The Seventeenth Conference on Empirical Legal Studies will be held October 13-14, 2023 at the University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois.
2023 CELS Co-Presidents
More 2023 CELS information available here.
CELS Poster Award Winners
CELS 2019 Theodor Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Uyen Le (with Greg DeAngelo, Maryah Garner, and Shuichiro Nishioka), “Lost Jobs, Lost Lives: The Effects of Unemployment Shocks and Gun Laws on Suicides”. Le Poster here. Le Paper here.
CELS 2018 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Natasha Sarin (co-authored with Vladamir Mukharlyamov), “The Impact of the Durbin Amendment on Banks, Merchants, and Consumers.” Sarin/Mukharlyamov Poster here. Sarin/Mukharlyamov Paper here.
CELS 2017 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Greg Buchak, “The Mechanisms of Reputation in Extralegal Enforcement.” Buchak Poster here. Buchak Paper here.
2017 Honorable Mention:
Michelle Drouin and Christopher Stein, “Cognitive Bias in the Courtroom: Combating the Anchoring Effect in Criminal Sentencing.” Drouin/Stein Poster here.
CELS 2016 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Aazam Virani with Zhiyao Chen, Hamed Mahmudi, and Xiaofei Zhao, “When a Buyer Gets Cold Feet: What is the Value of a Bidder Termination Provision in a Takeover?” Virani/Chen/Mahmudi/Zhao Poster here. Virani/Chen/Mahmudi/Zhao Paper here.
CELS 2015 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Dane Thorley, “Randomness Pre-Considered: Recognizing and Accounting for ‘De-Randomizing’ Events When Utilizing Random Judicial Assignment.” Thorley Poster here.
CELS 2014 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winners
Kyle Rozema and Nicolas R. Ziebarth, “Behavioral Responses to Taxation: Cigarette Taxes and Food Stamp Take Up”. Rozema/Ziebarth Poster here. Rozema/Ziebarth Paper here.
CELS 2013 Poster Winners
Megan S. Wright, Samantha Kluth, and Dana Dobbins, “Mock Jurors’ Assessments of Blind Experts in Criminal Trials”. Wright/Kluth/Dobbins Poster here. Wright/Kluth/Dobbins Paper here.
CELS 2012 Poster Winner
Yilian Xu, “Does Mortgage Deregulation Increase Foreclosures?: Evidence from Cleveland”. Xa Poster here. Xa Paper here.
CELS 2011 Poster Winner
Yun-Chien Chang, “Tenancy in ‘Anticommons’? A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Co-Ownership”. Chang Poster here. Chang Paper here.
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 Law School (2008), USC (2009), Yale (2010), Northwestern (2011), and Stanford (2012), Penn (2013), UC Berkeley (2014), Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (2015), Duke University Law School (2016), Cornell Law School (2017), University of Michigan Law School (2018), Claremont McKenna College (2019), Toronto Law School (March 2022), University of Virginia Law School (November 2022) in each case with generous support from the host school.
The founding organizers of CELS are Bernie Black (Northwestern), Jennifer Arlen and Geoffrey Miller (NYU), and Ted Eisenberg and Michael Heise (Cornell).
CELS 2022 at University of Virginia Law School (November)
CELS 2022 at University of Toronto (March)
CELS 2019 at Claremont McKenna College
CELS 2018 at University of Michigan Law School
CELS 2015 at Washington University School of Law, St. Louis
CELS 2013 at University of Pennsylvania
Journal of Empirical Legal Studies
“Sudden lockdown repeals, social mobility, and COVID-19: Evidence from a judicial natural experiment” by Dhaval Dave, Andrew I. Friedson, Kyutaro Matsuzawa, Drew McNichols, Joseph J. Sabia
“The distribution of in-person public K-12 education in the time of COVID: An empirical perspective” by Michael Heise