Sessions Information

  • January 6, 2011
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
    Session Type: AALS Programs
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    (Tickets were sold in advance of the Annual Meeting. Tickets may be purchased at On-Site Registration until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, January 5 if space is available. Tickets will not be for sale at the luncheon.)


    Professor Margulies will lay the groundwork for the program that follows by discussing the difficulties that the legal profession faces in achieving good translations of social science.  He will begin by using the issue of predicting future dangerousness as an example of how these kinds of translations can go awry.  Margulies will also discuss wider lessons from decades of socio-legal research that could be useful to the practicing bar in thinking through their role in social change. He then considers how we might produce better translations of social science, moving to examples from the field of implicit bias -- in particular as they affect our dealings with accused "terrorists" in the United States.  His emphasis on improved translation between law and social science fits within a growing tradition of "new legal realism" in the legal academy.


    Margulies is an attorney with the MacArthur Justice Center and an Associate Clinical Professor at Northwestern University Law School in Chicago. Margulies was lead counsel in Rasul v. Bush, a Supreme Court case which successfully challenged the government's policy regarding detentions at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station. He writes and lectures widely on civil liberties in the wake of September 11 and has won numerous awards for his work. He is the author of Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power (Simon and Schuster 2006), among other publications.  His current work includes writings on the challenges of translating social science in legal settings.

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