Cal Morrill Receives 2022 LSA Annual Award

June 21, 2022

The Law and Society Association honors 21 scholars

AMHERST, Mass. – 
The Law and Society Association in coordination with the Executive Office, Prize Committees and President Laura Beth Nielsen, honors the winners of its 2022 Annual Awards, as 21 law and society scholars took home prizes this June. Each year, the LSA recognizes outstanding scholarly publications and contributions to the law and society community. This year, the Association will honor the award recipients during the first-ever hybrid Global Meeting on Law & Society, which will take place both in Lisbon, Portugal and virtually from July 13-16. This year’s conference features over 4,500 attendees, representing nearly 100 different countries, making it the largest Global Meeting to date.

The Award Ceremony will take place in Lisbon at the host institution (ISCTE University Institute of Lisbon) in Building II Grande Auditório at 10:15 a.m. (Lisbon Time) on Friday, July 15. The ceremony will also be streamed live to the 2022 virtual conference website and may be available on-demand afterwards. Attendees who plan on watching the ceremony virtually will need to login to their LSA profiles to access the video. To view more information about each of the winners, visit the LSA Awards Page here.

“Congratulations to this year’s award winners for their creative and pathbreaking scholarship,” said President Nielsen. “These prizes highlight the significant work of our members and demonstrate the importance of interdisciplinary empirical work to fully understand the relationship between law and society.”


The Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award also had two winners this year with Calvin Morrill (University of California, Berkeley) and Elizabeth Mertz (American Bar Foundation & University of Wisconsin) taking home the honors. Having long been an institutional leader in graduate sociolegal studies, Professor Morrill has served on an astounding 44 PhD committees and chaired over half of them. Many of the PhDs he has supervised have co-authored publications with him and have gone on to become leading researchers, teachers and public intellectuals affiliated with LSA. He is known for his advice in helping students to overcome the familiar “imposter’s syndrome” and to gain confidence to move forward.