May 26, 2016


Meet our collaborators

Daniel Bernal is a PhD/JD candidate at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on developing rhetorical solutions for legal problems. The Lab is providing advice and technical assistance to support Daniel’s work on the effectiveness of self-help documents in changing eviction outcomes.


Ellen Degnan is a law student at the University of Miami School of Law, where she is a Miami Public Interest Scholar. Ellen works with the Lab on the Divorce study.


Natalia Emanuel is a PhD candidate in the Harvard Economics Department. She studies the interactions between government and those they govern. Natalia works on the Consequences of Failure to Appear Project.


Tom Ferriss is a 2012 graduate of Harvard Law School and a PhD candidate in the Harvard Department of Statistics. He is currently a Statistician at Google. Tom works with the Lab on the Divorce study and the Federal Court Mediation study.


Christopher L. Griffin, Jr. is Visiting Professor and Research Scholar at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. The Lab’s former Research Director, Chris now participates in the Pretrial Release evaluations.


Jonathan Hennessy is the Basketball Operations Analyst for the Houston Rockets. Jonathan worked with the Lab on the District Court and Housing Court studies.


Helen Ho is a PhD candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School. She studies the effects of the criminal justice system on individuals and communities. Helen works on the Consequences of Failure to Appear Project.


Dalié Jiménez is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She writes about consumer law and bankruptcy, and works with the Lab on Financial Distress. She spent a year at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau studying issues around consumer reporting and debt collection. Contact: dalie.jimenez[at]


Heidi Liu is a JD/PhD candidate at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School. She studies the application of judgment and decision-making, behavioral economics, and labor economics to law and public policy. Heidi works with the lab on the Pretrial Release study in Dane County.


Benjamin Lu is a Ph.D. Candidate in Statistics at UC Berkeley and a former empirical research fellow at Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Policy Program. He is broadly interested in the development and application of statistical methods that can improve empirical legal research. He has worked with the Lab on Pretrial Release, Problem of Default, and Financial Distress.


Lois R. Lupica is a Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, and works with the Lab on Financial Distress. In addition to over twenty years as an academic studying bankruptcy and consumer credit, she has experience as a transactional lawyer and as an executive director of an economic development non-profit. Contact: lupica[at]


Andrea Matthews Andrea works with the lab on The Problem of Default. Andrea co-wrote “RCTs in the US Legal Profession” with the Lab’s Faculty Director Jim Greiner.


Cassandra Pattanayak is a Lecturer in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematics and Guthman Director at the Quantitative Analysis Institute at Wellesley College. Her research focuses on causal inference, with applications to education, law, and health. Cassandra worked with the Lab on the Unemployment RepresentationDistrict Court, and Housing Court studies.


Erika Rickard is the Senior Officer of the new Civil Justice Innovation Project at Pew Charitable Trusts. The Lab’s former Associate Director of Field Research, Erika supports several ongoing evaluations at the Lab.


Dr. Roseanna Sommers is a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. She has a JD/PhD from Yale Law School and Yale University and a research focus on bringing behavioral science to matters of law and public policy. Roseanna is working with the Lab on The Problem of Default and the Divorce study. She has helped the Lab develop its online research program, which it uses to pilot-test intervention materials iteratively, before testing them in the field.


David Yokum David Yokum serves as Director of The Lab @ DC, as well as Senior Policy Advisor in the Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of the City Administrator for the District of Columbia. David is also Director at the Office of Evaluation Sciences for the White House Social and Behavioral Science Team (SBST).