The people at UCLA Law and RAND share a history of collaborative research that is four decades old: In the late 1960s the research team working on criminal justice at RAND included Professor Norman Abrams; in the early 1980s Professor George Priest was instrumental in the creation of the Jury Verdicts Database for the RAND Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ), and Professor Gary Schwartz served as an ICJ consultant and peer reviewer.  This tradition continues under the umbrella of the UCLA-RAND Center, with topics as varied as medical malpractice, class actions, employment discrimination and institutional reform. The long-term plans of the Center include the development of a signature research project that will engage multiple researchers from UCLA and RAND and provide hands-on experience for students in the Empirical Legal Scholars Program.

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