While I've discussed the Stata instructional videos previously, recent notable additions to the video collection include a helpful 3-part series on Introduction to Margins. The entire collection of instructional videos can be found here.
Having just returned from another wildly successful CELS, I am delighted to pass along information from Joe Doherty (UCLA) about the 2nd Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies (WELS) Conference at UCLA. Insofar as WELS is consciously pitched to "law and graduate students," I believe it fills an important need and presents a wonderful opportunity for interested students. (Please note the 12.7.2012 proposal deadline.)
Call for Papers: 2nd Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies
(WELS) Conference at UCLA
Proposal Deadline: December 7, 2012.
The UCLA School of Law Empirical Legal Scholars Association
(ELSA) is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies
Conference, to be held at UCLA on March 2, 2013.
WELS is a conference for law and graduate students that
provides a unique opportunity for emerging ELS scholars to present their work
in front of an audience of peers. The inaugural conference attracted
participants from Europe and from seven universities and law schools across the
U.S. If you are a professor who has students who might be interested in WELS,
please pass this along.
For more information and instructions on submitting an abstract visit
the conference website or contact the ELSA staff at: ELSA@lawnet.ucla.edu.
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013 through Friday, May 24, 2013, Lee Epstein and
Andrew Martin will be teaching their annual Conducting Empirical Legal
Scholarship workshop. This workshop will be held in Los Angeles, and is
co-sponsored by USC Gould School of Law and Washington University Law.
There is more information available about the workshop here:
The Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship workshop is for law school
and social science faculty interested in learning about empirical
research. The instructors provide 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. Topics
to be covered include research design, sampling, measurement,
descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, and linear regression.
Dan Ho (Stanford) has put together an outstanding Program for this year's conference. Event's begin later this morning with Ted Eisenberg's (Cornell) 10-hour empirical training workshop. Insofar as the Workshop proved quite popular (registration closed quickly due to participant demand), workshops will be planned for future CELS. In addition, Ted is presenting a similar workshop at AALS in January.
From the Stata blog: "StataCorp now provides free tutorial videos on StataCorp’s YouTube channel." A direct link to Stata's YouTube "channel" (here). This is, of course, a wonderful move by Stata. While the current collection of videos is limited, more are "forthcoming." My only quibble is that the videos are broken into quite small (and short) discrete sessions (thus far, 24 separate videos accounting for just under 2 hours of instruction). Any quibbles aside, well worth a look.
Josh Teitelbaum (Georgetown) passed along the following conference (set for Mon. Oct. 29) announcement -- focusing on issues incident to "big data." Notably (and helpfully), a video of the conference will be available to those interested yet unable to attend.
Big Data and Big Challenges for Law
and Legal Information: Georgetown Law Library – A Symposium
in Celebration of 125 Years
The Georgetown Law Library invites
you to a symposium in celebration of its 125th anniversary, Big Data and Big
Challenges for Law and Legal Information, on October 29 at the Georgetown
University Law Center in Washington, DC.
Throughout the day, panelists from
the academic, advocacy, government, and library communities will discuss how
very large or complex data sets can be used to develop new understandings and
inform public policy – connecting points of information electronically, across
numerous, vast, and often unrelated stores of data to distill meaning in ways
impossible a few short years ago. Together, we will share ideas on the theory
and practice of balancing privacy costs and public benefit, and the many
incentives, practical applications, and new technologies implicated in the
growth of big data.
Registration for the symposium is
free and open to all, however space is limited. To register and view additional
information, please click here.
If you are unable to attend, please note that a video recording will be
available at this web address following the event.
The Center for the Study of Law and Society invites applications for visiting scholars for 2013-2014. The Center fosters empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions, legal processes, legal change, and the social consequences of law. Closely linked to the School of Law, CSLS creates a multidisciplinary milieu with a faculty of distinguished socio-legal scholars in sociology of law, political science, criminal justice studies, law and economics, legal history, law and psychology, and legal and social philosophy, along with visiting socio-legal scholars from the United States and around the world.
Among the benefits of being a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society are: library privileges at the Law School and at all campus libraries; invitation to our weekly Bag Lunch Speaker Series, workshops, and scholarly exchanges; UCB campus privileges, such as athletic facilities and permission to audit classes; and, when possible, assignment to shared or other office space and use of computer, internet, and other facilities. The Center will consider applications for periods of time that vary from one month duration to the full academic year.
The deadline for applications is November 16, 2012. More information, including full details about the application process, is available here: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/1273.htm.
FOR PAPERS. 71st MPSA Political Science Conference, April 11-14, 2013. October
5th Proposal Deadline.
Please forward this email to colleagues or graduate students who may be
interested in presenting at the 71st Annual MPSA Political Science Conference.
There are more research papers are presented here than any other political
science conference and many opportunities to meet with colleagues. The MPSA
Conference has sections that cover many fields in social science that interact
with political science. You do not need to be a member to submit a proposal or
present a paper, but you do need to have an account (here).
The MPSA also publishes one of the top journals in the
discipline, the American Journal of Political Science. The Editor of the AJPS
is Rick Wilson (Rice University) and you can see the author guidelines and a
virtual issue that looks at research funded by the National Science Foundation
Jim Greiner (Harvard) brought the following opportunity to my attention and thought it might interest ElsBlog readers. Anyone with follow-up questions should direct them to Jim at: "jgreiner at law.harvard.edu".
"A group of researchers and field professionals in access to civil justice (A2J)
in the United States is soliciting applications to attend a two-day Workshop to
be held in Chicago, Illinois, on December 7-8, 2012. The application process is
short, consisting of an update c.v. and a 300-word essay on a specific research
question or area of inquiry regarding access to civil justice that the applicant
thinks is understudied and would benefit from qualitative or quantitative
empirical research. The Workshop opens with a poster session and town hall
meeting on the afternoon of Friday, December 7, bringing together scholars and
practitioners from many perspectives to identify and explore access to justice
research needs. On the following day, Saturday, December 8, the Workshop will
convene a smaller, closed session to push forward the work of revitalizing A2J
research. The Workshop organizers have NSF funding to defray all reasonable
expenses for travel, lodging, and food.
This Workshop presents an unusual
opportunity for empirically minded researchers, particularly beginning
researchers or those who have previously not focused on the administration and
delivery of civil justice. A broad cross-section of field personnel, academics,
funders, and government officials have been invited to the Workshop, and one
goal is to create a network for future inquiries. Questions can be directed to
Jim Greiner, jgreiner at law.harvard.edu. The application can be found here (scroll down the page a bit)" and is due by September 28, 2012.
While the ELS Blog is not a general employment information clearinghouse, we do note job postings of particular interest to ELS folks. The recent posting for an open position in US Legal History in the Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program at UC Berkeley is one such example.
"The Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) Program in the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applicants for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in U.S. legal history. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in history or a closely related field; and must have an excellent record of historical scholarship related to law, as appropriate to career stage. Candidates with ABD status will be considered, but the successful candidate must have finished the Ph.D. within 6 months of appointment. The position is not restricted to any particular period of U.S. history, area of legal historical research or methodological approach. An ideal candidate should undertake research of interest both to the historical profession generally and to legal historians within the law school community. Given the multi-disciplinary character of the JSP Program, faculty members are expected to help support students across a range of socio-legal fields, as well as within their own area of disciplinary training. A JD is not required, though we welcome candidates who would enrich scholarship and teaching within the broadest community at Berkeley Law, including contributions to the professional J.D. program."
Those interested will find more information about Berkeley's JSP program here; more specific application information here.
If nothing else, Yale's effort represents another response (and a not implausible alternative to pursuing a J.D/Ph.D. in a traditional non-law discipline) to palpable changes to the law faculty entry-level hiring market. As YLS Dean Robert Post correctly notes, "You have to come in now with a portfolio of writing. People [law school hiring committees] require you to show your abilities as a scholar by what you've written."
Those scrambling to finalize their CELS paper submissions will certainly welcome the decision by Conference Co-Presidents Dan Ho (Stanford) and John Donohue (Stanford) to extend the paper submission deadline until Midnight (PST) on Monday, July 16, 2012.
John Nunn at Yale passes along the following announcement:
"Yale Law Library seeks an Empirical Research Librarian. The Empirical Research Librarian occupies a new position at the law library and supports the empirical research endeavors of the Yale Law School's faculty and students. Among the responsibilities of the position are assisting members of the community with developing empirical research plans, data analysis including regression analysis, data interpretation, and visual presentation. The Empirical Research Librarian will also select and acquire data resources in law and related disciplines in conjunction and cooperation with the University's Science and Social Science Data Librarian.
More details about the position and information about how to apply for it can be found here (17112BR)."