Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights

Lauren B. Edelman, University of California-Berkeley School of Law

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:10pm
023 Robertson Hall
Princeton University Community: Faculty, Fellows, Students, Staff


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Please join us for a lunchtime book talk with Lauren B. Edelman, to discuss her new book, Working Law: Courts, Corporations, and Symbolic Civil Rights.

Since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, virtually all companies have antidiscrimination policies in place. Although these policies represent some progress, women and minorities remain underrepresented within the workplace as a whole and even more so when you look at high-level positions. They also tend to be less well paid. How is it that discrimination remains so prevalent in the American workplace despite the widespread adoption of policies designed to prevent it?

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Lauren B. Edelman
University of California Berkeley School of Law

Lauren B. Edelman is the Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Boalt faculty in 1996, she was a member of the sociology and law faculties at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. At UC Berkeley, she served as Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society from 2004-2009 and as Chair and Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy from 2010-2013. Edelman is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, has twice been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and was a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy. She has served as secretary and president of the Law and Society Association, chaired the Sociology of Law section of the American Sociological Association, and was elected to the Sociological Research Association, an honorary society. Edelman's research addresses the interplay between organizations and their legal environments, focusing on employers' responses to and constructions of civil rights laws, workers’ mobilization of legal rights, and the impact of management practices on legal institutions. She has also worked in the area of school rights, the intersection of critical race theory and empirical sociolegal studies, dispute resolution, and is beginning work on disabilities in the workplace.