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- Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is composed of the Officers of the Association (President, President-Elect or Immediate Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer); the representatives from each of the three current Trustee Classes; the General Editor; and the Executive Officer (ex officio).
- LSA Board of Officers and Trustees
The LSA Board of Trustees consists of the individuals currently holding the positions of Officer ( President, President-Elect or Immediate Past President, Treasurer, and Secretary); Editor (General Editor and Book Reveiws Editor); Trustee (24 individuals who serve in 3-year overlapping classes of 8 members each); and the Executive Officer.
- Annual Meeting Program
The Program Committee issues the Call for Papers and plans the substantive content and structure of the Annual Meeting, including review and acceptance of proposals, forming sessions from individual paper proposals, and organizing special sessions and plenaries. The committee usually consists of 10-12 members, and for joint international meetings, 18-20 members.
- Graduate Student Workshop
The Graduate Student Workshop (GSW) is a 2-day event just prior to the Annual Meeting. The Workshop Committee plans the program which consists usually of a plenary/keynote address, small-group elective workshops, small-group research discussion groups, panels which address publishing and teaching in the field, shared meals, and other opportunities for informal exchange with peers and faculty mentors. The Committee issues a call for applications, reviews and selects applicants, recruits additional faculty, and usually themselves participate as workshop and discussion facilitators.
- Early Career Workshop
The workshop takes place over a 2 day period just prior to the Annual Meeting and brings together promising junior faculty with accomplished senior scholars in an intensive yet supportive environment. The Early Career Workshop Committee members develop the program, review and select applicants, and recruit faculty. Many members of the committee themselves participate as faculty. All ECW faculty and planners who participate in the program are eligible for a stipend intended to cover the extra night's hotel expense for their early arrival at Annual Meeting.
The Nominating Committee is charged to recommend candidates to run in the fall elections for the next class of Trustees. Every third year, the committee is also charged to recommend candidates for the office of President; the office of Secretary; and the office of Treasurer. The candidates must be current LSA members. Collectively, they should represent the broad range of disciplines and scholarship in the Association, as well as diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, age, regions, and perspectives.
- Harry J. Kalven Jr. Award
Members of the Harry J. Kalven Jr. Award Committee are selected annually by the Association President. The committee is chartered with selecting the recipient of the Kalven Award, which is awarded each year in the Spring.
- James Willard Hurst Prize
Members of the James Willard Hurst Prize Committee are selected annually by the Association President. The committee is chartered with selecting the recipient of the Hurst Prize, which is awarded each year in the Spring.
- Herbert Jacob Book Prize
Members of the Herbert Jacob Book Prize Committee are selected annually by the Association President. The committee is chartered with selecting the recipient of the Jacob Prize, which is awarded each year in the Spring.
- John Hope Franklin Prize
The prize is named for John Hope Franklin, a preeminent 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.
- Article Prize
Members of the Article Prize Committee are selected annually by the Association President. The committee is chartered with selecting the recipient of the Article Prize, which is awarded each year in the Spring.
- International Scholarship Prize
Members of the International Scholarship Prize Committee are selected annually by the Association President. The committee is chartered with selecting the recipient of the International Scholarship Prize, which is awarded each year in the Spring.
- Dissertation Award
Members of the Dissertation Award Committee are selected annually by the Association President. The committee is chartered with selecting the recipient of the Dissertation Award, which is given each year in the Spring.
- Stan Wheeler Mentor Award
The Stan Wheeler Mentor Award is awarded annually 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. The award is presented at the LSA Annual Meeting.
- Student Paper Prize
Members of the Student Paper Prize Committee are selected annually by the Association President. The committee is chartered with selecting the recipient of the Student Paper Prize, which is awarded each year in the Spring. The Student Paper Prize Committee will select a winner from each category: Undergraduate Student and Graduate/Law Student. The prizes are for the research paper that best represents outstanding law and society research, written within the 18 months prior to the award year.
- Ronald Pipkin Service Award
The Ronald Pipkin Service Award is awarded 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.
The Publications Committee is a Standing Committee charged to consider and recommend programs and policies for the publications of the Association, including the Law & Society Review. The current General Editor of the Review shall be a member of the committee, ex officio.
- Membership and Professional Issues
The Membership and Professional Issues Committee (MPIC) is a Standing Committee, responsible for addressing issues relating to membership, the Association’s relations with other professional associations, challenges facing the profession both within and outside the academy, and for devising activities that enhance the field of law and society scholarship and teaching.
- International Activities
The International Activities Committee is a Standing Committee responsible for developing programs that attend to the needs of members of the Association from outside the Unived States and for promoting comparative and transnational scholarship. The committee shall ordinarily consist of 10-12 members, roughly half of whom should represent countries other than the United States.
- CRN Coordinating
Collaborative Research Networks (CRNs) are organized to facilitate research collaboration, usually international, in selected topics. There are 30 some CRNs active within LSA. The coordinating committee reviews proposals for new CRNs, and oversees the periodic self-review that each CRN is asked to conduct with respect to its leadership and participant engagement.
The Committee on Diversity is a Standing Committee, responsible for encouraging the development of greater diversity in the membership of the organization.
- LSA-ABF Fellowship Committee
Law and Society Association and American Bar Foundation select cohorts of fellows that provides financial support, permitting those fellows to take full advantage of the education, training, and mentoring at the heart of this program.
The Audit Committee shall select, commission, and receive the annual report prepared by the auditor, and shall be in contact with the auditor to receive any communications that are properly directed to the Association’s leadership. The committee shall consist of the representatives from each class of Trustees, and shall be chaired by the representative with the greatest class seniority.
- Budget and Finance
The Budget and Finance Committee is a standing committee, exempted from the 6-member rule. It normally has 3 members and the Treasurer, ex officio. It's role is to advise the President, and when appropriate, the Trustees of the Association, on issues related to finances, budget, and investments.
- Association Representatives
The Association Representatives will represent the Law and Society Association relationships with the American Council of Learned Societies, The Consortium of Social Science Associations and The World Consortium of Law & Society.