Expert in Problem-Solving Court Movement Set to Talk at University

March 24, 2015

The University of Scranton’s Criminal Justice Department will sponsor a lecture by James L. Nolan Jr., Ph.D., author of “Legal Accents, Legal Borrowing: The International Problem-Solving Court Movement.” The lecture will take place Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public.

A recognized authority on the role and influence of the “problem-solving courts,” Dr. Nolan is a professor of sociology at Williams College. His books include “Reinventing Justice: The American Drug Court Movement” and “The Therapeutic State: Justifying Government at Century’s End.” His research and teaching interests include law and society, comparative law, technology and social change, culture and comparative historical sociology. His work has appeared in a number of journals, law reviews and edited collections.

During his career, Dr. Nolan has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholar Award and the Herbert H. Lehman Fellowship from the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has served as a visiting fellow at the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 570-840-1086 or by email at

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