james-greinerPartner Club Event (HLSA-OC): Can Law Become a Science? A Test and a Discussion with Prof. Jim Greiner

The Harvard Law School Association of Orange County and the Harvard Law Access to Justice Lab invite you to an online presentation on fascinating and cutting-edge developments in criminal law and the potential for scientific techniques to fundamentally alter the legal profession.

Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 12:00PM
Virtual Event via Zoom (details sent after registration)

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Cost: No charge (registration is required to receive Zoom details)
Contact: Harvard Law School Association of Orange County, info@orangecounty.hlsa.org

“The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience.” So said Oliver Wendell Homes, Jr., but his word may not be the final one.

HLS Professor Jim Greiner, Director of the Access to Justice Lab, has been at the forefront of efforts to use empirical methods to transform the practice of law from an art into a science. He will discuss “Risk Assessment Instruments in Criminal Law”: how randomized field experiments and data analysis can improve judges’ and lawyers’ decisions on such issues as whether to release criminal defendants pending trial, or even potentially help guide prosecutors’ charging decisions or judges’ sentencing decisions. Among other things, Professor Greiner will describe the findings of an ongoing study in Wisconsin to put these
methods into practice.

The presentation will be moderated by Josh Robbins ‘04, a former federal prosecutor and the Chair of the White Collar & Investigations practice at Buchalter.

RSVP required. Zoom meeting instructions to be provided to those who RSVP one week prior to the event.

CLE credit will be offered.


12:00PM - 1:00PM Thu 21 Jan 2021, Pacific timezone

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