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Established in 2006, the AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and to the Law recognizes career contributions by an outstanding faculty member or retired faculty member at an AALS member school.


Kimberlé Crenshaw

Columbia Law School & University of California, Los Angeles School of Law


Headshot of Professor Crenshaw, 2021 Triennial Award Honoree

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Professor Crenshaw’s career has been defined by her numerous contributions to the advancement of civil rights, critical race theory, feminist legal theory, and race and the law. She is known for establishing the concept of intersectionality, which examines how class, gender, race, and other characteristics overlap and compound to help explain systemic discrimination and inequality in society.