The Center for the Study of Law and Society encourages and supports empirical research and theoretical analysis of the social consequence of law, including legal institutions and processes, the impact of law on individuals and groups, and social, political, and intellectual influences on law itself and legal activity. The Center’s affiliated faculty and visitors work across many disciplines, such as political science, sociology, economics, psychology, law, philosophy, and history, and CSLS is an interdisciplinary hub for research activity.
The Executive Director works with the Faculty Director and other affiliated faculty and staff of CSLS and Berkeley Law, in particular the Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) Program. The Executive Director conducts external outreach, hosts research colloquia, conducts network development, and strategic planning. The incumbent will identify, build, nurture and maintain effective relationships with external constituencies and serve as one of the primary or principal advocates for CSLS. Collaboration with other University-based research centers is also expected.
- Administration of CSLS Programs and Activities
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for coordinating and administering all CSLS programs and activities. These include weekly colloquia, the visiting scholars program, occasional conferences and special programs, the working paper series, the Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies (BELS) fellows program, and the law and society small research grants program. Support for CSLS includes drafting annual reports and allocating space (in consultation with the Programs Director) for visiting scholars and faculty who need research space. In consultation with the Faculty Director, the ED develops new programs and activities relevant to the mission of CSLS, identifies prospective speakers for the colloquia, arranges and coordinates the visits to campus of speakers and visiting scholars, and serves as the point person for all CSLS activities. The ED solicits and selects research papers for the Center’s two working paper series, one of papers by affiliated faculty, the second of papers presented in the CSLS colloquium.
Where the activities of the CSLS and the JSP graduate program overlap, the ED will occasionally also contribute to curricular planning and activities for the graduate program.
- Conferences and Program Development
The ED plays a central role in conceptualizing, planning, and administering conferences and workshops hosted by CSLS. The ED also plays a central role in budgeting, seeking revenue, and coordinating CSLS staff and graduate students employed to assist with conferences. The ED will assist with fundraising efforts for CSLS. The ED interacts with and coordinates with other centers, departments, and campus entities in co-sponsoring and developing conferences and workshops of mutual interest, and may represent CSLS at campus meetings or on committees.
- Visiting Scholar Program/BELS Fellow Program
The CSLS visiting scholars program provides research opportunities for up to 25 prominent socio-legal scholars from the U.S. and around the world each year. The ED engages the visiting scholars on their research, organizes and hosts regular events for scholarly exchange among the visiting scholars and faculty, and facilitates access to research sites, resources on campus for research, provides introductions to scholars across Berkeley. The ED participates in and coordinates the application and selection process for both the visiting scholars and BELS fellows programs.
- Budgetary Role
The ED is responsible for preparing and managing budgets for conferences and events, and, in coordination with the Faculty Director, for the CSLS as a whole. The ED serves as the point person for pre-award preparation of research proposals and projects for CSLS. The ED coordinates with the Sponsored Project Office, internal budgeting staff at the law school, Berkeley Regional Services, and the office of the Vice Chancellor for Research as appropriate to steward grant proposals through the pre-award process and to troubleshoot bureaucratic bottlenecks and ensure that internal deadlines for proposals are met in a timely manner.
The ED assists the faculty director in identifying and pursuing grant and other revenue opportunities to support the activities of CSLS and its faculty affiliates and programs, and provides support for grant writing activities for faculty and graduate students affiliated with the CSLS.
- Branding and Outreach for CSLS
The ED is responsible for maintaining and improving the CSLS web page, coordinating social media outreach and messaging from specific faculty to reach a broader audience about their research, and publicizing and conducting outreach for CSLS programs, including the visiting scholar and BELS fellows programs. In addition, the ED, in coordination with the Faculty Director, will assist with developing materials to publicize and articulate the CSLS brand as a research center, including the current intellectual focus of CSLS activities from year to year.