Association Awards

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The Law and Society Association offers awards for scholarship in the field of law and society. The award nominations are issued in the Fall of each year, and the awards are given at the Annual Meeting. Each award is funded by individual contributions.

2015 Awards are open for nominations until mid-January, 2015.
Book award nominations close mid-December 2014.
Pipkin Prize nominations close mid-December 2014.

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See the 2014 Award Winners


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Harry J. Kalven Jr. Award

The Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Award is awarded by the Law and Society Association for "empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society." Nominations are open to all forms of law and society scholarship, and from any country of origin, although copies submitted to the committee must be in English.

It is not a book award, nor is it a career achievement award, but is given in recognition of a body of scholarly work, including some portion of work having been completed within the past few years. Self-nominations are accepted.

The award is a cash award of $500.

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous winners


hurstJ. Willard Hurst Prize
In the spirit of Willard Hurst's own work, the Hurst Prize is given to the best work in socio-legal history. The field of socio-legal history is broadly defined to include the history of interrelationships between law and social, economic, and political change; the history of functions and impact of legal agencies, legislative and administrative as well as judicial; the social history of the legal profession; and similar topics. Self-nominations are accepted.

Textbooks, casebooks, and edited collections are not eligible for the award, but monographs will be considered. The Association seeks studies in legal history that explore the relationship between law and society or illuminate the use, function, and cultural meaning of law and society. The Association discourages submission of purely doctrinal studies in the evolution of appellate case law.

The responsibility of ensuring that a work is submitted for the most appropriate book prize rests with the nominator. As a rule of thumb, books that have a significant historical focus should be directed to the Hurst Prize, while other works of socio-legal scholarship should be directed to the Jacob Prize.  A book submitted for both prizes may end up being considered for neither. 
The award is a cash award of $500 and the winner will be featured in an Author Meets Readers Session.

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

Committee members may live in other countries. Please take this in to consideration for shipping time. Books must be postmarked by December 15 and received by January 1 to still be considered.

See the list of previous winners


herb jacobHerbert Jacob Book Prize
Established in 1996 as the LSA Book Award, and re-named in memory of Herbert Jacob, past President of LSA, the competition is open to books from all fields of, and approaches to, law and society scholarship—excluding only works of socio-legal history, which are considered for the Hurst Prize.

Herbert Jacob was the founder of the first internet book review in the field, Law and Politics Book Review, a creative, energetic scholar who took on a wide variety of questions and issues, and a warm human being whose own work has been a major contribution to the field of law and society. The award is intended to recognize new, outstanding work in law and society scholarship.

Textbooks, casebooks, and edited collections are not eligible for the award, but monographs will be considered. Nominations are accepted from all aspects of the field and any country of origin and may include first books of young scholars to books that are capstones of long careers in law and society research and publication. Self nominations are accepted.

The responsibility of ensuring that a work is submitted for the most appropriate book prize rests with the nominator. As a rule of thumb, books that have a significant historical focus should be directed to the Hurst Prize, while other works of socio-legal scholarship should be directed to the Jacob Prize.  A book submitted for both prizes may end up being considered for neither. 

The award is a cash award of $500 and the winner will be featured in an Author Meets Readers Session.

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

Committee members may live in other countries. Please take this in to consideration for shipping time. Books must be postmarked by December 15 and received by January 1 to still be considered.

See the list of previous winners


John Hope Franklin Prize
The John Hope Franklin Prize was established in 2010 by the Law and Society Association to recognize exceptional scholarship in the field of Race, Racism and the Law. The award is awarded annually and is named for John Hope Franklin, a professor of history and law whose interdisciplinary research documented the history of racism and its effects, whose scholarship had both national and international influence, and whose commitments to intellectual freedom, professional service, and civic activism were resolute.

The Franklin Prize is awarded for an article published in the two calendar years prior to the award year. The competition is open to all forms of law and society scholarship, to authors at any stage of their careers, and to authors from any country of origin. Articles may be published in any scholarly journal, including socio-legal journals, journals in other disciplines, and law reviews, or may be a chapter in a book volume. Co-authored articles, and self-nominations, may be submitted for consideration.

While there is no limit on the number of articles one may nominate, an article may not be considered for the John Hope Franklin Prize and another LSA award. The decision in determining whether an article should be submitted for consideration for the Franklin Prize, rather than another LSA award, rests with the article’s nominator in consultation with the author.

The award is a cash award of $500.

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous winners


stan wheelerStan Wheeler Mentorship Award
In honor of the memory of Stanton Wheeler (Sociology/Law, Yale University), whose mentorship was so important to so many members of the Association, the Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award was created in 2008.  It is awarded to a member of the Law and Society community who is regarded by his or her peers and students as an outstanding mentor for graduate, professional or undergraduate students who are working on issues of law and society.  Self-nominations are accepted.

The award is a cash award of $500.

 

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous winners


ron pipkinRonald Pipkin Service Award
The Ronald Pipkin Service Award was created in 2012, to honor the twenty-five year service of retiring Executive Officer, Ron Pipkin (Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst). It will be awarded annually to a Law and Society Association member who has demonstrated sustained and extraordinary service to the Association. Forms of service that will be awarded should be independent of elected office and appointed roles such as Program Chair, although those roles can be considered as part of a larger record.

While the award is named to honor the long-time, distinguished Executive Officer and the initial recipient is a revered member of the Executive Office staff, in general paid staff members should not be included in the candidate pool. The Executive Committee will serve as the award committee who selects the awardee each year. Presidents will retain the previously delegated discretionary authority to award other ad hoc service awards to members and staff alike.

The award is a cash award of $500. 

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous winners


Law and Society Association Article Prize
The Law and Society Association Article Prize, recognizes exceptional scholarship in socio-legal studies for a journal article or chapter in an edited book. Articles may be published in any scholarly journal, including socio-legal journals, journals in other disciplines, and law reviews, and self-nominations are accepted.

The competition is open to all forms of law and society scholarship, to authors at any stage of their careers, and to authors from any country of origin.

The award is a cash award of $500.

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous winners


Law and Society Association International Prize
The Law and Society Association International Prize is offered to a scholar, normally in residence outside the United States, in recognition of significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of law and society.
It is not a book award, nor is it a career achievement award, but is given in recognition of a body of scholarly work, including some portion of the work should that has been completed within the past few years, and self-nominations are accepted.

The award is a cash award of $500.

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous winners


Student Prizes

Undergraduate Student Paper Prize
The Law and Society Association presents one award to the undergraduate student paper that best represents outstanding law and society research. The subject matter should be in the interdisciplinary tradition of law and society research, and should reflect the style of articles that appear in the Law & Society Review, such as work that examines law in culture and society, including interpretative, historical, social-scientific, and jurisprudential scholarship.

All papers entered in the competition must be written by matriculated students at any (U.S. or non-U.S.) institution of higher education. Nominations can be made only by a regular member of the Law and Society Association, and no self-nominations or student-member nominations are accepted.

The award is a cash award of $500.

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.


Graduate Student Paper Prize
The Law and Society Association presents one award to the graduate student paper that best represents outstanding law and society research. The subject matter should be in the interdisciplinary tradition of law and society research, and should reflect the style of articles that appear in the Law & Society Review, such as work that examines law in culture and society, including interpretative, historical, social-scientific, and jurisprudential scholarship.

All papers entered in the competition must be written by matriculated students at any (U.S. or non-U.S.) institution of higher education in the two previous years. Nominations can be made only by a regular member of the Law and Society Association, and no self-nominations or student-member nominations are accepted.

The award is a cash award of $500.

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the previous Graduate and Undergraduate Paper Prize winners


Dissertation Award
The Law and Society Association presents one award to the dissertation best represents outstanding work in law and society research. The subject matter should be in the interdisciplinary tradition of law and society research, and should reflect the style of articles that appear in the Law & Society Review, such as work that examines law in culture and society, including interpretative, historical, social-scientific, and jurisprudential scholarship.

The selection committee welcomes international submissions (in English) and nontraditional research.

The award is a cash award of $500.

Nominations require: 

All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.

See the list of previous Dissertation Award winners