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Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture: Catherine Albiston of UC Berkeley School of Law

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University of Illinois College of Law
Max L. Rowe Auditorium, Law Building
Feb 7, 2020   12:00 - 1:00 pm  
Catherine Albiston - UC Berkeley School of Law
Free and open to the public.
Carolyn Turner
Originating Calendar
College of Law - Lectures Calendar

The University of Illinois College of Law presents the 2020
Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession


Catherine Albiston
UC Berkeley School of Law

"Democracy, Civil Society, and Public Interest Law"

Friday, February 7
12-1 p.m.
Max L. Rowe Auditorium
Law Building

Free and open to the public.
Lunch provided to lecture attendees.

Catherine Albiston joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2003; she also holds affiliate appointments in Sociology and in Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. At the law school, Professor Albiston teaches in the J.D. program and in the Ph.D. program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy. Her courses include Employment Discrimination, Sociology of Law, Social Movements and Law, Research Design, and the Advanced Interdisciplinary Writing Workshop on Law.

Professor Albiston’s research addresses the relationship between law and social change through a variety of empirical projects. Her current study of more than 200 public interest law organizations investigates how variation in strategy, structure and mission among public interest law organizations relate to access to justice. Her other work examines institutional factors that influence law students’ commitment to public interest careers, bias against workers based on race, gender, and caretaker status, and gender and racial disparities in STEM faculty hiring as well as the institutional factors that mitigate these disparities. Albiston’s multi-method empirical studies are based on original data from quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews, experimental methods, and archival research in legal and media archives. She has received several prestigious research grants from the National Science Foundation, as well as grants from the American Bar Foundation and the Law School Admissions Council.

Albiston’s publications appear in peer review journals such as Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, the American Journal of Sociology, and the Annual Review of Law & Social Science, as well as several law reviews. In 2010, Cambridge University Press published her book, Institutional Inequality and the Mobilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act: Rights on Leave. Her work won multiple prizes, including the Law & Society Association Article Prize, the Law & Society Association Dissertation Prize, and Honorable Mention for the W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section of the American Sociological Association. In 2016, Albiston won the UC campus-wide Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award for Senior Faculty, and in 2012-13 she was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She also served on the Board of Trustees of the Law & Society Association.

Albiston is a graduate of Stanford University, where she received both her B.A. (psychology) and M.A. (sociology), and was a Fellow at the Center on Conflict and Negotiation at Stanford Law School. She is also a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, where she received both her J.D. and Ph.D., and was a Fellow at the Center for Working Families.

Following law school, Albiston practiced employment law at the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco/Employment Law Center as a Skadden Fellow and attorney. She then clerked for Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, and joined the law faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2001. Albiston is a member of the California bar, and is admitted to practice before the Ninth, Fifth, and Third Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.

About the Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession

In commemoration of the life and accomplishments of Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr., the law firm of Latham and Watkins, the Van Arsdell family, and his many friends, colleagues, and clients endowed the Paul M. Van Arsdell, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Litigation and the Legal Profession. This lecture series promotes thoughtful discussion on litigation and dispute resolution systems and the highest ethical ideals of the legal profession.

Mr. Van Arsdell received his bachelor’s degree in 1969 and master’s degree in 1971 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After serving as an officer in the United States Army from 1971 until 1973, he returned to the University of Illinois where he received his law degree in 1977, earning a Rickert Award for Legal Writing and serving as managing editor of the University of Illinois Law Forum.

Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Van Arsdell clerked for Judge John Godbold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Montgomery, Alabama. He began his practice in 1978 as an associate for the Chicago-based law firm of Hedlund, Hunter and Lynch, moving to their Los Angeles office in 1980. In 1982 the firm merged with Latham and Watkins; Mr. Van Arsdell became a partner in 1985.

Mr. Van Arsdell was an outstanding young litigator involved in consumer law and was a role model for younger attorneys. He was regarded by his colleagues as a very hard-working attorney and regularly shared his experiences and expertise with others. He became the youngest head of the firm’s finance committee, a demonstration of the firm’s deep respect for him and his work.

For more information:
Carolyn Turner, Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives


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