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Friday, June 21, 2013

Calibrating Progress in the Economy of Prestige? Do Prawfs Have Adequate Awards?

The culture of prestige-mongering is one in which many of us participate, wittingly or not. Now comes an email from the provost of FSU stating that FSU is planning on trying to incentivize and reward achievements in various disciplines through various raises, etc. From what I can tell, the school seems to be inclined to follow the National Research Council's list of awards, available in spreadsheet form here.

I took a peek at the Humanities and Social Sciences spreadsheets and saw only a few things that would be of interest to conventional law profs. If you were to write the provost, what would you suggest as awards or achievements that belong on those spread sheets for law profs? FWIW, I am not here endorsing the economy of prestige but just want to marginally improve its plausibility viz prawfs.  So please forbear from generalized kvetching about status anxiety. For purposes of this post, indulge it.  And if you're having trouble brainstorming a list of awards and prizes (as I am), what should be done about it and who should do it?

A first offer: Law and Society has a bunch of prizes, and AALS has its scholarly paper award for young folks. What else belongs? Stanford-Yale invitations? ACS or Fed Soc Bator Prizes?  LAPA fellowships at Princeton? 

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Significant roles in the ALI (Council, Reporter)? (The status of Member seems too easily obtained.)
Member of or reporter to a Federal Rules Committee?

Posted by: David Levine | Jun 26, 2013 1:00:02 AM

Each niche area may have its own highest honor. For example, Ray Warner (St. John's) was recently awarded the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Annual Service Award. This award is the group's highest membership award and is given to an ABI member whose contributions over the past year have been extraordinary, as determined by ABI’s Advisory Board of past presidents.


Posted by: Matthew Bruckner | Jun 24, 2013 8:31:06 AM

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