The Austin Sarat Award

The Austin Sarat Award is a prize offered to a graduate student for an outstanding paper presented at the ASLCH annual conference. We are looking for papers that represent excellence in interdisciplinary thought, research and writing in the field of law, culture, and the humanities. Although presentation of the paper at the annual conference is required to be eligible, the award winner will be chosen based upon finished papers submitted after the annual conference.

Nominations are due in May, following the conference. If you are not sure that the paper was presented by a graduate student, email and we can check. Once we have received nominations, authors will be contacted for their papers. Please feel free to nominate your own paper!

Congratulations to the 2015 winner, K-Sue Park, for her paper on “Foreclosure and Dispossession.” In this paper, K-Sue challenges assumptions about the recent foreclosure crisis by tracing English mortgage and land policies from colonial history to current property laws in the USA. In 2015, K-Sue graduated from Harvard Law School and also earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation concerns historical processes of dispossession and displacement in America. She is a staff attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow working in the areas of housing and consumer rights at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in El Paso, TX.

Previous Austin Sarat Award Winners