The ELS Blog is pleased to welcome guest blogger Joseph Doherty, who currently serves as Director the UCLA Empirical Research Group (ERG). Joe has a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and is an expert in quantitative research design and methods. Through ERG he works with the UCLA School of Law faculty to conceptualize, design and execute empirical research across a broad range of legal fields. Joe has advised or collaborated with scholars in studies that include bankruptcy, legal aid, administrative law, pollution prevention, tax policy, gay rights, the living wage, campaign finance disclosure, criminal law and immigration policy. He has co-authored research on bankruptcy with Lynn LoPucki, on the living wage with Rick Sander, and on administrative law with Jody Freeman. In addition, Joe is leading the new UCLA-RAND Strategic Alliance for Law and Public Policy, a collaborative project between the two institutions that includes research on corporate law and civil justice.
Joe also specializes in voting behavior and campaign finance. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Project Director of the Campaign Disclosure Project (CDP). In this capacity, Joe created an online database of state-level campaign disclosure laws and developed an innovative method for measuring the usability of campaign finance disclosure websites across states. The CDP is a collaborative effort of the UCLA School of Law, the Center for Governmental Studies and the California Voter Foundation, and is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. It has been credited by legislators and activists across the country for providing the impetus to modernize state laws and regulations, and to make more and better campaign finance data available on the internet.
Finally, among empiricists in the legal academy, Joe is known as a good person who is always willing to offer this time and expertise to fellow researcher. We look forward to Joe's comments.