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Annual Conference

The Twelfth Conference on Empirical Legal Studies will be held Friday, October 13 through Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York.

Submissions will close on June 28, 2017 at midnight (Eastern Time).


CELS 2017 Empirical Training Workshop will be held at Cornell Law School, Thursday, October 12, 2017.

2017 Conference Co-Presidents

Valerie Hans
Jeffrey Rachlinski
Jed Stiglitz

2017 Program Committee

Dawn Chutkow
Michael Heise
Stewart Schwab
Martin Wells



CELS Poster Award Winners

CELS 2016 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Aazam Virani with Zhiyao Chen, Hamed Mahmudi, and Xiaofei Zhao, "When a Buyer Gets Cold Feet: What is the Value of a Bidder Termination Provision in a Takeover?" Poster here. Paper here.

CELS 2015 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Dane Thorley, "Randomness Pre-Considered: Recognizing and Accounting for 'De-Randomizing' Events When Utilizing Random Judicial Assignment." Poster here.

CELS 2014 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winners
Kyle Rozema and Nicolas R. Ziebarth, "Behavioral Responses to Taxation: Cigarette Taxes and Food Stamp Take Up". Poster here. Paper here.

CELS 2013 Poster Winners
Megan S. Wright, Samantha Kluth, and Dana Dobbins, "Mock Jurors' Assessments of Blind Experts in Criminal Trials". Poster here. Paper here.

CELS 2012 Poster Winner
Yilian Xu, "Does Mortgage Deregulation Increase Foreclosures?: Evidence from Cleveland". Poster here. Paper here.

CELS 2011 Poster Winner
Yun-Chien Chang, "Tenancy in 'Anticommons'? A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Co-Ownership". Poster here. Paper here.

Conference History

The annual Conferences on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) were launched in 2006, in response to the growing level of empirical scholarship in law schools and elsewhere. It has thus far been held at University of Texas (2006), NYU (2007), Cornell (2008), USC (2009), Yale (2010), Northwestern (2011), and Stanford (2012), Penn (2013), UC Berkeley (2014), Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (2015), and is scheduled for Duke University Law School (2016) in each case with generous support from the host school.

The founding organizers of CELS are Bernie Black (Northwestern), Jennifer Arlen and Geoffrey Miller (NYU), and Ted Eisenberg and Michael Heise (Cornell).