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Date: Mar 29, 2007
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW PRESENTS THE 2006-2007 VISITING SCHOLAR- IN-RESIDENCE LECTURE
"Sovereignty, Mercy, and the Limits of Law: The Case of Clemency in the Killing State," April 18, 2007
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY : The Hofstra University School of Law presents the 2006-2007 Visiting Scholar-in-Residence Lecture, "Sovereignty, Mercy, and the Limits of the Law: The Case of Clemency in the Killing State," delivered by Amherst College's Austin Sarat. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 11:10 a.m at the Sidney R. Siben and Walter Siben Moot Courtroom, Room 308 of the Law School. All are invited to attend the lecture. For additional information, please call (516) 463-5854 or e-mail email@example.com .
Austin Sarat is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence Political Science at Amherst College and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor. He is former President of the Law and Society Association, former President of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, and President of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. He is author or editor of more than fifty books including When the State Kills: Capital Punishment in Law, Politics, and Culture; Something to Believe in: Politics, Professionalism, and Cause Lawyers (with Stuart Scheingold); Cultural Analysis, Cultural Studies and the Law: Moving Beyond Legal Realism (with Jonathan Simon); Looking Back at Law's Century (with Robert Kagan and Bryant Garth); Law, Violence, and the Possibility of Justice ; Pain, Death, and the Law; and The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society. His book, Mercy on Trial: What It Means to Stop an Execution, was published by Princeton University Press in 2005. He is currently writing a book titled Hollywood's Law: What Movies Do for Democracy.
He is editor of the journal Law, Culture and the Humanities and of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. His public writing has appeared in such places as The Los Angeles Times and The American Prospect, and he has been a guest on National Public Radio, The News Hour, Odyssey, and The O'Reilly Factor. His teaching has been featured in The New York Times and on The Today Show.
He was the co-recipient of the 1997 Harry Kalven Award given by the Law and Society Association for "distinguished research on law and society" and was co-recipient of the 2004 Reginald Heber Smith Award given biennially to honor the best scholarship on "the subject of equal access to justice." It was given in recognition of his work on cause lawyering and the three books he has produced on the subject. He is the first person from a liberal arts college to whom this award as been given. In 2006 he received the James Boyd White Prize from the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities for "distinguished scholarly achievement" and in recognition of "outstanding and innovative" contributions to the humanistic study of law.