How can we bridge the "great divide" between legal scholars and political scientists? (See Gerald Rosenberg, Across the Great Divide (Between Law and Political
Science), 3 GREEN BAG 2D 267, 268 (2000), and a future ELS Blog Forum on the issue co-starring Rosenberg and Frank Cross.) One option: We invited political scientist Sara Benesh to present at our Law School faculty workshop. The talk focused on our co-authored paper entitled "The Ideology of Legal Interpretation," an empirical paper assessing whether legal interpretive philosophies can be used strategically to achieve ideologically driven outcomes. Debate and discussion were fierce...Is decision-making about law or politics? Here's an example of our (preliminary!) data, looking at 7th Circuit judges.