Friday, June 2, 2006

Christine Jolls to Join Yale Law School Faculty

Christine Jolls, one of the nation’s leading scholars in employment law, law and economics, and one of the founders of behavioral law and economics, will join the Yale Law School faculty as of July 1, 2006.

Christine Jolls has been Professor of Law at Harvard since 2001, where she has taught employment law and contracts, and won the Dean’s teaching award in Spring of 2003. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, where she majored in English and Quantitative Economics, and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where she won the John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics, Professor Jolls earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and joined the Harvard faculty in 1994. She served as a law clerk for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the D.C. Circuit, and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, before returning to the Harvard faculty in 1997. Professor Jolls serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards, is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where she co-directs the Program in Law and Economics, and serves as Reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of Employment Law. She served as Harvard Law School’s Vice Dean for Scholarship and Intellectual Life in 2003-04.

Said Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh, “Christine Jolls is the acknowledged leader of the new generation of law and economics. Already one of the country’s foremost experts in employment law, she has co-founded the emerging field of behavioral law and economics, a cutting-edge area of scholarship that incorporates behavioral models into the economic analysis of law. She is a superb teacher and a treasured colleague, widely respected for her intellectual rigor, analytic clarity, and empirical skill. She is engaged with ideas of every sort, and deeply committed to the scholarly values that Yale Law School holds most dear. We have hoped for years to bring her to our faculty, and we are both honored and thrilled that she has chosen to make Yale Law School her intellectual home.”

Professor Jolls’ many articles include “The Law of Implicit Bias” (with Cass R. Sunstein) (forthcoming in California Law Review, 2006); “Identifying the Effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act Using State-Law Variation: Preliminary Evidence on Educational Participation Effects,” 94 American Economic Review 447 (2004); “Antidiscrimination and Accommodation,” 115 Harvard Law Review 642 (2001); “The Market for Federal Judicial Law Clerks,” 68 University of Chicago Law Review 793 (2001) (with Christopher Avery, Richard Posner & Alvin E. Roth); “Accommodation Mandates,” 53 Stanford Law Review 223 (2000); “A Behavioral Approach to Law and Economics,” 50 Stanford Law Review 1471 (1998) (with Cass Sunstein & Richard Thaler), and “Contracts as Bilateral Commitments: A New Perspective on Contract Modification,” 26 Journal of Legal Studies 203 (1997). She is currently working on a book entitled Equality’s Tools.