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School of Law Presents "How to Be - Sort of - Happy in Law School"

Published: March 31, 2019 | Categories: All News, Law

The School of Law's Clason Speaker Series will host "How to Be - Sort of - Happy in Law School," a talk by professor and author Kathryne M. Young, on Monday, April 8 at noon in the Blake Law Center Common. The event is free and open to the public. 

How to Be Sort of Happy in Law School is Professor Young's first book, and was named one of Above the Law's "Distinguished Dozen" legal books of 2018. Young's other research spans sociology and legal scholarship, and her areas of interest include parole hearings, access to justice, and constitutional rights assertion. Her work has been published in many venues, including the Harvard Law Review, Law & Society Review, Social Forces, and California Law Review, and she has been cited by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Professor Kathryne M. Young works at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she teaches courses on policing, evidence, law and society, and social psychology. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2011 and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University in 2014. Professor Young is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Massachusetts, the university's highest teaching honor.

The Clason Speaker Series is named after Charles R. Clason, a prominent local attorney and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who held the position of Dean of the School of Law from 1954 to 1970. Today, the purpose of the Charles and Emma Clason Endowment Fund is to host speakers who will enhance the academic environment of the School of Law and the University.

All Clason Speaker Series events are open to students, alumni, the University community, and the general public. For more information, call 413-782-1439 or email Professor Matthew.Charity at