In September, Michele LaVigne gave a presentation on the significance of clients' language deficits at a training for Federal Criminal Justice Act attorneys in Albany, Georgia. The training was sponsored by Federal Defenders of the Middle District of Georgia.
Mary Prosser, Deborah Moritz, Kim Peterson, Sara Brelie, and Jeremy Newman gave a panel presentation titled "Law in Action: Skills Integration—Using Clinics to Bring the Real World into the Legal Writing Classroom and Using Legal Writing to Prepare Students for their Clinical Experience" at the Western Regional Legal Writing Conference in September. The conference, held at Stanford Law School, was titled "Beyond Carrots and Sticks: Motivating Students to Do Their Best Work."
Miriam Seifter's article, "States as Interest Groups in the Administrative Process" (forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review), received a positive review in JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots). Kathryn Watts, professor of law at University of Washington, writes that Seifter's article "begins to fill [a] scholarly gap by carefully scrutinizing and weighing the costs and benefits of state interest group participation in the federal regulatory process."
Wisconsin faculty members share a commitment to excellence in research, embracing a wide variety of substantive concerns and methodological approaches. The faculty has long been known for its interest in interdisciplinary work and for its commitment to a law-in-action approach to scholarship.
For Wisconsin scholars, no matter how interesting or elegant the underlying theory, Wisconsin's law-in-action approach challenges them to answer the question: "Why should this matter to people in the real world?" In contrast to legal scholars whose work is theory-based, Wisconsin scholars tend to begin with an observed, real-world problem or phenomenon and then seek to explain it and to put it into a larger theoretical context.
Much of the research undertaken at Wisconsin is devoted to explaining how law and legal institutions work and often to understanding why law and legal institutions might not be working as intended. The Wisconsin faculty contextualizes law, studying it as one of many social processes that may shape behavior. Many faculty members are active in the Law & Society Association, an international organization of scholars who study the interrelation of society and the legal process; indeed, the current Wisconsin faculty includes three LSA past presidents.
The work of the Wisconsin faculty is not geographically bounded. Though a majority study U.S. law, a growing number explore law in less familiar settings and are focusing their research on the workings of law in countries throughout the world.