Registration is now ongoing for 10th Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS). The conference will include over 100 paper presentations with assigned discussants, and more than 30 poster presentations, all selected through peer review. The conference will open with lectures on network analysis and data visualization. The Keynote Address will be given by Richard K. Wilson, PhD, Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Genetics, Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Director of the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis, who will speak on "Modern Genomics and Precision Medicine.”
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Cornell Law School will host its Junior Empirical Legal Scholars Workshop next weekend in Ithaca, NY. Similar to past workshops, "Junior" is defined to include pre-tenure (or pre-tenure-track) individuals who, through their early empirical scholarship, have demonstrated considerable scholarly promise. At the Workshop, each junior presenter is matched with a field-appropriate "senior" empirical legal scholar discussant. The 2015 Junior scholars reflect a diverse range of academic disciplines and include: Maya Sen (Harvard), Sarath Sanga (UC Berkeley), William Hubbard (Chicago), Jed Stiglitz (Cornell), Jacob Goldin (Princeton), and Avani Sood (UC Berkeley).
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 extended the Call for Papers deadline to July 10, 2015. Click here for paper submission information.
Yet another datum illustrating my late colleague's astonishing scholarly reach and influence is found in next week's Ted Eisenberg Memorial Empirical Legal Studies Conference, hosted by Tel Aviv University's Buchmann Faculty of Law. Ted's ties to Israel and Israeli scholars were numerous, deep, and significant. So much so that Tel Aviv University graciously decided to host an international conference on empirical legal studies in Ted's honor.
The first international workshop for junior empirical legal scholars will be held on December 17th and 18th 2015, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Society of Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) and The Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law.
The workshop aims to foster the research of scholars who have recently completed their PhD or have recently been appointed to a tenure track position, by providing them with a forum in which they can present their research and receive feedback from fellow empirical researchers. Approximately ten scholars from around the world (submission criteria specified below) will be invited to the workshop. Each scholar will be assigned a commentator who will discuss their paper. The rigorous academic environment at the workshop will assist junior scholars to develop their ideas. The workshop is also intended to establish a sense of community among empirical legal scholars and help build cooperative relationships between participants.
Topics: Papers may touch on any legal field and can employ any empirical methodology.
Participation Criteria: To be eligible, an author must be an untenured faculty member at a research university in a tenure-track position; or a tenured faculty member if it has been less than five years since the initial entry level appointment; or a full time post-doctoral fellow or a visiting associate professor at a research university. In addition, the committee will consider the work of authors who do not fit these criteria, but are new to the field of empirical legal studies.
Travel: The costs of airfare (coach) and accommodations of authors who will be invited to participate in the workshop will be covered by the Center for Empirical Studies of Decision Making and the Law.
Paper Submission: Submissions should be sent to Ms. Ayelet Gordon (email@example.com) with the subject line: “Workshop for Junior Empirical-Legal Scholars.”
The deadline for submission is June 30th, 2015. Only drafts of complete papers will be considered.
Program Committee: David Abrams – University of Pennsylvania Law School Bernie Black – Northwestern University School of Law Valarie Hans – Cornell Law School Doron Teichman - Hebrew University Keren Weinshall-Margel - Hebrew University Eyal Zamir - Hebrew University
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.
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.
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.
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.