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    Harvard Law School scavenger hunt for public interest

    April 12, 2017

    More than 350 students raced through the halls of Harvard Law School solving clues, answering trivia questions, and taking selfies with professors as part of the school's first ever Public Interest Scavenger Hunt, which had students competing for prizes as the community came together to show support for students working in public interest law.

  • Too Broke To Go Bankrupt? Harvard Sophomore Uses Software To Tackle Problem For Poor

    March 3, 2017

    It sounds like a contradiction in terms: Millions of Americans may be too broke to go bankrupt. But with studies showing that more than half of U.S. households can’t come up with $1,000 in cash in an emergency and a third have no savings at all, it shouldn't be surprising that the $1,300 cost of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a hurdle many debt-ridden consumers can’t get over. That dilemma struck a Harvard sophomore named Rohan Pavuluri as odd – and a potential opportunity...Some experts estimate millions of Americans living below the poverty line could improve their finances by filing Chapter 7 and getting a fresh start. Pavuluri learned about this while working with Harvard Law School Professor James Greiner conducting research on legal self-help materials for low-income consumers.

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    “Winner takes all” at the 2015 Public Interest Auction

    May 8, 2015

    Karaoke with five HLS professors. A fashion shopping spree with Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03. A classic movie night with Dean Martha Minow. These were just a few of the unique experiences auctioned off at the 21st annual Public Interest Auction on April 9th.

  • The New Empiricists

    May 4, 2015

    For the growing number of empiricists at HLS, there’s nothing quite so satisfying—or unimpeachable—as resolving a thorny, often contentious, legal or policy question through rigorous analysis of cold, hard data.

  • Collection claims abuses move up to higher courts

    March 30, 2015

    It was 2009 when the state’s highest court moved to curb abuses by debt collectors in small claims courts. Since then, debt collection attorneys have been required to certify they have sued debtors at the correct address and have evidence that the debt is actually owed. But the Supreme Judicial Court did nothing to provide the same protections to the tens of thousands of debtors who are sued in the civil sessions of the 62 district courts and the Boston Municipal Court...At municipal court, which is under separate jurisdiction than district courts, attorneys with the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Harvard Law professor James Greiner have found evidence that some civil claims appear to have been sent to defendants’ old addresses...Greiner, who has a PhD in statistics, said that when researchers looked at the first 87 cases, they found 28 where the address used by the plaintiff did not match the defendant’s address contained in the commercial database. In 14 of those cases, the plaintiff had filed with the court an address that appeared to be the defendant’s prior address.

  • Greiner, HLS students spearhead new Consumer Debt Relief Project

    January 29, 2014

    How best to assist people in financial trouble is the focus of the Consumer Financial Distress Project, a groundbreaking new study designed and led by Harvard Law School Professor Jim Greiner, Professor Dalié Jiménez at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Professor Lois Lupica at the University of Maine School of Law.

  • Professors at “HLS Thinks Big”

    Four HLS professors ‘think big’ at annual event (video)

    July 11, 2013

    “HLS Thinks Big,” an event inspired by the global TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks and modeled after the university's “Harvard Thinks Big” event, was held at Harvard Law School on May 28. Four professors—Daniel Nagin, Glenn Cohen '03, Jeannie Suk '02, and James Greiner—presented on some of their recent work and research.

  • Greiner: "Is the exit poll intellectually dead?"

    October 16, 2012

    “Is the exit poll intellectually dead?” That is the question that Professor D. James Greiner of Harvard Law School and Professor Kevin M. Quinn of UC Berkeley School of Law explore in their recently released paper, “Long Live the Exit Poll,” which appears in the Fall 2012 edition of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

  • Professor D. James Greiner

    Faculty Viewpoints: A No Vote on ID Laws

    October 1, 2012

    Harvard Law School Professor D. James Greiner is co-author of a recent study on the experience of Boston voters in the election of 2008. As another election approaches, we ask Greiner a few questions about his study and the current efforts to pass tougher voter ID laws.

  • Greiner promoted to professor of law at Harvard

    July 10, 2012

    Following a vote of the Harvard Law School faculty, D. James Greiner, a specialist in the application of modern quantitative thinking to legal questions, has been promoted from assistant professor to professor of law—a tenured faculty position.

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    Greiner trains litigators to get the most from number crunchers

    August 22, 2008

    Jim Greiner, an HLS assistant professor of law, created a unique course as a joint endeavor between HLS and the Harvard statistics department, where Greiner, who holds a Ph.D. in statistics, is an affiliate. The 13 law students will be taking and defending two depositions each, one involving a political redistricting hypothetical and the other involving an employment discrimination case.