I am delighted by the news that noted ELS scholar (and, by way of full disclosure, co-author, friend, and colleague) Andy Morriss was just named Dean at the Texas A&M School of Law. As Brian Leiter (Chicago) notes, this is a huge "hiring coup" for A&M.
While best known as the leading archive of social science data, one of the ICPSR's lesser-appreciated assets includes its summer programs/workshops. For more than 50 years, the ICPSR has conducted a range (90+) of courses/seminars/workshops, principally based at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus, that spans the arc of quantitative methods as well as a diverse array of social scientific fields. Workshop formats vary as well, ranging from 3-5 day courses to 4-week offerings. These offerings can be invaluable for graduate (and undergraduate) students as well as faculty.
In a wonderful sign of the times, a leading research university in Wales (UK) seeks to fill a Chair devoted to ELS. "Swansea University College of Law wishes to further augment its interdisciplinary research through the appointment of a Chair in Empirical Legal Studies. We seek a research leader with training in criminology, social sciences and law whose work is focused in quantitative methods as they are applied to law, institutions of criminal justice, and human behaviour." Further information can be found here. Inquiries should be directed to the Head of College, Prof. John Linarelli (at: J.Linarelli@swansea.ac.uk). Please note that the application deadline is 16 April 2014.
Information on two separate (Main and Advanced) Causal Inference Workshops at Northwestern Law School this summer follows. Both workshops will be taught by leading causal inference researchers. Registration for each is limited to 100 participants.
Main workshop: Monday – Friday, July 7-11, 2014 [at Northwestern]
Advanced workshop: Wednesday - Friday, August 13-15, 2014 [at Duke]
For information and to register for either or both workshops: (click here)
Main Workshop Overview and Target Audience: Most empirical methods courses survey a variety of methods. We will begin instead with the goal of causal inference, and discuss how to design research to come closer to that goal. The methods are often adapted to a particular study. Some of the methods we will discuss are covered in PhD programs, but rarely in depth, and rarely with a focus on causal inference and on which methods to prefer for messy, real-world datasets with limited sample sizes. Each day will include with a Stata “workshop” to illustrate selected methods with real data and Stata code. We will assume knowledge, at the level of an upper-level college econometrics or similar course,of multivariate regression, including OLS, logit, and probit; basic probability and statistics including conditional and compound probabilities, confidence intervals, t-statistics, and standard errors; and some understanding of instrumental variables.
Advanced Workshop Overview and Target Audience: The advanced workshop seeks to provide an in-depth discussion of selected topics at the causal inference research frontier.Our target audience is empirical researchers who are familiar with the basics of causal inference (from our main workshop or otherwise), and want to extend their knowledge.
It is with profound sadness and regret that I note the passing of a colleague, co-author, friend, and mentor, Ted Eisenberg. Cornell Law School and the entire empirical legal scholarship community lost a gracious colleague, an intellectual giant, and a true pioneer in empirical legal studies. Ted was a man of uncommon decency, whose fertile mind, generous spirit, and unadorned manner sat easily with the great force of his scholarly vision and scope. He is deeply missed.
"The University of Missouri is issuing a call for proposals for an upcoming works-in-progress conference as well as a call for papers for a student writing competition. Both of these calls are affiliated with a symposium that is being convened at the University of Missouri's Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution on Friday, October 10, 2014.
The symposium is entitled "Judicial Education and the Art of Judging: From Myth to Methodology" and addresses a number of issues relating to the role of judges and the goals and methods of judicial education. The symposium features the Honorable Duane Benton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit as keynote speaker as well as an accomplished group of judges, academics, and judicial education experts from the United States and Canada as panelists.
The day before the symposium (Thursday, October 9, 2014), the University of Missouri will be hosting a works-in-progress conference relating to the subject matter of the symposium, broadly interpreted. Presentation proposals should be no more than one page in length and can include analyses that are practical, theoretical or interdisciplinary in nature. Participants can discuss judges at the state, federal or international level. Proposals for the works-in-progress conference should be directed to Professor S.I. Strong (firstname.lastname@example.org) and will be accepted until May 26, 2014. Decisions regarding accepted papers will be made in June 2014. Prospective attendees should note that there is no funding available to assist participants with their travel expenses.
The University of Missouri is also organizing a student writing competition in association with the symposium. Papers will likely be due in August 2014, although precise details (such as the due date and the amount of any prize money associated with the competition) are still being finalized."
More information about the symposium, works-in-progress conference, and student writing competition is available at the symposium website. Those interested or with questions should contact Professor S.I. Strong (email@example.com) directly.
In a bow to its market, the folks at Stata continue to tinker with Excel interfaces. Stata v.13 introduces a new command, putexcel, which enables Stata users to create tables in an Excel file (described here). A recent post to the Stata Blog describes a few new options, available in Stata 13.1. Specifically, Stata 13.1 includes a new option, keepcellformat. The option retains a cell’s format after writing numeric data to it. The keepcellformat option will interest people who want to automate the updating of a report or paper.
The good folks at Law & Inquiry asked if we would publicize its 2014 Graduate Student Paper Competition; we are delighted to do so. Further information for those interested can be found here (and here). Please note that the submission deadline is March 1, 2014. A brief description of the competition follows.
"Each year, Law & Social Inquiry invites submissions from graduate and law students for its Graduate Student Paper Competition. The GSPC offers students within the field of sociolegal studies a great opportunity to showcase their journal-length work to an expanded audience. The winning paper is published in Law & Social Inquiry, and the winner receives special recognition from LSI at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association. Winners are also honored with a $500 cash prize for their achievement."
I am delighted once again to pass along information from Joe Doherty (UCLA) about the 3rd Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies (WELS) Conference at UCLA. Insofar as WELS is consciously pitched to "law and graduate students," it fills an important need and presents a wonderful opportunity for interested students. (Please note the 2.1.2014 proposal deadline.)
Call for Papers: 3rd Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies (WELS) Conference at UCLA School of Law
Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2014.
The UCLA School of Law's Empirical Legal Scholars Association (ELSA) is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies Conference, on March 8, 2014, at the UCLA School of Law.
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 first two conferences attracted participants from a dozen campuses across the U.S. and Europe. WELS provides a unique forum for junior scholars to present their original research, and receive focused feedback from students and law faculty engaged in similar projects.
Click here for more information and to submit a proposal (paper title and abstract).
The Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, based at the SUNY-Buffalo Law School, welcomes applications for several fellowships for 2014-15 from scholars seeking to pursure reserach on 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. The fellowship program includes Post-Doctoral, Mid-Career, and Senior Fellowships. A brief description follows; click here for application information.
"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."
ELS--at least in its applied form--increasingly attracts interest outside of the academy. [Now former] NYC Mayor Bloomberg developed and recently released a web-based application that allows users to explore recidivism rates for specific sub-groups of New York City criminal defendants and help predict defendants’ likelihood of re-arrest.
Data Analytic Recidivism Tool ("DART") "enables users, including criminal justice professionals, program planners and researchers to select a group of defendants based on factors like age, prior criminal history and details about their criminal cases. DART will then produce a graph displaying three different one-year re-arrest rates for the selected group, including the percentage re-arrested for any crime within a year; the percentage re-arrested for a felony within a year; the percentage re-arrested for a violent felony within a year; and a comparison to the citywide average."
A consortium of 15 universities across the UK is committing to ELS in a serious manner. Funded in part by the Nuffield Foundation, the "Q-Step" program seeks to fill "53 new posts to design and deliver specialist undergraduate programmes" in quantitative social science training. More information is found here.
Back for its 13th year is the Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop, co-sponsored by Wash U and USC and co-directed by Andrew Martin and Lee Epstein. The Workshop will run from June 9-11, 2014, and take place at Wash U (St. Louis). A brief description follows. (For more detailed information click here.)
"The 13th Annual Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop will take place at Washington University in St. Louis. 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."