Ronald Pipkin Service Award Winners



Basis for the Award

2013 Richard D. “Red” Schwartz
Yale University and Syracuse University

Richard D. (“Red”) Schwartz is selected for the Pipkin Prize for his role in founding and institutionalizing the Law and Society Association. A core member of the founders of the Association, Dr. Schwartz helped draft the bylaws, develop a mailing list, and recruit others in the early years. As first editor of the Law & Society Reviewand second president of LSA, following the late Robert Yegge, Dr. Schwartz recruited major scholars across several disciplines to publish in the Review and obtained critical funding from the Russell Sage Foundation and Northwestern University to support the fledgling association and journal. Later as dean at SUNY-Buffalo and initial director of the Baldy Center, he hosted in 1975 the first national meeting of LSA separate from another disciplinary association’s meeting. Dr. Schwartz has continued as an active member of LSA into his retirement, organizing panels to explore core issues in law and society.

Now the Ernest I. White Professor Emeritus at the College of Law of Syracuse University and Senior Research Scholar at Yale Law School, Dr. Schwartz earned his B.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Yale, and went on to teaching, research, and administrative positions at Yale, Northwestern, and Buffalo before Syracuse. While at Northwestern, he headed the Council for Intersocietal Studies and helped to develop the joint J.D.-Ph.D. program in law and social science. Dr. Schwartz is author of many scholarly publications, including Society and the Legal Order, Unobtrusive Measures, Criminal Law: Theory and Process, and the Handbook of Regulation and Administrative Law. His current scholarly interests include natural law, administrative law, and the impact of welfare reform.

2012 Lissa Ganter The Law and Society Association is extremely pleased to recognize Lissa Ganter as the inaugural recipient of the Ronald Pipkin Service Award.  Lissa has served the Association with great distinction since 1987. She held the same title of Adminstrative Coordinator during this entire twenty-five year period, but the roles that she played expanded greatly with each passing year, far exceeded her job description, and touched nearly every facet of the increasingly complex Association activity. A member of LSA as well as of the Executive Office staff, Lissa brought enormous skill, tireless diligence, boundless patience, deep commitment, and very good humor to all that she did. The development of LSA as a professional and intellectual community owes greatly to her extraordinary leadership and service.  She is one of a kind, and LSA is far richer for her inspired and inspiring work on our behalf.