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Research in Progress – November 2016

Lori Andrews is currently working on several projects, including a study of mental health apps and an article on the legal implications of mobile health apps.

Steven Heyman is working on an article on the origins of the American conception of religious freedom in the thought of John Locke.

Martin Malin is working on a project entitled, “The Different Role of Property Rights in U.S and Canadian Labo(u)r Law,” which he presented at a special symposium memorializing the late Professor Michael Zimmer at Seton Hall University in October.

Professor Malin is finishing a project comparing the handling of statutory human rights claims in labour arbitration in Ontario with their handling by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.  He presented a final version of the paper at the University of Chicago Legal Forum in November.

Nancy Marder is revising her article, “Foster v. Chatman:  A Missed Opportunity for Batson and the Peremptory Challenge,” to take account of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision.   She will present an updated version of the article at the upcoming Midwest Law & Society Retreat in November at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Professor Marder submitted her invited essay “Juries in Film and Television” to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture, which will be published by Oxford University Press.

Professor Marder is working on an article based on her presentation, “In Their Own Words: American Women Judges’ Reflections on Gender and Judging.”  She gave the presentation at two conferences last summer.

Henry H. Perritt is currently working on a book to help aspiring drone remote pilots pass the FAA examination, and a law review article on tort liability growing out of drone accidents.

César Rosado Marzán (with Sergio Gamonal C.) is writing a book, The Importance of Principles: A Latin American Contribution to U.S. and Global Labor Law (working title), about how Latin American labor law principles can reinvigorate U.S. and global interpretations of workers’ rights.

Professor Rosado is  writing The Moral Project for Economic Equity in the 21st Century, based on empirical research concerning how worker centers can contribute to more equitable economic norms in the U.S.  

Professor Rosado is also writing a socio-legal article about how and why Chilean labor courts are more protective of workers today, and what it may mean for workers’ rights.  His article, “Arise Chicago: How Can Worker Centers Contribute To a Moral Project For Economic Equity?,” forthcoming in the University of Chicago Law Forum, is based on field research which argues that worker centers can contribute to economic equity if they develop campaigns that invest in and expend social and symbolic capital, and frame issues broadly. Professor Rosado is also working on “Dignity Takings and ‘Wage Theft,'” a symposium article forthcoming in the Chicago-Kent Law Review about applying the concept of “dignity takings” to issues of wage theft and labor rights. 

Christopher Schmidt is currently completing a book manuscript on the lunch counter sit-in movement of 1960, which will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2017.

Stephanie Stern is working on a book, Psychology and Property Law, to be published by New York University Press.

Richard Warner is working on two articles, one on “Privacy as a Common Pool Resource,”  and another about online contracting. Professor Warner is also working on two books with Robert Sloan, Relational Privacy and A Law-Themed Introduction to Computer Programming.

Richard Wright continues to work with Karen Vaysman on their paper, “The Quiet Revolution: The Standards of Persuasion and Res Ipsa Loquitur.”  He also is working with Tsachi Keren-Paz, Keele University, England on a paper, “Compensation for Victims of Mass Sexual Abuse.”  When those papers are completed, he plans to begin work on several books that will combine, revise and supplement all of his prior publications on causation, tort liability, justice, and law and economics.

Research in Progress – January 2016

Lori Andrews is currently working on research that focuses on virtual clinical trials and online medical research.


Nancy Marder was invited to write a review essay of Laura Appleman’s book, Defending the Jury: Crime, Community, and the Constitution (2015). The essay, entitled “Expanding the Jury: A Provocative Proposal,” will appear in Criminal Justice Ethics in April 2016.

Professor Marder is also writing an article with the working title “The Supreme Court’s Transparency: Myth or Reality?,” at the invitation of the Georgia State University Law Review.


César Rosado Marzán is working on two books. The first is concerned with how the Latin American principles of work law can help reconstruct U.S. labor and employment law. His second book, based on more than one year of field work, focuses on how worker centers can provide for a “moral economy” that helps to narrow income inequality in Chicago and beyond.

Research in Progress – September 2015

Lori Andrews is currently working on research that focuses on virtual clinical trials and online medical research.


Nancy Marder is working on an article, currently titled Foster v. Chatman:  A Watershed Moment for Batson and Peremptory Challenges?  The case involves an African-American defendant who challenged the prosecutors’ exercise of four peremptory challenges that were used to remove four African-American prospective jurors from his jury. The defendant was tried by an all-white jury and convicted and sentenced to death.  What is unusual about the case, and the reason the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear it this term, is that the defendant was able to obtain the prosecutors’ notes, through the Georgia Open Records Act, and the notes reveal that the prosecution removed prospective jurors based on their race, even though the prosecutors claimed otherwise.  The Court should not only hold that there was a Batson violation (because peremptory challenge cannot be based on race), but also it should recognize that the Batson test is ineffective and that the only adequate remedy is to eliminate peremptory challenges. Professor Marder will attend oral argument in this case on November 2, 2015 at the Supreme Court.


Professor Joan Steinman has been invited to publish a piece in a Roundtable symposium for the Vanderbilt Law Review’s online companion, “En Banc.” Each of the invited authors will write on aspects of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, a case in the Supreme Court that raises questions about standing to sue for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. The articles are to be published before oral argument in the case is heard in October. Professor Steinman is working on that piece and on other articles.