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External Research Review Panel (The Wheeler Committee)

The research program of the American Bar Foundation is implemented through the projects designed and conducted by the resident research faculty. A research project is undertaken only after completion of a very extensive review process. The internal review committee, an external review body (The Wheeler Committee)*, the Research Committee of the ABF Board, and ultimately the Board of Directors must conclude that the proposed study will make a significant contribution to the field and that the research can be carried out with the appropriate standards of integrity, human subjects protection, and scholarship.

*The External Research Review Panel has been renamed the Wheeler Committee in memory of Stanton Wheeler. Mr. Wheeler, Professor Emeritus at Yale Law School, served on the External Research Review Panel since 1974, and acted as chair of that panel for over two decades. Professor Wheeler passed away in December 2007.


Robert J. Sampson, Chair
Senior Advisor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Professor of the Social Sciences
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA


Richard R.W. Brooks
Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law
Columbia Law School
New York, NY


Stewart Macaulay
Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin School of Law
Madison, WI


Michael W. McCann
Professor of Political Science
University of Washington
Seattle, WA


Sally Engle Merry
Director, Program on Law and Society
Professor of Anthropology
New York University
New York, NY


Jennifer K. Robbennolt
Professor of Law and Psychology
University of Illinois College of Law
Champaign, IL

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