Once again, and per custom, over at Concurring Opinions Dave Hoffman (Temple) blogs about his reflections on last weekend's CELS. Well worth a read, particularly for those unable to make the trip to Berkeley (as well as for the many who did attend).
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.
The second annual Roundtable on Empirical Methods in Intellectual Property, co-hosted by Chicago-Kent and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will take place in Chicago, IL, on 19-20 September 2014.
The Roundtable seeks to give scholars engaging in empirical and experimental studies of IP a chance to receive feedback on their work at an early stage in their research. Accordingly, the Roundtable will be limited to a small cohort of scholars discussing projects that are still in their developmental stages. Projects that will have substantially begun data collection by the time of the Roundtable are inappropriate. Pilot data collection is, however, appropriate.
Those interested in proposing research projects will find specific application information here. Please note that applications are due by 1 August 2014.
Once again, Northwestern University will be sponsoring a pair of workshops on "Research Design for Causal Inference," organized by Bernie Black (Northwestern) and Mat McCubbins (Duke). Details can be found here; there is no formal registration deadline, but space is limited (and registration for the "main workshop" July 7-11 is already closed to graduate students). These workshops feature world-class faculty, and are an excellent, efficient way to become acquainted with contemporary approaches for making causal inferences from various kinds of observational and experimental data.
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.
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).
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."
Due to last year's success and sustained demand, the AALS is offering two separate workshops at its annual meeting, both scheduled for Jan. 4-5, 2014. One workshop will focus on quantitative methods, taught by Ted Eisenberg (Cornell) and Marty Wells (Cornell), and another on qualitative and mixed methods, taught by an array of scholars. For registration information (click here); additional information from the AALS website follows.
"The [AALS] Committee on Research presents two intensive 10-hour courses on statistical analysis in the legal context. Choose between quantitative and qualitative. The workshops will take place Saturday, January 4, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and continue on Sunday, January 5, from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. There is an additional registration fee of $100 for each workshop which includes a box lunch on Sunday. Advance registration is required and homework will be assigned."
Jeremy Blumenthal (Syracuse) asked that I share the following Call For Papers, and I'm delighted to do so.
upcoming American Psychology/Law Conference in New Orleans, next March 2014, is
particularly recruiting legal scholars’ work. All law-and-psychology-related
work is welcome, with a separate review process for non-empirical legal work
that relates to psychology. An abstract and a 1,000-word summary for
individual papers, or a panel of papers with abstracts, is required.
Instructions and further conference information are here. And
the login page to submit papers is here.
The submission deadline is Sept. 30. Those with any questions/comments should contact Jeremy directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org