Speakers: Katherine Y. Barnes, The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Daniel Chen, Duke University School of Law D. James Greiner, Harvard Law School Daniel E. Ho, Stanford Law School Andrew D. Martin, Washington University School of Law
Description: Empirical work conducted by those trained in it is a relatively new phenomenon for law schools, especially outside of the elite schools. What are the challenges we face in supporting such work? Is it possible to train existing law professors interested in starting to do such work short of enrolling them in masters or Ph.D. programs? Can student-edited law reviews adequately evaluate (to the extent they adequately evaluate anything) empirical work? How does empirical work in legal scholarship differ from empirical work being pursued in other (more traditionally empirically-oriented) academic disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology, economics, etc.)? What (if anything) can legal academics bring to the project of empirical scholarship that is not contributed by academics working within these other disciplines? What counts as good empirical scholarship in the legal academy? Do we and should we apply the same standards in evaluating the quality of empirical work as other disciplines do? What is the relationship between empirical scholarship in law and more traditional methods of legal scholarship? How has the empirical turn in legal scholarship impacted our understanding of what counts as high-quality legal scholarship?
This was a great program. The moderator mentioned that it was being recorded for podcast.
2) Translating Research into Action: A Crucial Role for the Legal AcademyCo-Moderators: Katharine T. Bartlett, Duke University School of Law john a. powell, The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Speakers: William T. Bielby, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Chicago IL Anthony G. Greenwald, Ph.D., University of Washington Department of Psychology Seattle WA
Alexandra Kalev, Professor, Sociology Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Jerry Kang, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law Gregory Mitchell, University of Virginia School of Law Laura Beth Nielsen, Northwestern University School of Law Susan P. Sturm, Columbia University School of Law
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend this program. I hope that a podcast of this program will be available in the near future.
Because this was a feedback session rather than a formal presentation, I do not believe it was recorded for podcast. A recap of some of the conversation is below:
Judge J. Rich Leonard indicated positive consideration of a suggestion to have a flat fee based arrangement of access and use of PACER. He indicated that such an arrangement has already been reached with the Department of Justice.
Judge Leonard also noted there currently exists a waiver of fees for distinct academic research projects. However, he also indicated an understanding that because waiver is a local court decision, he was aware of instances where researcher had been granted waivers in some jurisdictions and not in others.
Judge Leonard also noted the desire of all users of the system for a functional system improvements.