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Why Does the Legal Profession Resist Rigorous Empiricism?

Oct 27|2:00 - 3:30pm
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Legal practitioners and courts deploy, apply, and adjudicate evidence concepts daily. Yet, the United States legal profession rejects efforts to generate rigorous empirical evidence about itself–evidence that would inform day-to-day practices. To justify its resistance, the profession recites arguments identical to those articulated in the 1940s by interest groups resisting medicine’s then-evolving insistence on randomized evaluation of new drugs. Why does the U.S. legal profession resist rigorous empiricism? And what can be done about it?