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Stephen Daniels

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Research Professor

  • 750 N. Lakeshore Drive
  • 4th floor
  • Chicago, 60611
  • Phone: (312) 988-6587
  • Fax: (312) 988-6579

Education

Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin

Curriculum vitae

Bio

Stephen Daniels is a Senior Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the…

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Research focus

Law and public policy; components of the U.S. civil justice system; legal education; U.S. Supreme Court/Constitutional Law.  Research has addressed curricular innovation in U.S. law schools, legal services for the poor, public opinion on the legal system, plaintiffs’ lawyers, juries, trial courts, and the politics of tort reform, including the areas of medical malpractice, products liability, and punitive damages.


Projects

It's Deja Vu All Over Again: Plaintiff's Lawyers and the Evolution of Tort Law and Practice in Texas
Latest finding: Oct 31, 2012, with Joanne Martin
This project is examining the effects of tort reform on plaintiffs’ lawyers’ practices in Texas. Recognizing that these lawyers are the gatekeepers of the civil justice system and that…

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Publications

Analyzing Carnegie’s Reach: The Contingent Nature of Innovation (with Martin Katz and William Sullivan)
Journal of Legal Education
Hypotheticals (with J. Bowers), e-supplement for Lee Epstein and Thomas Walker, Constitutional Law for a Changing American, 8th ed.
CQ Press
Review of James R. Maxeiner with Gyooho Lee and Armin Weber, Failures of American Civil Justice in International Perspective
The Law and Politics Book Review

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Commentary

Are law school curriculum changes making a difference?

Nov 20, 2013

Read Prof. Stephen Daniels' blog post on the subject at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) online.

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Presentations

The Juice isn’t Worth the Squeeze: The Impact of Tort Reform on Plaintiffs’ Lawyers and Access to Civil Justice
Feb 2013
Moderator, IAALS, University of Denver Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers 2012 Conference, “The Development of Professional Identity in Legal Education: Rethinking Learning and Assessment"
Sep 2012
Law and Society
Sep 2012

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Member, Editorial Board, Justice System Journal, 2004 –present 
  • Member, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice Advisory Board for the Center for Judicial Performance and Integrity, 2012-present. 
  • Member, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice Judicial Performance Commission, Chicago, IL, 2010-2012.
  • Member, Steering Committee for the development of the IAALS, University of Denver Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Initiative, 2010-2011.
  • Member, Planning Committee for IAALS, University of Denver Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers 2012 Conference, “The Development of Professional Identity in Legal Education: Rethinking Learning and Assessment,” 2011-2012
  • Moderator, IAALS, University of Denver Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers 2012 Conference, “The Development of Professional Identity in Legal Education: Rethinking Learning and Assessment, September 27-29, 2012. 
  • Advisor, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Initiative, 2011-present
  • Participant, Amicus Curiae Brief of Professors Neil Vidmar, et al. in Support of Plaintiffs in Deborah Watts v. Lester E. Cox Medical Centers et al. (Supreme Court of Missouri, Case No. 91867), constitutional challenge to cap on damages in medical malpractice cases, October 2011 
  • Participant, Amicus Curiae Brief of Professors Neil Vidmar, et al. in Support of Plaintiffs in Estate of Michelle Evette McCall, etc. et al. (Supreme Court of Florida, Case No. SC11-1148), constitutional challenge to cap on damages in medical malpractice cases, August 2011
  • Participant, Amicus Curiae Brief of Professors of Law and Social Science in Support of the Plaintiff in G.W.I.S. v. Integrals Blackwell Regional Hospital (Supreme Court of Oklahoma, Case No. CQ-106506), constitutional challenge to cap on damages in medical malpractice cases, December 2008.
  • Expert’s Affidavit (for plaintiff) in Taylor v. St. Joseph Medical Center (Circuit Court of Jackson County at Independence, Missouri, Case No. 0616-CV09673), constitutional challenge to cap on damages in medical malpractice cases (with Joanne Martin), September 2008.
  •    Participant, Amicus Curiae Brief and Argument of Professors in Support of Plaintiffs-Appellees in Lebron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (Supreme Court of Illinois, Consolidated Docket Nos. 105741 & 105745), a constitutional challenge to cap on damages in medical malpractice cases,   August 2008.
  • Expert’s Affidavit (for plaintiff) in Miller and Miller v. Johnson, M.D. (District Court of Douglas County, Kansas, Case No. 2004CV704, Division 6), constitutional challenge to Kansas cap  on damages in medical malpractice cases (with Joanne Martin), June 2007.
  • Participant, Amicus Curiae Brief of Professors and Scholars in Support of Respondent in Philip Morris,   USA v. Williams, 549 U.S. 346 (2007) (Supreme Court of the United States), constitutional  challenge to awarding of punitive damages, September 2006. 
  • Expert Witness (for plaintiff) in State of Alabama v. Exxon Corporation (Circuit Court of Montgomery  County, Alabama, Civil Action No. CV-99-2368), for post-trial motion regarding punitive damages, March 2004 (second trial).
  • Participant, Amicus Curiae Brief of Certain Leading Social Scientists and Legal Scholars in Support of Respondents in State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co. v. Campbell and Campbell, 538 US 408 (2003) (Supreme Court of the United States), constitutional challenge to awarding of punitive damages, September 2002.