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Herbert Kritzer
Professor of Law
William Mitchell College of Law

Herbert Kritzer is Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, University of Minnesota, and Professor of Political Science and Law emeritus, University of Wisconsin. He has conducted extensive empirical research on the American civil justice system, as well as research on other common law systems. His most recent book is Risks, Reputations, and Rewards: Contingency Fee Legal Practice in the United States (Stanford University Press, 2004). He is the author, co-author, or editor of six other books and has published over 100 articles in professional journals. Over the last 20 years he has conducted research on the American civil justice system dealing with contingency fee legal practice, the impact of Rule 11 sanctions, alternative forms of advocacy and representation, and the adult guardianship process in Wisconsin. Research with a cross-national element has included writing on the English Rule, propensity to sue, the frequency of criminal and civil trials in England, and politics in the English judicial system. His current research includes changing patterns in judicial elections (a first article appeared in DePaul Law Review), insurance defense legal practice (recently published in Vanderbilt Law Review) the impact of the Daubert decision (recently published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies), a comparative analysis of use of lawyers by citizens in seven countries (forthcoming in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies), and a study of local television news coverage of the courts and the legal profession. Professor Kritzer recently completed a term as editor of Law & Society Review, the leading journal in interdisciplinary legal studies. In July 2007, Professor Kritzer joined the faculty of the William Mitchell College of Law in August 2007 after having taught for 30 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prof. Kirtzer received his Ph.D from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1974 and B.A. from Haverford College in 1969.

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