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Kathryne M. Young

ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholar 2020-21

Kathryne M. Young, J.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is a sociologist and legal scholar whose work spans the civil and criminal justice systems, focusing on the social mechanisms that maintain inequality.  Young’s current areas of research include access to justice, legal consciousness, criminal procedure, parole decision-making, and legal education.  Her work has been cited by the United States Supreme Court and the Washington State Supreme Court and has appeared in numerous journals, including Law & Society ReviewSocial Forces, and Harvard Law Review.  Her first book, How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School (Stanford University Press, 2018), was named one of Above the Law’s Distinguished Dozen Legal Reads of the Year.  Young serves on the Editorial Board of Law & Social Inquiry and the Editorial Advisory Board of Law & Society Review.

Learn more about Kathryne at her personal website

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