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Researching Law: An ABF Update is a quarterly newsletter designed to acquaint a wide audience with the research activities of the American Bar Foundation. The articles contained in this publication present the findings of ABF research projects in a short, nontechnical format.  Researching Law is written and edited by Katharine W. Hannaford

Current Issue: Vol. 27, No. 2, Spring 2016, "The Future of Latinos in the United States: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility." To access, please click on the cover image to the left.

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Past Issues

Vol. 27, No. 1, Winter 2016, "ABF Professor Terence Halliday Presents at World Bank Panel on Money Laundering"

Vol. 26, No. 4, Fall 2015"The Fellows CLE Seminar: Perspectives on Race, Communities and Policing in 21st Century America"

Vol 26, No. 3, Summer 2015,  "Going Forward Wisely": ABF Research Professor James J. Heckman Addresses the White House Summit on Early Education"

Vol. 26, No. 2, Spring 2015  The Fellows CLE Seminar: "Communities in Crisis: The Effects of Immigration Law and Politics on American Communities"

Volume 26, No. 1, Winter 2015, "We Want What's Ours: Learning from South Africa's Land Restitution Process"

Volume 25, No. 4, Fall 2014, "Accessing Justice in the Contemporary USA: Findings from the Community Needs and Services Study"

Volume 25, No. 3, Summer 2014, "Analyzing Carnegie's Reach: The Contingent Nature of Innovation."

Volume 25, No. 2, Spring 2014 "The Fellows CLE Seminar: A Profession in Crisis?  New Results from the After the JD Study of Lawyers Careers"

Vol. 25, No. 1, Winter 2014 "Trading Democracy for Justice: Criminal Convictions and the Decline of Neighborhood Political Participation"

Vol. 24, No. 4, Fall 2013 "The Comparative Constitutions Project"

Vol. 24, No. 3, Summer 2013 "Talking about Parental Incarceration at the White House: Creating a National Dialogue Between Researchers, Practitioners and Policy Makers"

Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring 2013   "The Juice Isn't Worth the Squeeze: The Impact of Tort Reforem on Plaintiffs' Lawyers and Access to Civil Justice."

Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter 2013   "The Research Group on Legal Diversity of the American Bar Foundation"

Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall 2012  "Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech"

Vol. 23, No. 3, Summer 2012 -- "Your Voice in the Future: The Role of Advance Directives Near the End of Life"

Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 2012  - "Lawyers Structure and Power: A Tribute to John Heinz"

Vol. 23, No. 1, Winter 2012  -- "Conceptions of Law During the Civil Rights Movement"

Vol. 22, No. 4, Fall 2011 -- "Opening Doors to Inquiry: The Summer Research Diversity Fellowship Program"

Vol. 22, No. 3, Summer 2011 -- "The Economics of Inequality: The Value of Early Childhood Education," by James J. Heckman

Vol. 22,  No. 2, Spring 2011 -- "What Defines Competence? A Debate on the Future(s) of Lawyering"

Vol. 22, No. 1, Winter 2011  -- "Property Rights and the Demands of Transformation"

Vol. 21, No. 4, Fall 2010 - Empirical Legal Research at the American Bar Foundation

Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer 2010 - The Social Costs of Incarceration

Vol. 21, No. 2, Spring 2010 - Asian Legal Revivals

Vol. 21, No. 1, Winter 2010 - Achieving Diversity on the Jury: Jury Size and the Peremptory Challenge

Vol 20, No. 4, Fall 2009 - The Center on Law and Globalization

Vol. 20, No. 3, Summer 2009 -- Special Issue: The Summer Research Diversity Fellowship Program

Vol. 20, No. 2, Spring 2009 -- New Results from After the JD, II: Seven Years into a Lawyer's Career

Vol. 20, No. 1,  Winter 2009 -- Darfur and the Crime of Genocide

Vol. 19, No. 4, Fall 2008   -- The World Justice Forum: Global Perspectives on the Rule of Law

Vol. 19, No. 3, Summer 2008  -- The Cambridge History of Law in America

Vol. 19, No. 2,  Spring 2008 --Litigating Claims of Employment Discrimination in the Contemporary U.S.
Correction: The article “Uncertain Justice: Litigating Claims of Employment Discrimination in the Contemporary U.S.”in Vol. 19, no. 2 (2008) of Researching Law incorrectly attributed a quote on page 10, top of column 2 to Judge Bernice Donald.   The statement concerning a “vastly different” view of what evidence supports summary judgment was actually made by the Hon. Miriam Shearing.   Researching Law regrets the error.

Vol. 19, No.1, Winter 2008  -- African American Property and Community in the 19th Century South

Vol. 18, No.4, Fall 2007  -- The Language of Law School: Learning to 'Think Like a Lawyer'

Vol. 18, No.3, Summer 2007  -- Death in Darfur

Vol. 18, No.2, Spring 2007  -- How Civil Juries Really Decide Cases

Vol. 18, No.1, Winter 2007  -- Social Origins, Law School Tier, and Lawyer Job Satisfaction

Vol. 17, No.4, Fall 2006 -- The Sarajevo Surveys: Citizen Perceptions of International (In)Justice

Vol. 17, No.3, Summer 2006 -- Popular Justice & Counter-Violence in the New South Africa

Vol. 17, No.2, Spring 2006 -- International Perspectives on Lawyer Professionalism and Ethics

Vol. 17, No.1, Winter 2006 -- The Evolving Role of the Supreme Court in the American Polity