Cross-Disciplinary Legal Studies

About the Cross-Disciplinary Legal Studies Program

The Cross-Disciplinary Legal Studies Program at the University of Alabama School of Law sponsors and supports a variety of research and educational opportunities for faculty and students. The Program is committed to fostering cutting-edge research, analysis, and teaching that focus on the interaction and integration of diverse academic disciplines as they relate to law, legal theory, and public policy. These disciplines include, but are not limited to, philosophy, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, feminist theory, history, neuroscience, medicine, and statistics.

The Program sponsors lectures, symposia, and a cross-disciplinary workshop series. The Program also provides support to the law school’s joint-degree programs and to courses and student organizations with an interdisciplinary focus.


Michael Pardo & J. Shahar Dillbary

Board of Directors

William Brewbaker
Grace Lee
Meredith Render
Fred Vars

Affiliated Faculty

Montre Carodine
Heather Elliott
Tony Freyer
Timothy Hoff
Paul Horwitz
Daniel Joyner

Meador Lectures on Equality

The Law School will host the 2014 Meador Lecture Series on Equality on Friday April 11, in room A255 of the Law School.

The 2014 Meador Lectures will explore the topic of Equality and its relationships to moral, legal and political values from different scholarly disciplines and perspectives. We anticipate the series will explore jurisprudential issues regarding general intersections between law and equality.

Lectures include Matthew Adler, Richard A. Horvitz Professor of Law and Professor of Economics, Philosophy and Public Policy at Duke Law School; Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University Law School; Jerry Kang, Professor of Law and Asian American Studies (by courtesy) Korea Times-Hankook Ilbo Chair in Korean American Studies, UCLA School of Law; and Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School.

The Daniel J. Meador Lecture was established in 1994 to honor The University of Alabama School of Law’s late Professor and Dean. A 1951 Law School graduate and Professor Emeritus at The University of Virginia School of Law, Professor Meador delivered the inaugural lecture in the series.

The format of the Meador Lecture changed in 2004. Rather than inviting one Meador Lecturer, the Law Faculty identifies an interdisciplinary theme and invites several scholars to address the theme. This approach allows each scholar to illuminate that chosen concept with ideas from his or her scholarly perspective.

The event is open to the public and begins at 8:30 a.m. in room A255 in the law school.

Click here to see the schedule.

Decision Theory and Law Symposium 
The symposium took place on April 13, 2012 with speakers from the fields of philosophy, psychology, economics, and law including: Dean José Luis Bermúdez, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University; Professor Keith Hylton, Boston University School of Law; Professor Paul Pecorino, Culverhouse College of Commerce, The University of Alabama; Professor Jeff Rachlinski Cornell University Law School; and Professor Alex Stein, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

PDFs of the original unpublished manuscripts are available below:

 Negligence, Causation, and Incentives for Care – Professor Keith Hylton

 Are People Probabilistically Challenged? – Professor Alex Stein

 Introducing Super-Risk – Dean José Luis Bermúdez

 An Empirical Analysis of the Signaling and Screening Models of Litigation – Professor Paul Pecorino

 Selling Heuristics – Professor Jeff Rachlinski