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LPE Mentoring “Office Hours”

Apr 16, 2021

The Law & Political Economy Project is once again teaming up with The Association for the Promotion of Political Economy & the Law (APPEAL) to bring you LPE “Office Hours” 

When: April 16, 2021, 5:00-6:00p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4) via Zoom (link will be provided to accepted registrants)

Registration & Deadline: Sign up here by Sunday April 11, 11:59p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4) Space is limited.

Who: We welcome new & aspiring scholars, graduate and professional students, and others interested in careers in Law and Political Economy to join us in our first of a series of opportunities to talk in small groups with faculty about academic interests and career strategies.

Participating Faculty: Prof. Deborah Dinner, Emory University, Law Prof. Abby Reyes, UC Irvine Community Resilience Projects; UC Irvine Law Prof. Noah Zatz, UCLA Law

“Office Hour” Goals and Themes:

· Get ideas and advice for formulating research projects in the LPE approach and strategizing for job market placement.

· Connect with peers with similar concerns

· Share enthusiasm for being intellectually curious and genuinely thoughtful!

Guiding Thought (from Dr. John Haskell, University of Manchester Law):

We all face doors that seem locked in our lives at various moments. Sometimes they are; sometimes it is just a matter of the wrong key. Sometimes it is just that there are other doors we aren’t seeing. But there is always something to do about a situation and often the best way to get unstuck (or to stay unstuck) is to have opportunities to brainstorm with others. We hope these sessions help facilitate everyone to discover more and better choices in their professional and political life journeys.

More on Participating Faculty Interests and Expertise:

Prof. Deborah Dinner, Emory School of Law

Academic Interests: Legal history, gender and the law, antidiscrimination law and social welfare alternatives, employment discrimination and employment law, family law. I am completing a book that examines the evolution of sex equality law and the legal regulation of work and family, from the mid-1960s to the present. I have published articles about feminist struggles respecting childcare, pregnancy discrimination, labor regulation, and public accommodations. I am starting a new project about the legal history of classification debates in private insurance, which will analyze sex discrimination in insurance rating among other topics.

Career Topics of Interest: navigating joint-degree programs and the competing demands of humanities and legal scholarship; the job market and appointments; the pre-tenure experience; challenges and opportunities for newly post-tenured faculty

Prof. Abby Reyes, UC Irvine Community Resilience Projects; UC Irvine Law

Academic Interests: law and social movements: race, place, and climate change; just transition; earthrights’ defender defense; creating conditions to shift research and teaching from community engagement to community ownership; practices of transformative social movements; increasing capacity for community-driven climate resilience and COVID-19 response. For more, see her interview on Law and Political Economy Blog.

Career Topics of Interest: Insider/outsider questions: cultivating discernment when choosing whether/how to work within dominant institutions and structures; integrating popular education methods and embodiment practices into law curriculum; working with student despair about contemporary social and planetary crises; getting/staying rooted in community; strategic questioning as a community visioning and action planning tool; public interest and alternative law career paths.

Prof. Noah Zatz, UCLA Law

Research Interests: My research has focused on the legal construction of “work,” “employment,” and “workers”; worker status as a basis for social citizenship; racialized mass incarceration as economic regulation; and antidiscrimination theory. Running throughout are an interest in market/nonmarket distinctions and interactions between “the economy” and nominally noneconomic institutions, including how these are structureed by gender and race.

Career Topics of Interest: I began my career as a public interest lawyer and am interested in how scholars can support and contribute to social movements and advocacy. I’m also interested and have been involved in law & social science collaborations and interdisciplinarity.