Southern California Law and Social Science (SoCLASS) Forum

FaultLines_Poster_SoClass-webThe Southern California Law and Social Science Forum brings together Southern California-based scholars from a range of academic disciplines to share their work in the areas of American, International, and Comparative Law. To date, its events have attracted hundreds of scholars, students, and community members from across Southern California.

The Forum held its innaugural event on March 1, 2013 at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. That year’s theme, Law at the Fault Lines, emphasized the ways in which law influences and is influenced by fissures between social and political groups. There were three panel sessions (“Marginalization & Law,” “Gender & Law,” and “Transitional Justice in Comparative Perspective”) as well as a Keynote Luncheon Address delivered by last year’s recipient of the APSA Law & Court’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert A. Kagan (Harvard & UC Berkeley Political Science).

The Forum held its Second Annual event on March 28, 2014 at Whittier Law School. The theme, Elections, Law, and Democracy, brought together scholars doing work at the intersection of voting rights, election law, electoral reform, and campaign finance. The Keynote Luncheon Address was delivered by scholar and renowned election law expert, Richard Hasen (UC Irvine School of Law).

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The Forum held its Third Annual event on March 27, 2015 at University of Southern California. Co-sponsored by the USC Law School and Political Science Department, SoCLASS III examined the theme of Law, Regulation, and Social Science. The conference featured eight panels of distinguished scholars from Southern California and beyond plus a keynote address by distinguished University of Pennsylvania scholar and regulation expert Cary Coglianese.  Program and other details can be found here.

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The Forum held its Fourth Annual event on March 18, 2016 at University of California, San Diego. Co-Sponsored by UCSD’s Center for Tomorrow’s California and The Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, SoCLASS IV examined the question Are We Entering an Era of Dysfunction in American Government? If So, Can It Be Stopped? The Conference featured presentations by eighteen scholars and a Keynote Address by Nate Persily (Stanford University Law and Political Science). Full program available here.

SoCLASS held its Fifth Annual event on April 28, 2017 at Claremont McKenna College. Co-sponsored by the David Dreier Roundtable, SoCLASS V explored the timely theme of Law and Legitimacy. The Conference featured work by seventeen scholars on a variety of topics and a keynote address by CA Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon. Full program available here.

For more information about SoCLASS go to or contact SoCLASS Steering Committee members Amanda Hollis-Brusky (Pomona College), Rachel VanSickle-Ward (Pitzer College), Christian Grose (USC) and Thad Kousser (UCSD).