Big Data and Big Challenges for Law and Legal Information - Georgetown Law Library - A Symposium in Celebration of 125 Years - January 30, 2013

Panel 3: Big Data Applications in Scholarship and Policy II


Margaret O. Adams, Electronic and Special Media Records Service Division, National Archives and Records Administration

adams_peggyData-PASS: Its Origins and Accomplishments

Ms. Adams will speak about the Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences – how it came to be organized and what it has accomplished. In doing so, she will offer a brief survey of the history of data services and talk about the data services community.

Margaret O’Neill Adams is a Supervisory Archivist in the Archival Electronic Records Operations Division, Research Services – Washington, D.C., [U.S.] National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Peggy came to the custodial program for electronic records at NARA in 1987 after a variety of professional positions, including as an academic data archivist and information manager. She holds an M.A. (History) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Ms. Adams has presented at professional meetings and published widely on electronic records topics. She is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and earlier this year received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST).


Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown State and Federal Climate Resource Center and Visiting Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

arroyo_vickiGeorgetown Climate Center’s Strategic Use of Data

Vicki Arroyo, executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, will present how the organization is using data and data platforms to strategically position the Center as a “go to” resource for policy makers, consumers, and reporters on climate, energy, and transportation issues, and the effectiveness of the strategy to date. The Georgetown Climate Center uses publicly available data for its policy analysis, such as emissions data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and to support the goals of its state and regional projects, such as the Northeast Electric Vehicle Initiative. The Center is also the developer of the Adaptation Clearinghouse, a database of resources designed to help policy makers and planners prepare for climate changes.

Vicki Arroyo is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center of Georgetown University Law Center, where she is also a Visiting Professor. She oversees the Center’s work at the nexus of climate and energy policy, supervising staff and student work on climate mitigation and adaptation at the state and federal level. She teaches “experiential” environmental law courses to both law and public policy students at Georgetown, and has taught courses on environmental policy and climate change at Catholic University, George Mason University, and Tulane Law School. She previously served at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, most recently as the Pew Center’s Vice President for Domestic Policy and General Counsel, and practiced environmental law with Kilpatrick Stockton and other private firms. She also served in two offices at U.S. EPA, and has recently served on California’s Economics and Allocation Advisory Committee; on the National Center for Atmospheric Research external advisory committee; and on a National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Committee on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. She holds a B.S. in Biology, high honors, from Emory (double major in philosophy), a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard (top honors in program), and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown Law.


Mark E. Herlihy, Deputy Director, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Mark Herlihy

The Use and Abuse of Comparative Law in “Legal Origins” Theory – A Cautionary Tale

In the mid-1990s, four economists, La Porta, Lopez-de-Silanes, Shleifer and Vishny, whose publications have become known under the rubric “LLSV” (authors’ initials) began to publish a series of papers offering analyses of different legal systems, based on the concept of “legal origins,” as regards the comparative utility of those systems with regard to matters relevant to law and finance and corporate governance. Although the methodology and theoretical underpinnings of those papers has been roundly and widely criticized from many quarters, this project remains highly influential, and has attracted significant institutional buy-in in terms of research funding and the allocation of other financial resources in the academic world. A fundamental criticism of the LLSV project has been its appropriation of concepts from comparative law studies. The presentation will address some of these controversies, and lessons for the legal academy that can be drawn from them.

Mr. Herlihy earned his B.A. in Philosophy in the Honors Program at Boston College and his J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School. A member of the New York bar and the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and of several federal courts, he was for several years a trial and appellate litigator with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Returning to the academy, he earned his LL.M., with distinction, and the WTO Certificate from the Institute of International Economic Law, at the Georgetown University Law Center; he was also a Student Fellow at the Institute, and has served as chair of the Fellows’ Workshop. He is an active member of the International Studies Association, the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and the American Society of International Law. He is a member of the Executive Committee of ASIL’s International Legal Theory Interest Group, and has acted as rapporteur regarding the activities of the OECD on behalf of ASIL’s International Organizations Interest Group. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown since 2009, and was appointed as the Institute’s Deputy Director in 2010.


Joshua C. Teitelbaum, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Josh TeitelbaumRisk Preference and Risk Type: Aggregating Data from Multiple Domains

How much risk are you willing to bear? How risky are you? Researchers have long been interested in these fundamental questions. Recently, however, they have turned their attention to asking whether the answers are context-specific. For instance, recent studies have analyzed whether a household’s choices over different insurance products (e.g., auto and home) or a worker’s choices over different benefit plans (e.g., health and 401k) exhibit systematic patterns. By aggregating data from multiple domains of risky choice and risky activity, this research hopes to uncover the extent to which a person’s risk preference and risk type are domain-general.

Professor Teitelbaum joined the Georgetown faculty in 2009. His research interests lie at the intersection of law, economics, and decision theory, and his work has appeared in journals such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Legal Studies. Professor Teitelbaum is co-director of the Georgetown Law and Economics Workshop and an associate editor of the International Review of Law and Economics. Before coming to Georgetown, he clerked for Judge Richard M. Berman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, practiced corporate and securities law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell Law School. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.