I'm glad to announce that the Behavioral Legal Ethics blog is up and running. Here's the announcement:
At the recent conference on Psychology and Lawyering at UNLV Law School, many of us discussed our common interest in how behavioral science informs ethical dimensions of law and legal practice. Because we want to continue these discussions as part of a larger conversation, we have decided to set up a new blog, entitled Behavioral Legal Ethics (a phrase coined by Jennifer Robbennolt and Jean Sternlight in their wonderful article of the subject). The goal is to engage in a wide-ranging discussion about the intersection between behavioral science, law and ethics.
The conversations will appeal to anyone interested in the ways in which empirical psychological research can inform questions about how legal institutions and practices encourage ethical behaviors in legal and non-legal actors. The blog will also touch on the expressive function of laws and policies in shaping attitudes about morality in society. For example, early posts have focused on ways to teach behavioral legal ethics in law school, the failure of the Supreme Court to recognize the behavioral impact of its decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, some of the behavioral questions raised by the Dewey & LeBoeuf implosion and recent scholarship of interest (as well as an April Fools offering!).
We hope the blog will become a virtual meeting place for anyone with an interest in behavioral ethics and the law. If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact any of us. And, of course, we hope you visit the blog at: http://behaviorallegalethics.wordpress.com/
Tigran Eldred (firstname.lastname@example.org)
James Milles (email@example.com)
Molly Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)