James A. Rahl/Owen L. Coon Senior Research Program

Senior Research Program

The James A. Rahl/Owen L. Coon Senior Research Program gives third-year Northwestern Law students the opportunity to work closely with our renowned faculty exploring answers to challenging questions of doctrine and policy. Due to the generosity of the Owen L. Coon Foundation and other donors, there is a fund to support empirical research expenses of projects. Students are placed with supervising professors, experts in their field, to conduct research on the most pertinent current and historical legal issues.

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Current Projects


Supervising Faculty Student Project Topic
Allen, Ronald Koenigsfeld, Benjamin; Krebsbach, Andrew; Lartey, Steven Kwabena Aye; Lee, Tae Hee; Quamme, Palmer; Savabi, Heidi Criminal Justice Reform in Tanzania
Barsa, Michael Salzman, Garrett Bulwarks Against Regression
Calabresi, Steven Shaw, Todd The Jurisprudence of Justice Samuel Alito
Delaney, Erin Taleb, Salma The Role of Arab Expatriates in Constitutional Changes in the Middle East Post the Arab Spring
Delaney, Erin Taleb, Salma Constitutional Comparative Law
DiCola, Peter Hirschfeld, Gerry Compulsory Licensing versus Negotiated Rates
DiCola, Peter Ikram, Maliha Long-term Maintenance of Public Art and Resulting Derivative Works Rights
Foster, Mary Palfi, Christopher Artificial Intelligence and Legal Ethics: Efficiency at What Costs?
Gandert, Daniel Elwanni, Khalid Professional Stadium Construction: Sustainable Alternatives to the Traditional Public Financing Model
Geraghty, Thomas Karamally, Natasha The Role of Data and Qualitative Research in Driving Criminal Justice Reform, Cook County, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Ethiopia
Horwich, Allan Liu, Weichi A Hypothetical Supreme Court Opinion of Leidos, Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement System
Horwich, Allan Ramakrishnan, Deepa The Application of Federal Securities Law to Activist Investors
Lawsky, Sarah Menneto, Connor Taxing the Poor (An Extension): What Donald Trump Teaches Us About Taxing the Poor
Lewis, Andrea Guerrero, Frances Women and False Confessions
Lindgren, James Pizano Mejia, Pedro Roberto The State of Human Rights
Lupo, James Wiznitzer, Lisa Another Opening Another Show: Organizing Not-for-Profit Theatre Companies to Maximize Sustainability
Martin, Chris McJilton, Laura Artificial Intelligence and Bias: Concerns in the Application to Law
McGinnis, John Flanagan, Ian Interpretation and Judicial Opinions
Mollen, Abby Murray, Zachary The Opinions in Writing Clause: The True Unitary Executive
Mollen, Abby Murray, Zachary History of the Executive Power
Naughton, James Ostosh, Curtiss Constitutional Disparity: Illinois Pension Protection Provision
O'Hare, John Zhang, Xiaomeng (Rebecca) Nonvoting Common Shares: Revolution in Corporate Democracy or the Rise of Corporate Meritocracy?
Pfander, James Lanza, Jentry Early History and the Role of State Courts in Cases Involving Federal Law
Redish, Martin Andreu, Carlos The Right to Civil Jury Trials: An Argument in Favor of Instating Civil Juries in Puerto Rico
Redish, Martin Johnson, Brandon Rethinking the Privileges and Immunities Clause
Redish, Martin Peterson, Gregory Legislative Stances on the Parity Debate
Schrup, Sarah Pavletic, John Burden-Shifting on Plain Error: The Prejudice Analysis that Controls Prior Convictions under Divisible Statutes
Schwartz, David Mahaseth, Tulip Inter Partes Review and Orange Book Patents
Schwartz, David Mooradian, Kristina Continuation of Design Patent Study
Schwartz, David Mooradian, Kristina Design Patents
Silver, Carole Guo, Xi The Rises and Falls of Foreign Law Firms' U.S. Offices
Sorensen, Juliet Fuller, Natale Chicago's Low Recycling Rate: Inefficient and Open to Legal Action?
Sorensen, Juliet Waterhous, Julia Prosecution of Sexual Violence in War: Past, Present, Future
Speta, James Plotkin, Carter Judicial Review of Interpretative Rules
Tenenbaum, J. Samuel Kim, Katherine Cryptocurrencies: Behind the Speculative Bubble
Tuerkheimer, Deborah Caldwell, Sheridan Reimagining Griswold as an Equal Protection Case
Tuerkheimer, Deborah Shaukat, Mehwish American Muslim Women: Feminist theory and Fourth Amendment violations
Yuracko, Kimberly Blum, Lindsey Women in Leadership Positions


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