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17th Annual Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law to Feature Jeffrey Rachlinski

Cornell Law School Professor to speak April 17 at The College of Wooster

31 March, 2014

WOOSTER, Ohio – Jeffrey Rachlinski, professor of law at Cornell University Law School, will present "Predictable Misjudgment: How Intuition Misleads Professional Decision Makers" at the 17th Annual Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law on Thursday, April 17, at The College of Wooster. The free public lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

An innovator in both administrative law and in social psychology and the law, Rachlinski has offered new perspectives on the influence of human psychology on decision-making by courts, administrative agencies, and regulated communities. He joined the Cornell Law School faculty in 1994, less than a year after receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology and a J.D. from Stanford University. He received his master's and bachelor's degrees in psychology from Johns Hopkins University.

Rachlinski's unique analytical viewpoint has led him to explore varied topics in legal practice, such as litigation strategies, punitive damages, administrative law, environmental law, and product liability. One of the more versatile scholars at Cornell, Rachlinski has taught social and cognitive psychology for lawyers, administrative law, environmental law, civil procedure and torts. He has written two books: Behavioral Law and Economics (2009) and Prospect Theory and Civil Negotiation (1990), and has been published in numerous articles and chapters and presented at conferences around the world. In addition, he is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Society, the Law and Society Association, the American Psychology-Law Society, the American Law and Economics Association, and the Canadian Law and Economics Association.

The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law was endowed in 1999 by Jennie M. Bell and Samuel H. Bell, a 1947 College of Wooster graduate and a Federal Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. The purpose is to engage students, faculty, members of the legal profession, and members of the community in a legal issue that has broad implications for society. The Bells hope, by way of this lectureship, to bring the best minds of the legal profession to Wooster students and the local community. This lectureship also joins their long-held affection for the law and faith in the values derived from a liberal arts education.

The Bell Lectureship is sponsored by The Bell Distinguished Lectureship in Law Fund and The College of Wooster's Pre-Law Advising Program. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2380) or e-mail.