The Denver Law Review presents its Volume 96 Symposium, Driven by Data: Empirical Studies in Civil Litigation and Health Law. The event will take place on February 8, 2019, at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. The symposium has been approved for 6 general CLE credits.

Ever wonder how jurors make decisions or how behavioral law and policy can affect human health? Driven by Data, a full day symposium, will explore these issues and more, featuring some of the most current empirical legal research studies in jury decision-making, medical malpractice litigation and health insurance. Speakers will discuss how their research can be used to answer legal questions and how those answers can influence daily legal practice.

This event is open to the public. To register for this event, please click here.


Friday February 8, 2019 – All Day

8:00 am – 9:00 am Welcome and Check-in

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome Address (15 min)

9:15 am – 10:30 am Panel – Jury Decision Making – Methodology (75 min)

Description: methods used in empirical studies on jury decision making, how selecting a method can impact a study, best methods to approach various issues within jury decision making, and how different methods have been applied in each panelist’s work.
Moderator: Professor Bernard Chao, Professor of Law, Director of the Intellectual Property Certificate Program, and Co-Director of the Denver Empirical Justice Institute at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

  • Professor Edie Greene, Director of Psychological Training at University of Colorado Colorado Springs

  • Professor Brian Bornstein, Professor of Psychology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln

  • David Yokum, Director of the Lab @ DC and Senior Policy Advisor to the Government of the District of Columbia

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Panel – Jury Decision Making – Processes (75 min)

Description: most recent empirical studies on jury decision making and how practitioners may use those studies in their litigation work.
Moderator: Jim Gilbert, Shareholder and Founding Partner at The Jim Gilbert Law Group

  • Professor Valerie Hans, Charles F. Rechlin Professor of Law at Cornell Law School

  • Professor Sarah Gordon, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law at University of Nevada Las Vegas Boyd School of Law

  • Professor Hillel Bavli, Assistant Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker (90 min)

Speaker: Professor David Hyman, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Panel – Medical Malpractice Litigation (75 min)

Description: panelist’s recent work on empirical studies in medical malpractice; ex. whether apology laws reduce medical malpractice liability risk, whether anchoring damages is effective, whether review panels reduce risk of malpractice liability, or examining mandatory arbitration in medical malpractice cases
Moderator: Bruce Braley, Partner at Leventhal & Puga P.C. and former U.S. Representative for the state of Iowa

  • Professor W. Kip Viscusi, Distinguished Professor of Law, Economics and Management, and Co-Director of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University

  • Professor David Hyman, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

  • Scott Eldredge, Shareholder and medical malpractice attorney at Burg Simpson

  • Jessie Fischer, Shareholder and medical malpractice attorney at Nixon Shefrin

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Panel – Health Insurance Studies (75 min)

Description: panelist’s recent empirical work on healthcare insurance studies; ex. nudging, the ethics, economics, and law of cost-sharing in health insurance, health insurance reform, or insurance market performance.
Moderator: Professor Govind Persad, Associate Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law (tentative)

  • Professor Christopher Robertson, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law

  • Professor Charles Silver, Roy W. and Eugenia C. McDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure, and Co-Director of the Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice and the Media at the University of Texas School of Law.