April 10, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College, will deliver the second 2006 Jackie M. Pritzen Lecture, to celebrate 40 years of the Five College consortium, titled “At or Beyond the Limits of Law: Death, Redemption and Sovereign Prerogative,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. His talk, sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc., is free and open to the public.

Sarat, who has taught at Amherst since 1974, is author, co-author or editor of more than 50 books, including Mercy on Trial What It Means to Stop an Execution (2005), When the State Kills (2001) and Law, Violence, and the Possibility of Justice (2001). He was the co-author of Something to Believe In: Politics, Professionalism and Cause Lawyering (2004) and co-editor of Law on the Screen (2004). His teaching has been featured in The New York Times and on the NBC Today Show.

Sarat was the co-recipient of the 2004 Reginald Heber Smith Award, given biennially to honor the best scholarship on “the subject of equal access to justice,” and has served as president of the Law and Society Association and of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities. Recently, the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities awarded Sarat the James Boyd White Prize for “distinguished scholarly achievement” and in recognition of “outstanding and innovative” contributions to the humanistic study of law.