CRN/IRC member Valerie Hans has been elected president of the Law and Society Association for a two-year term beginning in June 2015. Click here for story.
5/29/14-6/1/14: Law and Society Association meeting in Minneapolis, MN.
Click here for panels and papers on Lay Participation presented at 2014 Law & Society Association meeting
5/30/13-6/2/13: Law and Society Association meeting in Boston, MA.
Click here for panels and papers on Lay Participation presented at 2013 Law & Society Association meeting
6/5/12-6/8/12: International Law and Society Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii
Click here for a listing of 2012 LSA panels and papers on lay participation in law
3/25/11: Popular Justice: Beyond Judges and Juries
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2/26/09: Takashi Maruta, Professor of Law, Kwansei Gakuin University Law School, Japan, and Visiting Scholar, Center for Japanese Legal Studies, Columbia University, Lay Participation in Legal Decision Making Comes to Japan: http://media.lawschool.cornell.edu/flashcom/misc/2009/hans_movie_feb09.html
Professor Maruta has been a major influence in the development of Japanese legal reforms, including the introduction of Saiban-in Seido, the Japanese reform in which six lay citizens and three professional judges decide serious criminal cases jointly. In his 2009 talk at Cornell, Professor Maruta discussed the law reform process that led to this particular form of citizen participation in legal decision making, and the special challenges that he and others confronted and continue to face in developing a strong and vibrant system of lay participation in Japan.
8/16/09: Foreigners size up lay judge system Citizens' willingness to serve contrasts with other nations that allow public participation: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20090816a6.html