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Professor Laura E. Gómez has been elected president of the Law and Society Association, an international organization of university scholars who study law in its cultural context. She is the first minority scholar and one of the youngest ever elected to head the association.
The Law and Society Association publishes the Law & Society Review, the leading journal in the field, sponsors annual conferences and educational workshops and fosters the development of academic programs in law and society. Past presidents of the organization have included scholars from the University of Michigan, the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University.
Since 2006, she has taught at UNM, where she is the only faculty member to hold a joint appointment in both the law school and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Felice Levine, who in 1987 became the Law and Society Association’s first female president and who is executive director of the American Educational Research Association, said of Gómez: “Laura is more than a notable scholar with a track record of accomplishments beyond her years. She has already made major contributions not just through her formal service to the Law and Society Association, but also through her passionate commitment to mentoring the next generation, her comprehension of excellence and inclusiveness and her vision of law and society growing to cultivate scholarship addressed to the most pressing issues of our time.”