The law school’s Empirical Legal Studies Center supports both quantitative and qualitative empirical work of law faculty, conducts occasional seminars, and facilitates faculty sharing of expertise and experience.
Its current co-directors are J.J. Prescott and Margo Schlanger.
Who We Are
Laura Nyantung Beny
- Earl Warren DeLano Professor of Law
- Associate Director, University of Michigan African Studies Center
James Hines Jr.
- L. Hart Wright Collegiate Professor of Law
- Richard A. Musgrave Collegiate Professor of Economics
- Henry King Ransom Professor of Law
- Co-director, Empirical Legal Studies Center
- Co-director, Program in Law and Economics
- Professor of Economics
- Criminal Law
- Legal Writing and Research
"Understanding Violent-Crime Recidivism"
"The Voluntariness of Voluntary Consent: Consent Searches and the Psychology of Compliance"
- Corporate and Securities Law
"Does Capital Bear the U.S. Corporate Tax After All? New Evidence from Corporate Tax Returns"
Empirical Legal Studies Research Scholar
Meghan M. O'Neil
Meghan M. O’Neil is a Research Scholar at the Empirical Legal Studies Center. Her current research includes a mixed-methods study examining how fines and fees operate in community corrections (Community Corrections Fines and Fees) and a randomized controlled trial funded by the National Science Foundation which tests whether online legal tools can improve social and economic outcomes for people in recovery from opioid use disorder (Removing Barriers to Recovery). She earned her MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, magna cum laude, from Columbia University, and her PhD in Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany.