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October 6, 2006

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, 512-232-1408 or
Event Contact: Professor Bernard Black, UT Law and McCombs School of Business, 512- 471-4632 or

UT Law Hosts First Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Oct. 27-28

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AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas School of Law will host the first annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28. The conference is jointly organized with the Cornell and NYU law schools.

The conference is the first of its kind in the United States, and features original empirical and experimental legal scholarship by leading scholars worldwide, from a diverse range of fields. The conference will include 115 papers in all, spanning antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, civil rights, contracts, criminal justice, courts and judges, corporate governance, health care, intellectual property, international relations, jury behavior, law and finance, law and politics, law and psychology, law and society, law and sociology, medical malpractice, tax, torts, and venture capital and private equity.

“The empirical study of law and legal institutions is becoming a central part of legal scholarship. Our goal with this conference is to promote that endeavor, across a broad range of disciplines and methodologies," said Bernard Black, a UT Law professor and conference co-organizer.

The conference organizers are Jennifer Arlen (NYU), Bernard Black (UT), Theodore Eisenberg (Cornell), Michael Heise (Cornell) and Geoffrey Miller (NYU). The 2007 and 2008 conferences will be held at NYU School of Law and Cornell Law School, respectively.

Professors from The University of Texas School of Law who will participate in CELS include Bernard Black, Frank Cross, Mark Gergen, Henry Hu, Derek Jinks, Kate Litvak, William Sage, and Charles Silver.

A preliminary conference schedule is available at:

The conference is free and open to academics and interested graduate students. For information on registration, please see

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