ABOUT LSA

Prizes and Awards

Every year, the LSA recognizes great achievements in the field of Law and Society. Each award has a Prize Committee that reviews nominations and selects winners.

PRIZE

Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Prize

The Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Prize is awarded annually (biennially prior to 1999) for “empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society.” It is not a book prize, but is instead given in recognition of a body of scholarly work.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winners

Joachim J. Savelsberg 
University of Minnesota

The Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Prize for empirical scholarship and the advancement of research in law and society went to Joachim J. Savelsberg of the University of Minnesota. Savelsberg serves as a professor of sociology and, by courtesy, law and holder of the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair.

Professor Savelsberg has been a life-long sociolegal scholar, holding research positions all around the world. Described as an “intellectual pioneer” in the field, he has written eight books and over 100 articles and essays, many of which have been featured in law and society research venues. Professor Savelsberg’s research seeks to understand the place of law in addressing and remembering mass violence, atrocities and the need for transitional justice.

He was born in Germany in 1951, where he was raised and educated. In 1989, after post-doctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities, Savelsberg joined the sociology faculty at Minnesota. He was a visiting professor or research fellow in Austria (KFU Graz), Germany (Humboldt U, KHK Bonn, LMU Munich), Italy (Rockefeller Bellagio), France (IEA-Paris), and South Africa (STIAS). He served as chair of the sections for Sociology of Law and for Human Rights of the American Sociological Association. Earlier work is on the criminalization of young immigrants, white-collar crime legislation, sentencing guidelines, the sociology of criminology, and comparative criminal punishment. In the 2000s, his focus turned to issues of mass violence and genocide. Recent books include American Memories: Atrocities and the Law (with Ryan D. King) (Russell Sage Foundation 2011), Representing Mass Violence: Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur (University of California Press 2015 [paperback and open access online]) and Knowing about Genocide: Armenian Suffering and Epistemic Struggles (University of California Press 2021 [paperback and open access online]).

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
2020
Terence C. Halliday
American Bar Foundation
Margaret Kwoka
University of Denver-Sturm College of Law
2019
Bryant Garth
University of California, Irvine, Law
2018
Lauren B. Edelman
University of California, Berkeley
2017
David Engel
SUNY, Buffalo
Neil Vidmar
Duke University
2016
Mariana Valverde
University of Toronto
2015
Malcolm Feeley
University of California, Berkeley
Kitty Calavita
University of California, Irvine
2014
Theodore Eisenberg
Cornell University
Kim Lane Scheppele
Princeton University
2013
Donald Black
University of Virginia
Franklin Zimring
University of California, Berkeley
2012
John Hagan
2011
Carol J. Greenhouse
Boaventura de Sousa Santos
2010
Shari Seidman Diamond
2009
Susan S. Silbey
2008
Jean Comaroff, John Comaroff
2007
Sally Engle Merry
2006
Robert A. Kagan
2005
Sally Falk Moore
2004
John Braithwaite
2003
Philip Selznick
2002
Jane Collier
David Trubek
2001
Stuart Scheingold
2000
E. Allan Lind, Tom R. Tyler
1999
Martha L. Fineman
Joel F. Handler
1997
Richard Lempert
Austin Sarat
1995
Stewart Macaulay, Laura Nader
1993
Marc Galanter
1992
Lawrence Friedman
1989
Richard Abel
1987
John Heinz and Edward Lauman
David Baldus, Charles Pulaski, George Woodworth
1983
Hans Ziesel

Nominations Require:

  • A letter of support from the nominator
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae
  • 1 of 2 additional letters of support will be accepted, but are not required.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

PRIZE

Herbert Jacob Book Prize

The Herbert Jacob Book Prize annual competition is open to books from all fields of, and approaches to, law and society scholarship published in the previous year (excluding works of legal history, which are considered for the Hurst Prize).

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winner

Arzoo Osanloo 
University of Washington

The Herbert Jacob Book Prize went to Arzoo Osanloo of the University of Washington. Her book, Forgiveness Work: Mercy, Law, and Victims’ Rights in Iran (Princeton University Press, 2020) is the first to consider the social reality of the Islamic mandate of mercy and, at the same time, it explores a criminal justice system that prioritizes victims’ rights. The book contributes to sociolegal debates in Islamic law, criminal law and restorative justice. It offers reflections on anti-death penalty studies and human rights, as well as mercy and humanitarianism.

Osanloo presents an unprecedented view of the death penalty in Iran, where Islamic law gives the sole right of retribution in homicide cases to victims’ families. In these “crimtort” cases—investigated and prosecuted by the state—punishment is meted out through a private proceeding in which the victims’ families can ask for the death penalty or choose to forgive, sparing the perpetrator’s life. How parties reach this decision operates through a process mediated by a “cottage industry” of social workers, activist lawyers, judges, artists, and families, all engaged in “forgiveness work.” Providing a transformative law-in-action perspective based on years of ethnographic study, Osanloo reveals how localized rules and customs interact with the formal legal field to produce multilayered normative systems that shape how families arrive at mercy. Through path-breaking engagement with theories of legal pluralism, Osanloo dispels any notion that post-revolutionary Iran is a purely Islamic republic embracing state-enforced religious criminal law, demonstrating how the updated Iranian criminal code, implemented by state-appointed and religiously trained criminal law judges, merges Shari’a with Western inspired, codified criminal code–revealing a system that is in many ways more humane than its Western counterparts.

Honorable Mention

Sarah Brayne – University of Texas at Austin

Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Sarah Esther Lageson – Rutgers University

Digital Punishment: Privacy, Stigma, and the Harms of Data-Driven Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press, 2020)

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
Book
2020
Jeffrey S. Kahn
University of California-Davis
Islands of Sovereignty: Haitian Migration and the Borders of Empire (University of Chicago Press 2019)
2019
Issa Kohler-Hausmann
Yale Law School
Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing (Princeton University Press)
2018
Daphna Hacker
Cambridge, UK
Legalized Families in the Era of Bordered Globalization Cambridge University Press ; 2017
Alisha C. Holland
Cambridge, UK
Forbearance as Redistribution. The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America Cambridge University Press, 2017
Honorable Mention
Amada Armenta
University of Pennsylvania
Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement
Honorable Mention
Jeffrey R. Dudas
University of Connecticut
Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism
2017
Roberto Gonzalez
Harvard University
Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America University of CA Press 2016
Tianna Paschel
University of California - Berkeley
Becoming Black Political Subjects: Movements and Ethno-Racial Rights in Colombia and Brazil Princeton University Press; 2016
2016
Ellen Berrey
University of Denver
The Enigma of Diversity: The Language of Race and the Limits of Racial Justice University of Chicago Press, 2015
Leila Kawar
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France Law and Society Series of Cambridge University Press in June 2015
2015
Osagie Obasogie
University of California, Hastings
Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race through the Eyes of the Blind Stanford University Press, 2014
2014
Mark Fathi Massoud
University of California, Santa Cruz
Law's Fragile State Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan Cambridge University Press May 2013
2013
Mariana Valverde
University of Toronto
Everyday Law on the Streets: City Governance in an Age of Diversity University of Chicago Press (2012)
2012
Kaaryn S. Gustafson
Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty, New York University Press
Joshua Page
The Toughest Beat: Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers Union in California, Oxford University Press
2011
Yves Dezalay, Bryant Garth
Asian Legal Revivals: Lawyers in the Shadow of Empire, University of Chicago Press
2010
Jeannie Suk
At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution is Transforming Privacy, Yale University Press
2009
Steven M. Teles
The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement, Princeton University Press
Richard A. Leo
Police Interrogation and American Justice, Harvard University Press
2008
Lisa Hilbink
Judges beyond Politics in Democracy and Dictatorship: Lessons from Chile, Cambridge University Press
Elizabeth Mertz
The Language of Law School: Learning to “Think Like a Lawyer”, Oxford University Press
2007
Susan F. Hirsch
In the Moment of Greatest Calamity: Terrorism, Grief,and a Victim's Quest for Justice, Princeton University Press
2006
Jon B. Gould
Speak No Evil: The Triumph of Hate Speech Regulation, University of Chicago
Craig Haney
Death by Design: Capital Punishment as a Social Psychological System, Oxford University Press
2005
William Haltom, Michael McCann
Distorting the Law: Politics, Media and the Litigation Crisis, University of Chicago Press
2004
John R. Bowen
Islam, Law, and Equality in Indonesia: An Anthropology of Public Reasoning, Cambridge University Press
2003
Keith Hawkins
Law as Last Resort: Prosecution Decision-Making in a Regulatory Agency, Oxford University Press
2002
Brian Tamanaha
A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society, Oxford University Press
2000
Eve Darian-Smith
Bridging Divides: The Channel Tunnel and English Legal Identity in the New Europe, University of California Press
Mariana Valverde
Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom, Cambridge University Press
1998
Bryant Garth, Yves Dezalay
Dealing in Virtue: International commercial Arbitration and the Construction of a Transnational Legal Order, University of Chicago Press
1996
Michael McCann
Rights at Work: Pay Equity Reform and the Politics of Legal Mobilization, University of Chicago Press
Carol J. Greenhouse, Barbara Yngvesson and David M. Engel
Law and Community in Three American Towns, Cornell University Press

Nominations Require:

  • Nominators must be current LSA members.
  • To stress the restriction stated above, books eligible for the Jacob Prize may be from any field of socio-legal scholarship except history; books with a significant historical focus should be submitted instead to the Association’s Hurst Prize. 
  • Only one single-authored work by the same author in a given year will be accepted. Two works by the same author will be accepted if one or both works are jointly authored.
  • Books must be published in English, or be English translations of original works. 
  • Books submitted must have a copyright date (regardless of actual publication dates) during the calendar year prior to the award ceremony.
  • Page proofs may be sent if the book will be published soon with the proper year’s date.
  • A letter of support from the nominator, including a synopsis of the book.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Copies of the book are required to be sent directly to the Herbert Jacob Book Prize Committee Members. Addresses will be provided after the nomination is submitted.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

PRIZE

James Willard Hurst Book Prize

The James Willard Hurst Prize is awarded annually (biennially prior to 2002) for the best work in sociolegal history (broadly defined) published in the previous year.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winner

Samuel Fury Childs Daly 
Duke University

Samuel Fury Childs Daly of Duke University took home the J. Willard Hurst Book Prize for the best sociolegal history book. His book, A History of the Republic of Biafra: Law, Crime, and the Nigerian Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2020), examines the history of the Nigerian Civil War and its aftermath from an uncommon vantage point—the courtroom. Based on research using an original archive of legal records and oral histories, the book describes how people navigated conditions of extreme hardship on the war front and shows how the conditions of the Nigerian Civil War paved the way for the long involvement of crime that followed.

Daly shows how crime in post-civil war Nigeria roots in the civil war which led people to engage in fraud, extortion, and armed violence. In historicizing crime, Daly also tells the story of the creation and disappearance of Biafra, a state designed to promote “law and order”. As Daly describes, Biafra was only accepted by a few peer nations as an independent state. In turn, Daly’s history complicates how we should approach histories of international law and statehood. He is critical of the impulse to see histories of international institutions as if these histories are “synonymous” with histories of Africa. His book advocates for exemplifies how to do an “internal” history. His rich archival work and oral history provides a way forward for future scholarship in this area.

Honorable Mention

Durba Mitra   – Harvard University

Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Origins of Modern Social Thought (Princeton University Press, 2020)

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
Book
2020
Leor Halevi
Vanderbilt University
Modern Things on Trial: Islam’s Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida 1865-1935 (Columbia University Press, 2019)
Honorable Mention
Sarah Seo
University of Iowa
Policing the Open Road (Harvard University Press, 2019)
2019
Rohit De
Yale University
A People’s Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic (Princeton University Press)
Kimberly M. Welch
Vanderbilt University
Black Litigants in Antebellum America (UNC Press)
2018
Fahad Ahmad Bishara
Cambridge University Press 2017
A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean Cambridge A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean Cambridge
2017
Heather Thompson
University of Michigan
Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy Pantheon Books, 2016
2016
Felice Batlan
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law
Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863–1945 Cambridge University Press 2015
2015
Mitra Sharafi
University of Wisconsin
Law and Identity in Colonial South Asia: Parsi Legal Culture, 1772–1947 Cambridge University Press, 2014
2014
Nicholas Parrillo
Yale Law School
Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940 Yale University Press 2013
2013
John Witt
Yale University
Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American History The Free Press
2012
Amy Chazkel
Laws of Chance: Brazil’s Clandestine Lottery and the Making of Urban Public Life, Duke University Press
Daniel J. Sharfstein
The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey From Black to White, Penguin Press
2011
Inga Markovits
Justice in Luritz: Experiencing Socialist Law in East Germany, Princeton University Press
Christopher Tomlins
Freedom Bound: Law, Labor, and Civic Identity in Colonizing English America, 1580-1865, Cambridge University Press
2010
Peggy Pascoe
What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America, Oxford University Press
2009
James A. Brundage
The Medieval Origins of the Legal Profession: Canonists, Civilians, and Courts, University of Chicago Press
Ariela J. Gross
What Blood Won't Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America, Harvard University Press
2008
Risa L. Goluboff
The Lost Promise of Civil Rights, Harvard University Press
Mary Dewhurst Lewis
The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France, 1918 1940, Stanford University Press
2007
Nancy McLean
Freedom Is Not Enough, The Opening Up of the American Workplace, Harvard University Press
2006
Holly Brewer
By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press
2005
John Fabian Witt
The Accidental Republic: Crippled Workingmen, Destitute Widows, and the Remaking of American Law Harvard University Press, 2004
2004
Bruce H. Mann
Republic of Debtors: Bankruptcy in the Age of American Independence, Harvard University Press
Daniel Lord Smail
The Consumption of Justice: Emotions, Publicity, and Legal Culture in Marseille, 1264-1423, Cornell University Press
2003
Lauren Benton
Law and Colonial Cultures, Cambridge University Press
2002
Sally Engle Merry
Colonizing Hawai'i: The Cultural Power of Law, Princeton University Press
2000
Victoria Saker Woeste
The Farmer's Benevolent Trust: Law and Agricultural Cooperation in Industrial America, 1865-1945, University of North Carolina Press
1998
Leslie J. Reagan
When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine and Law in the United States, 1867-1973, University of California Press
1996
Marianne Constable
The Law of the Other: The Mixed Jury and the Changing Conceptions of Citizenship, Law and Knowledge, University of Chicago Press
1994
Christopher L. Tomlins
Law, Labor, and Ideology in the Early American Republic, Cambridge University Press
1992
Theodore L. Steinberg
Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England, Cambridge University Press
Constance B. Backhouse
Petticoats and Prejudice: Woman and Law in Nineteenth Century Canada, Osgoode Society of Women's Press
1990
Martin J. Sklar
Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916, Cambridge University Press
G. Edward White
The Marshall Court and Cultural Change, 1815-35, MacMillan Press
1988
David Langum
Law and Community on the Mexican-California Frontier, University of Oklahoma Press
Arthur McEvoy
The Fisherman's Problem, Cambridge University Press
1986
Edward Ayers
Vengeance and Justice, Oxford University Press
Richard Ferguson
Law and Letters in American Culture, Harvard University Press
1984
Peter H. Irons
New Deal Lawyers, Princeton University Press
1982
Lawrence Friedman and Robert Percival
The Roots of Justice : Crime and Punishment in Alameda County, California, 1870-1910. University of North Carolina Press
1980
Joseph H. Smith and Julius H. Goebel
The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton: Documents and Commentary. Columbia University Press

Nominations Require:

  • Nominators must be current LSA members.
  • Books must be published in English, or be English translations of original works. 
  • Books submitted must have a copyright date (regardless of actual publication dates) during the calendar year prior to the award ceremony.
  • Only one single-authored work by the same author in a given year will be accepted. Two works by the same author will be accepted if one or both works are jointly authored.
  • A letter of support from the nominator, including a synopsis of the book.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Copies of the book are required to be sent directly to the J. Willard Hurst Book Prize Committee Members. Addresses will be provided after the nomination is submitted.
  • Page proofs may be sent if the book will be published soon with the proper year’s date.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

PRIZE

Article Prize

The Law and Society Association Article Prize recognizes exceptional scholarship in the field of sociolegal studies for an article published in English in the previous two years.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winners

Rachel E. Stern
University of California-Berkeley

Lawrence J. Liu
University of California-Berkeley & Yale Law School

The LSA Article Prize was awarded to University of California-Berkeley Professor Rachel E. Stern and Lawrence J. Liu (JD/PhD student at UC-Berkeley and Yale Law School) for their article, “The Good Lawyer: State-Led Professional Socialization in Contemporary China,” which appeared in Law & Social Inquiry in February, 2020.

Stern and Liu provide an incisive analysis of the role of the legal profession in China in the twenty-first century. They highlight that challenges that attorneys in China face, particularly when they are involved in politically sensitive litigation. Based on original data sets of lawyers and numerous in-depth interviews, Stern and Liu offer a nuanced interpretation of different segments of the bar. The study shifts attention away from the politicization of courts to the co-optation of attorneys in authoritarian regimes. Their thoughtful investigation identifies the ways in which the Chinese state exerts pressure on attorneys to conform to the rules of the game, i.e., the criteria for being a “good lawyer” and inculcate loyalty. Through their careful consideration of socialist law in practice, Stern and Liu demonstrate the importance of contextual, historically situated analysis. They show how the state coerces lawyers to separate their private beliefs from their public behavior. To flourish, attorneys must accept a more incremental approach to change, which requires optimism. Their brilliant insights show that a more careful investigation of subgroups with the legal profession is needed; what Stern and Liu call “varieties of legal professionalism.” They show the need for documenting a wider range of socialization strategies. Drawing on previous studies of legal mobilization, the role of law in fragile states, law and emotions, and empirical studies of the legal profession in various countries, this interdisciplinary study is an exemplar of sociolegal scholarship. This original consideration of “legal activism under authoritarianism” will inspire others to take a global approach of the study of legal institutions.

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
Article
2020
Mitra Sharafi
University of Wisconsin
Self-Harm: Bloodstains and Legal Pluralism in British India, in Global Forensic Cultures: Making Fact and Justice in the Modern Era 60 (Ian Burney & Christopher Hamlin eds., 2019).
Honorable Mention
Niina Vuolajarvi
Rutgers University
“Governing in the Name of Caring—the Nordic Model of Prostitution and its Punitive Consequences for Migrants Who Sell Sex” Sexuality Research and Social Policy 16:151-165 (2019)
2019
Michael Yarbrough
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
Very Long Engagements: The Persistent Authority of Bridewealth in a Post‐Apartheid South African Community Law and Social Inquiry, 43(3): 647-677
2018
Sarah Brayne
University of Texas at Austin
Big Data Surveillance: The Case of Policing, American Sociological Review, 2017, Vol. 82(5) 977–1008
Honorable Mention
Hidetaka Hirota
City University of New York-City College
Exclusion on the Ground: Racism, Official Discretion, and the Quotidian Enforcement of General Immigration Law in the Pacific Northwest Borderland,” 2017, American Quarterly, Volume 69, Number 2, June 2017, pp. 347-370
2017
Forrest Stuart
University of Chicago
Becoming Copwise: Policing, Culture, and the Collateral Consequences of Street Level Criminalization, Law & Society Review 50(2) (2016): 279-313
2016
Ashley T. Rubin
University of Toronto
Law & Society Review 2015
2015
Kathryne Young
Stanford University
Everyone Knows the Game: Legal Consciousness in the Hawaiian Cockfight Law & Society Review, 2014
2014
Issa Kohler-Hausmann
New York University
Managerial Justice and Mass Misdemeanor published in the September 2013 volume of The American Journal of Sociology
2013
Alexandra Natapoff
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Misdemeanors, Southern California Law Review 85: 1313-1375
2012
Lauren B. Edelman, Linda H. Krieger, Scott R. Eliason, Catherine Albiston, and Virginia Mellema
“When Organizations Rule: Judicial Deference to Institutionalized Employment Structures” American Journal of Sociology 117: 888-954 (2011)
2011
Joseph A. Conti
“Learning to Dispute: Repeat Participation, Expertise, and Reputation at the World Trade Organization” Law & Social Inquiry 35:1, 625-62 (2010)
2010
Anders Walker
“The Violent Bear It Away: Emmett Till and the Modernization of Law Enforcement in Mississippi” 46 San Diego Law Review 459, 2009
2009
Terence C. Halliday and Bruce G. Carruthers
“The Recursivity of Law: Global Norm Making and National Lawmaking in the Globalization of Corporate Insolvency Regimes" American Journal of Sociology 112(January): 1135-1202 (2007)
John Hagan, Gabrielle Ferrales, and Guillermina Jasso
"How Law Rules: Torture, Terror, and the Normative Judgments of Iraqi Judges," Law & Society Review 42(3): 605-643 (2008)
2008
James J. Willis, Stephen D. Mastrofski, and David Weisburd
“Making Sense of COMPSTAT: A Theory‑Based Analysis of Organizational Change in Three Police Departments” Law and Society Review 41(1): 147‑188 (2007)
2007
Eric Feldman
“The Tuna Court: Law and Norms in the World’s Premier Fish Market” California Law Review 94: 313-69. (2007)
2006
Joachim J. Savelsberg and Ryan D. King
"Institutionalizing Collective Memories of Hate: Law and Law Enforcement in Germany and the United States" American Journal of Sociology, 111, 2 (2005) 579-616.
2005
Lucy E. Salyer
"Baptism by Fire: Race, Military Service, and U.S. Citizenship Policy, 1918B1935" The Journal of American History, Vol. 91, No. 3, December 2004: 847 876
2004
Paul Frymer
"Acting When Elected Officials Won't: Federal Courts and Civil Rights Enforcements in U.S. Labor Unions, 1935-95," 97(3) American Political Science Review, 1-17 (2003)
2003
Susan Bibler Coutin, Bill Maurer, and Barbara Yngvesson
"In the Mirror: The Legitimation Work of Globalization," 27 Law & Social Inquiry, 801 (2002)
2002
James Liebman
"The Overproduction of Death," Columbia Law Review 100 (2000) 2030-2156
Laura Beth Nielsen
"Situating Legal Consciousness: Experiences and Attitudes of Ordinary Citizens about Law and Street Harassment, Law & Society Review, (2000), 1055-1090
2001
Scott Phillips and Ryken Grattett
"Judicial Rhetoric: Meaning Making and the Institutionalization of Hate Crime Law," 34 Law & Society Review 567-606
2000
Mary Vogel, Bruce Western and Katherine Becket
"The Social Origins of Plea Bargaining: Conflict and the Law in the Process of State Formation, 1830-1860," 33 Law & Society Review 161-246"How Unregulated Is the U.S. Labor Market? The Penal System as a Labor Market Institution," 104 American Journal of Sociology, 1030-1060.
1999
Gregory C. Sisk, Michael Heise, and Andrew P. Morriss
"Charting the Influence of the Judicial Mind" New York University Law Review, 73(5):1377-1499
1998
David M. Engel and Frank W. Munger
"Rights, Remembrance, and the Reconciliation of Difference" Law & Society Review 30:1, pp 7-54

Nominations Require:

  • Article copies submitted to the committee must be in English.
  • Only one single-authored work by the same author in a given year will be accepted. Two works by the same author will be accepted if one or both works are jointly authored.
  • The article must have a publication date within the two calendar years prior to the awards ceremony. Articles will only be considered once within the two-year period of eligibility.
  • A letter of support from the nominator, including an abstract of the article.
  • The full article, including full bibliographic citation.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

PRIZE

John Hope Franklin Prize

The John Hope Franklin Prize is awarded annually by the Law and Society Association to recognize exceptional scholarship in the field of Race, Racism and the Law.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winner

Kara W. Swanson
Northeastern University

Combining history and Critical Race Theory, Kara Swanson’s article, “Race and Selective Legal Memory: Reflections on Invention of a Slave,” repositions the 1858 opinion of the United States Attorney General opinion, “Invention of a Slave” declaring inventions by African Americans, enslaved and free, unpatentable. Within a few years, legal changes that abolished the law of slavery rendered the opinion obsolete, and it became forgotten, dropped from legal memory but Swanson calls for readers to remember the legal story and argues that law’s selective memory has carried a cost. She excavates the generations of African American activists who researched and wrote about the opinion and its backstory of an enslaved blacksmith who invented an innovative plow. Setting these storytellers in the context of post-Emancipation advocacy for the “rights of belonging,” Swanson demonstrates the political stakes of their efforts in the relationship among inventive ability, patents, and citizenship. She also reflects on her first encounters with Invention of a Slave as an obscure part of the antebellum past and on the new perspective gained from this history of remembering. She argue that these stakes persist, making this story part of the living present of race and law. She uses personal storytelling to consider the costs of legal forgetting and the possibilities of mitigation both in this case study, her essay has implications for the patent system and our ongoing national conversation about paths to citizenship, and in the broader projects of curating law’s memory and fulfilling law’s formal promises of racial equality.

Honorable Mention

Deborah N. Archer – NYU School of Law

“White Men’s Roads through Black Men’s Homes: Advancing Racial Equity through Highway Construction” 73 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 1259 (2020)

I. India Thusi – Delaware Law School

“On Beauty and Policing,” 114 Northwestern University L.Rev. 1335 (2020)

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
Publication
2020
Bernadette Atuahene
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Bernadette Atuahene. "Predatory Cities" California Law Review Vol. 108 Iss. 1 (2020) p. 107 - 182 ISSN: 0008-1221 Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bernadette_atuahene/52/
Honorable Mention
Michele Goodwin
University of California-Irvine
“The Thirteenth Amendment: Modern Slavery, Capitalism, and Mass Incarceration” 104 Cornell Law Review 899 (2019)
Honorable Mention
César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández
University of Denver Sturm
“Deconstructing Crimmigration” 52 UC Davis Law Review 197 (2018-2019)
2019
Kimani Paul-Emile
Fordham University School of Law
Blackness as Disability?
2018
Angela Onwuachi-Willig
University of California at Berkeley
Policing the Boundaries of Whiteness: The Tragedy of Being ‘Out of Place’ from Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin
2017
Matthew Clair and Alix S.Winter
Harvard University
How Judges Think About Racial Disparities: Situational Decision-Making in the Criminal Justice System Criminology 54 (2):332-359 Nominated by Lawrence D. Bobo, Harvard University
2016
Len Albright, Douglas S. Massey, Jacob S. Rugh
Northeastern University, Princeton University, Brigham Young University
Race, Space, and Cumulative Disadvantage: A Case Study of the Subprime Lending Collapse May 2015 issue of Social Problems (Volume 62, Issue 2, Pages 186-218)
2015
D. Wendy Greene
Samford University-Cumberland School of Law
Categorically Black, White, or Wrong: ‘Misperception Discrimination’ and the State of Title VII Protection, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 2013
2014
Matthew Desmond
Sociology and Social Studies, Harvard University
Eviction and the Reproduction of Urban Poverty American Journal of Sociology 118 (2012): 88-133
2013
Ada Ferrer
New York University
Haiti, Free Soil, and Antislavery in the Revolutionary Atlantic 117 American Historical Review 40 (2012)
2012
Elise C. Boddie
"Racial Territoriality"” 58 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 401 (2010)
2011
Osagie K. Obasogie
In “Do Blind People See Race? Social, Legal and Theoretical Considerations,” 44 L. & SOC. REV. 585 (2010)

Nominations Require:

  • Article copies submitted to the committee must be in English.
  • The article must have a publication date within the two calendar years prior to the awards ceremony. Articles will be considered only once during the two-year period of eligibility.
  • Only one single-authored work by the same author in a given year will be accepted. Two works by the same author will be accepted if one or both works are jointly authored.
  • A letter of support from the nominator, including an abstract of the article.
  • The full article, including full bibliographic citation.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

PRIZE

Dissertation Prize

The LSA Dissertation Prize is awarded annually to a dissertation written within 12 months of the prize year that best represents outstanding law and society scholarship.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winners

Tobias Smith
University of California-Berkeley

Tobias Smith’s dissertation, “The Contradictions of Chinese Capital Punishment,” explores a common law and society argument: what drives the development of death penalty law and its application? He interviews dozens of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other experts across four Chinese provinces in an incredibly political-sensitive field of law.

For many fields, a comparison of the People’s Republic of China and the United States might seem obvious. In the field of comparative judicial politics, however, the comparison of these two juggernauts appears at first glance to be an odd choice: an authoritarian court system often seen as a tool of the party-state paired with an independent judiciary that acts as a check on elected officials. Smith leverages this odd juxtaposition to maximum effect. Smith’s conclusions, however, are far from obvious. His dissertation demonstrates that indicators of liberalization and of moves toward abolition in the US, when seen in China, are in fact evidence of the party-state’s increasingly adroit control of governmental elites. Reform, yes; liberalization, no. Smith’s important historical and theoretical contributions should not distract, however, from the impressive methodological achievement that this research represents. Given the PRC’s increasingly authoritarian turn, this work represents an empirical undertaking that is unlikely to be repeated anytime soon.

Edward van Daalen
University of Genève

Edward Van Daalen engages in field work across four continents and in multiple languages in his dissertation titled, “Decolonizing the Global Child Labor Regime: The ILO, Trade Unions, and Organized Working Children.” Van Daalen’s treatment of the global child labour regime is a masterly decentering of a seemingly well-known history. The author examines the development of the child labour regime over the course of a century and a half, complicating our understanding of child labour restrictions as based in fundamental human rights. Van Daalen accomplishes this by focusing on the least powerful actors involved in this history: those working children whom the regime purports to protect. The author demonstrates how these children often worked in resistance to organized labor and Western corporate interests in a dynamic involving both developed and developing states and societies. The result is an empirically rich, highly readable account of a regime with colonialist roots previously unexamined at this level of nuance. Methodologically, Van Daalen draws on an impressively broad reservoir of grey literature to identify important cases and actors, and then engages in field work on no fewer than four continents and in multiple languages. Moreover, the writing was a step above what one expects in a dissertation; the author tells a story on every page and draws the reader into an increasingly sophisticated interweaving of theoretically driven historical threads. The product is sweeping in scope, changing our understanding of an important global institutional framework.

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
Paper
2020
Emily Prifogle
University of Michigan
“Cows, Cars, and Criminals: The Legal Landscape of the Rural Midwest, 1920-1975”
Tommaso Pavone
PluriCourts Centre at the University of Oslo
“The Ghostwriters: Lawyers and the Politics behind the Judicial Construction of Europe”
Honorable Mention
Michael Gibson-Light
University of Denver
“The Prison as Market: How Penal Labor Systems Reproduce Inequality”
2019
Egor Lazarev
University of Toronto
Laws in Conflict: Legacies of War and Legal Pluralism in Chechnya Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Viviane Weitzner
McGill University
Raw Economy/Raw Law: Ancestral Peoples, Mining, Law and Violence in Colombia
2018
Amanda Hughett
Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, SUNY-Buffalo
Silencing the Cell Block: The Making of Modern Prison Policy in North Carolina and the Nation
2017
Sarah Seo
Princeton University
The Fourth Amendment, Cars, and Freedom in Twentieth Century America
2016
Sandra Botero Cabrera
University of Notre Dame
Courts that Matter: Judges, Litigants and the Politics of Rights Enforcement in Latin America
2015
Gwendolyn Leachman
University of Wisconsin
Institutions and Dominance within Social Movements: How Legal Strategies Shape the Agendas of Movements for Social Change, Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley
2014
Hillary Berk
Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley
The Legalization of Emotion: Risk, Gender, and the Management of Feeling in Contracts for Surrogate Labor
Rohit De
Department of History, Princeton University
The Republic of Writs: Litigious Citizens, Constitutional Law, and Everyday Life in India (1947-1964)
2013
Benjamin Schonthal
Ruling Religion: Buddhism, Politics and Law in Contemporary Sri Lanka University of Chicago
2012
John W. Compton
A Moral Revolution: Evangelical Reform and the Transformation of American Constitutionalism, 1830‐1937, University of California at Los Angeles
2011
Chaitanya Lakkimsetti
Governing Sexualities: Globalization, Biopower, And Citizenship in Postcolonial India, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2010
Heather Schoenfeld
The Politics of Prison Growth: From Chain Gangs to Work Release Centers and Supermax Prisons, Florida, 1955-2000, Northwestern University
2009
Ceren Belge
Whose Law?: Clans, Honor Killings, and State-Minority Relations in Turkey and Israel, University of Washington Who Rules the Law?
Mark Fathi Massoud
How Government, Civil Society, and Aid Agencies Manipulate Law in Sudan, University of California, Berkeley
2008
Manuel A. Gómez
All in the Family: The Influence of Social Networks on Dispute Processing, Stanford University
2007
Sandra R. Levitsky
Private Dilemmas of Public Provision: The Formation of Political Demand for State Entitlements to Long-Term Care, University of Wisconsin
2006
Naomi Murakawa
Electing to Punish: Congress, Race, and the American Criminal Justice State, Yale University
2005
Margot Canaday
The Straight State: Sexuality and American Citizenship, 1900 1969, University of Minnesota
2004
Risa L. Goluboff
The Work of Civil Rights in the 1940s: The Department of Justice, the NAACP, and African American Agricultural Labor, Princeton University
2003
Katharina Heyer
Rights on the Road: Disability Politics in Japan and Germany, University of Hawaii
Barbara Oomen
Chiefs! Law, Power and Culture in Contemporary South Africa, University of Leiden
2002
Catherine Ruth Albiston
The Institutional Context of Civil Rights: Mobilizing the Family and Medical Leave Act in the Courts and in the Workplace, University of California, Berkeley
2001
Sara Manaugh
Without Reason: Drug War Politics in the United States, University of California, Berkeley
2000
Laura Beth Nielson
License to Harass: Offensive Speech, Legal Consciousness, and Hierarchies of Race, Gender, and Class, University of California, Berkeley
1999
Beth Kiyoko Jamieson
Toward a Feminist Theory of Liberty, Rutgers University

Nominations Require:

  • The dissertation must have been filed with the institution of higher education (U.S or non-U.S) during the calendar year prior to the award ceremony.
  • One letter of nomination from a regular member of the Law and Society Association. No self-nominations or student-member nominations are accepted.
  • The full dissertation in English; translations from other languages into English are welcome.
  • An abstract of the dissertation, also in English.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

PRIZE

Graduate Student Paper Prize

The LSA Graduate Student Paper Prizes are awarded annually to a graduate student whose nominated papers, written within 18 months of the prize year, best represent outstanding law and society research.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winner

Nafay Choudhury
Harvard Law School & University of Cambridge

Nafay Choudhury’s paper “Order in the Bazaar: The Transformation of Nonstate Law in Afghanistan’s Premier Money Exchange Market” (written as a PhD student at King’s College London Dickson Poon School of Law) is based on his previous experience of living and teaching law in Afghanistan for five years. This paper demonstrates that even in Afghanistan under circumstances of immense uncertainty and insecurity, remarkable legal transformation can be found at the interface of state and nonstate legal systems. The study shows a unique situation where money exchangers have been able to maintain an independent nonstate legal system in their market by borrowing legal structures from the state and formalizing their affairs. The paper is conceptually refined, ethnographically informed and methodologically distinctive. Moreover, its findings are likely to add to a growing body of law and society research that seeks to understand how communities in different contexts are able to regulate their affairs with little reliance on the law.

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
Paper
2020
Tony Cheng
Yale University
“Social Media and Shaping the Social Memory of Police (Mis)Conduct"
2019
Stefan Vogler
University of California, Irvine
Constituting the ‘Sexually Violent Predator’: Law, Forensic Psychology, and the Adjudication of Risk
2018
Ayobami Laniyonu
UCLA
Coffee Shops and Street Stops: Policing Practices in Gentrifying Neighborhoods
2017
Erin Adam
University of Washington
Intersectional Coalitions: The Paradoxes of Rights-Based Movement Building in LGBTQ and Immigrant Communities
2016
Ayako Hirata
Kyoto University
Regulation In-Between: How Does Inter-Office Interaction Matter for Street-Level Regulatory Enforcement?
2015
Hassan El Menyawi
New York University
The Great Reversal
2014
Issa Kohler-Hausmann
New York University
Misdemeanor Justice: Control without Conviction
2013
Amy Myrick
Northwestern University
Facing Your Criminal Record: Expungement and the Collateral Problem of Wrongfully Represented Self
2012
Ben Grunwald
University of Pennsylvania
Questioning Blackmun's Thesis: Does Uniformity in Sentencing Entail Unfairness?
2011
Shauhin A. Talesh
University of California, Berkeley
How Organizations Shape the Meaning of Law: A Comparative Analysis of Dispute Resolution Structures and Consumer Lemon Laws
2010
Ashley T. Rubin
University of California, Berkeley
Race, Ethnicity, and Nativity at Eastern State Penitentiary: A Study of the Variation in Sentence Length, 1829-1871
2009
Gwendolyn Leachman
University of California, Berkeley
Who Frames the Message? Counter Movements and Public Perception of Social Movements' Legal Agendas
2008
Mark Fathi Massoud
University of California, Berkeley
Myth‑making and the Collision of Rights in Sudan
2007
Philip Goodman
University of California, Irvine
It's Just Black, White or Hispanic": An Ethno- graphic Examination of Racializing Moves in California's Segregated Prison Reception Centers
2006
Ariel Meyerstein
University of California, Berkeley
Between Law and Culture: Rwanda's Gacaca and Postcolonial Legality
Scott Leon
Washington Princeton University
The Killing Fields Revisited: Lynching and Anti- Miscegenation Legislation in the Jim Crow South, 1882-1930
2005
Daniel LaChance
University of Minnesota
Last Words, Last Meals, and Last Stands: The Illusion of Agency in the Modern Execution Process
2004
Bruce Michael Price
New York University
How Green Was My Valley? An Examination of Tournament Theory as a Governance Mechanism in Silicon Valley Law Firms
2003
Vanessa Barker
New York University
The Politics of Punishing: How the Routine Activities of Governance Impact Reliance on Confinement
2002
Aaron Kupchik
New York University
Making Some Noise: Degradation as Tension Reduction for the Criminal Court Prosecution of Adolescents
2001
Brian Glenn
University of Connecticut
The Shifting Rhetoric of Insurance Denial
2000
John Krinsky
Columbia University
Organizing Stories: Counter-hegemony, Legal Advocacy, and Anti-Workforce Activism in New York City
1999
Michele Landis
Northwestern University
Fate,Responsibility, and "Natural" Disaster Relief: Narrating the American Welfare State
1998
Liliana Suarez-Navaz
Stanford University
The Symbolic and Political Manufacturing of the Legitimation of Legality
Laura Beth Nielsen
University of California, Berkeley
Paying Workers or Paying Lawyers: Employee Termination Practices in the United States and Canada
1997
David T. Johnson
University of California, Berkeley
The Organization of Prosecution and the Possibility of Order
1996
Susan S. Gooding
University of Chicago
Race,Place and Names: Layered Identities in United States v. Oregon, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Plaintiff-Intervenor
1995
Cynthia R. Poe
University of Wisconsin
Those Wondrous Structures Found: The Antiquities Act of 1906 and Federal Indian Policy
1994
Paul J. Neiberg
University of California, Berkeley
Endangered Species Protection in the United States and Canada: A Comparison of Policy Styles
1993
Avi Tannenbaum
University of Maryland
Deadly Force: The Influence of a Supreme Court Decision on Police Behavior
1992
Michele DeMary
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The New Federalism in Massachusetts
1991
John Gilliom
University of Washington
Rights and Discipline: competing Modes of Social Control in the Fight over Drug Testing
1990
Rebecca Eisner uth Zimmerman
University of Michigan
Individual Entitlement to the Financial Benefits of a Professional Degree
Tom Durkin
University of Chicago
The Meaning of Propensity to Sue Rates
1989
Kevin Delaney
SUNY Stony Brook
Power, Intercorporate Networks and ‘Strategic Bankruptcy’
Jennifer Jackman
Brandeis University
The Emergence and Subversion of Comparable Worth in the 1940's: A Study of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

Nominations Require:

  • Only non-student members of the Law and Society Association may make nominations for the Graduate Student Award. No self-nominations are accepted.
  • The paper must have been submitted within the two calendar years prior to the awards ceremony by a matriculated graduate or graduate professional student at any U.S. or non-U.S. institution of higher education. Papers originally written for coursework within this same time period and subsequently published are still eligible for nomination. Papers are only considered once within the two-year period of eligibility.
  • No instructor may nominate more than two student papers for the award.
  • Only one single-authored work by the same author in a given year will be accepted. Two works by the same author will be accepted if one or both works are jointly authored.
  • In submitting the paper for award consideration, the nominator must include the date and title of the course for which the paper was written.
  • Submissions must be in English; translations from other languages into English are welcome.
  • The paper must be double-spaced; may not exceed 18,000 words in length, including notes and references; and must be in a minimum of 12 point font.
  • Nominators must include a letter of support describing the merits of the student paper they are submitting.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

PRIZE

Undergraduate Student Paper Prize

The LSA Undergraduate Student Paper Prizes are awarded annually to an undergraduate student whose nominated papers, written within 18 months of the prize year, best represent outstanding law and society research.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winner

Raika Kim
University of California-Berkeley

Raika Kim’s paper, “The Ability to Work: Perspectives of Workers with Disabilities,” is a rigorously conceived and carefully executed study of the experiences of workers with disabilities. Through ten insightful interviews, Kim extends the literature showing that people with disabilities understand and experience their disabilities in a range of ways that do not necessarily match legal definitions. She traces how her interviewees learned about their legal rights, and the different ways they mobilize those rights at work–or don’t. Kim shows that most of her participants view the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) primarily through the lens of workplace accommodations, and they are less aware of its other provisions. They also face many obstacles in requesting accommodations, such as stigma. In one of Kim’s most interesting findings, she shows that many interviewees were more likely to request accommodations when they felt they needed them in order to be productive employees. Kim argues that the structure of the ADA limits its effectiveness by putting the onus on the worker to request protections, and she calls for a more proactive legal approach that instead puts the onus on employers. Working under difficult pandemic conditions, Kim nonetheless achieved a deep rapport with her interviewees and a high level of polish in her final written product. She is a richly deserving winner of this year’s Undergraduate Student Paper Prize.

In the summer of 2019, Raika had been working as an intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) when she suffered her first seizure and was ultimately diagnosed with generalized convulsive epilepsy. While she was aware of her rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) thanks to the training at the EEOC, Raika knew most others did not have the same privilege. This ignited her passion for disability law, eventually leading her to write a thesis on how California workers with disabilities negotiate their rights in the workplace. Since graduating from U.C. Berkeley, Raika has been working as a paralegal at a local employment and civil rights law firm, and hopes to attend law school in the near future to pursue a career in disability rights advocacy.

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
Paper
2020
Anthony Carrasco
University of California-Berkeley
“Unconscionability, Vulnerability, and Other Sociopolitical Constructions of the Judicial Imagination”
2019
Catherine Mansur
Northwestern University
All Bets Are off in the Climate Casino: Federalism and U.S. Power Sector Greenhouse Gas Regulation
Honorable Mention
Haley Glazer
Northwestern University
Demographic and Case-Related Factors Affecting Quantity of News Media Coverage in Texas Death Penalty Cases: An Exploration
2018
J. Y. Chua
Yale College
The Strange Career of Gross Indecency: Racial Anxiety and Sexual Politics in Pre-World War II Singapore
Honorable Mention
Melissa Barragan
University of California, Irvine
Guns and Injustice: Examining Gun Offender Perceptions of Gun Law and Gun Policing in Los Angeles
2017
Mitchell Santos Toledo
University of California, Berkeley
Liminal Legality and Legal Consciousness: Undocumented Student Responses to DACA
2016
Allison Cano
Simon Fraser University
A Matter of Personal Status: Women’s Legal Rights and the Making of Family Law in Post-2003 Iraq
2015
Matthew Mitchell
University of Melbourne
Producing Black Collar Crime Through Discourse: The Changing Relationship Between State Law and the Catholic Church
2014
Alison Gocke
Princeton University
Visions of the Land: Cartography and Environmental Philosophy in the Old Northwest
2013
Carter Greenbaum
Princeton University
Stories to Monies: Sociological Perspectives on the Meaning of Money In International Commercial Mediation
2012
Chase S. Burton
University of California, Berkeley
Spare the Cell, Spoil the Child: Early History and Philosophy of American Juvenile Justice
2011
Kory Redding
University of North Texas
When the Chief Dissents: Examining the Institutional Consequences of Administrative Responsibilities, 1946-2008
2010
Erin Mitchell
Drake University
Dangerous, Dirty and Disgusting: An Exploration of the American Narrative of Birth
2009
Clare F. Ryan
Macalester College
Confronting Childhood: Courts and the Contradictions of Juvenile Justice
2008
Patricia Bass
Macalester College
Regulating the ‘Social Mix:’ How and Why Do France and the U.S. Desegregate Housing
2007
Rebecca Sheff
Macalester College
Strategic Choices in Diverse Contexts: The Maasai Indigenous Rights Movement
2006
Ian Richardson
University of California, Berkeley
From Institutional Change to Customer Service: The Development of the Practical Meaning of Title VI
2005
Rachel Lynn, Ballard McCracken
Amherst College
Inside Out and Upside Down in Indian Country: Law's Colonization of the Native Nations
2004
John Graham Kimble
Princeton University
Insuring Inequality: The Role of the Federal Housing Administration in the Urban Ghettoization of African-Americans
2003
Yen P. Nguyen
University of California, Santa Barbara
Creating Computer Crimes Unites to Take a Byte Out of Computer Crime
2002
Matthew Cannon
University of Michigan
Kulturkampf and the Courts: The Relationship between Judicial Pronouncements on and Cultural Impressions of Gay Rights in America, From Bowers to Baker
2001
Rachael Burson
Amherst College
A Tale of Voice, Justice, and Power: Reading the Representation of Legal Storytelling in "The Accused"
2000
Shushanie Isaacson
University of Minnesota
Diffusion of Sex Offender Registration Laws and Public Access Provisions Therein Across Fifty American States
1999
Emily Samantha Glasgow
Amherst College
Taking Children Seriously: Reconceiving Childhood, Imagining Rights, and Respecting the Voice of Youth
1998
Vicki J. Running
Wellesley College
Political Rights and Goals: Ananlying the Consituttional Challenges and Policy Considerations Facing Megan’s Law, the Community Notification Provision Regarding Released Sex Offenders
1997
Clifford J. Rosky
Amherst College
A View to a Kill: Democracy, Television, and Capital Punishment
1996
Alexa Klimas
Princeton University
Why Did We Believe the Children?: A Closer Look at Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Day Care Centers in the 1980's
1995
Clare Melissa Gilbert
Vassar College
Pornography v. the First Amendment
1994
Elizabeth A. Myrick
Bates College
What’s Rights Got to Do With It?: Intimate Violence and the Potential of Postmodern Rights Theory
1992
Marilyn Brown
Wellesley College
The Meanings of Intoxication: Alcohol, Power and Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century Hawaii
1991
John White
Santa Clara University
Styles of Mediation and Society: An Analysis of a ‘Hybrid’ Approach to Mediation
1989
Timothy Pohl
Amherst College
The Right to Health Care: Moral Arguments and Legal Recognition
Sagariki Molly Chaudhuri
Yale University
The Efficacy of the Temporary Restraining Order from the Victim’s Perspective

Nominations Require:

  • Only regular LSA members and graduate student LSA members who have received the nominated papers while working as lecturers or teaching assistants may nominate papers for the Undergraduate Student Award. No self-nominations are accepted.
  • No instructor may nominate more than two student papers for the award.
  • Only one single-authored work by the same author in a given year will be accepted. Two works by the same author will be accepted if one or both works are jointly authored.
  • The paper must have been submitted within the two calendar years prior to the awards ceremony by a matriculated undergraduate student at any U.S. or non-U.S. institution of higher education including two-year community colleges. Papers originally written for a class within this same time period and subsequently published are still eligible. Papers are only considered once within the two-year period of eligibility.
  • In submitting the paper for award consideration, the nominator must include the date and title of the course for which the paper was written.
  • Submissions must be in English; translations from other languages into English are welcome.
  • The paper must be double-spaced; may not exceed 18,000 words in length, including notes and references; and must be in a minimum of 12 point font.
  • Nominators must include a letter of support describing the merits of the student paper they are submitting.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

PRIZE

International Prize

The Law and Society Association International Prize is awarded annually to a scholar, normally resident outside the United States, in recognition of scholarship that has contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge in the field of law and society. It is not a book prize, but is instead given in recognition of a body of scholarly work.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winner

Rachel Sieder
Centre for Research and Advanced Study in Social Anthropology

This year’s International Prize was awarded to Rachel Sieder — a senior research professor at the Centre for Research and Advanced Study in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico City. She also is an associate researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute’s Centre for Law and Social Transformation in Bergen, Norway. A leading scholar in the study of legal pluralism and the judicialization of politics, she has contributed significantly to the understanding of indigenous rights and the relation between indigenous legal systems and state law, particularly in Central America. Professor Sieder has led numerous collaborative law and society research projects, bringing together scholars from the global south and north, including a CRN on Sexual and Reproductive Rights Lawfare in Latin America, and currently an IRC Pluriland: Theorizing Conflict and Contestation in Plural Land Rights Regimes. Professor Sieder is widely published in both English and Spanish and has benefitted the international law and scholarship community as a mentor, editor and organizer.

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
2020
Ulrike Schultz
Fernuniversität in Hagen
Honorable Mention
Stefan Machura
Bangor University
2019
Kelly Hannah-Moffat
University of Toronto
2018
Fiona Haines
University of Melbourne
2017
John Braithwaite
Australian National University
Nachman Ben-Yehuda
Hebrew University
2016
Susanne Karstedt
Griffith University
2015
Ronen Shamir
Tel Aviv University
2014
Setsuo Miyazawa
Aoyama Gakuin University Law School
2013
David Nelken
University of Macerata and University of Wales, Cardiff
2012
Upendra Baxi
2009
Yves Dezelay
2007
Xingliang Chen
Dario Melossi
2005
Hazel Genn
2003
Masaji Chiba
2001
Neelan Tiruchelvam (posthumously)

Nominations Require:

  • Normally offered to a scholar in residence outside the United States
  • A letter of support from the nominator
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae
  • 1 or 2 additional letters of support will be accepted, but are not required.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

AWARD

Stan Wheeler Mentorship

The Stan Wheeler Mentorship is given each year to a member of the Law and Society community who is regarded by their peers and students as an outstanding mentor for graduate, professional, or undergraduate students working on issues of law and society.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winner

Setsuo Miyazawa 
UC Hastings Law

UC Hastings Law professor Setsuo Miyazawa earned two LSA awards this year, as he was chosen for the Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award and was also one of five Legacy Award winners. Professor Miyazawa, a former student of the late Stan Wheeler at Yale, has played a vital role in encouraging young Japanese scholars to learn about American law in the U.S., while also sending American students to Japan to conduct research. He is known for taking these same students—almost by hand—and introducing them to various well-known scholars in LSA who shared their research interests. Many of these students are now eminent scholars in the sociolegal field.

Professor Miyazawa is the first Asian scholar to receive the Wheeler Award. He was also the recipient of LSA’s International Prize in 2014 and served twice on the LSA Board of Trustees. Professor Miyazawa has been active in LSA initiatives, having co-founded the Collaborative Research Network on East Asian Law and Society (CRN 33) in 2008, which is now one of the largest CRNs. He was the founding President of the Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) in 2016 and is currently the President of the Asian Criminological Society.

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
2020
Dee Smythe and Kelley Moult
University of Cape Town
2019
Renée Ann Cramer
Drake University
2018
Robert Gordon
Stanford University
Laura Beth Nielsen
American Bar Foundation/Northwestern U
2017
Lauren Edelman
University of California, Berkeley
Michael McCann
University of Washington
2016
Mona Lynch
University of California, Irvine
2015
Susan Silbey
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2014
Jacques Commaille
Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan
2013
Lawrence M. Friedman
Stanford University
2012
Valerie Hans
2011
Kiyoshi Ikeda
2010
Howard S. Erlanger
2009
Robert A. Kagan, Austin Sarat

Nominations Require:

  • A letter of support from the nominator, describing the nominee’s mentoring skills and his/her record as a “member of the Law and Society community”.
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae.
  • 2 – 4 additional letters of support from former students, colleagues, collaborators, or others who have experienced the nominee’s skills as a mentor.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

AWARD

Ronald Pipkin Service Award

The Ronald Pipkin Service Award is awarded to the Law and Society Association member who has demonstrated sustained and extraordinary service to the Association. Forms of service that will be awarded should be independent of elected office and appointed roles, although those roles can be considered as part of a larger record.

The award carries a cash prize of $500.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winner

Nancy Reichman
University of Denver

The Ronald Pipkin Service Award for sustained and extraordinary service to the Association was given to Nancy Reichman of the University of Denver. Over the course of her career, Nancy has taken on extensive service roles for LSA. Early in her career (1992-1994) she served as Associate Editor of the Law & Society Review. She also was a member of the LSA Board of Trustees (1990-1992) and held the LSA Secretary position from 2005-2007. In addition to serving as chair of the 1989 Program Committee, co-chairing the Program Committee (2010) and chairing the Nominations Committee (2013), Reichman has served countless times as a discussant or chair for various panels at Annual Meetings. Professor Reichman also played a pivotal role in the Association’s recent Executive Office transition. She chaired both the LSA Transition Planning Committee (2013) and the Executive Officer Search Committee in 2015.

Past Winners

Year
Individual(s)
Affiliation
2020
Kim Lane Scheppele
Princeton University
Howard Erlanger
University of Wisconsin
2019
David Trubek
University of Wisconsin Madison
2018
Susan M. Olson
University of Utah
2017
Doris Marie Provine
Arizona State University
2016
Shari Diamond
Northwestern University and American Bar Foundation
2015
Bert Kritzer
University of Minnesota
2014
Austin Sarat
Amherst College
Samuel Krislov
University of Minnesota
2013
Richard D. “Red” Schwartz
Yale University and Syracuse University
2012
Lissa Ganter

Nominations Require:

  • Nominees must be current members of the Law and Society Association, however, nominators are not required to be members.
  • A letter of support describing the nominee’s demonstrated, sustained and extraordinary service to the Association.
  • 1 or 2 additional letters of support will be accepted, but are not required.

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

AWARD

Legacy Award

The LSA Legacy Award honors people whose contributions significantly helped to develop the Association through sustained commitment to the Association’s mission and legacy, extensive service, or scholarly publications that made a lasting contribution to the Association.

Current membership in the Association is not necessary.
Congrats to our 2021 Award Winners!

Current Winners

Rosann Greenspan
University of California-Berkeley

Rosann Greenspan is the former executive director of Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Law and Society, with which she was affiliated for 20 years until her retirement in 2019. She has also held positions as research officer at the Law Reform Commission of Canada, postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, US Supreme Court fellow, research director at the Police Foundation in Washington, DC, and lecturer in Legal Studies at U.C. Berkeley, inter alia. Her most recent publication is the edited volume, The Legal Process and the Promise of Justice: Studies Inspired by the Work of Malcolm Feeley, edited by Rosann Greenspan, Hadar Aviram and Jonathan Simon (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Dr. Greenspan graduated with her B.A. magna cum laude in Yale University’s first class of undergraduate women. She earned an M.A. from the Centre for Criminology at the University of Toronto, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program in U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Besides Ontario, where she returns regularly, she has also lived in Quebec and British Columbia, and briefly in the Yukon.

Mari Matsuda
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

From her earliest academic publications, Professor Matsuda has spoken from the perspective and increasingly used the method that has come to be known as critical race theory. She is not only one of its most powerful practitioners, but is among a handful of legal scholars credited with its origin. Her first article, “Liberal Jurisprudence and Abstracted Visions of Human Nature,” published in 1986, boldly—albeit respectfully—took on liberal legal philosopher John Rawls’ theory of justice and in doing so announced her own philosophical orientation. Matsuda concludes her piece with an idea that informs much of her work in subsequent years: “There is, as Rawls suggests, a place called Justice, and it will take many voices to get there.” The voices she has in mind are the voices that have been left out, “outsider” voices speaking as individuals and as members of their communities of origin, voices of subordinate peoples. Voices from the bottom, Matsuda believes—and critical race theory posits—have the power to open up new legal concepts of even constitutional dimension. Paradoxically, bringing in the voices of outsiders has helped to make Matsuda’s work central to the legal canon. A Yale Law School librarian ranked three of her publications as among the “top 10 most cited law review articles” for their year of publication. Judges and scholars regularly quote her work.

Louise Trubek
University of Wisconsin Law School

Louise G. Trubek is an Emerita Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Yale Law School, Louise is an active scholar in the fields of public interest law around the world, social justice advocacy, clinical legal education and the legal profession. Her scholarship and teaching also includes studies of regulation and governance in the European Union and the United States. Louise’s current research includes co-editing with Scott Cummings and Fabio Sa e Silva a book on the pro-bono movement worldwide: Global Pro Bono: Causes, Consequences and Contestation (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020). She also co-authored with Prof. Luz Herrera “The Emerging Legal Architecture for Social Justice” published in 44 NYU Rev. L & Soc. Change 355 (2020). Other publications in the field include “Social Justice Advocacy and Innovation: The Wisconsin Center for Public Representation 1974-Present” and “Transformations in Health Law Practice: The Intersection of Changes in Healthcare and Legal Workplaces” (with Barbara Zabawa and Paula Galowitz).

Charles Lawrence 
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Professor Lawrence joined the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2008 from Georgetown. He began his teaching career at the University of San Francisco in 1974, was a tenured professor at Stanford and Georgetown, and has visited several other schools, including Harvard, Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Southern California. Professor Lawrence is best known for his prolific work in antidiscrimination law, equal protection, and critical race theory. His most recent book, We Won’t Go Back: Making the Case for Affirmative Action (Houghton Mifflin, 1997), was co-authored by Professor Mari Matsuda. Professor Lawrence received the University of San Francisco School of Law’s Most Distinguished Professor Award; the John Bingham Hurlburt Award for Excellence in Teaching, presented by the 1990 graduating class of Stanford Law School; and the Society of American Law Teachers national teaching award. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by Haverford College, Georgetown University, most recently, In December of 2019, he also received an honorary Doctorate from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa. He served as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Education and on many other public interest boards.

Setsuo Miyazawa
UC Hastings Law

Setsuo Miyazawa is a legal sociologist who received LL.B., LL.M., and S.J.D. from Hokkaido University and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale. Professor Miyazawa has a wide range of research interests, including police and criminal justice, legal ethics and public interest lawyering, legal education, and corporate legal practice; he received his doctoral degree in Japan with a study on police, while receiving his American doctoral degree with a study on corporate legal departments. He has published or edited more than a dozen books in Japanese and English. His first English book, Policing in Japan (SUNY Press, 1992), received the 1993 Distinguished Book Award of the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. He has also been active in the Law and Society Association (LSA) in the US, twice serving on its Board of Trustees. He co-founded the Collaborative Research Network 33 in East Asian Law and Society in the LSA in 2008 and received the International Scholarship Prize from the LSA in 2014. He co-founded the Section on East Asian Law and Society in the AALS in 2015 and the Asian Law and Society Association (ALSA) in 2016. He was the founding President of the ALSA in 2016 and 2017.

Past Winners

YEAR
INDIVIDUAL(S)

2020

Carroll Seron

Keith Hawkins

Malcolm M. Feeley

Bryant Garth

David B. Wilkins

Neil Vidmar

2019

Richard L. Abel

Kitty Calavita

David Engel

William Felstiner

Lawrence Friedman

Marc Galanter

Joel Handler

Robert A. Kagan

Samuel Krislov

Herbert Kritzer

Jack Ladinsky

Richard Lempert

Felice Levine

Laura Nader

Stewart Macaulay

Lynn Mather

Frank Munger

Doris Marie Provine

Jerome H. Skolnick

Joyce Sterling

David M. Trubek

Nominations Require:

  • A nomination letter signed by at least 2 LSA members
  • OPTIONAL: other supporting materials

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

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