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Law and Courts (Section 2)

The purpose of this section is to promote interest in teaching and research in the areas of law and the judicial process.

Founded: 1983
Yearly membership dues: $25.00 for students and $30.00 for other members. Subscription to Journal of Law and Courts included with membership.
Website: http://lawcourts.org/
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Journal: Journal of Law and Courts,Law and Politics Book Review; published 2 times per year; available in hard copy and online.
Section Counts

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Section Officers

Chair
Timothy R. Johnson
University of Minnesota
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Secretary
Rachel Cichowski
University of Washington
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Treasurer
Sara Benesh
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
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Journal Editor
Journal of Law and Courts
David Klein
University of Virginia
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Book Review Editor
Law and Politics Book Review
Jennifer Bowie
University of Richmond
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Newsletter Editor
Law and Courts Newsletter
Todd Collins
Western Carolina University
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2017 Annual Meeting Program Chair
Patrick Wohlfarth
University of Maryland, College Park
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Council
Jeb Barnes, University of Southern California
Mark Hurwitz, Western Michigan University
Rebecca Hamlin, University of Massachusetts
Brandon Bartels, George Washington University
Bethany Blackstone, University of North Texas

Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

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Law and Courts Best Conference Paper Award

The Law and Courts Best Conference Paper Award (formerly the American Judicature Society Award) is given annually for the best paper on law and courts presented at the previous year’s annual meetings of the American, International, or regional political science associations. Single- and co-authored papers, written by political scientists, are eligible. Papers may be nominated by any member of the Section.

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Nomination Instructions: To be considered, nominations (including a WORD or PDF copy of the nominated paper) should be submitted to the chair of the selection committee.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Amy Steigerwalt, Chair
Georgia State University
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Patrick Schmidt
Macalester College
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Teena Wilhelm
University of Georgia
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Michael Nelson
Pennsylvania State University
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Rebecca Gill
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Law and Courts Best Graduate Student Paper Award

This award (formerly the CQ Press Award) is given annually for the best paper in the field of law and courts written by a graduate student. To be eligible, the nominated paper must have been written by a full-time graduate student. Single- and co-authored papers are eligible. In the case of co-authored papers, each author must have been a full-time graduate student at the time the paper was written. Submitted papers may have been written for any purpose (including papers written for seminar, scholarly meetings, and for potential publication in academic journals). This is NOT, however, a dissertation or thesis prize.* Papers may be nominated by faculty members or by the students themselves. The papers must have been written during the twelve months previous to the nomination deadline.

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Nomination Instructions: Papers may be nominated by faculty members or by the students themselves. The papers must have been written during the twelve months previous to the nomination deadline. The award carries a cash prize of $200. To be considered for this prize, nominations must be made by March 1, 2017. Nominated papers should be sent (as a PDF, electronically) to each member of the award committee.

Deadline for nominations March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Pam Corley, Chair
Southern Methodist University
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Joseph Ura
Texas A&M University
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Laura Moyer
University of Louisville
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Maron Sorenson
Bowdoin College
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Eric Kasper
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
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Law and Courts Best Journal Article Award

This award recognizes the best journal article in the field of law and courts written by a political scientist and published during the previous calendar year (for this award cycle, this means articles published during the 2016 calendar year). Articles published in all refereed journals and in law reviews are eligible, but book reviews, review essays, and chapters published in edited volumes are not eligible. Journal editors and members of the section may nominate articles. (This award was previously known as McGraw Hill Award and as the Houghton-Mifflin Award for the Best Journal Article in the Field of Law and Courts).

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Nomination Instructions: Nominated papers should be sent (as a PDF, electronically) to the chair of the selection committee.

Deadline for nominations March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Christina Boyd, Chair
University of Georgia
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Rachael Hinkle
SUNY, University at Buffalo
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Thomas Hansford
University of California, Merced
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Scott Comparato
Southern Illinois University
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Matt Hitt
Colorado State University
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C. Herman Pritchett Award

The C. Herman Pritchett award is given annually for the best book on law and courts written by a political scientist and published the previous year (2016). Please note that case books and edited books are not eligible for consideration. Books may be nominated by publishers or by members of the Section.

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Nomination Instructions: To be considered for this year's competition, a nomination letter and copy of the book must be submitted prior to March 1, 2017, to the chair of the selection committee. In addition, a copy of the book must also be mailed to each member of the award committee.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Susan Haire, Chair
University of Georgia
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Alyx Mark
North Central College
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Paul Nolette
Marquette University
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Bethany Blackstone
University of North Texas
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Rachel Schutte
Michigan State University
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Law and Courts Lifetime Achievement Award

Given for a lifetime of significant scholarship, teaching and service to the Law and Courts field. Nominees must be political scientists who are at least 65 years of age or who have been active in the field for at least 25 years. Nominations from previous competitions will be carried forward to the current year’s competition. The committee will retain nominations for 3 years, but you are invited to re-nominate an individual and renew the materials in the file during each cycle. Nominations may be made by any member of the Section and should consist of a statement outlining the contributions of the nominee and, if possible, a copy of the nominee’s vitae.

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Nomination Instructions: Nominees must be political scientists who are at least 65 years of age or who have been active in the field for at least 25 years. Nominations from previous competitions will be carried forward to the current year’s competition. The committee will retain nominations for 3 years, but you are invited to re-nominate an individual and renew the materials in the file during each cycle. Nominations may be made by any member of the Section and should consist of a statement outlining the contributions of the nominee and, if possible, a copy of the nominee’s vitae. You may expect a more detailed call for nominations from the Chair of the Committee, to whom nominations may be submitted the Committee Chair will then forward them to other members. Committee members may not make nominations for this award

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Jennifer Diascro, Chair
University of California, Washington D.C.
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Ryan Owens
University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Virginia Hettinger
University of Connecticut
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Justin Wedeking
University of Kentucky
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Kevin McGuire
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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Law and Courts Lasting Contribution Award

Awarded annually to a book or journal article, 10 years old or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts. Only books and articles written by political scientists are eligible; single-authored works produced by winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award are not eligible. Any member of the Section may submit a nomination. The nomination should include a statement outlining the nature of the contribution of the nominated work.

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Nomination Instructions: Only books and articles written by political scientists are eligible; single-authored works produced by winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award are not eligible. Any member of the Section may submit a nomination. The nomination should include a statement outlining the nature of the contribution of the nominated work. To be considered for this year’s competition, a nomination letter and copy of the book or article must be submitted to the chair of the selection committee.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Eve Ringsmuth, Chair
Oklahoma State University
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Jennifer Bowie
University of Richmond
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Kevin Quinn
University of California, Berkeley
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Susanne Schorpp
Georgia State University
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Mark Richards
Grand Valley State University
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Law and Courts Service Award

The Law and Courts Service Award recognizes service to the section in the literal sense, as in service on committees and in leadership positions, as well as service within the Section, as in service to the profession within the field of law and courts in the form of archiving data, promoting infrastructure, representing the profession in the media, etc.

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Nomination Instructions: To be considered, nominations should be submitted to the chair of the selection committee.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Wendy Martinek, Chair
SUNY, Binghamton University
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Gbemende Johnson
Hamilton College
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Mike Zilis
University of Kentucky
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Alicia Uribe
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Matt Hall
University of Notre Dame
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Law and Courts Teaching and Mentoring Award

The Teaching and Mentoring Award recognizes innovative teaching and instructional methods and materials in law and courts. Examples of innovations that might be recognized by this award include (but are not limited to) outstanding textbooks, websites, classroom exercises, syllabi, or other devices designed to enhance the transmission of knowledge about law and courts to undergraduate or graduate students. Any member of the section may make a nomination for the Teaching and Mentoring Award by submitting a statement identifying the nominee and outlining the nature of the her or his innovation and the contribution it makes to achieving the purposes of the award (e-mail attachments, in the form of .pdf files, are acceptable). The Teaching and Mentoring Award is supported by a generous contribution from the Division for Public Education of the American Bar Association.

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Nomination Instructions: Any member of the section may make a nomination for the Teaching and Mentoring Award by submitting a statement identifying the nominee and outlining the nature of the her or his innovation and the contribution it makes to achieving the purposes of the award (e-mail attachments, in the form of .pdf files, are acceptable). Submit to chair of the selection committee.

Deadline for nominations March 1, 2017

Award Committee:
Kirk Randazzo, Chair
University of South Carolina
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Quinn Mulroy
Northwestern University
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Joseph Smith
University of Alabama
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Rachel Caufield
Drake University
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Rachel Ellett
Beloit College
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