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The Wheeler Committee: External Research Review Panel

The Wheeler Committee is an integral part of the extensive review process for ABF research. First, an internal review committee evaluates the research, then the Wheeler Committee provides external review to ensure that the proposed study will make a significant contribution to the field and can be carried out with the appropriate standards of integrity, human subjects protection, and scholarship. Once the internal review committee and the Wheeler Committee approve the proposed study, the Research Committee of the ABF Board of Directors then and ultimately the full ABF Board must also approve before the project can move forward.

The Wheeler Committee was named 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. 

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

Kevin E. Davis
Beller Family Professor of Business Law
New York University
New York, NY

Mark Suchman
Professor of Sociology
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

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

Valerie P. Hans 
Charles F. Rechlin Professor of Law 
Cornell University 
Ithaca, NY

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