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Representative Projects Supported by the Fund

Medicaid & Medicare at 50 Conference
Abbe Gluck, Professor of Law
This conference is the first legal conference looking forward and backward at Medicaid and Medicare at 50. The aims are to produce a journal volume, to be published by the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics on this topic; to put YLS on the map in the health law world; and to establish Yale as a place where the studies of health law and public law come together.

Yale-Duke Foreign Relations Law Roundtable 
Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law
The roundtable will meet this year at Yale Law School and Duke Law School has committed to hosting on a bi-annual basis.  It will explore the modern separation of powers landscape as it applies to issues of foreign relations law, and how it might be reformed.  

The First Amendment & the Public's Health Conference 
Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment.
The First Amendment and the Public’s Health Conference was jointly hosted by Yale Law School, Yale Medical School, and the Yale School of Public Health took place at Yale Law School on October 17-18, 2014

Global Military Seminar 
Eugene Fidell, Senior Research Scholar and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer in Law
This seminar is a follow-up to last year's successful Global Seminar on Military Justice Reform.  Participants include NGO activists, government officials, practitioners, and teachers of military justice.  The goal is to drill deeper in the effort to generate effective military justice reform strategies.  

Public Benefits Programs Study
Yair Listokin, Professor of Law
Professor Listokin proposed a multi-staged field experiment that will test the efficacy of proposed methods of improving take-up of public benefits.   

Stopping Lawsuits with an Apology Study
Ian Ayres, William K. Townsend Professor of Law
Professor Ayres’ Stopping Lawsuits with an Apology Study is a randomized controlled experiment to evaluate whether an apology can reduce the willingness to sue for breach of contract. 

YCELP-Local Governance of Hydraulic Fracturing
Joshua Galperin, Clinical Lecturer in Law
The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy is conducting a project to address the local governance of hydraulic fracturing given that Federal and State regulatory mechanisms leave a governance gap at the local level.  

Food Stamps Benefits Study
John Morley, Associate Professor of Law
Professor Morley is working with Jonathan Klick of the University of Pennsylvania Law School to study the relationship between poverty and nutrition.

Adolescent Peer Influence Study
Gideon Yaffe, Professor of Law & Professor of Philosophy & Psychology
Professor Yaffe, along with Professor Kober of Yale Medical School, will design and perform a behavioral and an fMRI study with the goal of gaining insight into the psychological mechanisms to which adolescents are more likely to perform risky acts when in the presence of their peers. 

Yale Partnership on Health, Rights and Justice
Amy Kapczynski, Associate Professor of Law
The Yale Partnership on Health, Rights and Justice project is in its final year of being funded by OMR.  Professor Kapczynski, et al, are successfully achieving their goal of developing a synergistic partnership between the schools of law and public health at Yale University.

Organization Climate Assessment NHPD 
Tom Tyler, Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology
Professor Tyler has been working with Chief Dean Esserman of the New Haven Police Department to develop innovations in policing in New Haven..

Digital Collections-NAACP Papers 
John Witt, Allen H. Duffy Professor of Law
The NAACP Papers are one of the nation’s most significant collections of archival documents. The Papers consist of the NAACP’s records and correspondence from its founding into the 1970s. The project for which Professor Witt requires access to the NAACP Papers is a book organized around the small group of people who came together in an organization called the American Fund for Public Service, a little-remembered but crucial grant-making foundation from the 1920s and 1930s.

Public Speaking Coaching 
Oona Hathaway, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law
This was the first-ever performance and public speaking coaching event at Yale Law School (YLS), designed to improve YLS students' public speaking and communications skills.  

Junk Food Sales Taxes Survey
Anne Alstott, Jacquin D. Bierman Professor in Taxation
Professor Alstott wrote in support of YLS student Jacob Goldin to conduct research on junk food sales taxes.

CT Foreclosure Mediation Program Study 
Ian Ayres, William K. Townsend Professor of Law
Professor Ayres will utilize a randomized controlled encouragement design to assess causal factors affecting enrollment in Connecticut Judicial Branch’s Foreclosure Mediation Program.  

Misunderstood Criminal Laws Study
Gideon Yaffe, Professor of Law & Professor of Philosophy & Psychology
To support her independent research with Professor Yaffe, YLS student Fiona Heckscher will survey people about criminal laws in their jurisdiction to determine which laws are systematically misunderstood.  

National Security Lawyering
Oona Hathaway, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law
Professor Hathaway brought the students in the course, National Security Lawyering, to Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings with national security lawyers working on the topics on which they wrote research papers.

Doctoral Scholarship Conference
Maria Dino, Director of Graduate Programs
The Doctoral Scholarship Conference was created with three objectives: to establish a forum to showcase new scholarship on a diverse range of subjects, to increase the visibility of doctoral scholars generally, and most importantly, to foster a community of doctoral scholars in law from the US and abroad. 

Oral History Project
Blair Kauffman, Law Librarian and Professor of Law
The objective of this project is to continue, refocus, and expand the library’s oral history series from one that emphasized reminiscences about the history of the Yale Law School to one that seeks to explore, through recorded interview conversations, the nature and development of legal scholarship among Yale Law School faculty.

Enrichment Courses 2014-15
Along with our standard curriculum, every year the Law School offers a number of “enrichment courses.” These courses are usually taught by visitors, and often reflect the changing interests of our students or new developments in law or policy. These courses are very much in keeping with the goals of the Ruebhausen fund to “maintain, increase and assure intellectual vitality, creativity and analytical rigor at the Yale Law School.”
See list of courses.