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Law and Courts (Section 2)

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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/
Public Discussion List: LAWCOURT-L Listserv
Journal: Journal of Law and Courts,Law and Politics Book Review; published 2 times per year; available in hard copy and online.

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Section Officers

Chair
Julie Novkov
University of Albany, SUNY

Chair-Elect
Kirk Randazzo
University of South Carolina

Treasurer
Lee Walker
University of North Texas

Secretary
Christina Boyd
University of Georgia

2019 Annual Program Chairs
Joe Ura
Texas A&M University
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Pamela Corley
Southern Methodist University
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Carol Nackenoff
Swarthmore College
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Kathleen Sullivan
Ohio University
[email protected]

Council
Brandon Bartels, George Washington University
Bethany Blackstone, University of North Texas
Lydia Tiede, University of Houston
Nancy Scherer, Wellesley College

Journal Editor
Journal of Law and Courts
Kevin McGuire
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Law and Politics Book Review
Jennifer Bowie
University of Richmond
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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.

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 15, 2019

Award Committee:

Chair
Anthony Chen
[email protected]
Northwestern University

Jonathan Chausovsky
[email protected]
SUNY Fredonia

Manoj Mate
[email protected]
University of California, Irvine

Sanjay Ruparelia
[email protected]
New School for Social Research

Scott Lemieux
[email protected]
University of Washington


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.

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 15, 2019. Nominated papers should be sent (as a PDF, electronically) to each member of the award committee.

Deadline for nominations March 15, 2019

Award Committee:

Chair
Ellen Ann Andersen
[email protected]
University of Vermont

Kimberley Fletcher
[email protected]
San Diego State

Leila Kawar
[email protected]
University of Massachusetts Amherst

David Glick
[email protected]  
Boston University

Nancy Arrington
[email protected]
Emory


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. 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).

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

Deadline for nominations March 15, 2019

Award Committee:

Chair
Rich Pacelle
[email protected]
University of Tennessee

Tao Dumas
[email protected]
College of New Jersey

Lisa Holmes
[email protected]
University of Vermont

Doug Rice
[email protected]
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Tony Smith
[email protected]
University of California, Irvine


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. 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.

Nomination Instructions: To be considered for this year's competition, a nomination letter and copy of the book must be submitted prior to March 15, 2019, 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 15, 2019

Award Committee:

Chair
Pam Brandwein
[email protected]
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Stuart Chinn
[email protected]
University of Oregon School of Law

Alison Gash
[email protected]
University of Oregon

Matthew Ingram
[email protected]
University at Albany, SUNY

Amanda Hollis-Brusky
[email protected]
Pomona College

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.

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 15, 2019

Award Committee:

Chair
Susan Burgess
[email protected]
Ohio University

Tom Keck
[email protected]
Syracuse University

Gordon Silverstein
[email protected]
Yale University

David Klein
[email protected]
Eastern Michigan University

Susan Haire
[email protected]
University of Georgia


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.

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 15, 2019

Award Committee:

Chair
Lisa Miller
[email protected]
Rutgers University

Ken Kersch
[email protected]
Boston College

Wayne Moore
[email protected]
Virginia Tech

Emily Zackin
[email protected]
Johns Hopkins University

Yuksel Sezgin
[email protected]
Syracuse University


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.

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

Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2019

Award Committee:

Chair
Christine Nemachek
[email protected]
William & Mary

Laura Hatcher
[email protected]
Southeast Missouri State

Justin Crowe
[email protected]
Williams College

Julio Rios Figueroa
[email protected]
CIDE

Jennifer Fredette
[email protected]
Ohio University


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.

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 15, 2019

Award Committee:

Chair
Michelle Deardorff
[email protected]
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Laura Moyer
[email protected]
University of Louisville

Elspeth Wilson
[email protected]
Franklin & Marshall College

Alec Ewald
[email protected]
University of Vermont

Courtenay Daum
[email protected]
Colorado State University


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