Current Officers

President 6/3/2013 - 6/2/2015

carroll seronCarroll Seron is Professor and Chair in the Department of Criminology, Law & Society at the University of California, Irvine; she also holds appointments in the Department of Sociology and the School of Law.  At UCI, she serves as the Equity Advisor for the School of Social Ecology, a position funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the Equity Advance Program.  She is author of multiple books, including The Business of Practicing Law: The Work Lives of Solo and Small-Firm Attorneys (Temple 1996) and, with Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Bonnie Oglesky and Robert Sauté, The Part-Time Paradox: Norms, Professional Life, Family, and Gender Routledge 1999) and articles published in Law & Society Review, Work and Occupations, Criminology, and the American Sociological Review, and law review journals.  She also edited The Law & Society Canon (Ashgate 2006).  Building on her research on the legal profession, Seron (with Susan Silbey) is currently conducting a longitudinal, panel study of engineers’ professional socialization, with a focus on persistence and inequality.  This project and others for which she served as the Principal Investigator have been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and other foundations.  Seron has been a member of the Law & Society Association since 1977 where she has served in many capacities; among them, she has served as: Editor, Law & Society Review (volumes 42-44, 2008-2011), including a special issue on race, law, and inequality and ex officio member of the Board of Trustees; elected Board of Trustees (1986-1989); Chair, Diversity Committee (2004-2005); Planning Committee, LSA Annual Meetings (2000, 1986) and Co-Chair, Planning Committee, LSA Annual Meetings (1988); Co-Chair, Planning Committee for Summer Institute (2000) and Planning Committee for Summer Institute (1994); faculty participant, Early Career Workshop (2009); and advisory board member of Law & Society Review. She has also been active in the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association, where she has served as Chair (2008-2009) and as a member of council (1995-1997).  During 2011-2012, she was a Visiting Professor at Flinders University in Australia and at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies in England. 

Carroll was honored to be selected as Editor of Law & Society Review and she is equally honored to be selected as the next President of the Law & Society Association, which she considers her intellectual and professional home.  Her research has been enhanced by the interdisciplinary and eclectic mix of scholars drawn to Law & Society and she has been committed to giving back to the Association by taking on many projects to welcome scholars from diverse backgrounds into the LSA community. 

Past President 6/3/2013 - 6/2/2014


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 was honored to be President of the Law and Society Association, which he considers his intellectual home.

Secretary 5/31/2013 - 5/31/2015

Kaaryn Gustafson Kaaryn Gustafson is Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School, where she teaches courses in criminal law and procedure, critical legal theory, and law and the welfare state.  She holds an AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard and earned both her JD and her PhD in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from UC Berkeley.  While in graduate school, Kaaryn practiced law at a large San Francisco firm and established the Economic Justice and Human Rights program as New Voices Fellow at the Women of Color Resource Center in Oakland, California.  Her recent writings have focused on the growing overlap between the welfare system and the criminal justice system in the United States.  Kaaryn has been a member of the Law & Society Association since 1995 and has served on the Board of Trustees (2006-2008), has served on a number of standing of committees including the Program Committee (2010, 2004), the John Hope Franklin Prize Committee (Co-chair, 2011), the Diversity Committee (Chair, 2006-2007), and has served on several ad hoc committees, including the Committee on Prizes (2012), the Connections Committee (Chair, 2004), and the Ad Hoc Committee on Disability(2003). Her book, Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty, was co-winner of the Association’s Herbert Jacob Book Prize in 2012.

Treasurer 10/1/2013 - 9/30/2015

Mario BarnesMario L. Barnes is a Professor of Law and Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), School of Law.  He also holds a joint appointment (by courtesy) in the UCI Criminology, Law and Society department, is a Faculty Affiliate in the Center in Law, Society & Culture, and the Co-Director of the UCI Center on Law, Equality and Race.   He previously taught at the University of Miami School of Law from 2004-2009. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a William H. Hastie Fellow.   His research principally draws on empirical and critical studies of antidiscrimination to examine how law is used to facilitate subordination along multiple lines of identity, especially gender and race.  He has written about the potential synergies between sociolegal and critical theories and, for the past two years, has been a part of a multi-disciplinary national working group, which focuses on bringing varied methods/perspectives into conversation around the study of race.  He hosted the working group’s first public symposium at UCI in the spring of 2012 (forthcoming in UCI Law Review).  He has authored/co-authored numerous articles in journals including, Law and Contemporary Problems, Wisconsin Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Indiana Law Journal, Connecticut Law Review, Duke Journal and Gender Law and Policy , U.C. Davis Law Review and Law and Society Review (response essay). He has been a member of the Law and Society Association since 2002; he regularly attends LSA annual meetings and has participated in the Graduate Student Workshop as a participant (2003) and an organizer/facilitator (2009).  Additionally, he has recently served in the following capacities: Trustee (Class of 2011); Co-Chair (2010-11) and member (2011-12) of the John Hope Franklin Prize Committee; and member (2009-10) of the President’s Committee to Review Annual Meetings.  He previously served as a member of the Program Committee (Baltimore 2006) and Nominating Committee, and as Chair of the Diversity Committee. He currently serves as an advisory board member for Law and Social Inquiry (Vol. 37) and the U.C. Berkeley Thelton Henderson Center for Social Justice. He was the 2008 recipient of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Minority Groups Section, Derrick Bell Award, awarded to a junior faculty member who, through activism, mentoring, teaching and scholarship, has made an extraordinary contribution to legal education, the legal system, or social justice.

Executive Officer 2012 - 2017


Susan Olson is also Professor Emerita of political science at the University of Utah. She has been a member of the Law and Society Association since 1984. Her research has investigated various ways that the legal system aggregates and transforms personal concerns into broader issues of public policy, including both individuals and groups that use law as well as legal and political procedures that structure such use. She also has strong interests in the future of higher education and the roles of faculty, stemming from eleven years as Associate Vice President for Faculty at the University of Utah, coordinating faculty personnel matters and participating in shared governance. She received her PhD in political science from Syracuse University and her B.A. from Pomona College.