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ABF Book Reception: Research Handbook on Modern Legal Realism

  • When: June 2, 2021, 4–5 pm
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Join the American Bar Foundation and the Law and Society Association as we celebrate the Research Handbook on Modern Legal Realism, published by Edward Elgar and edited by Shauhin Talesh, ABF Research Professor Elizabeth Mertz and Heinz Klug.

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This Research Handbook provides a definitive overview of the New Legal Realism (NLR) movement, reaching beyond historical and national boundaries to form new conversations. Drawing on deep roots within the law-and-society tradition, it demonstrates the powerful virtues of its “broad tent” interdisciplinary approach and of its systematic attention to the challenges of translation between social science and law. In a striking contrast with the current Empirical Legal Studies movement, the chapters in this volume employ a variety of theoretically grounded social science methods to understand law and address legal problems. They explore an impressive range of contemporary issues including immigration, policing, globalization, legal education, and access to justice, concluding with an examination of how different social science disciplines intersect with NLR.  

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