Lisa Alexander presented an early version of her paper “Law, Culture and Social Movements 2.0” at the Association for Law, Property and Society’s 4th Annual Meeting, held at the University of Minnesota Law School in April.
Ken Streit co-authored the article (with John Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney) "As I See It: Expand Sentencing Options for Young Adults," which appeared in the May issue of Wisconsin Lawyer.
R. Alta Charo was appointed to serve on the Independent Review and Assessment of the Activities of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee for the National Academies' Institute of Medicine. The committee will determine if gene transfer research raises issues of concern that warrant extra oversight by the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee of individual clinical trial protocols involving gene transfer technique and will describe the criteria used in making this determination.
Wisconsin faculty members share a commitment to excellence in research, embracing a wide variety of substantive concerns and methodological approaches. The faculty has long been known for its interest in interdisciplinary work and for its commitment to a law-in-action approach to scholarship.
For Wisconsin scholars, no matter how interesting or elegant the underlying theory, Wisconsin's law-in-action approach challenges them to answer the question: "Why should this matter to people in the real world?" In contrast to legal scholars whose work is theory-based, Wisconsin scholars tend to begin with an observed, real-world problem or phenomenon and then seek to explain it and to put it into a larger theoretical context.
Much of the research undertaken at Wisconsin is devoted to explaining how law and legal institutions work and often to understanding why law and legal institutions might not be working as intended. The Wisconsin faculty contextualizes law, studying it as one of many social processes that may shape behavior. Many faculty members are active in the Law & Society Association, an international organization of scholars who study the interrelation of society and the legal process; indeed, the current Wisconsin faculty includes three LSA past presidents.
The work of the Wisconsin faculty is not geographically bounded. Though a majority study U.S. law, a growing number explore law in less familiar settings and are focusing their research on the workings of law in countries throughout the world.