Political Judging

Cass R. Sunstein, University of Chicago

Thu, 04/03/2008
8 PM, Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall
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Public Speaker

Cass R. Sunstein, Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, will deliver the Fourth Annual Donald S. Bernstein '75 Lecture. It will be held at 8 PM in Dodds Auditorium of the Woodrow Wilson School. The title of his talk is "Political Judging." Join us for what promises to be an enlightening presentation.

Are judges political? An assessment of more than 30,000 judicial votes offers some answers. We can see, for example, which members of the Supreme Court count as most and least activist -- and which count as most and least partisan. We can also find some intriguing clues about how human beings, including judges, respond to pressures to conform -- and about how and when human beings, including judges, become extremists.

Cass R. Sunstein is the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, and the Department of Political Science. Next Fall, he will join the Harvard faculty and will become the director of Harvard's new Program on Risk Regulation.

Professor Sunstein is the author or co-author of more than 15 books and hundreds of scholarly articles in a wide range of fields, including administrative law and policy, constitutional law and theory, behavioral economics and law, and environmental law. His recent book, Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge, explores how private companies and governments can aggregate information -- how efforts to pool knowledge sometimes go wrong, and how they can be made to go right.. Sunstein's analysis has been studied by many private and public institutions, including the Central Intelligence Agency. His forthcoming book, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard Thaler), applies cutting-edge social science work on human behavior to legal questions in many areas, including mortgage markets, the stock market, environmental protection, and family law. For more on Professor Sunstein, see his profile at the University of Chicago.

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