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Scott Shapiro ’90 Appointed Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law; Tom Tyler Named Inaugural Macklin Fleming Professor of Law

The Yale Corporation has voted to approve endowed professorships for two Yale Law School professors. Scott Shapiro ’90 has been named the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law, and Tom Tyler has been named the inaugural Macklin Fleming Professor of Law. Shapiro is also a professor of philosophy at the Law School and Tyler is a professor of psychology.

Scott Shapiro joined the Yale Law faculty in July 2008 as a professor of law and philosophy. He previously taught law and philosophy at the University of Michigan and before that, was a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

His areas of interest include jurisprudence, international law, constitutional law and theory, criminal law, family law, philosophy of action, and the theory of authority. He is the author of Legality (2011) and editor (with Jules Coleman) of The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law (2002).

He earned B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was senior editor of The Yale Law Journal.

Tom Tyler joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012 as a professor of law and psychology. He is also a professor (by courtesy) at the Yale School of Management. He was previously a University Professor at New York University, where he taught in both the psychology department and the law school. Prior to joining NYU in 1997, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Northwestern University.

Professor Tyler’s research explores the role of justice in shaping people’s relationships with groups, organizations, communities, and societies. In particular, he examines the role of judgments about the justice or injustice of group procedures in shaping legitimacy, compliance, and cooperation.

He is the author of several books, including Why People Cooperate (2011); Legitimacy and Criminal Justice (2007); Why People Obey the Law (2006); Trust in the Law (2002); and Cooperation in Groups (2000). He was awarded the Harry Kalven prize for “paradigm shifting scholarship in the study of law and society” by the Law and Society Association in 2000, and in 2012, was honored by the International Society for Justice Research with its Lifetime Achievement Award for innovative research on social justice.

He is on leave during the spring 2012 term and begins teaching at Yale Law School in fall 2012. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

“Yale Law School is so proud and fortunate to count Scott Shapiro and Tom Tyler among our faculty,” said Dean Robert Post ’77. “Each is a clear leader in his respective field. We are a small school, but the synergies added by Scott and Tom are immense.”