Lunch Talk with Professor Jerry Kang, Tuesday, April 6, 12pm – 1pm 

LaBS was pleased to host a lunch presentation on implicit bias with Professor Jerry Kang of the UCLA School of Law.  Professor Jerry Kang is Distinguished Professor of Law and Asian American Studies at the UCLA School of Law.  He was the inaugural Korea Times – Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair for Law and Korean American Studies (2010-20).   A leading scholar on implicit bias and critical race studies, Professor Kang collaborates broadly across disciplines and industries on scholarly, education, and advocacy projects.  He recently stepped down as UCLA’s Founding Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion after completing a five-year mission  to “build equity for all.”  We were honored to have Professor Kang present his important work on implicit bias to LaBS and the HLS community.  Many thanks to Professor Kang for joining us.


LaBS Roundtable: Behavioral Analysis of False Confessions and the Interrogation Techniques that Coerce Them

LaBS was pleased to host an interactive conversation with behavior analysis researchers who study coerced confessions.  Haven Niland and Professor Daniele Ortu joined LaBS for a discussion of their recently published paper analyzing aggressive police interrogation techniques through the lens of behavior analysis.  In their article, Niland and Ortu found that certain interrogation techniques infect the language that the suspect uses to describe events.  In extreme cases, these techniques can lead a suspect to fully adopt, and articulate, the interrogator’s narrative.  We thank Ms. Niland and Professor Ortu for a fascinating discussion.


Vaccines and Behavior Change, Panel Discussion, October 30, 2020, 1pm – 2:30pm

LaBS was pleased to host a virtual panel discussion on vaccines and behavior change that featured leading scholars of law, public health, and behavioral science.   The distinguished panel included: Dr. Saad Omer of the Yale Institute for Global Health, whose presentation was entitled, “Who Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine When Not Everyone Can Get It;”  Professor Scott Burris of the Temple University Beasley School of Law, whose presentation was entitled, “COVID Vaccination and the (Limits of) Law;” and  Professor Gretchen Chapman of Carnegie Mellon University, who presented on “Effective and Ineffective Interventions to Encourage Vaccination.”   The presentations were followed by a moderated discussion led by Harvard Business School professor Julian Zlatev.  We thank all of our panelists for a wonderful and well-attended virtual panel discussion.


Past Events (2019-2020)

Professor Stephen J. Morse: Lunch Talk, March 11, 2020, 12pm – 1pm

Stephen J. Morse is the Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry, and Associate Director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society at the University of Pennsylvania.  He received both his law degree and doctorate in psychology from Harvard.  Professor Morse is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a board-certified forensic psychologist.  He has written extensively about law and neuroscience since 1996.  He was co-director of the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project and subsequently a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.  Many thanks to Professor Morse for a fascinating talk.


Dr. Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio: Lunch Talk, March 5, 2020, 12pm – 1pm

Dr. Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio is the Chair of the Executive Leadership Research Initiative for Women and Minority Attorneys (ELRIWMA) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Legal Profession and affiliated faculty at Harvard Kennedy School in the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP).  A behavioral and data scientist as well as a lawyer, Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio is one of Harvard’s rising stars studying issues related to diversity and gender in organizational behavior.  Through her research, she aims to promote broad-based inclusion of women and minorities in the legal profession and in large professional service providers.  Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio’s research relies heavily on big data and field experiments in organizations.  She uses behavioral economics, behavioral science, big data, and AI to design effective, inclusive “nudges” that can be applied in organizations to increase diverse talent at all levels.  Thank you to Dr. Cecchi-Dimeglio for sharing her cutting-edge work with us.


Dr. Francis X. Shen: Lunch Talk, September 18, 2019, 12pm – 1pm

Francis Shen, JD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Law and the McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School.  He also serves as Executive Director of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.   Professor Shen conducts empirical and interdisciplinary research at the intersection of law and the brain sciences.  He is co-authoring the first law coursebook on law and neuroscience (forthcoming, Aspen Publishers), and has explored the implications of cognitive neuroscience for criminal law, tort, and legislation in the United States.   Many thanks to Dr. Shen for sharing his work with LaBS.