As previously mentioned, CELS 2015 will be held at Washington University Law School, in St. Louis, on Oct. 30-13, 2015. Conference organizers, Adam Badawi, Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, and Pauline Kim recently announced the Call for Papers (here). Please note the June 26, 2015, submission deadline.
Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop conducted by Professors Lee Epstein and Andrew Martin.
The workshop is Monday-Wednesday, June 15-17, 2015 at Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO
The workshop is for law school faculty, political science faculty, and graduate students interested in learning about empirical research and how to evaluate empirical work. It provides the formal training necessary to design, conduct, and assess empirical studies, and to use statistical software (Stata) to analyze and manage data. No background or knowledge of statistics is required.
Northwestern and Duke Universities along with the Society for Empirical Legal Studies will co-sponsor a pair of causal inference workshops this summer. Organized by Bernie Black (Northwestern) and Mat McCubbins (Duke), the "Main" workshop will take place during an entire work-week in July (13-17, 2015) and the "Advanced" workshop will follow, running from July 19-22, 2015. Both workshops will take place at Northwestern University Law School, in downtown Chicago. These workshops feature world-class faculty, and are an excellent and efficient way to become acquainted with contemporary approaches for making causal inferences from various kinds of observational and experimental data. Details and registration information can be found here.
Those intrigued by either a Post-Doctoral Fellowship or a Mid-Career or Senior Fellowship at the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy at SUNY Buffalo need to apply by Mon., Feb. 2, 2015. (Application information here.)
Sponsored by Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, the Center "plans to award several fellowships for 2015-16 to scholars pursuing important topics in law, legal institutions, and social policy. Applications are invited from junior and senior scholars from law, the humanities, and the social sciences."
"Fellows are expected to participate regularly in Baldy Center events, but otherwise have no obligations beyond vigorously pursuing their research. Fellows receive standard university research privileges (access to university libraries, high-speed Internet, office space, computer equipment, phone, website space, working paper series, etc.) and are encouraged to develop collaborative research projects with SUNY Buffalo faculty members where appropriate. Those who wish to teach a course to aid their research or gain teaching experience can be accommodated on a case-by-case basis."
Wash U's Center for Empirical Legal Research in the Law will host it's 14th annual Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop on June 15-17, 2015, at Wash U in St. Louis. Organized by Lee Epstein (Wash U) and Andrew Martin (Michigan):
"The workshop is for law school faculty, political science faculty, and graduate students interested in learning about empirical research and how to evaluate empirical work. Leading empirical scholars Lee Epstein and Andrew Martin will teach the workshop, which provides the formal training necessary to design, conduct, and assess empirical studies, and to use statistical software (Stata) to analyze and manage data. Participants need no background or knowledge of statistics to enroll in the workshop."
It is with sadness that I pass along information about Jeremy Blumenthal's recent passing.
"Professor Blumenthal taught and wrote in the areas of property law and law and psychology, and he was known for incorporating empirical research and data into legal issues. He was a prolific scholar, publishing 30 articles, reviews, and chapters during his career. He is also a co-editor of the treatise Modern Scientific Evidence. He frequently collaborated with his colleagues on scholarly projects. Co-author Nina Kohn notes, "Jeremy had a talent for bringing people together to enrich each other’s thinking. I will miss working with him and learning from him. But perhaps most of all, I will miss his dry sense of humor."
Maybe I'm just "old school," but hard-copy Stata manuals still fill my bookshelf even though ready and easy access to the identical material exists online (indeed, through Stata's own help command). I still find it easier, however, to work with actual manuals while working through a question (and one less active window cluttering my screens).
To remind me just how truly old I've becoming, I note that an app now exists (for $7) that allows you to install the Stata manuals on your iPad. For those who may be curious, information on this Holiday gift item is here.
I am delighted once again to pass along information from Joe Doherty (UCLA) about the 4th Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies (WELS) Conference at UCLA on March 7, 2015. Insofar as WELS is consciously pitched to "law and graduate students," (emphasis added) it fills an important need and presents a wonderful opportunity for interested students. Click here for more information. (Please note the 12.22.2014 proposal deadline.)
Call for Papers: 4th Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies (WELS) Conference at UCLA School of Law
Proposal Deadline: December 22, 2014.
The UCLA School of Law's Empirical Legal Scholars Association (ELSA) is proud to announce the 4th Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies Conference, on March 7, 2015, at the UCLA School of Law.
This is a conference for students (Masters, PhD, and JD) who are conducting empirical research on law, legal actors, and legal institutions (judicial behavior, access to justice, bankruptcy, crime, etc.). It provides a unique forum for junior scholars to present original research and to receive focused feedback from students and law school faculty engaged in similar projects. The first three conferences attracted participants from over a dozen campuses across the U.S.A. and Europe.
The good folks at the Administrative Conference asked that I pass along the following information about a request for research proposals. For those who may not know, the Administrative Conference is a small federal agency that conducts applied research on (and on behalf of) federal agencies. The current request (here, and desceribed below) involves research on federal court review of social security disability decisions.
"The Administrative Conference seeks proposals for a comprehensive study of the Social Security Administration’s litigation in the federal courts involving social security disability claims. The study should provide an independent analysis of the role of courts in reviewing SSA disability decisions and consider measures that SSA could take to reduce the number of cases remanded to it by courts. It should also address significant observed variances among federal courts in decisional outcomes, case management and other procedures for social security cases, the timing of review, and judicial application of agency policies and procedures. Proposals are due by October 31, 2014 and should be submitted in conformance with the attached Request for Proposals to Stephanie Tatham, at: firstname.lastname@example.org"
Stephanie Tatham (Admin. Confr.), the contact person, notes that: "We really need a scholar who is comfortable with empirical research because for the last five years there have been more than 12,000 annual dispositions of social security cases in federal district courts. We are able to provide the consultant with access to disposition data from the Federal Court Cases: Integrated Data Base (unfortunately without judge information). We also will have data from the Social Security Administration on bases for judicial remand identified by their analysts. Given this data, it is an unprecedented research opportunity. Of course, some supplemental research will also be necessary."
At the request of conference organizer Mátyás Bencze (Debrecen--Law [Hungary]), I am delighted to note the following conference call for papers.
A conference on How To Measure the Quality of Judicial Reasoning, co-sponsored by the Law School of University of Debrecen and the HAS Centre for Social Sciences Institute for Legal Studies, will take place on 28-29 November 2014, at the University of Debrecen, School of Law, Debrecen, Hungary.
Conference aim: "In the past two decades various ‘external’ (public trust, satisfaction, affordability and accessibility etc) and ‘internal’ or ‘formal’ (timeliness, fairness of judicial process, independence and accountability of courts) benchmarks have been worked out for the assessment of the quality of judicial activity. The question remains, however, whether we can measure the quality of the actual judicial reasoning at all.
The purpose of the first day of the conference is to build a network of colleagues throughout Europe in order to launch a major research project on the topic. The Debrecen conference would be the first in a series of events in the coming years."
More conference information is found here as well as information on paper proposals which are due by 30 September 2014.
I am pleased to note the arrival of JELS' most recent issue, 11:3 (Sept. 2014). I am particularly pleased to note that this issue maintains JELS' perfect on-time publication record. The diverse set of papers in this issue ranges from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to defensive medicine.