Membership

Organized Section: 02. Law and Courts

Organized sections provide opportunities for APSA members who share a common interest in a particular subfield to organize meetings and coordinate communications under Association auspices. More on organized sections »

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: $22.00 for students and $25.00 for other members. Subscription to Journal of Law and Courts included with membership.

Website: http://lawcourts.org/

Public Discussion List:  LAWCOURT-L Listserv

Journals: Journal of Law and Courts , Law and Politics Book Review

Newsletter: Law and Courts Newsletter

Section Officers

Chair

Gordon Silverstein
Yale University
gordon.silverstein@yale.edu

Chair Elect

Cornell Clayton
Washington State University
cwclayton@wsu.edu

Secretary

Carol Nackenoff
Swarthmore College
cnacken1@swarthmore.edu

Treasurer

Chris Bonneau
University of Pittsburgh
cwbonneau@gmail.com

Webmaster

Artemus Ward
Northern Illinois University
aewardiv@yahoo.com

Newsletter Editor

Law and Courts Newsletter
Todd Collins
Western Carolina University
tcollins@email.wcu.edu

2014 Annual Meeting Program Chair

Virginia Hettinger
University of Connecticut
virginia.hettinger@uconn.edu

Council

Term: 09/2013-08/2015
Anna Law, CUNY Brooklyn College
Ryan Owens, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Amy Steigerwalt, Georgia State University
Executive Committee Term: 09/2012-08/2014
Matthew Hall, University of Notre Dame
George Thomas, Claremont McKenna College

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.

All section 02. Law and Courts awards to-date »

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.

Previous recipients »

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

Deadline for nominations: February 14, 2014

Award Committee

Justin Wedeking, Chair
University of Kentucky
justin.wedeking@uky.edu
Jonathan Chausovsky
SUNY, Fredonia
jchaus@gmail.com
Rebecca Gill
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
rebecca.gill@unlv.edu

Law and Courts Best Graduate Student Paper Award

Formerly the CQ Press Award, the Best Graduate Student Paper 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. Both 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.

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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 February 15, 2014. Nominated papers should be sent (as a PDF, electronically) to each member of the award committee.

Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2014

Award Committee

Anna Kirkland, Chair
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
akirklan@umich.edu
David Glick
Boston University
dmglick@bu.edu
Salmon Shomade
University of New Orleans
sshomade@uno.edu

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 2013 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).

Previous recipients »

Nomination Instructions: The deadline for the submission of nominations is February 15, 2014. Nominated papers should be sent (as a PDF, electronically) to the Committee Chair, who will distribute the nominated papers to the rest of the committee.

Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2014

Award Committee

Lynda Dodd, Chair
City College of New York (CUNY)
lyndagdodd@aol.com
Elizabeth Beaumont
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
beaumont@umn.edu
Mark Massoud
University of California, Santa Cruz
mmassoud@ucsc.edu

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.

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Nomination Instructions: 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. To be considered for this year’s competition, a copy of the nominated book must be submitted to each member of the awards committee.

Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2014

Award Committee

Christine Harrington, Chair
New York University
Wilf Family Department of Politics
19 West 4th St., Suite 207
New York  NY   10003
christine.harrington@nyu.edu
Paul Frymer
Princeton University
Politics
130 Corwin Hall
Princeton  NJ   08544-1012
pfrymer@princeton.edu
Robert Howard
Georgia State University
Political Science
PO Box 4069
38 Peachtree Center Ave
Atlanta  GA   30302-4069
rhoward@gsu.edu
Mark Miller
Clark University
Political Science
950 Main St
Worcester  MA   01610
mmiller@clarku.edu
Mary Volcansek
Texas Christian University
Political Science
TCU Box 297021
Fort Worth  TX   76129
m.volcansek@tcu.edu

Law and Courts Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is an award for a lifetime of significant scholarship, teaching and service to the Law and Courts field.

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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: February 15, 2014

Award Committee

Mark Graber, Chair
University of Maryland
mgraber@law.umaryland.edu
Paul Collins
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
pmcollins@legal.umass.edu
Kim Scheppele
Princeton University
kimlane@princeton.edu
Stefanie Lindquist
University of Georgia
sl@uga.edu
Susan Mezey
Loyola University, Chicago
smezey@luc.edu

Law and Courts Lasting Contribution Award

The Last Contribution Award is given annually for work that stands the test of time, work that inspires long after the issue that gave rise to that work is a true mark of distinction. Each year a book or journal article, 10 years old or older, that has made a lasting impression on the field of law and courts. (From 2001 to 2007 this was titled the Wadsworth Publishing Award).

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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, nomination statements should be submitted to each member of the award committee.

Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2014

Award Committee

Jeffrey Segal, Chair
SUNY, Stony Brook University
jeffrey.segal@stonybrook.edu
Justin Crowe
Williams College
jec3@williams.edu
Rebecca Hamlin
Grinnell College
hamlinr@grinnell.edu
Nicholas LaRowe
University of Southern Indiana
nllarowe@usi.edu
Susan Sterett
Virginia Tech
ssterett@vt.edu

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 each member of the award committee.

Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2014

Award Committee

Lee Epstein, Chair
University of Southern California
lepstein@law.usc.edu
Charles Jacobs
St. Norbert College
charles.jacobs@snc.edu
Elliot Slotnick
Ohio State University
eslotnick.es@gmail.com
Rorie Spill Solberg
Oregon State University
rorie.spillsolberg@oregonstate.edu
Lydia Tiede
University of Houston
lbtiede@uh.edu

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. The Teaching and Mentoring Award is supported by a generous contribution from the Division for Public Education of the American Bar Association. The Teaching and Mentoring Award Committee also advises the Organized Section on matters related to teaching and mentoring of students and colleagues.

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Nomination Instructions: Any member of the section may make a nomination for the Teaching and Mentoring Award by submitting to each member of the award committee 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).

Deadline for nominations: February 15, 2014

Award Committee

Nancy Scherer, Chair
Wellesley College
nscherer@wellesley.edu
Rachel Cichowski
University of Washington
rcichows@u.washington.edu
Milton Heumann
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
heumann@rci.rutgers.edu
Matthew Ingram
SUNY, University at Albany
mingram@albany.edu
Lynn Mather
SUNY Buffalo
lmather@buffalo.edu
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