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North Central College
Civil legal aid, legal institutions, legal profession, access to justice, legal representation, inter-branch conflict, court-congress relations, separation of powers, civic engagement
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About Me

I study the organization and impact of civil legal institutions in the United States, from the perspectives of Congress, organizations that deliver civil legal services, and the individuals accessing those services.

I am also interested in the socialization processes of the legal profession, and how socialization influences the decision making of judges, as well as the interactions between Congress and the judiciary at both the individual and institutional level.

Recent Publications

“Lawyers, Power, and Strategic Expertise” with Anna Carpenter (Tulsa Law)  and Colleen Shanahan (Temple Law) (forthcoming in the Denver University Law Review).

“A Little Lawyering Can Be a Dangerous Thing” with Colleen Shanahan and Anna Carpenter (forthcoming in the Hastings Law Review).

“Forecasting Opinion Assignment on the U.S. Supreme Court” with Paul Wahlbeck, Ryan Krog, and Phillip Wininger (a forthcoming book chapter)

2015. “Legal Elites and Public Perceptions of the Supreme Court: Is the Supreme Court a ‘Political’ Institution?” with Brandon Bartels and Chris Johnston. Law and Society Review 49(3): 761-794.

2014.  “Stepping on Congress: Courts, Congress, and Inter-institutional Politics” with Forrest Maltzman, Charles Shipan, and Michael Zilis.  2014, Journal of Law and Courts 2(2): 219-240.

Media Coverage

2016.  “Is it a problem that judges no longer have experience working in Congress?” on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog.

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