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Thomas J. Miles

Thomas J. Miles writes primarily in the areas of criminal justice and judicial behavior. His most recent articles on criminal law are a study of judicial review of Title III wiretaps, entitled “Racial Disparities in Wiretap Applications before Federal Judges,” Journal of Legal Studies (2013), and a study of the immigration enforcement program Secure Communities, entitled “Policing Immigration,” University of Chicago Law Review (2013) (co-authored with Professor Adam B. Cox).  His most recent article on judicial behavior is “The Law’s Delay: A Test of the Mechanisms of Judicial Peer Effects,” Journal of Legal Analysis (2012).  He has also recently written two articles with Professors Steven Levitt and Andrew Rosenfield on the legality of poker: “Is Texas Hold ‘Em a Game of Chance? A Legal and Economic Analysis,” Georgetown Law Journal (forthcoming 2013) and “The Role of Skill versus Luck: Evidence from the World Series of Poker,” Journal of Sports Economics (2012).  Miles currently teaches first-year criminal law, federal criminal law, and securities regulation.  He has previously taught tort law, economic analysis of law, and empirical law & economics, and in 2009, he received the Graduating Students Award for Teaching Excellence.  Miles received a B.A. from Tufts University, a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He was a law clerk to the Hon. Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  From 2005 to 2013, Miles was an editor of the Journal of Legal Studies.