I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce and welcome Bob Howard, who will be Guest Blogging with us this week. Bob is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University and Editor-in-Chief of the Justice System Journal (published by the National Center for State Courts). Bob holds a JD from Union College, a MA from Suffolk University Law School, and a PhD from SUNY Stony Brook. His research often involves specialized courts and tax policy. He's also written two papers with Jeff Segal expressly attempting to operationalize "law" and test for its influence (exploring the effect of originalism and judicial role perceptions, respectively, on Supreme Court decision making). Hence, he is the perfect person to talk about issues in empirical legal research and its publication, and we are anxious to discuss the issues he raises. Bob, welcome!