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.

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. 

Meghan’s Bio 

Community Corrections Fines and Fees Project