Ronald Pipkin Service Award Winners



Basis for the Award

2017 Doris Marie Provine
Arizona State University

Nominated by Carroll Seron, University of California, Irvine

In addition to her important intellectual contributions to law and society, Marie Provine has been an incredible LSA citizen throughout her career. Marie has served two terms on the Board of Trustees and one term as Treasurer. She co-chaired the Vail and Montreal Program Committees and served as a Program Committee member three other times. In addition, she has served on committees for Nominations, Membership, workshops, and at least three prizes. In recent years perhaps her most important contribution to LSA has been her active and enduring support of Collaborative Research Networks (CRNs).  Marie has worked tirelessly to insure that CRNs are an important part of LSA, and a helpful path for emerging scholars. In anticipation of the international meeting in Mexico City in 2017, Marie has continued this effort through service on the International Research Collaborative (IRC) initiative. 

Through this formal committee work and informally, she has collaborated with many scholars. Marie is a networker and bridge builder, across disciplines and countries.  She has played an important collaborative and mentoring role with younger and emerging scholars—a service contribution that has enhanced the careers of many.  At LSA meetings Marie is usually found meeting with any number of junior scholars who want to pick her brain about how to proceed on a project.  In this her commitments epitomize the values and goals of LSA.

2016 Shari Diamond
Northwestern University and American Bar Foundation
Shari Diamond’s dedication and high standards have characterized her history of service to the Law and Society Association in ways both large and small.  In the preceding six years alone, Shari has chaired the LSR Editor Search Committee, chaired the Publications Committee, served as an LSA Trustee, and been an active member of the Executive Officer Search Committee, the Publications Committee and the LSA-ABF Fellowship Committee.  Going back further, from 1990-92 she was editor of the Law & Society Review, chaired the 1996 Executive Officer Evaluation Committee, on several occasions served on the Nominations Committee, including chairing the committee in 1991-1992, was twice on the Kalven Prize Committee, served on the 2001 Summer Institute Committee and at least once was a summer institute instructor, served on the Minorities Research Fellowship Committee in 1987-1988, served on the Committee on Teaching in 1985 and on the Annual Meeting Program Committee.  Shari’s work in her disciplinary field, psychology, has influenced other psychologists to join the Association and become active within it.
2015 Bert Kritzer
University of Minnesota

Herbert M. Kritzer, known to all as Bert, has shown sustained and extraordinary service to the Law and Society Association for over 35 years. While serving on dozens of committees, the Board of Trustees, and as Editor of the Law & Society Review, he has been an advocate in promoting LSA’s work, recruiting new members and mentoring his students in socio-legal scholarship even when not serving in an official capacity. Bert was especially well known for his time and effort in bringing the journal into the digital age in his role as Editor of LSR. He was at the helm when it went from a self-published journal to an online submission and review system with Blackwell and then on to Wiley when he was on the publications committee. Today, he still is the first to offer advice and guidance with publication related policies. Outside of publications, Bert was the instrumental as chair for the local arrangement committee in helping the 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting show off Minneapolis to LSA attendees and participants through a local reception and Fun Run route to name a few. Bert has been the most dedicated of members, a relentless ambassador for excellent scholarship and community.

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.