UW Professor Howard Erlanger Recipient of Law & Society Association's 2010 Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award

Erlanger was given the prestigious award at the annual meeting of the LSA in Chicago, May 27-30.

Professor Howard Erlanger's mentorship is well recognized both within the extensive University of Wisconsin system and the larger law and society community.  As one nominator observed, according to the LSA Wheeler Award Committee: “For the field of law and society, Howard Erlanger is a mentor par excellence.  He has devoted most of his career to fostering excellent law and society scholarship by mentoring young scholars, and for that, the field owes him a great debt.”

At the University of Wisconsin, "Howie" enthusiastically mentors numerous law and society graduate and undergraduate students in law, political science, and sociology on an ongoing basis.  He founded the Midwest Law and Society Retreat, as well as the University of Wisconsin Aardvarks to mentor young law professors in the art of teaching.  In 2004, Howie received the Underkofler Award for Distinguished Teaching, a UW career achievement award.

Howie's mentorship extends well beyond the UW community.  Having served since 1982 as Review Section Editor of the journal of Law & Social Inquiry, Howie strives to give promising young faculty and graduate students the opportunity to publish their ideas.  During his LSA Presidency (2003-2005), he established the LSA Connections Committee to make young scholars feel welcome at LSA meetings and to connect them with senior scholars.  Howie also is a long-time supporter of LSA’s Graduate Student Workshop and Summer Institute and the more recently established joint LSA/ABF Law and Social Science Dissertation Fellowships.

The Stan Wheeler Mentorship Award, created in 2008, is awarded each year to a member of the law and society community who is regarded by his or her peers and students as an outstanding mentor for graduate, professional or undergraduate students working on issues of law and society.

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