Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence Political Science at Amherst College and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin and JD from Yale Law School. He is former President of the Law and Society Association; former President of the Association for the Study of the Law, Culture and the Humanities; and President of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs. He is author or editor of more than fifty books, including Mercy on Trial: What It Means to Stop an Execution; When the State Kills: Capital Punishment and the American Condition; Something to Believe in: Politics, Professionalism, and Cause Lawyers (with Stuart Scheingold); and The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society, amongst many others. Sarat is editor of the journal Law, Culture and the Humanities and of Studies in Law, Politics and Society. His public writing has appeared in such places as the Los Angeles Times and the American Prospect, and he has been a guest on National Public Radio, The News Hour, Odyssey, The Abrams Report on MSNBC, World News Tonight on ABC, and The O'Reilly Factor. His teaching has been featured in the New York Times and on The Today Show. In 1997, Sarat received the Harry Kalven Award given by the Law Society Association for distinguished research on law and society. In 2004, he received the 2004 Reginald Heber Smith Award, given biennially to honor the best scholarship on the subject of equal access to justice. It was given in recognition of his work on cause lawyering and the three books he has produced on the subject. In 2006, the Association for the Study of Law Culture and the Humanities awarded him the James Boyd White Prize for distinguished scholarly achievement in recognition of his 'innovative and outstanding' work in the humanistic study of law. Stuart Scheingold, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, has written widely on rights, the politics of crime and punishment, cause lawyering, and, early in his career, on law and politics in the European Union. Given this range of interests, the CLASS program, with its comparative focus and interdisciplinary resources, provides a unique setting for intellectual engagement. He is co-director (with Austin Sarat) of the International Cause Lawyering Project, whose most recent volume, Cause Lawyering and the State in the Global Era, was published in 2001. In addition, Scheingold (with William Lyons) also contributed a chapter entitled, 'The Politics of Crime and Punishment' to the National Institute of Justice volume The Nature of Crime: Continuity and Change, Volume 1 of the Criminal Justice 2000 series. Among his books are The Politics of Rights, The Politics of Law and Order, The Politics of Street Crime, and Europe's Would-Be Polity (with Leon Lindberg). In 2001 he was awarded the Harry J. Kalven Jr. Prize by the Law and Society Association for 'empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society'. He was Walter S. Owen Visiting Chair in Law, University of British Columbia, 1998, and in 1999 was appointed an Associate at the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths College, University of London.