Text Analysis and Law Conference

Consumer finance and new technologies: research and practice

The increasing use and development of text analytics presents new opportunities in legal research. Analysis of textual data generated from judicial decisions, regulatory documents, court filings, congressional reports and bills, and the like offer new insights into how institutional actors strategize and make decisions. New research methods are being developed to facilitate the gathering and analysis of aggregated textual data. In addition to scholarship from Law, Political Science and Economics, other fields such as Linguistics, English, Computing, and History are helping to inform the research questions and techniques of legal text analysis.

This is an invitation-only conference of approximately 25-30 attendees from around the country in various fields.

April 4-5, 2019

Text Analysis and Law Conference

Wieboldt Hall,
340 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

For any questions regarding the event, please email-
Cindy Mydlach
Administrative Assistant/The Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship


April 4 / Wieboldt Hall

Time Event
Working Papers

Eric Talley “A Computational Analysis of Constitutional Polarization” coauthored with David E. Pozen and Julian Nyarko
Discussant: Jed Stiglitz

Pamela Corley “Intra-Court Dialogue: The Impact of U.S. Supreme Court Dissents” coauthored with Artemus Ward
Discussant: Rachael Hinkle

Justin Wedeking “Covering the Court: Comparing Styles and Portrayals of SCOTUS in a New Media Environment” coauthored with Michael A. Zilis
Discussant: Michael Kang
Works in Progress

Tonja Jacobi and Matthew Sag “Changing Linguistic Complexity at Supreme Court Oral Argument” coauthored with Ted Underwood

Kellen Funk “The Making of Modern Law: Digital Computation and Anglo-American Legal History”
coauthored with Lincoln A. Mullen

Jonathan Nash “Filibuster Change and Judicial Appointments”
Group Discussion: Methods and Tools

April 5 / Wieboldt Hall

Time Event
Continental Breakfast
Working Papers

Michael Livermore “Opinion Publication and the Study of Judicial Politics in the U.S. Appellate Courts" coauthored with Dan Rockmore and Keith Carlson
Discussant: Corey Yung

Matthew Jockers “Gendered Judges” coauthored with Rosamond Thalken
Discussant: Jonathan Nash

Julian Nyarko "Stickiness and Incomplete Contracts: Explaining the Lack of Forum Selection Clauses in Commercial Agreements”
Discussant: Sarath Sanga
Works in Progress

Joseph Miller “IP Law’s Semantic Self-Portrait: A Co-Citation Analysis of U.S. Supreme Court IP Cases, 1822-2018”

Jed Stiglitz "Observability and Reasoned Discourse" coauthored with Aviv Caspi

Jonathan Shaub & Emerson Tiller “Linguistic Choice and Judicial Compromise on the Supreme Court” coauthored with Rachael Hinkle
Group Discussion: Future Directions
Lunch and Follow-On Conversations
mosaic bar

Law Conference Organizers


Getting Here

Major airlines fly into both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. O’Hare Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Kellogg and Midway Airport is approximately 60 minutes from Kellogg, but you may want to allow more time for traffic.

Taxi service from both airports can be arranged in advance of your visit for a reduced fare. Pre-arranged rides start at approximately $35 from O’Hare and $50 from Midway. For up-to-date fare information, please contact a taxi service directly.