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Annual Conference

The Thirteenth Conference on Empirical Legal Studies will be held Friday, November 9, 2018 through Saturday, November 10, 2018 at University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Extended-Paper Submission Deadline: June 29, 2018 (midnight, Eastern Time)

CELS 2018 Empirical Training Workshop will be held at University of Michigan Law School, on Thursday, November 8, 2018 (more information coming soon).

2018 Conference Co-Presidents

James Hines, Jr.
J.J. Prescott
Sonja Starr





CELS Poster Award Winners


CELS 2017 Theodore Eisenberg Poster Prize Winner:
Greg Buchak, "The Mechanisms of Reputation in Extralegal Enforcement." Poster here. Paper here.

2017 Honorable Mention:
Michelle Drouin and Christopher Stein, "Cognitive Bias in the Courtroom: Combating the Anchoring Effect in Criminal Sentencing." Poster here.

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).