South Africa (2006).