To accommodate those celebrating the July 4th "weekend," the CELS organizers nudged the submission deadline to Friday, July 16,
2010. Acceptance notices will be sent by September 1,
2010. More info here.
For those already in (or near) the Syracuse area, Jeremy Blumenthal (Syracuse) mentioned that the Second Annual Property and Psychology Roundtable Workshop is open to all interested (June 7-8). Participants include: Karen Neary, University of Waterloo Psychology Department: Artifacts and Natural Kinds: How Children Judge Whether Objects Are Owned Discussant: Jeanine Skorinko, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Stephanie M. Stern, Chicago-Kent College of Law: Regulatory and Ownership Perceptions: An Empirical Analysis of Regulatory versus Physical Takings Jay Hook, Harvard Law School: Psychology of Property Discussant: Oliver Goodenough, Vermont Law School Alex Shaw, Yale University Department of Psychology: Ideas as Property: Children Apply Ownership to Ideas Discussant: Jeremy A. Blumenthal, Syracuse University College of Law
Terry Turnipseed, Syracuse University College of Law: Is Voting in Churches Unconstitutional? Discussant: Robin Paul Malloy, Syracuse University College of Law Jeffrey Stake, Indiana University Maurer School of Law: What is "Just Compensation?" Discussant: Meera Adya, Syracuse University, Burton Blatt Institute
Bernie Black (Northwestern) and Mathew McCubbins (USC) are organizing what promises to be an exciting and much-needed workshop/conference focusing on research design aspects that bear on inference. The workshop, set for Friday, Aug. 16-20, 2010, will take place at Northwestern's law school in Downtown Chicago. One innovation is that the week-long (5-day) workshop program is modular in nature and will facilitate 3- and 4-day attendance. The Workshop's website, along with detailed information, is here. Excerpted information follows: Overview: Research design for causal inference is at
the heart of a “credibility revolution” in empirical research in the
last 15 years that spans many fields. We will cover the design of true
randomized experiments and contrast them to simulations and to
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 carefully describe the kinds of
causal inferences one can and cannot draw from a research design,
various threats to valid inference, and research designs commonly used
to 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.
Target audience: Quantitative empirical researchers
(faculty and graduate students) in social science, including law,
political science, economics, most business-school areas (finance,
accounting, marketing, etc), sociology, education, psychology – indeed
anywhere that causal inference is important.
Colleagues at the University of Albany (NY) want to invite all interested to attend an NSF-funded Symposium on the Past and Future of Empirical Sentencing Research. The Symposium is set for September 23 and 24, 2010 in Albany, NY. The Symposium website along with additional information are found here. Inquiries or questions can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those inclined to plan ahead, the 5th annual CELS, hosted by Yale Law School, is set for November 5-6, 2010, in New Haven, CT. Also, well-earned kudos are due to the folks at USC Law for hosting last weekend's spectacularly successful 4th annual CELS.
UPDATE: Dave Hoffman's (Temple) summary of CELS 2009 (via Concurring Opinions) is here.
For those of you not attending CELS this weekend, you might want to check out the webcast! Here's the email I recently received from the good folks at USC Law:
Dear Empirical Legal Scholar,
We are happy to announce that
roughly half of the 2009 Conference on Empirical Legal Studies will be
webcast. This will enable those who cannot attend the conference in
person to hear and view the papers. In addition, it will allow those
who attend the conference to hear presentations that conflict with
panels that they attend in person.
The webcast will be accessible, starting this Friday (11/20) at 9:45 AM, at:
The webcast will include all panels held in Rooms 1, 7, 101, and 107. This includes the following panels:
Attitudes & Decisionmaking Bankruptcy CEO Pay Civil Rights Corporate Governance I Corporate Governance II Corporate Governance III Criminal Evidence Financial Crisis Financial Regulation & Investor Protection Innovation & Growth International Corporate Governance Jurors Law & Politics I Law & Politics II Law & Politics III Law & Politics IV Methodology I Methodology II Methodology III Methodology IV Organizational Form Prisons Rule of Law Securities Litigation Supreme Courts Venture Capital Victims & Witnesses
For the program, which includes the times at which each of these panels will take place, see:
CRN 14, Culture, Society, and Intellectual Property, Call for Papers for Upcoming Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 27-30, 2010
CRN 14 seeks to encourage interaction between scholars from diverse disciplinary perspectives who focus on the legal, social, and cultural dimensions of intellectual properties--including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and rights of publicity. One goal of this CRN is to encourage creatively eclectic approaches to the study of intellectual property among law and society scholars who draw on traditional doctrinal and policy analyses, historical analyses, cultural studies analyses, and empirical analyses of intellectual property law in action. Intellectual properties, and the processes of globalization of which they are a part, are an especially promising and important area for collaborative research of the kind that law and society scholars have long pioneered.
We are currently organizing panel proposals for the upcoming Law and Society Association annual meeting in Chicago in May of 2010. Please contact one of the CRN co-chairs listed below if you have a paper that you would like to present under the sponsorship of this CRN. We plan to collect individual proposals and organize them into thematic sessions, which we will submit to the Law and Society Association.
For further information or to submit a paper proposal, please contact:
Jeremy Blumenthal (Syracuse) kindly reminded me that the 2010 AP-LS Annual Conference will be held on March 18-20, 2010, at The Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. General conference info is here; more specific submission info is found here. The deadline for submissions is October 5, 2009.