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
Bedi, Sheila Benjamin, Theo Criminological Impact of Cannabis Offenses in Illinois
Bedi, Sheila Janzen, Kiera State Bail Variation and Reform Across the U.S.
Biehl, Julie Duff, Robert Statutory Analysis of Illinois Expungement and Sealing Laws and Evaluation of the Implementation of New Statutory Scheme
Biehl, Julie Englund, Emma Challenges to Juvenile Sex Offender Registration Statutes
Burns, Robert Lopez, Leah Law, Fragmentation and Difference: How the Multiplicity of Voices in Legal Jurisprudence Influences Judicial Decisionmaking
Calabresi, Steven Deal, Joshua An Analysis of Executive Power in Colonial America
Diamond, Shari Page, Andrew Authority and Persuasion on the Grand Jury
DiCola, Peter Hahn, Sujung The Role of AI in U.S. Copyright for the Music Industry
DiCola, Peter Svedman, Megan Putting the Art in Artificial: AI & the Creation of Visual Artwork
Fiebig, Andre Erlain, William Property Rights to Consumer Data and Impact on Mergers and Acquisitions
Friedman, Ezra Webber, Andrew Fuzzy Thinking: Liability for Concussion Injuries in an era of Weakening Civil Immunity
Gandert, Daniel Pashos, Anthony Hail Mary: Federal Regulation of College Sports & Justice for Student Athletes
Gandert, Daniel Schmidt, Ryan Professional Sports Gambling in a Post-PASPA World
Horwich, Allan Gong, Yixue The Link Between State Derivative Suits & Fed. Sec. Class Actions
Horwich, Allan Wang, Zhuo Loss Causation in Private Damages Actions
Kugler, Matthew Hurley, Meredith Privacy Law in the Evolving Energy Industry
Lindgren, James Harris, Kimberly The Prevalence and Significance of Godparents in 21st Century America
Lindgren, James Harris, Kimberly Contemporary Treatment of Incorporation by Relationship in Estate Planning Documents
Loeb, Nancy DeAmico, Kathleen The Environmental Impact of Lithium-Ion Batteries and How to Face Them
Loeb, Nancy Jones, Jared Traversing the Barriers to Electric Vehicle Adoption in the United States
Lupo, James Messinger, Kathleen Fake News and the Regulation of Truth
Lupo, James Monjar, Anne Law as Literature: The Transcendentalist Movement in 19th Century Jurisprudence
McGinnis, John Erickson, Matthew A New Test for Compelling Interests
McGinnis, John Lalani, Khadija Decentralizing Financial Risk
Peery, Destiny Taylor, Kyla Where Are the Black Lawyers?
Pfander, James McBride, Meredith Federal-State Court Parity as Empirical Question
Pfander, James Wentzel, Jacob The Common Law Origins of Ex parte Young
Redish, Martin Day, Edward Class Action Standing & Article III’s Case-or-Controversy Requirement
Redish, Martin Pereyra, Julio The First Amendment and Political Fraud
Redish, Martin Pope, Lauren The Converse Erie Doctrine
Redish, Martin Stimple, Kelsey Rethinking the Dormant Commerce Clause
Rountree, Meredith Smith, Kelyn 15 Years Later: Sentencing in the aftermath of U.S. v. Booker
Rubinowitz, Leonard Katz, Mendy William Robert Ming: The Contributions and Challenges of a Civil Rights Lawyer
Rubinowitz, Leonard Melcer, Moshe A Chronological Analysis chronological analysis of Hills v. Gautreaux
Scheffer, David Elder, Allison Disseminating International Detention Standards through International Criminal Tribunals
Schwartz, David Ellenberger, Michael Moving Targets: Patentability Standards Before the USPTO
Schwartz, David Giroud, Xaviere Design Patent Trolls and NPE's
Schwartz, David Sample, Ryan Legal Issues in Biosimilar Regulation, Particularly Settlements
Shoked, Nadav Mamon, Miles Legal Issues in Real Estate Development
Shoked, Nadav Rosenthal, Justin Designing Economic Development Packages: How Did We Get to Amazon HQ2 and What May be Next
Speta, James Ogren, Alexander Snap Removal & the Supreme Court's Role in the District Courts
Tenenbaum, J. Samuel Tzivas, Amanda Preemptively Dealing with Fraud: Proactiveness Over Reactiveness
Yuracko, Kimberly Reay, Mason The Northwestern Difference


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