Penelope (Penny) Andrews is Associate Dean and Professor of Law at CUNY Law School. She earned her B.A. and LL. B. degrees from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. She was the Chamberlain Fellow in Legislation at Columbia Law School, and has worked at the Legal Resources Center in Johannesburg, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in New York. She is an editor of two books, The Post-Apartheid Constitutions: Reflections on South Africa's Basic Law, and Law and Rights: Global Perspectives on Constitutionalism and Governance. Her forthcoming book,From Cape Town to Kabul: Reconsidering Women's Human Rights, will be published in 2012. She has written extensively on constitutional and human rights issues in the South African, Australian and global contexts, with particular emphasis on the rights of women and people of color. She has held several distinguished visiting positions, including the Stoneman Professor of Law and Democracy at Albany Law School, the Parsons Visitor at the University of Sydney, Australia, and the Ariel F. Sallows Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. During 2004 she was a scholar in residence at the Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. She is a Board member of the East Africa Journal of Peace and Human Rights, the Journal of Law and Policy, and Human Rights and the Global Economy, an SSRN journal. She has been very active in the Law and Society Association, having served in the past as a trustee, Program Committee member, Conditions of Work Committee member, and Co-Chair of the International Affairs Committee. She has received several awards for her human rights work, including a scholarship in her honor to benefit disadvantaged black South Africans at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Bernadette Atuahene received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her M.P.A. from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2002. In 2003 she was in South Africa as a Fulbright scholar and served as a judicial clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, working for Justices Madala and Ngcobo. She joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2005, and in 2007 she was selected to become a Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, where she serves as an Associate Editor of Law & Social Inquiry. Professor Atuahene is an active member of LSA and has served on the LSA article prize and the Kalven prize committees. In 2008 she won the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship and worked with the South African Director General of Land Affairs and his staff to evaluate the Land Restitution Program (LRP). She is presently writing a book about the LRP, which is based on 150 interviews she conducted of program beneficiaries. She is also directing and producing a documentary film about one family's struggle to reclaim their land. Professor Atuahene recently won the Law and Public Affairs Fellowship and will be visiting at Princeton University for the 2011-12 academic year.
Scott Barclay just completed a two year rotation as a Program Officer for the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation. From 2007 through 2009, he was the Book Review Editor of Law & Society Review. Scott was recently appointed as a Full Professor and Head of the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University. He previously was an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany: SUNY. And, he had been a Visiting Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Washington and a Visiting Associate Professor in the Legal Studies Program at UC Santa Cruz. His research interests are in Law & Society, Law & Public Policy, Lesbian and Gay Rights, State Politics and Policy, and Methodology. His focus are in the signals that individuals receive in their interactions with courts as well as the way that courts respond to social movements, cause lawyers and the media. He has examined this idea from a number of perspectives and using a variety of methodologies, including case studies, qualitative interviews, and statistical analysis. His early work considered what motivates some individuals to mobilize the law while their similarly situated counterparts do not. He has extended these ideas into the consideration of the nature of legal consciousness and legal mobilization in specific sites as well as the motivation of cause lawyers. For the last decade, Scott has examined the political, legal, and social factors that influence the introduction or rejection by courts and legislatures of lesbian and gay rights into states. As well as articles and book chapters on these topics, he recently co-edited Queer Mobilizations (NYU Press 2009) with Anna-Maria Marshall and Mary Bernstein.
Katharina Heyer is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa where she teaches classes in disability law and politics, social movements, and sociolegal studies and serves as undergraduate advisor to the Law and Society Certificate Program. Her research investigates the globalization of disability rights: the spread of an U.S.- inspired civil rights model of disability to countries across the globe. To that end she is completing a book manuscript, Enabling Rights: the Disability Revolution that traces the movement of American-style disability rights regimes into European and Asian contexts. Her disability research has been published in Law and Social Inquiry (“The ADA on the Road: Disability Politics in Germany” (2002), and “A Disability Lens on Sociolegal Research: Reading Rights of Inclusion from a Disability Studies Perspective” (2007), the Asia-Pacific Law and Policy Journal (“From Special Needs to Equal Rights: Japanese Disability Law,” as well as in a variety of book chapters (“Rights or Quotas? The ADA as a Model for Disability Rights” (Handbook of Employment Discrimination Research, 2008) and (“No One is Perfect: Disability and Difference in Japan” in Disability in the Foreign Language Classroom, 2007). Most recently she has published on the disability rejection of a right to die: “Rejecting Rights: the Disability Critique of Physician Assisted Suicide” 2011 Studies in Law, Politics and Society. Katharina is an active member of the Law and Society Association since first attending as a graduate student in 1999. She has participated in the graduate student workshop first as a student and then as faculty (2004-2007) and has attended all of the LSA Western regional conferences. Her dissertation received the LSA best dissertation prize in 2003. She currently serves on the 2012 Program Committee and as the Local Arrangements chair for the 2012 LSA conference in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
Alfonso Morales is Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. A sociologist by training he is interested in the social construction of regulation writ broadly, inclusive of race/ethnicity and gender. Most of his empirical work is on marketplaces and food systems. He has published in the Law & Society Review, the Journal of Planning and Education Research, Ethnicity and Health, and the American Journal of Sociology among other outlets. His work has been supported by the American Bar Foundation, Ford Foundation and most recently the USDA. Alfonso teaches Planning Theory, Markets and Food Systems and other classes. He is active with MS and PhD students in various disciplines. He is strongly committed to inclusive and interdisciplinary perspectives on law, and has been a member of the Law and Society Association since the late 1980's. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1998-2000 and on the editorial of the Law & Society Review Review (2001-2006). Alfonso has also chaired, co-chaired or served on numerous committees for LSA; including most recently the 2011 Program Committee. His Ph.D is from Northwestern.
Christine Parker is a Professor in the Centre for Regulatory Studies and Law Faculty at Monash University. An active member of the Law and Society Association since 1994, she has served on a variety of committees and has had the privilege of co-chairing the large and vibrant Collaborative Research Network on Regulation and Governance since 2008. She does law and society research (mostly qualitative, sometimes quantitative) on business responses to regulation, corporate social responsibility, the regulation of the legal profession and lawyers’ experience of ethics within large law firms. Her most current research problematizes and critiques the “blind economic” assumptions behind laws criminalizing cartel conduct. Her books include Just Lawyers (1997), The Open Corporation (2002), Regulating Law (2004) and Explaining Compliance (forthcoming), and she has published articles in Law and Society Review and numerous other socio-legal journals and law reviews. She is or has been on the editorial boards of Law and Society Review, Law and Policy and Regulation and Governance, and is the Editor of Legal Ethics. She is committed to nurturing scholarly community and debate through mentoring, collaboration, journal editing and refereeing and the organization of workshops and conference panels. She has degrees in Law and in Sociology from the University of Queensland and the interdisciplinary law program of the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and has previously held academic positions at the University of New South Wales, University of Melbourne and Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University.
Christopher Tomlins is Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California Irvine, where he also has courtesy appointments in the Departments of History, English, and Criminology, Law & Society. From 1992 until 2011 he was a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, Chicago. Before joining the American Bar Foundation he was Reader in Legal Studies at La Trobe University, Melbourne (Australia), where he taught from 1980 until 1992. Tomlins has a Ph.D. in History from The Johns Hopkins University (1981), and Masters’ Degrees from Oxford University (Politics, Philosophy and Economics) the University of Sussex (American Studies) and Johns Hopkins (History). Tomlins is primarily a legal historian whose interests and research are cast very broadly – from sixteenth century England to twentieth century America; from the legal culture of work and labor to the interrelations of law and literature; from the Turner Insurrection of 1831 to the historical materialism of Walter Benjamin. He has written or edited nine books, among them The State and the Unions: Labor Relations, Law and the Organized Labor Movement in America, 1880-1960 (1985); Law, Labor and Ideology in the Early American Republic (1992); and most recently Freedom Bound: Law, Labor and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865 (2010). Tomlins is co-editor, with Michael Grossberg, of the multi-volume Cambridge History of Law in America (2008); with Bruce H. Mann, of The Many Legalities of Early America (2000); with Andrew J. King of Labor Law in America: Historical and Critical Essays (1992); and, with Ian W. Duncanson, of Law and History in Australia (1982). He has published about 150 chapters, articles, editorial essays, reviews, and working papers. From 1995 until 2004, Tomlins was editor of the Law and History Review, and from 2005 until 2009 of Law & Social Inquiry. He also edits the Cambridge University Press book series Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society and (with Michael Grossberg) New Histories of American Law. His publications have been awarded the Surrency prize of the American Society for Legal History, the Littleton-Griswold prize of the American Historical Association, the J. Willard Hurst prize of the Law and Society Association (twice), and the Bancroft Prize of the Trustees of Columbia University. He has been a long-time member of the Law and Society Association and has served previously on the LSA Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, and various Association Committees.
Mariana Valverde was born in Rome and brought up in Barcelona, She has lived in Canada since 1968. After earning a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University in 1982, she spent six years mainly engaged in socialist feminist activism, including Latin American solidarity and gay rights work, and in 1985 published a book on the feminist sex debates, Sex, Power, and Pleasure, later translated into German and French. In 1988 she got a tenure track position in Women’s Studies at Trent University. Since 1992 she has been a tenured professor at the University of Toronto, where she is now Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies and is also active in the Sexual Diversity Studies program. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.
Since the late 1990s her work has been mainly in sociolegal studies. She has published six sole-authored books and six co-edited anthologies, including Diseases of the will: alcohol and the dilemmas of freedom(Cambridge 1998), co-winner of the Herbert Jacobs prize of the LSA. current research focuses on urban governance. A book on the everyday life of municipal law in Toronto is forthcoming from the University of Chicago, provisionally entitled Making law on the street: urban governance and the challenges of diversity. An article, “Seeing like a city” in the Law and Society Review, summer 2011, is the first publication out of the next project, which is a historical sociology of the legal and policing tools used in major international cities to draw lines between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ neighbourhoods.
Mariana is past president of the Canadian Law and Society Association, former trustee of the LSA, and current chief editor of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society/Revue canadienne droit et société. From 2007 to 2011 she also served on the steering committee of the World Consortium of Law and Society associations.