The 12th Annual Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law
May 22 – 24, 2013
The Conducting Empirical Legal Scholarship Workshop is designed for law professors and other members of the legal community, social science faculty, and graduate students interested in learning about empirical research. Leading empirical scholars Lee Epstein and Andrew Martin teach the workshop and provide the formal training necessary to design, conduct, and assess empirical studies and use statistical software (Stata) to analyze and manage data.
Participants need no background or knowledge of statistics to enroll in the workshop.
For more information, visit: http://law.usc.edu/EmpiricalWorkshop
Instructor Lee Epstein,
Provost Professor and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law and Political Science at University of Southern California, is a leading empirical legal scholar and a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has co-organized and co-led this annual empirical scholarship workshop for the past eleven years.
Instructor Andrew Martin,
Professor of Law and Political Science, and Director of the Center for Empirical Research in the Law at Washington University, specializes in political methodology and has written widely on American political institutions, including the Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeals. He has co-organized and co-taught the empirical scholarship workshop with Professor Epstein for the last eleven years.
Book your Hotel:
Special hotel rate for Empirical workshop participants is available at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza, located 5 miles from USC campus and is conveniently near Staple Center, restaurants, Civic Center and just walking distance to Disney Concert Hall and the Modern Arts Museum. If you call the hotel for reservation, please be sure to let them know you are attending the Empirical Workshop at USC to get the participant rate.
On Friday, March 22, W&L Professor Russell Miller gave a talk entitled “Germany vs. Europe: The Principle of Democracy in German Constitutional Law and the Struggle for European Integration.” The talk was followed by a roundtable discussion with Mila Versteeg (University of Virginia School of Law), and Gerard Alexander (Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at UVa). The talk was co-pponsored by the Department of German and the Center for German Studies at UVa. Here is a description of the lecture:
Professor Russell Miller Discusses His Book on the Constitutional Jurisprudence of Germany at Notre Dame
On March 1, 2013 Professor Russell Miller made a presentation at the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame. The event celebrated the publication of his new book “The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany” (Duke University Press 2012). The book was recognized alongside select publications engaging a broad spectrum of disciplines relevant to European affairs and culture, including: Vittorio Hoelse’s book “The Philosophical Dialogue”; Stepheh Fallon’s book “Paradise Regained – The Complete Shorter Poems by John Milton”; Semion Lyandres’ book “The Fall of Tsarism”; Luc Reydam’s book “International Prosecutors”; and Henry Weinfeld’s book “The Blank-Verse Tradition from Milton to Stevens”. The Nanovic Institute is a platform for more than 140 faculty members and scholars from over twenty-five departments at the University of Notre Dame. Prof. Miller’s co-author, Prof. Donald Kommers, is an emeritus member of the Notre Dame’s Political Science and Law faculties. In his remarks Prof. Miller raised questions about power of the German Constitutional Court and its legitimacy in contemporary Germany’s well-settled democracy.
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.”
- Leonardo Da Vinci
The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University School of Law announces the Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship program and calls for proposals for researching and writing on topics within intellectual property (IP) law.
ABOUT CPIP: CPIP is a new academic center dedicated to the scholarly analysis of IP rights and of the technological, commercial and creative innovation they facilitate. Through its annual conferences, roundtables, scholarship grants, fellowship programs and other academic and policy events, CPIP promotes a balanced discussion about IP rights and their fundamental role in securing the creative innovation that drives both a free market and a flourishing economy.
LEONARDO DA VINCI FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM DETAILS: Proposed research topics can be in any IP or IP-related field, such as patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, right of publicity, etc. The research proposals can address any topic or issue within these fields, providing economic, philosophical, historical, scientific, or doctrinal analysis, among others.
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of academics with broad knowledge and experience in IP law. The Grant Committee will review proposal submissions for their quality as an academic research project, considering such issues as novelty of the research topic, viability of the thesis, and contribution to the diversity of academic and public discourse about IP policy.
Any scholar may apply for a Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship, as they are not restricted to full-time, tenure-track or tenured law professors. Since CPIP is dedicated to the scholarly analysis of IP rights, it will provide funding to professors in any field or to individuals working outside of official academic institutions who can provide scholarly analyses. For instance, graduate students, VAPs, policy analysts at a think tank, or lawyers aspiring to become academics may apply for a Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship.
Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship recipients will have additional opportunities to present their research at one of CPIP’s annual conferences, which are hosted at George Mason University School of Law in the Washington, D.C. area and which will be attended by academics, as well as by government decision-makers, representatives from IP stakeholders and thought leaders in think tanks and other institutions. CPIP will also work with Leonardo Da Vinci Fellows to publicize and promote their work to the scholarly and policy communities, including discussing or highlighting their work, where appropriate, in podcasts, teleconferences, press interviews, blogging, and other public engagements.
Grant amounts will be in the four- to five-figure range. Factors determining the amount awarded will include the nature and scope of the proposed research project and resulting work-product (e.g., essay, article, book, or book chapter), whether it requires data collection or experiments, the timeliness and relevance of the research projects, and other appropriate factors. Amounts available for grants may vary from year to year, depending on a number of variables, including the quantity and quality of proposals and the availability of funding.
Leonardo Da Vinci Fellows will receive a small percentage of the grant following approval of the research project with the remaining amount paid upon the acceptance for publication of the article resulting from the research project. Funded articles are expected to be submitted for publication within one year or at the next spring law journal submission cycle, whichever is later. For articles submitted for publication to peer-reviewed academic journals outside of the legal academy, the recipient and the committee will agree on an appropriate publication deadline.
APPLICATION DETAILS: To apply for a Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship, applicants should email their proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All proposals will be treated confidentially.
Deadline. There is no deadline, as proposals will be accepted for review by the Grant Committee on a rolling basis. However, the Grant Committee expects to meet to make the first round of grants shortly after April 20, 2013, so scholars with current proposals are encouraged to submit by that date to receive prompt consideration.
Applications for a Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship should include the following information:
- A precis of no fewer than 700 words that identifies:
- The subject matter of the research.
- The thesis asserted or hypothesis to be tested.
- The motivation for the project, identifying how this project fills a current gap in the literature or otherwise addresses a compelling research question.
- The methodology to be employed.
- A brief summary of the supporting analysis.
- If they wish, applicants may also include other things, such as an outline, a table of contents, or results of pilot studies.
- A proposed budget, with a brief justification.
- A copy of the applicant’s CV or resume.
- A list of prior publications (if not part of resume).
FURTHER INFORMATION: Information also available at: http://cpip.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/da-vinci-fellowship.pdf
If you have further questions about CPIP, please see our website at http://cpip.gmu.edu
You are invited to a presentation by Dr. Christopher Whelan a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington and Lee. The recipient of a doctorate and a law degree from the London School of Econmics, he is a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. Since 2005, he has served as as a Visitng Professor (for one semester each school year) at W&L’s School of Law. During his academic career, Dr. Whelan has lectured and taught at, inter alia, the University of Texas, and the University of California, Berkeley.
TOPIC: “The Eurozone Crisis: Who is to Blame?”
DATE: Thursday, March 28, 2013.
TIME: 12: Noon.
PLACE: The Marshall Foundation, VMI Parade, Lexington.
LUNCH: Participants are invited to an informal brown-bag lunch after the program. The Marshall Foundation will provide drinks.
It is not necessary to RSVP, but questions and comments concerning the program can be directed to William Dawson at 464-4486. His e-mail address is: email@example.com.
All are welcome.
May 10, 2013, Lexington, KY
What: The third annual workshop for untenured and recently tenured faculty to share their developing ideas for scholarship, just before the plunge into summer research begins, in an informal, supportive, and engaging environment.
- Roundtable format
- Each participant will provide a 1 – 2 page summary of a current research idea
- Each participant will give a 5 minute synopsis of her/his idea
- All participants will be prepared to provide suggestions and areas of inquiry for
the other participants’ ideas
- A UK faculty member will moderate the group discussion
Where: University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY
When: Friday, May 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Support: UK will pay for up to two nights of hotel accommodations in downtown Lexington, KY. (Conference hotel to be determined.) All meals during the Workshop will be provided, including a pre-workshop dinner on Thursday evening, May 9th. Other expenses will be borne by the participant.
Deadline: Please submit a brief synopsis (1-2 pages) of the proposed work by Friday, April 6th. We encourage synopses of applicants’ proposed summer research projects.
Contact: Nicole Huberfeld, Chair of Faculty Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, 859-257- 3281 for submissions and for additional information.
Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Bruner presented his recent work on corporate fiduciary duties at the 2013 Fiduciary Law Workshop hosted by Notre Dame Law School on March 8th.
The Workshop, which included scholars from the United States and Canada, featured papers examining the application of fiduciary principles to a number of legal fields and explored the potential for a distinct, overarching field of “fiduciary law.” Professor Bruner’s paper questioned whether the duty of care owed by corporate directors ought to be conceptualized as “fiduciary” in nature, contrasting the U.S. approach with that of other common-law countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, which tend to describe the duty of loyalty as the sole duty truly unique to fiduciaries.
W&L Adjunct Professor of Law Charles Woody has just published a piece on spousal loss in the West Virginia Lawyer state bar magazine. The article is entitled Absence and Leave and it discusses the challenges law firms face when one of their lawyers experiences the death of a spouse. You may read this piece by clicking Absence and Leave.
The 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program core competition is now open.
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2014-2015 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.
In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to accommodate better the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the program has introduced several innovations to the 2014-2015 program, including:Fulbright Flex Awards, Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, Salary Stipend Supplements, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.
Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards.
The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2013. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit our website at http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/ or contact us email@example.com.
Professor David Millon, the J.B. Stombock Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University, recently wrote a review of Robert G. Eccles, Ioannis Ioannou, & George Serafeim, The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behavior and Performance, Harvard Business School Working Paper 12-035 (2012). Here is an excerpt:
Those interested in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the problems of managerial and investor short-termism should not overlook the paper reviewed here. Robert Eccles, Ioannis Ioannou, and George Serafeim (professors at Harvard, London, and Harvard business schools respectively) make an important contribution to debates among corporate law academics about CSR as an alternative to shareholder primacy. Their paper also has significant relevance to those who are concerned about the costs of shareholder primacy’s current incarnation as an obsession with quarterly earnings and their effects on share prices. The authors present a sophisticated, empirically grounded demonstration of the economic advantages enjoyed by corporations that have chosen to invest in stakeholder relationships and to pursue a long-run approach to wealth creation. Because these companies are shown to outperform financially their more traditionally-minded, shareholder-primacy, short-term-oriented rivals, CSR advocates can assert a ‘business case’ for their belief that corporations should attend to the well-being of nonshareholding stakeholders, including employees, customers, local communities where the firm operates, and those who are affected by its impact on the environment. The business case also lends support to critics of short-termism who have no particular interest in CSR.
A persuasive ‘business case’ for CSR is important because until now the large body of empirical research investigating its efficiency has yielded distinctly mixed results. Further, the ‘ethical case’ for CSR gains limited traction among investors and managers seeking to maximize financial returns. Progressives do need to bear in mind the limits of the business case: it justifies investment in stakeholder well-being only to the extent that there is a financial payoff. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that companies genuinely embracing a stakeholder orientation create more social value than those that do not, even if their motivation is primarily economic.
The full review is available at the Corporate Law JOTWEL at http://corp.jotwell.com.