Jeffrey Rachlinski is the Henry Allen Mark Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in psychology from the Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford. In 1994, Rachlinski joined the faculty at Cornell Law School. He has also served as visiting professor at the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, and Harvard. Rachlinski’s research interests primarily involve the application of cognitive and social psychology to law with special attention to judicial decision making. He has presented his research on judicial decision making to audiences in attendance at over 100 judicial education conferences, which have included over 5,000 judges in a dozen states and three countries.
Professor Rachlinski has taught administrative law, business organizations, civil procedure, contracts, environmental law, products liability, torts, and psychology and law.
B.A., M.A., (Psychology) The Johns Hopkins University, 1988
J.D., Stanford University, 1993
Ph.D., (Psychology) Stanford University, 1994
Rachlinski, Jeffrey John, “The Politics of Legal Empirics: Do Political Attitudes Predict the Results of Empirical Legal Scholarship?,” Cornell Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-29 (February 26, 2018)
Rachlinski, Jeffrey John and Andrew J. Wistrich, “Judging the Judiciary by the Numbers: Empirical Research on Judges,” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 13, p. 203-229, 2017
Wistrich, Andrew J. and Jeffrey John Rachlinski, “Implicit Bias in Judicial Decision Making: How It Affects Judgment and What Judges Can Do About It,” American Bar Association, Enhancing Justice (2017)
Rachlinski, Jeffrey John, Andrew J. Wistrich, and Chris Guthrie, “Can Judges Make Reliable Numeric Judgments? Distorted Damages and Skewed Sentences,” Indiana Law Journal 90, no. 2, 2015