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.
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.
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.
The Society for Empirical Legal Studies Executive Director, Dawn Chutkow, passed along the following that might interest those planning to attend the CELS at Stanford in November.
Ted Eisenberg (Cornell) will
conduct an Empirical Training Workshop on November 8 - 9, in connection with CELS
2012 at Stanford Law School. Enrollment is limited. The workshop begins the day
before the conference. A brief description and a link for more
Empirical Training Workshop is intended for professors and students who seek an
introduction to the statistical and programming skills needed to conduct
quantitative empirical legal research. Professor Eisenberg will guide
participants through an intensive 10-hour course on statistical analysis in the
legal context. Pre-registration and a small fee are required.
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.
The annual Conferences on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) were launched in 2006, in response to the growing level of empirical scholarship in law schools and elsewhere. It has thus far been held at University of Texas (2006), NYU (2007), Cornell (2008), USC (2009), Yale (2010), and Northwestern (2011), and is scheduled for Stanford (2012), Penn (2013), and UC Berkeley (2014), in each case with generous support from the host school.
From Bernie Black (Northwestern) & Mathew McCubbins (USC):
The third (annual) Workshop on Research Design for Causal Inference, sponsored by Northwestern University, University of Southern California, the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS), and the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth, is scheduled for August 6-10, 2012, at Northwestern Law School, Chicago, IL. A brief description follows:
"Research design for causal inference is at the heart of a 'credibility revolution' in empirical research. We will cover the design of true randomized experiments and contrast them to simulations and quasi-experiments, where part of the sample is 'treated' in some way, and the remainder is a control group, but the researcher controls neither the assignment of cases to treatment and control groups nor administration of the treatment. We will assess the kinds of causal inferences one can and cannot draw from a research design, threats to valid inference, and research designs that can mitigate those threats.
Most empirical methods courses begin with the methods. They survey how each method works, and what assumptions each relies on. We will begin instead with the goal of causal inference, and discuss how to design research to come closer to that goal. The methods reflect the goal and are often adapted to the needs of 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 conclude with a Stata 'workshop' where we will illustrate selected methods with real data and Stata code.
Target audience Quantitative empirical researchers (faculty and graduate students) in social science, including law, political science, economics, many business-school areas (finance, accounting, management, marketing, etc), sociology, education, psychology, etc.–indeed anywhere that causal inference is important.
Minimum prior knowledge We will assume knowledge, at the level of an upper-level college econometrics or applied statistics course, of how to run multivariate regressions, including OLS, logit, and probit; familiarity with basic probability and statistics including conditional and compound probabilities, confidence intervals, t-statistics, and standard errors; and some understanding of instrumental variables are and how they are used."
The workshop is for law school faculty, political science faculty, and graduate students interested in learning about empirical research. 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."
Northwestern University Law School and the CELS 2011 co-organizers, Bernie Black, Shari Diamond, and Emerson Tiller, hosted and executed a truly outstanding conference last weekend in Chicago.
Going forward, CELS 2012 (No.7), is scheduled for Fri.-Sat., November 9-10, 2012, at Stanford Law School. CELS co-organizers, Dan Ho and John Donohue will lead the effort.
For those interested in nascent history, the annual Conferences on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) were launched in 2006, in response to the growing level of empirical scholarship in law schools and elsewhere. It has thus far been held at University of Texas (2006), NYU (2007), Cornell (2008), USC (2009), Yale (2010), and Northwestern (2011), and is scheduled for Stanford (2012), Penn (2013), and UC Berkeley (2014), in each case with generous support from the host school.
UPDATE: Per custom, Dave Hoffman (Temple) weighs in with his observations of CELS 2011 (here).
UPDATED: The application period for the Western Empirical Legal Studies Conference has been extended. The new deadline is November 18.
The Call for Papers is here; information and applications are here.
Joe Doherty (UCLA) passed along information about a development that will certainly interest ELS folks. Joe also made a point to note that the one-day conference, described below, is designed in large part to "give law and graduate students a place to present their ELS research." The announcement and contact information follow.
"The UCLA School of Law Empirical Legal Scholars Association (ELSA) is proud to announce the First Annual Western Empirical Legal Studies Conference February 18, 2012. The WELS Conference is open to law and graduate students (political science, sociology, economics, etc.), and provides them with a forum to present their empirical legal research. The [extended] deadline for submission is November 18, 2011."
Further information and a submission form are available at the UCLA-ELSA website.
The Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC-Berkeley is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The great folks at the Center have been promoting, supporting, and conducting first-rate empirical work since before many of us were born, and the Center played a key role in (inter alia) the development of the law and society movement, the mainstreaming of empirical work in the legal academy, and the recruitment and training of generations of empirically-oriented legal scholars.
In celebration of this momentus anniversary, the Center is hosting a 50th Anniversary conference on "The Future of Law and Society." The conference will be held November 3-4, 2011 in the Great Hall of the Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley, and boasts a lineup that is a "who's who" of contemporary law and society scholars.
The conference is free, but attendees are asked to register at the conference link above. Please join the Center affiliates and the entire ELS community at what is sure to be a stimulating and enjoyable conference.