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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.

Section Counts

Section Officers

 

Chair
Kirk Randazzo
University of South Carolina

Treasurer
Lee Walker
University of North Texas

Secretary
Nikol Alexander-Floyd
Rutgers University

 

 

Executive Committee
Lydia Tiede, University of Houston
Nancy Scherer, Wellesley College
J. Jarpa Dawuni, Howard University
Virginia Hettinger, University of Connecticut
Daniel Naurin, Oslo University
Douglas Rice, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Journal Editor
Journal of Law and Courts
Kevin McGuire
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
[email protected]

Law and Politics Book Review
Jennifer Bowie
University of Richmond
[email protected]

 

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, 2020

Award Committee:

Artemus Ward (Chair)
Northern Illinois University
[email protected]

Ryan Black
Michigan State University
[email protected]
 
Eileen Braman
Indiana University
[email protected]
 
Anna Law
CUNY Brooklyn College
[email protected]
 
William Myers
University of Tampa
[email protected]

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

Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2020

Award Committee: 

Susanne Schorpp (Chair)
Georgia State University
[email protected]

Joshua Boston
Bowling Green State University
[email protected]

Todd Collins
Western Carolina University
[email protected]

Stephen Meinhold
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
[email protected]

Teena Wilhelm
University of Georgia
[email protected]

 

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, 2020

Award Committee:

Pamela Corley (Chair)
Southern Methodist University
[email protected]

Michael Bailey
Georgetown University
[email protected]

Benjamin Kassow
University of North Dakota
[email protected]

Elizabeth Lane
Louisiana State University
[email protected]

Joshua Strayhorn
University of Colorado, Boulder
[email protected]

 

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 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, 2020

Award Committee:

Robert Howard (Chair)
Georgia State University
[email protected]

Amanda Driscoll
Florida State University
[email protected]

Christine Harrington
New York University
[email protected]

David Yalof
University of Connecticut
[email protected]

 

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, 2020

Award Committee:

Chair
Susan Haire

University of Georgia
[email protected]

Morgan Hazelton
Saint Louis University
[email protected]

Richard Pacelle
University of Tennessee
[email protected]

Michael Tolley
Northeastern University
[email protected]

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, 2020

Award Committee:

Ryan Owens (Chair)
University of Wisconsin, Madison
[email protected]
Tao Dumas
The College of New Jersey
[email protected]
Virginia Hettinger
University of Connecticut
[email protected]
Lisa Holmes
University of Vermont
[email protected]
Jeff Staton
Emory University
[email protected]

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, 2020

Award Committee:

Christina Boyd (Chair)
University of Georgia
[email protected]

Tracy Lightcap
LaGrange College
[email protected]

Banks Miller
University of Texas at Dallas
[email protected]

Tammy Sarver
Benedictine University
[email protected]

Rorie Solberg
Oregon State University
[email protected]

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, 2020

Award Committee:

Wendy Martinek (Chair)
SUNY Binghamton
[email protected]

Amy Steigerwalt
Georgia State University
[email protected]

John Szmer
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
[email protected]

Alicia Uribe-McGuire
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
[email protected]

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