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Herbert M. Kritzer

Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy

University of Minnesota Law School


Room 326, Walter Mondale Hall

229 19th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55455

Herbert (aka "Bert") Kritzer joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School in July 2009. He currently holds the Marvin J. Sonosky Chair of Law and Public Policy, and is also an Affiliate Professor of Political Science. Prior to coming to the University of Minnesota, he was on the faculty at William Mitchell College of Law from 2007-09. Before moving to the Twin Cities, Professor Kritzer taught for 30 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he held an appointment as Professor of Political Science and Law (he took emeritus status at UW in May 2007). During his time in Madison he served as chair of the Political Science Department (1996-99), Director of the Legal Studies Program (2000-2004), and Director of the Data and Computation Center (1982-86). He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1974) and a B.A. in Sociology from Haverford College (1969).

Professor Kritzer is the author or coauthor of ten books (one currently in production), coeditor of two books, and editor of a four volume encyclopedia (Legal Systems of the World ), and the author of over 100 journal articles or book chapters. (A complete list of his publications can be found on his publications page, which includes links to copies of most of his journal articles and book chapters.) He served as editor of Law & Society Review for four years (2004-2007. His most recemt published books are When Lawyers Screw Up: Access to Justice for Victims of Legal Malpractice (University Press of Kansas, 2018), Justices on the Ballot: Continuity and Change in State Supreme Court Elections (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Lawyers at Work (Quid Pro Books, 2015). A book on the politics of states changing how they select and retain judges, tentatively titled The Struggle to Reform Judicial Selection in the States, is in production at Cambridge University Press, with publication expected in mid 2020. He has been commissioned by Edward Elgar Publishing to prepare a volume entitled Advanced Introduction to Empirical Legal Research with publication expected in early 2021.

Professor Kritzer's research focuses on the empirical study of the legal profession and a variety of legal phenomena. Current projects include studies related to judicial elections and legal malpractice.. His research involves a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodologies including the analysis of data derived from institutional records, systematic surveys, semi-structured interviews, and ethnographic-style observation.