Previous New Legal Realism News and Events 2014-15

Call for abstracts: “Using Applied Social Science Methodologies to Conserve the Historic Environment: Can Evidence Change Practice?” Deadline for submissions: September 28, 2015.
Organization: Historic Environment Knowledge Network, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)
This day-long conference intensive at the Environmental Design Research Association’s annual conference (EDRA47) will address the question of how critical heritage studies theory can and should change the practice of the conservation of the historic environment (built heritage and cultural landscapes). Perspectives on how the regulatory environment can/should be changed to accommodate more diverse cultural perspectives and practices are especially welcome from the perspective of new legal realism. Accepted presenters will be invited to submit a full paper; selected papers will then be published in an edited volume. For more info, see:

Law and Society Association 2015 Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (May 28-31, 2015): The theme of this year’s meeting was “Law’s Promise and Law’s Pathos in the Global North and Global South.” LSA Collaborative Research Network #28: Realist and Empirical Methods hosted a paper session. The workshop, “Paper, Practice, Power, and Numbers,” featured presentations that explored the relationship between legal doctrine and practice. The panel examined how judges perform law and how they invent fictional characters to protect real people. Additionally, panelists discussed the complex task of incorporating empirical approaches of New Legal Realism into legal education outside of the United States. For more details about the workshop, click here.

Third Annual Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Workshop at AALS
Washington, DC (January 4-5, 2015)…providing an overview of qualitative and mixed research methods

Application for Princeton’s Program in Law and Public Affairs From blogger Beth Mertz, who was at the Princeton LAPA program for a year, comes the following information (along with her enthusiastic endorsement of the benefits of a year at LAPA): Princeton University’s Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) invited outstanding faculty members, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges to apply for appointments as resident Fellows for the academic year 2015-2016. Further information and the electronic application can be found here. APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 5:00 PM (EST) MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014.

New Legal Realism 10th Anniversary Conference Scholars gathered at the University of California, Irvine on August 29-30, 2014 for the New Legal Realism 10th Anniversary Conference. The theme of the meeting was “Future Directions for Legal Empiricism.” See the program for more information about the conference panels and speakers. Click here for pictures from the event.

Happy 50th Birthday LSA! In May 2014, the Law & Society Association celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Minneapolis, MN. The LSA website has some interesting content on the first and upcoming half centuries of sociolegal research. And catch our NLR commentaries on the blog!

The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society published a special issue in memory of Jane Larson.
It included essays by Michelle Oberman, Cynthia Grant Bowman, and Martha E. Ertman with a preface by Gerald Torres and an introduction by Elizabeth Mertz. Also, don’t miss articles building on the tradition of Larson’s scholarship: “‘Facts are Stubborn Things:’ Irregular Housing in the Texas Colonias” by Guadalupe T. Luna and “Burma Just Around the Corner: When U.S. Corporations Employ Refugees by Christyne J. Vachon. See the Readings page for more on Larson’s work.

Workshop at Law and Society Assocation Meeting 2014
Minneapolis, MN (May 29-June 1, 2014)…case studies on law and language

Second Annual Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Workshop at AALS
New York, NY (January 4-5, 2014)…providing an overview of qualitative and experimental research methods