John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics
Prof. Mahoney with a student

Law professor Julia Mahoney (right) spoke with students about her paper,
“Perpetual Restrictions on Land and the Problem of the Future.”

The John M. Olin Conference: Law and Economics of Consumer Credit

March 26-27, 2010
All sessions will take place in room WB105
Contact: Joyce Holt

Just two decades ago, little data existed even on the most rudimentary aspects of the criminal process, such as the numbers and types of convictions each year. In our fragmented criminal system, no central data gathering was conducted between the thousands of independent federal, state and local jurisdictions. Criminal justice data collection is still far from what should be desired. However, increasingly useful data is collected concerning each stage of the criminal process ranging from initial police stops, interrogations, guilty pleas, convictions, sentencing decisions, post-conviction review, to subsequent exonerations. A new wave of legal scholarship constructs new data sets and conducts more refined and ambitious empirical analysis. Criminal law scholarship also increasingly examines from a theoretical perspective the complex incentives surrounding criminality, prosecutorial charging, conviction, and sentencing.

The 2010 Olin Conference at the University of Virginia School of Law examines this growing and productive intersection of law and economics and criminal law. Scholars from economics, law, and criminology will examine different aspects of the criminal process. Papers analyze problems ranging from litigation costs, sentencing accuracy, racial profiling, deterrence, wrongful convictions, and judicial behavior. Participants will discuss the presented papers and more generally will explore what can be learned from the latest theoretical and empirical work analyzing criminal law from a law and economics perspective.

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE - All sessions take place in room WB105 at the Law School
Print Version

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast at the Law School - Room WB104A
9 a.m. Introductory Remarks
9:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Race and Selective Enforcement in Public Housing

Jeffrey Fagan, Columbia University School of Law
Commentator: Joshua Bowers, University of Virginia School of Law

10:45 a.m. Break - Room WB104A
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Failure and Delay in Appellate Litigation by the Innocent

Brandon Garrett, University of Virginia School of Law and
J.J. Prescott, University of Michigan Law School
Commentator: David Abrams, University of Pennsylvania Law School

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m..

Assessing the Crime Impact of Sexually Violent Predator Laws

Tamara Lave, UC Berkeley School of Law
Justin McCrary, UC Berkeley School of Law
Commentator: Jonathan Klick, University of Pennsylvania Law School

3:15 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Racial Disparities in the Allocation of Wiretap Applications Across Federal Judges

Thomas J. Miles, University of Chicago Law School
Commentator: Michael Gilbert, University of Virgina School of Law

SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast at the Law School - Room WB104A
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Why Not Adopt a Loser-Pays-All Rule in Criminal Litigation?

Nuno Garoupa, University of Illinois College of Law
Commentator: Richard Hynes, University of Virginia School of Law

10:30 a.m. Break - Room WB104A
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Guidelines and Discretion in Criminal Sentencing

Anne Piehl, Rutgers University Department of Economics
Commentator: Joshua Fischman, University of Virginia School of Law

12:15 p.m. Lunch - Room WB104A (or faculty lounge)