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News Posted on July 6, 2017

King Hall Faculty Shine in Law and Society Annual Meeting

UC Davis School of Law faculty were a formidable presence at the Law and Society Association 2017 Annual Meeting held in Mexico City on June 20-23, making presentations, leading discussions, and participating in numerous panels.

Six King Hall faculty members participated in the event, which is the second-largest yearly gathering of law school faculty, behind only the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting. The Law and Society annual meeting is also significant because it brings professors of economics, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines together with law faculty for interdisciplinary discussions of law in the context of social issues. This year's conference was organized around the theme of "Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World."

UC Davis School of Law faculty participants included:

  • Professor Afra Afsharipour, who presented a paper entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Corporate Board: Assessing the Indian Experiment” and chaired a roundtable entitled “Mergers & Acquisitions as a Complex Contract.” She also served as a discussant for the three papers presented on a panel entitled “Regulating Financial Markets.”
  • Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin, who moderated and participated in a panel discussion on “Criminal Justice Reform: Changing Roles and Resources of Lawyers and Law Enforcement” and also served as a reader in an “Author Meets Reader” event on Marcia Zug’s Buying a Bride.
  • Professor Lisa Ikemoto, who chaired a discussion of “CRISPR Dreams and Social Justice: Genetic Modification, Women’s Bodies, Religion, and National Identity” and gave a presentation on the implications of making genetically modified embryos available through fertility clinics.
  • Professor Irene Joe, who presented “The Ethics of Mass Prosecution” as part of a panel on “Criminal Justice Reform: Changing Roles and Resources of Lawyers and Law Enforcement.”
  • Professor Thomas Joo, who presented his paper, "Constitutional Takings, Dignity Takings, and Sacramento's Lost Japantown."
  • Professor Lisa Pruitt, who presented her co-authored paper “A Spatial Reading of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: Recognizing the Tyranny of Distance,” chaired a discussion of “Legal Geography of Urban Spaces,” participated in discussion of “Legal Geography: What is It Good For?”, and served as a reader for a discussion of Bridget Crawford’s Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Professor Brian Soucek, who presented “Religions, Gays, and Blood Donation: A Case Study of Stereotypes.”