Professional Workshop

with Avani Mehta Sood and Kim Lane Scheppele

Wed, 02/06/2013
Noon, 438 Robertson Hall
Event Category: 
Special Event
Graduate Students

The LEGS (Law-Engaged Graduate Student) seminar will open for the spring term with a professional workshop on Wednesday 6 February 12-1:20 in 438 Robertson that examines job-hunt strategies and funding opportunities for interdisciplinary and/or multi-degreed students.    Lunch will be served! 

The workshop will feature Avani Mehta Sood, who went on the law school job market this year and who has had a terrific response.  She is now holding multiple offers from top places.  She will give LEGSfolks the inside story on how to navigate the quite complicated job market for law school teaching jobs. 

In addition, Kim Lane Scheppele will give a presentation on how to get funding for socio-legal projects, with an emphasis on grants for dissertation research.   

So - please join us for a conversation over lunch about how to prepare for things to come!

Avani Mehta Sood is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University. She received her J.D. in 2003 from Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinicand the New Haven Legal Assistance Clinic, Family Law Unit. She received her A.B. degree in Psychology, summa cum laude, from Princeton in 1999, along with the Edward E. Jones Memorial Thesis Prize, the Howard Crosby Warren Senior Prize, and induction into the Phi Beta Kappa society.  After law school, Avani worked as a litigation associate on international arbitration and internal investigation cases at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; clerked for Judge Kimba Wood in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; and was awarded the Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights, through which she conducted extensive field research in India and Kenya with the Center for Reproductive Rights’ International Legal Program.  Avani’s research and teaching interests include criminal law, criminal procedure, professional responsibility, evidence, torts, and family law.  In addition, she has strong interests in comparative law, international law, and international human rights law—which stem from her clinical and international work, as well as from having lived in India, Hong Kong, and Saudi Arabia. The overarching aim of her legal scholarship is to attach psychological insights to doctrinal questions and revitalize legal debates through the contribution of data-driven analysis. 

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values as well as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University. She joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law. From 1994-1998, Scheppele lived in Budapest, doing research at the Constitutional Court of Hungary and teaching at both the University of Budapest and at Central European University, where she was a founding director of the Program in Gender and Culture. Scheppele's work concentrates on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele has researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. In short, when the Berlin Wall fell, she studied the transition of countries from police states to constitutional rule-of-law states and after the Twin Towers fell, she studies the process in reverse. Her many publications on both post-1989 constitutional transitions and on post-9/11 constitutional challenges have appeared in law reviews, social science journals and in many languages (including Russian, Hungarian and French). Her new book is called The International State of Emergency: The Rise of Global Security Law. It will appear in 2013 with Harvard University Press.