Robert Granfield


Education: Ph.D., Sociology, Northeastern University

Research Interests: Law and Society, Sociology of Drugs and Alcohol, Crime and Deviance, Law and Urban Justice, Occupations and Professions.

Recent Courses:

Soc 481 Drugs, Crime and Justice
Soc 482 Senior Seminar in Law and Society
Soc 562 Sociology of Law
Soc 593 Sociology of Law and Urban Justice
Soc 595 Sociology of Deviance

Bio: Robert Granfield is professor and chair in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and is director of the Institute for the Study of Law and Urban Justice.  He is also the co-founder of the Initiative on Civic Engagement and Public Policy at University at Buffalo. He is the author of four books and over 50 scholarly articles and reviews in journals including Social Problems, Law and Society Review, Sociological Quarterly, and Sociological Forum. He has two major research interests - a) the study of law and legal institutions with a particular emphasis on the legal profession and b) the sociology of alcohol and drug use with an emphasis on natural recovery from addiction. He is currently conducting research on the institutional dynamics of pro bono legal work, residential foreclosures in Buffalo, and community re-integration of formerly incarcerated drug offenders.

Recent News:
Robert Granfield’s book (with Lynn Mather), Private Lawyers and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession, has been published by Oxford University Press. This book interrogates the public interest ideals of the legal profession and places these ideals in a broader social, economic, and ideological context.  Reviewing this book, Robert Nelson, Professor of Sociology and Director and MacCrate Research Chair at the American Bar Foundation, writes that, “The book is essential reading for scholars, policymakers, and leaders of the profession who hope to expand access to legal services in a system characterized by massive inequality in representational resources.” Granfield will be participating in the European Pro Bono Forum to be held in Budapest on November 5 & 6.

Recent Publications:

Private Lawyers and the Public Interest: The Evolving Role of Pro Bono in the Legal Profession, Oxford University Press, with L. Mather.

"Conceptualizing Recovery Capital: Expansion of a Theoretical Construct," (forthcoming), Substance Use and Misuse, with W. Cloud.

"Natural Recovery," in E. Rubington and M. Weinberg (eds.), Deviance: The Interactionist Perspective, Allyn and Bacon Press, 2008.

"The Meaning of Pro Bono: Institutional Variations in Professional Obligation", Law and Society Review, 2007.

"Institutionalizing Public Service in Law School: Results on the Impact of Mandatory Pro Bono Programs", Buffalo Law Review, 54: 1355-1412, 2007.

email: rgranfie [at] buffalo [dot] edu

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