Epstein’s interests center on the U.S. Supreme Court, judicial behavior, empirical legal studies, and constitutional law. Her latest book, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research (with A. Martin), Oxford University Press, is forthcoming. Her co-authored book, The Behavior of Federal Judges (with W. Landes and R. Posner), was published by Harvard University Press in 2013.
Assaults on judicial independence are made easier when the public comes to view the judiciary as a political body. This risk, and not just the identity of the next justice, should be at the center of public attention.
How might the makeup of the United States Supreme Court change depending on who is elected as the country’s next president? A new analysis from Washington University in St. Louis estimates where the candidate’s potential nominees fit compared with the current justices and finds that a Democratic appointee would move the middle of the court to the left, shifting the court’s balance of power.
Lee Epstein, the Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor, will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association at the association’s annual meeting in September in Philadelphia.