Valerie Hans conducts empirical studies of law and is one of the nation's leading authorities on the jury system. Trained as a social scientist, she has carried out extensive research and written widely about social science and the law. Her theoretical and policy interests in citizen participation in law have led her to focus on jury decision making. Her research and writing have encompassed a range of topics such as the juvenile death penalty, racial and gender discrimination, the litigation explosion, the adversary system, corporate responsibility, the insanity defense, court legitimacy, and media impact. She is also studying the introduction of new lay participation systems in Japan and Korea. Her books include Business on Trial: The Civil Jury and Corporate Responsibility (2000); The Jury System: Contemporary Scholarship (2006); and two books coauthored with Neil Vidmar: Judging the Jury (1986) and American Juries: The Verdict (2007). Link to Inaugural Colloquium on Empirical Legal Studies.