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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

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Bio

Stephen Daniels is a Senior Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on law and public…

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Research focus

Law and public policy, legal education, the legal profession, and the American civil justice system. He has published extensively on a broad range of topics that include innovation in legal education, the delivery of legal services, civil juries, trial courts, plaintiffs’ lawyers, medical malpractice, punitive damages, and the politics of civil justice reform.

 


Projects

Legal Education: Challenges, Changes, and Rhetoric – an Empirical Exploration

Latest finding: Jan 9, 2017, with Parts of the project are being done in collaboration with Professor David Thomson, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver, Denver, CO
This project’s objective is straightforward - to follow up on and expand the work of the 2014-15 American Bar Association Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education (Daniels served as the…

Licensed Legal Professionals and the Justice Gap 

Latest finding: Jan 9, 2017, with The project is being done in collaboration with Dean and Professor James Bowers, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
Using nurse practitioners as a reference point this project his two main goals: exploring the role such professionals can play in providing access to justice, and examining the current and past…

Public Opinion and the Civil Justice System

Latest finding: Oct 13, 2015
What do people think of the civil justice system? This project seeks to answer that question against the backdrop of the politics of tort reform and the changes in the law that have resulted from the…

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Publications

Where Have All the Cases Gone? The Strange Success of Tort Reform Revisited (with Joanne Martin)
Emory Law Journal
Cover of Tort Reform, Plaintiffs’ Lawyers, and Access to Justice Tort Reform, Plaintiffs’ Lawyers, and Access to Justice
University Press of Kansas
Analyzing Carnegie’s Reach: The Contingent Nature of Innovation (with Martin Katz and William Sullivan)
Journal of Legal Education

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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

Legal Education, Access, and Research in Tough Times: What I Learned From the ABA Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education
Nov 2015
"Contextualizing the Crisis Debates in Legal Education." Presentation in ABF Seminar Series
Dec 2013 Elizabeth Mertz, Carole Silver
The Juice isn’t Worth the Squeeze: The Impact of Tort Reform on Plaintiffs’ Lawyers and Access to Civil Justice
Feb 2013

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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.