The American Bar Foundation Fellows, an exclusive society of the nation’s preeminent legal leaders, scholars and practitioners, has honored UCLA School of Law Professor Richard Abel with its 2019 Outstanding Scholar Award, recognizing his decades of scholarship at UCLA Law.
Abel, the Michael J. Connell Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at UCLA Law, taught torts, legal profession and law and social change and served as the faculty director of the school’s trailblazing public interest program. He has been a member of the UCLA Law faculty since 1974.
A prolific writer and speaker, Abel has delivered lectures around the globe and is the author of 135 articles and 20 books, including two that were published by Cambridge University Press in 2018: Law’s Wars: The Fate of the Rule of Law in the U.S. “War on Terror” and Law’s Trials: The Performance of Legal Institutions in the U.S. “War on Terror.” He has served as the editor of African Law Studies and Law & Society Review and as an editorial board member of journals focusing on law and society in the United States, Europe and Australia. In addition, he was the president of the Law and Society Association and he helped found the Conference on Critical Legal Studies.
The ABF Fellows Outstanding Scholar Award has been given each year since 1957 to a person “who has engaged in outstanding scholarship in the law or in government.” Previous recipients include UCLA Law distinguished professor of law Kimberlé Crenshaw, as well as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, public interest law pioneer Reginald Heber Smith and a constellation of luminaries from the judiciary and legal academy.
Abel will accept his award on Jan. 26, 2019, at the 63rd Annual Fellows Awards Reception and Banquet during the ABA’s midyear meeting in Las Vegas.