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1 - Social Justice Lawyering and Sociology

Mon, August 12, 12:30 to 2:10pm, New York Hilton, Floor: Third Floor, Grand Ballroom

Session Submission Type: Invited Session


In the fall of 2017 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, suggested that empirical research presented in a case concerning politically partisan gerrymandering was “sociological gobbledygook.” Chief Justice Roberts’ comments raised a critical concern for lawyers and sociologists alike interested in the pursuit of social justice. In an era in which political leaders obscure empirical realities concerning inequality and oppression through rhetorical claims of “fake news” and rigid denial of empirical factual evidence, the need to examine the connection between lawyering and social science research is exceedingly important. Lawyers and sociologists interested in creating social justice and a more equitable United States and world must actively engage in the project of connecting law, political activism, and rigorous empirical research. This panel brings together lawyers and sociologists engaged in the project of tactical uses of social science research, empirical evidence, and activist legal work both (inside and outside courtrooms).

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