Workshop on Judicial Behavior

Frank H. Easterbrook
Lee Epstein
William M. Landes
Richard A. Posner

The Workshop on Judicial Behavior provides students with a unique opportunity to read and analyze cutting-edge scholarship that focuses on how judges reach their decisions. In a case law system such as that of the United States, a realistic understanding of judicial behavior, which conventional legal instruction does not convey, is essential to the understanding and practice of law.

Over the course of the academic year, six scholars from the fields of law and the social sciences will present their work. By the end of the academic year, students will produce a major research paper on judicial behavior.

The Workshop is limited to twenty law students; interested students should contact Prof. Landes ( by the start of fall quarter 2013. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.

2013-14 Workshops

2 Oct 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Law School, Room D

The Puzzle of Unanimity: Consensus on the U.S. Supreme Court

6 Nov 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Law School, Room D

"Expertise and Opinion Assignment on the Courts of Appeals"

4 Dec 2013 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Room D

"Have Inter-Judge Sentencing Disparities Increased in an Advisory Guidelines Regime? Evidence From Booker"

19 Feb 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Law School, Room D

"Preference Heterogeneity of the Judiciary and the Composition of Political Jurisdictions"

2 Apr 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Law School, Room D

"Docket Control at the Supreme Court of Canada: What's Behind the Screen?"

7 May 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Law School, Room D

"Chief Justice Roberts in His Own Voice: The Chief Justice's Self-Assignment of Majority Opinions"