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.

Co-Directors

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

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.

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PDFs of the original unpublished manuscripts are available below: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