AMHERST, Mass. – Former Law and Society Association President (2002-03) Lauren B. Edelman will be honored with the 2020 Outstanding Scholar Award from the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF), as announced by the organization Tuesday. Edelman will receive the accolade at the 64th Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet on Saturday, February 15, 2020, during the Midyear Meeting of the ABF in Austin, Texas.
In addition to serving her term as president, Edelman also held the LSA’s secretary position and was elected to the Board of Trustees this past fall, where she also will serve as the 2022 Class Representative for the LSA Executive Committee.
“I am honored to receive the Outstanding Scholar Award from the American Bar Foundation,” said Edelman. “The ABF is one of the most important institutions in the field of law and society, and its research professors continue to conduct some of the best research in the field. It was my pleasure to serve on the ABF Board for a decade.”
Awarded annually since 1957, the Outstanding Scholar honor is given by the Fellows of the ABF to an individual who has engaged in outstanding scholarship in law or government. The award recognizes Edelman’s contributions to the scholarship of civil rights in the workplace.
Edelman is currently the Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley. Her research explores the relationship between organizations and their legal environments. Her work has been integral to the founding of the sub-field of law and organizations, and it has significantly shaped the sub-fields of law and professions, dispute resolution and race and gender discrimination.
“The American Bar Foundation is delighted to honor Laurie Edelman with this year’s Outstanding Scholar Award,” said ABF Executive Director Ajay K. Mehrotra. “Professor Edelman and her research exemplify the high standards of rigorous scholarship that are the hallmark of the ABF.”
Edelman has been the recipient of multiple prestigious awards throughout her career. She’s a winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship, has been named a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences twice and was a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy. In addition to winning numerous article awards, Edelman won the LSA’s Harry J. Kalven Jr. Prize in 2018 and the Association’s Stanton Wheeler Mentorship Award in 2017.
Edelman has been published in numerous academic journals, including the American Journal of Sociology and the Law & Society Review regularly. Her book, Working Law: Courts, Corporations and Symbolic Civil Rights (University of Chicago Press 2016), earned the 2017 George R. Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management, the 2018 Distinguished Scholarly Book Award from the American Sociological Association and the 2017 Distinguished Book Award for the Sociology of Law section from the American Sociological Association.
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