AALS Selects 2021 Scholarly Papers Competition Winner

AALS Selects 2021 Scholarly Papers Competition Winner

By James Greif

AALS has announced the winner of the 2021 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition for law school faculty members in the field for five years or fewer.

The competition’s selection committee recognized the following outstanding paper:

Matthew A. Shapiro, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Law School, “Distributing Civil Justice.”

Matthew Shapiro

In “Distributing Civil Justice,” Professor Shapiro argues that the ideal of “access to justice” actually calls for a more egalitarian distribution of not just one good, but rather several distinct goods—goods that reflect competing conceptions of the role of the state in dispute resolution and that yield potentially conflicting implications for a wide range of important procedural issues. The article will be published in an upcoming issue of The Georgetown Law Journal.

“I am thrilled and humbled to receive this award, and to have my work recognized alongside the other outstanding papers being honored,” Professor Shapiro said. “‘Access to justice’ is one of the most commonly invoked legal ideals, yet its meaning has tended to be taken for granted. I hope that my paper sheds new light on longstanding questions in civil procedure scholarship and that the methodology I employ in my work—normative political theory—will perhaps help to put new questions on proceduralists’ research agendas.”

The selection committee also recognized the following papers as honorable mentions:

The AALS Committee to Review Scholarly Papers for the 2021 Annual Meeting included distinguished legal scholars from around the country:

The competition is now in its 35th year and the awards will be presented during a ceremony at the AALS Annual Meeting on January 5, 2021.