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April 19, 2024

Congratulations Dylan Penningroth for being awarded the the Merle Curti Social History Award and the Ellis W. Hawley Award by the Organization of American Historians.

April 12, 2024

 HUGE congratulations to Haley Anderson, who secured a position as an academic fellow at Columbia Law School!

March 8, 2024

Berkeley Law News

As America’s rule of law is threatened, Black history holds lessons

UC Berkeley professor Dylan Penningroth's book "Before the Movement" reveals the many ways Black Americans, long before the Civil Rights Movement, navigated the law by asserting their civil rights of property.

By Ivan Natividad

March 4, 2024

The American Bar Foundation is currently accepting applications for two visitorship opportunities to join our diverse interdisciplinary community of sociolegal researchers: 

February 28, 2024

You are invited to lunch with a new author almost every Thursday afternoon this March at 2240 Piedmont Avenue; lunch will be served at 12:45 in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room.

February 7, 2024

Since his arrival from the University of Washington last summer, Michael Paz has rapidly become a sought-after presence in 2240. His weekly roundups are already legendary. Most people would be satisfied to learn the ropes during their first year in a new job. Michael is not most people. He has been tracing the ropes to the levers, finding the wheels within wheels of the intricate clockwork we call UC Berkeley. His resourcefulness and initiative has now been recognized by higher powers.

December 19, 2023

December 7, 2023

Law & Society Review, the publication of the Law & Society Association, published a special memorial issue to honor the late Professor Lauren Edelman.

December 1, 2023

Special Recognition to JSP Alum '20 Tobias Smith! He's part of the 8th Round of Fellows in the the Public Intellectuals Program, presented by The National Committee on United States-China Relations.


November 17, 2023

Congratulations to Bonnie Cherry and Brianne Felsher for being named Student Research Colloquium Fellows bythe American Society for Legal History!

The American Society for Legal History website:

October 30, 2023

Congratulations to Brianne Felsher for receiving a 2023 Cromwell Fellowship for early career scholars from the American Society for Legal History.

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Dylan Penningroth talks with host Alexis Madrigal about his new book “Before the Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights”

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September 26, 2023

What the conventional narrative gets wrong about the civil rights movement

The Washington Post reviews Professor Dylan Penningroth’s book, Before The Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights.


Why The True History Of Black Civil Rights Must Be Traced Back To The Days Of Slavery

Professor Dylan Penningroth appears on LAist’s AirTalk to discuss his new book, Before The Movement: The Hidden History of Black Civil Rights

September 20, 2023

DA Brooke Jenkins reverses 8-year decline in convictions

“One of the ironies of the call to a more ‘law and order’ approach is that people often associate it with being more effective at trying to reduce crime,” Jonathan Simon said. “I think we have to live with the fact that the actual effects on crime are going to be marginal.”

September 15, 2023

The Legal Lives of Slaves in America

To understand slavery in all its cruelty, writes historian and Berkeley Law professor Dylan C. Penningroth, we have to grasp what sounds like an oxymoron: the legal lives of slaves.


August 25, 2023

August 1, 2023

Berkeley Law News

A hardware store that lost $700,000 to shoplifters illustrates the woes behind a multi-county Bay Area spike

Jonathan Simon, a professor of criminal justice at UC Berkeley’s law school, said incarcerating people over minor property crimes makes little sense. “Jail does real harm and makes it more likely the person will be arrested again,” Simon said.

Berkeley Law News

Eight New Professors Further Bolster Our World-Class Faculty“The quality of any educational institution is largely determined by the quality of its faculty and we simply could not have had a better year in our hiring,” Dean Erwin Chemerinsky says. 

July 21, 2023