06 September 2011

NOTICE: 50th Anniversary Conference of the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley Law

The 50th Anniversary Conference for the Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley Law will be held shortly:

THE FUTURE OF LAW AND SOCIETY
Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel
Thursday, November 3 & Friday, November 4, 2011

The Conference is free, but registration is required even if you are local. 
REGISTER HERE

In the 50 years since the founding of the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley by Philip Selznick with funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, the field of law and society has been firmly established in research centers and academic associations, in doctoral programs and in the legal academy. But law and society may be at a time of transition, and the time to consider the future direction of the field is upon us. What are the key questions to ask moving forward? What will be the field’s substantive strengths? Its theories? Its methods? Its institutional homes? In this Conference we bring together law and society scholars at the forefront of a range of disciplines and ask them to consider the future of the field from the lens of their own research questions, theories and methods. Through their choices of topics, theory and methodology, and through their career paths and the direction of their students, they represent those who are shaping the future of the field.

The full program with times, paper titles and abstracts is available at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/11100.htm

Here's an overview of featured speakers and session topics:

Welcome


Calvin Morrill, Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society; Christopher Edley, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law; Carla Hesse, Dean, Social Sciences Division, College of Letters and Science

Session I: History as Prologue


Harry Scheiber, University of California, Berkeley, Chair (Acting Director 2000-2002)
; Jerome Skolnick, New York University (Affiliate since 1962; Director 1972-1985)
; Malcolm Feeley, University of California, Berkeley (Director 1985-1992)
; Robert A. Kagan, University of California, Berkeley (Director 1992-2000, 2002-2004)
; Lawrence Friedman, Stanford University



Session II: The Future of Law and Society: Law, Rights and Social Change


David Lieberman, University of California, Berkeley, Chair/Discussant
; Javier Couso, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile)
; Charles Epp, University of Kansas
; Michael McCann, University of Washington
; Laura Beth Nielsen, Northwestern University and American Bar Foundation



Session III: The Future of Law and Society: Law, Culture and Inequality 


Catherine Albiston, University of California, Berkeley, Chair/Discussant
; Jeannine Bell, Indiana University Bloomington ; Kathleen Hull, University of Minnesota; Leti Volpp, University of California, Berkeley
; David Wilkins, Harvard University


Session IV: The Future of Law and Society: Global Governance


Jonathan Simon, University of California, Berkeley, Chair/Discussant
; Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago and American Bar Foundation
; John Hagan, Northwestern University and American Bar Foundation
; Sida Liu, University of Wisconsin
César Rodríguez-Garavito, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
; Sally Engle Merry, New York University



Session V: The Future of Law and Society: In the Academy


Calvin Morrill, University of California, Berkeley, Chair/Discussant (Director 2009 -)
; Lauren Edelman, University of California, Berkeley (Director 2004-2009)
; Laura Gómez, University of California, Los Angeles
; Edward Rubin, Vanderbilt University
; Austin Sarat, Amherst College

Concluding Remarks: The Future of Law and Society 


Calvin Morrill

There will be a Closing Reception Friday afternoon (4:15 to 5:30) at the Center/JSP Building at 2240 Piedmont Ave. At the reception, the Center and JSP will hold a brief ceremony naming the Selznick Seminar Room (formerly the JSP Seminar Room) in honor of Philip Selznick, founding director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society and the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program.

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