Howard S. Erlanger

Position title: Emeritus Professor, Law and Sociology



Howard S. Erlanger served as Director of the Legal Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Certificate Program from 2007-2013. A member of the UW faculty since 1971, he is Voss-Bascom Professor of Law, Emeritus, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Professor Erlanger is the recipient of a number of awards for his teaching and research, including the Steiger and Underkofler awards from the University for excellence in teaching, and the Wheeler mentorship award from the Law and Society Association. Professor Erlanger is a past-President of the Law and Society Association and since 1982 he has been Review Section Editor of Law and Social Inquiry, where he has solicited and edited over 400 article-length essays representing the great diversity of views in socio-legal studies. His own socio-legal research has primarily focused on the legal profession – especially on the careers of lawyers in public interest practice and the socialization of law students – and on topics related to dispute resolution and to law and organizations.