Ronald Pipkin Service Award Winners

Year

Individual(s)

Basis for the Award

2014 Austin Sarat
Amherst College

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Krislov
University of Minnesota

Professor Austin Sarat’s service to the Law and Society Association has been extraordinarily generous.  Beginning in 1981, he was Chair of Local Arrangements for the Amherst Meeting; over the next decades he continued to serve the Association as he willingly and generously chaired multiple committees and served in many offices, including President in 1998-1999. Along the way, Professor Sarat informally mentored many scholars as they launched their careers. Indeed, Professor Sarat is often remembered for more than just mentoring: through his inquiring intellect he pushed these young scholars to think harder and better about theira work while, at the same time building the future of the Law & Society Association. Among these many contributions, one in particular reflects the spirit of the Pipkin Award.  Complementing his commitment to mentoring emerging scholars, Professor Sarat played a leading role in launching the Graduate Student Workshop and Summer Institute.  These programs continue today, if in slightly different guise.  Through these transformative programs, the Law and Society Association introduces new generations of socio-legal scholars to our field in a hospitable and supportive environment of intellectual and collegial exchange. 

As a member of the founding generation of the Law and Society Association, Professor Samuel Krislov played a leading role in the challenging steps required of institution building.  Professor Krislov was the second editor of the Law & Society Review, following founding editor Richard Schwartz, and it was during his term that theReview was institutionalized.  In addition to the duties of editor, Professor Krislov secured a long-term publishing agreement and worked with his home department at the University of Minnesota to provide support for the fledging Review.  Through his efforts, he helped to establish the credibility of the review and put it on a firm financial footing.  That the review is today a recognized and respected journal throughout the world is in no small part due to Professor Krislov’s early efforts.  As the fifth President of the Law and Society Association, Professor Krislov established the tradition of an annual meeting, the first of which was held at the University of Minnesota.  As we return to Minneapolis for the fiftieth anniversary of our founding, with approximately 1800 in attendance, it is more than fitting that we recognize Professor Samuel Krislov with the Pipkin Award for his enormous service on behalf of the Law and Society Association. 

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.