Selected Publications

"Lawyers, Power, and Strategic Expertise" with Anna Carpenter (Tulsa Law)  and Colleen Shanahan (Georgetown Law) (forthcoming in the Denver University Law Review).

“A Little Lawyering Can Be a Dangerous Thing” with Colleen Shanahan and Anna Carpenter (forthcoming in the Hastings Law Review).

"Forecasting Opinion Assignment on the U.S. Supreme Court" with Paul Wahlbeck, Ryan Krog, and Phillip Wininger (a forthcoming book chapter)

2015. “Legal Elites and Public Perceptions of the Supreme Court: Is the Supreme Court a ‘Political’ Institution?” with Brandon Bartels and Chris Johnston. Law and Society Review 49(3): 761-794. 

2014.  "Stepping on Congress: Courts, Congress, and Inter-institutional Politics" with Forrest Maltzman, Charles Shipan, and Michael Zilis.  2014, Journal of Law and Courts 2(2): 219-240.

Current Projects
Please do not cite without authors' permission.

Representation in Context: Party Power and Lawyer Expertise
          – an ongoing, multi-publication project with Anna Carpenter (Tulsa Law) and Colleen Shanahan (Temple Law) 

"Restraining the Court: A Unified Account of Congressional Attempts to Limit Supreme Court Authority."
         -- with Michael Zilis (University of Kentucky) (under review)

“The Sledgehammer and the Scalpel: The Supreme Court's Evaluation of the Credibility of Threats to its Authority”
         -- with Michael Zilis

"Curbing their Enthusiasm? When Does Congress Decide to Sanction the Supreme Court?"
         -- with Michael Zilis

"Seeing the Law from All Sides: Judges’ Perspectives on Inter-branch Public Service" (under review)
         -- supported by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute
         -- Featured in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog

"Hesitation, Protraction, and (Eventual) Cooperation: Legal Services and State-Level Innovation" (under review)

"(Dis)Empowerment? The Consequences of Seeking Out Civil Legal Services"
         -- supported by the National Science Foundation

“A Compromised Institution: The Origin of the Legal Services Corporation.”


"Can Legal Representation Foster Perceptions of Legitimacy and Fairness in America’s Courts?" 
          -- an essay prepared for the Normative Implications of Empirical Research on Law and Courts Workshop hosted by     
             George Washington University, 2013