Research, events, news

CGLP faculty conduct a wide range of groundbreaking research on the legal profession, from right here in the heartland of our country to the bustling streets of India and China.


Faculty research and scholarship

Research fellows

Kenneth Dau-Schmidt

Charles Geyh

  • Panelist at a conference on judicial campaign finance at Vanderbilt University, jointly sponsored by the American Judicature Society and the American Constitution Society.
  • Presenter at the annual meeting of the American Professional Responsibility Lawyers in Las Vegas on the topic of regulating judicial speech.
  • Presented a paper at the University of Nevada Law Vegas Law School on his current book project, "Courting Peril: The Political Transformation of the American Judiciary."
  • Charlie Geyh completed the draft of an article to be published in a forthcoming issue of the Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences, entitled Judicial Independence as an Organizing Principle, which can be downloaded.
  • He drafted a coauthored chapter (with his research assistant, Anita Foss), The Use and Abuse of Empirical Evidence in Support of Normative Arguments on Judicial Selection, that will appear in  Normative Implications of Empirical Research on Law and Courts (forthcoming, Routledge Press, 2014).
  • He and his coauthors Jim Alfini, Steve Lubet and Jeff Shaman published the fifth edition of their treatise, Judicial Conduct and Ethics. His article, The Dimensions of Judicial Impartiality, was published in the Florida Law Review:
  • He and Professor Steve Gillers co-authored an op ed for Politico The Supreme Court Needs a Code of Ethics.
  • He delivered one of two keynote addresses at the annual meeting of the Pound Institute for Civil Justice, building on the 2012 article he published in the Cornell law Review, Can the Rule of Law Survive Judicial Politics?: 
  • He was a presenter at a conference hosted by the University of Georgia, Who are They to Judge? Ethics and Professionalism Issues Facing the Bench.
  • He was a featured speaker at a congressional briefing on Politics, Ethics, and the Supreme Court.   And he is teaching a new seminar at the law school on judicial conduct that explores issues of judicial ethics, selection, oversight and decision making.
  • Can the Rule of Law Survive Judicial Politics?, 97 CORNELL LAW REVIEW 195 (2012). [SSRN] [HeinOnline]
  • Judicial Selection Reconsidered: A Plea for Radical Moderation, 35 HARVARD JOURNAL OF LAW & PUBLIC POLICY 623 (2012). [HeinOnline]
  • WHAT'S LAW GOT TO DO WITH IT?: WHAT JUDGES DO AND WHY IT MATTERS. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011.
  • Why Judicial Disqualification Matters. Again., 30 REVIEW OF LITIGATION 675 (2011). [HeinOnline]
  • JUDICIAL DISQUALIFICATION: AN ANALYSIS OF FEDERAL LAW, 2nd Ed. Washington D.C.: Federal Judicial Center, 2010.
  • Judicial Elections in the Aftermath ofWhite, Caperton, and Citizens United, 53 ADVOCATE 78 (2010). [Journal Website]
  • Judicial Selection, Judicial Disqualification, and the Role of Money in Judicial Campaigns, 42 MCGEORGE LAW REVIEW 85 (2010). [HeinOnline]
  • REPORTERS' NOTES TO THE MODEL CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT (with W. William Hodes). Chicago: American Bar Association, 2009.

William Henderson

Jayanth Krishnan

Ethan Michelson

  • "Fleeing Tort Reform? A Comparison of Lawyers' and Doctors' Inter-State Migration Patterns, 2000-2012" presented at IU Politics, Economics, and Culture Workshop (with E. Wright and B. Finlay).
  • "Public Attitudes toward Official Justice in Beijing and Rural China." (with Benjamin L. Read) In CHINESE JUSTICE: CIVIL DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA, edited by Margaret Y.K. Woo, Mary E. Gallagher, and Merle Goldman. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 2011.
  • "What Do Chinese Lawyers Want? Political Values and Legal Practice." in CHINA'S EMERGING MIDDLE CLASS: BEYOND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION, ed. C. Li. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2010.
  • "Justice in Beijing and Rural China." in Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China, edited by Margaret Y.K. Woo and Mary E. Gallagher. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • "Family Planning Enforcement in Rural China: Enduring State-Society Conflict?" Pp. 189-226 in Growing Pains: Tensions and Opportunity in China's Transformation, 2010, edited by Jean C. Oi, Scott Rozelle, and Xueguang Zhou. Stanford, CA: Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center, distributed by Brookings Institution Press.
  • "Gender Inequality in the Chinese Legal Profession," Research in the Sociology of Work 19: 337-76, 2009.

Christiana Ochoa

  • Book review: International Human Rights Litigation in US Courts, HUMAN RIGHTS QUARTERLY (forthcoming).
  • Guatemalan Transnational Feminists: How Their Search for Constitutional Equality Interplays with International Law, in CONSTITUTING EQUALITY: GENDER EQUALITY AND COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS (Susan Williams, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2009).
  • The Human Rights Potential of Sovereign Wealth Funds (with Patrick J. Keenan), 40 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 1151 (2009).

Margaret Reuter

  • Experiential Education and our Divided Campuses: What Delivers Practice Value to Big Law associates, Government attorneys, and Public Interest lawyers? 22 Clinical L Rev. (forthcoming Fall 2015). With Joanne Ingham
  • "Navigating Cultural Difference" in Learning from Practice (Forthcoming West, 2015). With Carwina Weng

Lauren K. Robel

  • Riding the Color Line: The Story of Railroad Commission of Texas v. Pullman Co., in FEDERAL COURT STORIES (Vicki Jackson and Judith Resnik, Eds.) New York: Foundation Press, 2010.
  • Special Introduction, 48 FAMILY COURT REVIEW 602 (2010).
  • FEDERAL COURTS: CASES AND MATERIALS ON JUDICIAL FEDERALISM AND THE LAWYERING PROCESS, 2nd ed. (with Arthur Hellman and David R. Stras). Newark: LexisNexis, 2009.

Jeff Stake

  • Completing a major study (with M. Alexeev) on the popularity of U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR) rankings and whether they influence the behavior of law teachers, lawyers and judges, law school applicants, employers, or law school administrators. The study attempts to determine whether USN&WR rankings could have influenced 1) law faculty members who respond to the USN&WR survey of law school quality, 2) lawyers who respond to USN&WR surveys, 3) law school applicants choosing a school, 4) employers who hire law school graduates, and 5) administrators who set tuition. The study finds evidence of "echo effects" of USN&WR rankings that are folded back into subsequent rankings. Rankings might also exert some influence on starting salaries of the law school graduates and on tuition.
  • Economics, Behavioral Biology, and Law(with Owen D. Jones and Erin A. O'Hara), 19 SUPREME COURT ECONOMIC REVIEW 103 (2011).
  • Just (and Efficient?) Compensation for Governmental Expropriations, in LAW, MIND, AND BRAIN (Michael Freeman and Oliver R Goodenough, Eds.) Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2009.
  • Upper West Side Story: The Symphony Space, Inc. v. Pergola Properties, Inc. 669 NE.2d 799 (1996), in PROPERTY STORIES 2nd Ed. (Gerald Korngold and Andrew Morriss, Eds.) New York: Foundation Press, 2009.


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