Current Projects

The senior research program at Northwestern Law is made possible through the generosity of the Owen L. Coon Foundation and other donors, who provide funds to cover expenses of empirical research projects. Below is a list of the most recent projects and faculty supervisors:

2011-12 | 2010-11 | 2009-10 | 2008-09 | 2007-08

2011-12 Senior Research Projects

Supervising Faculty Student Project Topic
Allen, Ronald Fry, Timothy; Notebaert, Jessica; VanDam, Jeffrey Reforming The Law Of Evidence: A Case Study Of Tanzania
Allen, Ronald Stapleton, Thomas A National Strategy For Global Stability
Barron, Esther Gulati, Kunal The Evolution Of Property Rights In Cuba Title For Brian Zelner: Entrepreneurship In Cuba In 2012
Barron, Esther Zelner, Brian Entrepreneurship In Cuba In 2012
Bienen, Leigh Enright, Sean Prosecutorial Discretion On The Ground In Cook County, Illinois
Bienen, Leigh O'Flynn, Megan Towards Gender Equity in the Middle East: Evaluating Models of Women's Rights
Brennan, Thomas Pahl, Joseph Taxing Exchange-Traded Notes And The Future Of Variable Prepaid Forward Contracts.
Brennan, Thomas Schwartz, Yosef Carried Interest In Private Equity: A Giant Leap Back And A Small Step Forward
Brennan, Thomas Victor, Joseph Mortgage Securitization And A Case For Contractual Credit Risk Retention
Burns, Robert Turkish, Jason Impact Disability Litigation In An Academic Setting: A Field Observation Report On The Viability Of A Disability Rights Clinic At Northwestern
Calabresi, Steve Salander, Abraham The Fourteenth Amendment, Religion, And Ramifications For American Education
Calabresi, Steven Owens, Jasmine Origins Of Judicial Review: Why Ran Hirschl Is Wrong
Calabresi, Steven Price, Larissa Government Monopolies & Grants Of Special Privilege In U.S. Constitutional Law
Calabresi, Steven Taddei, John The Meaning Of Unreasonable Search And Seizure And Cruel And Unusual Punishment From The Founding To The Fourteenth Amendment
Cohn, Lynn Giovanni, Lia Discontinuity In Our Glorio-U.S. Contiguous States
Crane, Charlotte Chao, Joshua Tax Incentives For Innovation In A Modern Ip Ecosystem
Dia, Shari Snyder, Danya Shopping For Less Confusion In The Post-Sale Confusion Marketplace
Diamond, Shari Meixner, John Do Criminal Trial Rates Affect The Vanishing Trial?
Ferguson, James Churnet, Dargaye Redefining Patent Claims: A Proposal To Reform Patent Law
Ferguson, James Wong, Michelle The Pathway To Biosimilars: The Road Less Traveled
Finke, Tom Gold, Matthew Finding The Paradigm: Business Executives And Their Relationships With The Lawyers That Serve Them
Francis, Clinton Siegel, Graham Healthcare Price And Quality Information: A Survey Of Pathways, Value And Regulation
Gandert, Daniel Buoniconti, Daniel A Tale Of Time: How Patience Paid Off During The Nba Lockout
Gandert, Daniel Hansen, Luis Rebelling Against Sports Colonialism: How The International Baseball Federation Should Use U.S. Federal Courts To Exert Its Authority Over Major League Baseball
Harris, Alton Adekoya, Akin Reallocation Of Risk: The Pitfalls Of Congress's Second Attempt To Regulate Otc Derivatives In Title Vii Of The Dodd-Frank Act
Horwich, Allan Nicolosi, Costanza Disclosure of Information Under the Securities Law and Antitust Law: A fraternal Battle or an Irreconcilable Fight?
Hutchison, Andrea Sweeney, Michael The America Invents Act: Its Effects On Different Types Of Entities (With Accompanying Updated Patent Law Slides)
Jacobi, Tonia Norman, Matthew The Institutional Origins Of Judicial Independence
Jacobi, Tonja Auditore, Stephanie Problems Of Application In University Speech Codes
Kessler, Hal Miller, Marc 'Runaway Train On A One-Way Track': The History, Current Status, And Future Prognosis Of The Use Of State Film Tax Incentives As An Attempt To Keep And Attract Movie Production In The United States
Koehler, Jonathan Bollinger, Robert Statistical Issues In Employment Discrimination
Koehler, Jonathan Cairns, Jason Eighth Amendment Jurisprudence: A Comparison Of Public And Judicial Opinion
Koehler, Jonathan Jeavons, Jessica Neuroscience and the Law
Landeo, Claudia Keber, Jennifer A New Class Of Attorneys: An Economic Analysis Of The Evolution Of The Attorney Career Model
Lepp, Alan Wang, Yan Interpretation III Of China's Marriage Law And Its Impact On Gender Equality.
Lindgren, Jim Grant, Patricia Affirmative Action In Professional Schools
Lubet, Steven Diegel, Clare Rescuing Recusal: A Response to Chief Justice Roberts
Lubet, Steven Whitaker, Sara Clarence Darrow, Neuroscientist: What Trial Lawyers Can Learn From Decision Science
Margulies, Joseph Novak, Mary The Anxiety of Hope: Criminal Defenders' Fears for their Clients
Margulies, Joseph Underwood, Matthew Report On Research Into Documents Withheld Under The State Secrets Doctrine
McGinnis, John Moorman, Ryan Fragmentation And Fungible Zoning As An Alternative To Regional Government
McGinnis, John Wasick, Steven Law: An Information Technology
Njike, Jacinda Pulido, Jannette Elephant in the Courtroom: A Critical Analysis of Trends in the Supreme Court's Legal Reasoning in Cases Affecting Racial Minorities
Nzelibe, Jide Kost, Thomas Reconstructing Emergency Powers For The Modern World
Nzelibe, Uzoamaka Kim, Jina The Limits Of Prosecutorial Discretion In Immigration
Pfander, James Lee, Christopher The Failed Discourse Of Minimum Contacts: Foreign Commerce And State Court Adjudicatory Power
Pfander, James Nazemi, Nassim Federal-State Judicial Relations In The Early Republic And The Origins Of The Anti-Injunction Act
Presser, Stephen Dunbar, Lindsay You Make And Dey Take: Martha Stewart, Insider Trading, And The American Dream
Presser, Stephen McGovern, Owen Nationalized Healthcare, the Commerce Clause, and the 16th & 17th Amendment
Provenzano, Susan Camillucci, Karl Regretting Roth? Why And How The Supreme Court Could Deprive Tenured Public Teachers Of Due Process Rights In Employment
Redish, Martin Gliksberg (aka: Rubenstein), Jamie Disgusting Speech” And The First Amendment
Redish, Martin Siegal, Peter Constitution, Inc.: Corporate Theory And The Recognition Of Corporations Under The U.S. Constitution
Reed, Stephen Guevarra, Nikki The Effects Of Organizational Form On A Microfinance Institution's Ability To Access Capital
Reed, Stephen Man, Jonathan The Impact Of National Legal Systems On Foreign Direct Investment: An Empirical Approach
Reed, Stephen Wilson, Jeremy Legal Issues Facing The Education Matters Project And Other Tax-Exempt Social Media Organizations
Roberts, Dorothy Chapman, Sarah Jane A More Natural Selection
Roberts, Jerome Kim, Minar The Troll Toll: The Impact of Patent Trolls
Roberts, Jerry Fitterer, Jason Winning The Battle, But Losing The War: Why The America Invents Act Deals A Major Blow To Patent Trolls, But Also To The Small Inventor
Rubinowitz, Leonard Cunningham, Angela Family Law Center Of Kenosha: One Law Student's Journey Towards Starting A Civil Legal Services Agency
Rubinowitz, Leonard Terada, Christine The Benefits Of Gender-Informed Diversion Programs For Female Offenders
Ruder, David Nemets, Yuriy The Role Of The International Organization Of Securities Commissions In Cross-Border Enforcement Of Securities Laws
Sawyer, Stephen Lee, Ji Hee Comparative Study Across Countries of the Adherence to the UN Convention and Protocol Regarding the Status of Refugees of 1951 and 1967
Sawyer, Stephen Riordan, Kathleen The Value Of Truth: Northern Ireland, Unionism, And Truth Recovery
Schrup, Sarah Springett, Simon Waiving Goodbye to the Public's Interest in a Speedy Trial
Sorensen, Juliet Cunningham, Charlotte The Case For Voluntary Adoption Of Measures Guaranteeing The Right To Free, Prior And Informed Consent For Indigenous Peoples By Multinational Corporations Involved In Natural Resource Extraction
Sorensen, Juliet Henkelman, Breanne Not Worth The Hassle: Why American Real Estate Firms Don'T Buy In To Morocco's Vision
Speta, James Won, Jennifer The FCC Indecency Regulation And The First Amendment
Speta, James Yaeger, Ryan Finality Constraints On Judicial Review Of Agency Guidance Documents: Acknowledging The Lack Of Legal Effect
Stroth, Andrew Krishnan, Ashwin A Survey Of The Scope And Impact Of The Morality Clause In Professional Sports Contracts
Tenenbaum, J. Samuel Joseph, Andrew Corporate Governance And Competition Law Reform In Israel
Tepfer, Joshua Smeryage, Colleen Litigating Confessions in the Recording Age
Tiller, Emerson Kaplan, Ivan An Empirical Analysis Of Chevron Step 1 Manipulation
Wilson, Audra Warren, Hillary Recognizing The Rights Of Non-Biological Lesbian Mothers And Their Children Through Statutory Reform: Why The Upa, Common Law, And Gay Marriage Are Not Enough
Winslow, Heather Nofal, Christopher A Field Study In Crime, Technology, And Law
Yuracko, Kimberly Walden, William Flsa.Com: Why The Rise Of Modern Retail Requires That Congress Amend The Commissioned Employee Exemption
Zulanas, Lisa Fitterer, Jason Managing A Different Kind Of Trust: An Analysis Of The Uniform Mediation Act's Approach To Mediation Confidentiality