The complete conference program is available online via SSRN and as a downloadable PDF.

Conference Overview

Thursday, October 29

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday, October 30

8:00 AM to 8:45 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM to 10:00 AM
Plenary I: Network Analysis
Betsy Sinclair, Washington University, Political Science
Jacob Montgomery, Washington University, Political Science
James Spriggs, Washington University, Political Science
Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci, University of Amsterdam, Law and Economics
The analysis of networks and their structure are increasingly making their way into social science research. This plenary section will provide an introduction to the basic methodology of network analysis as well as primers on preparing data and popular software packages. Substantive examples will include network analysis of judicial opinion databases and comparative network analysis of constitutions.
Plenary II
Alicia Parlapiano, Graphics Editor, New York Times
Empirical legal research produces important insights about law and legal institutions, but it is often difficult to effectively communicate the results to lay audiences, including policy makers. As a Graphics Editor for the New York Times, Alicia Parlapiano has extensive experience creating graphics that translate insights from big data and social science research findings for the Times readership. This plenary session will focus on design principles and tools for effectively visualizing and communicating complex information, including the results of empirical studies, to broad audiences.
10:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions
12:15 PM to 1:00 PM
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
3:15 PM to 5:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions
5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
Poster Session & Reception
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Dinner & Keynote Presentation: Richard K. Wilson, PhD. (Advance registration required)

Saturday, October 31

8:00 AM to 8:45 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions
10:45AM to 11:00 AM
11:00 AM to 12:20 PM
Concurrent Sessions
12:20 PM to 1:00 PM
Lunch & Poster Award Presentation
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Informal Wine and Cheese reception at the home of Nancy Staudt, Washington University Law School Dean and Howard & Caroline Cayne Professor of Law, and Lee Epstein, Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor