Lauren Edelman receives the 2018 Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Award from the Law & Society Association

Lauren Edelman, Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law, Professor of Sociology, and a faculty member in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy PhD Program, has received the 2018 Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Award from the Law & Society Association for "empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society."   This award is the highest honor bestowed by the LSA and is given in recognition of a sustained body of scholarly work. 

Lauren is one of the world's leading sociologists of law.  Her book, Working Law: Courts Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights (2016) has received multiple awards, including the 2018 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association, the 2017 George R. Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management, and the 2017 Distinguished Book Award in the Sociology of Law from the American Sociological Association.  Among her many scholarly articles are several classics, including: "Legal Environments and Organizational Governance: The Expansion of Due Process in the American Workplace" (published in the American Journal of Sociology, 1990), "Legal Ambiguity and Symbolic Structures: Organizational Mediation of Civil Rights Law" (published in the American Journal of Sociology, 1992), and "When Organizations Rule: Judicial Deference to Institutionalized Employment Structures" (with Linda Krieger, Scott Eliason, Catherine Albiston, and Virginia Mellema, published in the American Journal of Sociology, 2011, which received the 2012 LSA Article Prize).  Lauren also is former Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy / Legal Studies, Faculty Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS), and President of the Law & Society Association.

This year marks the seventh time a Berkeley scholar has been honored with the Kalven Award.  The other four recipients from JSP/Berkeley Law are Malcolm Feeley, Robert Kagan, Philip Selznick (all former CSLS Faculty Directors), and Frank Zimring (CSLS Affiliate), who, together with Laura Nader (a CSLS Affiliate and Professor of Anthropology) and Kitty Calavita (CSLS Distinguished Affiliated Scholar and Professor Emerita of Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine), constitute the largest cluster of Kalven Award winners from any single university in the country.