In the LAPA seminar this week, Risa Goluboff will discuss her paper, "People out of Place: The Supreme Court, and Vagrancy Law." Paul Frymer, Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton, will comment. As always, the LAPA format asks that seminar participants familiarize themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator will open the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception in the Kerstetter Room, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.
Risa Goluboff teaches constitutional law, civil rights litigation, and legal history. Her scholarship focuses on the history of civil rights, labor, and constitutional law in the 20th century. Her book, The Lost Promise of Civil Rights (Harvard University Press, 2007), won the 2008 James Willard Hurst Prize, given by the Law and Society Association for the best work in socio-legal history published in 2007. Goluboff is also co-editor (with Myriam Gilles) of Civil Rights Stories (Foundation Press, 2008). Goluboff earned her J.D. from Yale Law School, and her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. She clerked for Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then for Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court. She joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 2002, where she currently serves as Professor of Law and Professor of History. Goluboff has also taught at the University of Cape Town as a Fulbright Scholar. She will be visiting New York University Law School in the fall of 2008 and Columbia Law School in the spring of 2009. For more on Risa Goluboff, see her profile at Virginia Law.
Paul Frymer is Associate Professor of Politics at Princeton and a former LAPA fellow (class of 2004-2005). He teaches and writes in the areas of political institutions, elections and representation, race and civil rights, labor and employment, and law and society. He is the author of Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America (Princeton University Press, 1999). Before coming to Princeton this year, Paul Frymer was director of the legal studies program at the University of California at Santa Cruz and, before that, he taught in the sociology department at the University of California, San Diego. For his article "Acting When Elected Officials Won't: Federal Courts and Civil Rights Enforcement in U.S. Labor Unions, 1935-1985" (American Political Science Review), Frymer received the Law and Society Association's prize for the best article, as well as the American Political Science Association's Mary Parker Follett Award for the best article on politics and history. He also received the association's McGraw Hill Award for the best article in the field of public law. He received an MA and PhD in political science from Yale University, and a BA and JD from UC Berkeley.