James A. Rahl/Owen L. Coon Senior Research Program

Senior Research Program

The James A. Rahl/Owen L. Coon Senior Research Program gives third-year Northwestern Law students the opportunity to work closely with our renowned faculty exploring answers to challenging questions of doctrine and policy. Due to the generosity of the Owen L. Coon Foundation and other donors, there is a fund to support empirical research expenses of projects. Students are placed with supervising professors, experts in their field, to conduct research on the most pertinent current and historical legal issues.

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Current Projects


Supervising Faculty Student Project Topic
Pfander, James Alley, Rex The Historical Development of the Federal Tort Claims Act
Zimmerman, Clifford Atseff, Emily Senior Research Honors: Understanding Race & Caste in America to Reimagine Title VII
Carrel, Alyson Busch, Anna Negotiation Technology: Impact and Opportunity
Walker Sterling, Robin Cange, Gloria The Descramble for Africa: A Comparison of the Legal Ramifications after the Colonization and Decolonization of the African Continent
Delaney, Erin Carbery, Benjamin The Challenge of “New Style” Judicial Elections to Theories of Democratic Criminal Justice Reform
Calabresi, Steven Carneiro, Henrique Dueling Moderating Powers
Carrel, Alyson Chokshi, Sohum Corporate Feudalism
Bedi, Sheila Cooney, Barrett Honing the American Death Penalty: Practical and Ethical Implications of Expanded Exemptions to Capital Punishment
Pedraza-Fariña, Laura Cure Dominguez, Alvaro Reverse Survivorship Bias: A Look into Effect and Impact of Overlooked Low-Value Patents on Innovation and Social Welfare
Sorensen, Juliet Davis, Amanda Magnitsky Research
Horwich, Allan Davis, Matthew The Old Rule is the Correct Rule: Why the Ninth Circuit Should not Have Rejected the Tracing Requirement in Section 11 Claims
Redish, Martin Dhanoa, Sudeep Mootness, Case or Controversy, and Separation of Powers
Pfander, James Douglas, Peter Law, Equity, and Supplemental Jurisdiction
Rubinowitz, Leonard Edmonds, Alexandra Accommodating Online Spaces in E-commerce: An Examination of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the European Accessibility Act
Rubinowitz, Leonard Edmonds, Maximilian Justice 2.0: An Examination of the Legal and Social Implications of Algorithmic Policing Technologies
Redish, Martin Hiltner, Victor Adversary Democratic Due Process
Linna Jr., Daniel Hurtado, Melissa Artificial Solutions, Real Justice: How AI Legal Tech Solutions Can Improve Client Outcomes and Access to Justice
Schwartz, David Jin, Rebecca Gender Disparities in USPTO Patent Examination
Delaney, Erin Junaid, Wafa Colonial Constitutionalism and the Judiciary
Levine, Lisa King, Michael Examining the Process and Costs of Equitable Resolutions for Athletes, NGBs, and the USOPC
Hoeflich, Adam Kriegel, Oren Legal Ethics and MDL
Rountree, Meredith Kurland, Kara Requirements to Properly File State Post-conviction Petitions in Order to Toll AEDPA’s One-year Statute of Limitations on Federal Habeas Review
Spitzer, Matthew Lee, Yongho The Future of the Law on the Moon
Loeb, Nancy Lempke, Cole Senior Research Honors: Using the Endangered Species Act to Mitigate Climate Change
Rodriguez, Daniel Matthews, Blair Reparations are Owed - A Case for the American Decedents of Slavery
Redish, Martin Piatt, Austin The Paradox of the Administrative State
Kugler, Matthew Ray, Alexandria Is the CPRA’s Sensitive Personal Information Provision the Future of Privacy Protections for Vulnerable Populations?
Calabresi, Steven Riahi, Nima Islam and Constitutionalism: The Argument for the Indonesian Model
Wang, Xiao Salzetta, Anthony Unpuzzling Complete Preemption: BNB v. Anderson After 20 Years
Linna Jr., Daniel Sheehan, Kimberly How Innovation and Technology Adoption Has Changed and How it is Influencing Corporate Law Practice
Allen, Ronald Smiciklas, Christopher The Law's Aversion to Naked Statistics and Other Mistakes
Allen, Ronald Smiciklas, Christopher Minimal Rationality and the Law of Evidence
Francis, Clinton Taylor, Anthony Blockchain’s Smart Contracts and Applications to the Market
McGinnis, John Yang, Xiaorui Senior Research Honors: The Roberts Court’s Counter-Reformation in Administrative Law


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