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Prescott, J.J.

Professor of Law
Codirector, Empirical Legal Studies Center
Codirector, Program in Law and Economics

3170 South Hall
J.J. Prescott's research interests revolve around criminal law, sentencing law and reform, employment law, and the dynamics of civil litigation, particularly settlement. Much of his work is empirical in focus. Current projects include an examination of the ramifications of post-release sex offender laws, a study of the socio-economic consequences of criminal record expungement, an evaluation of the effects of prosecutorial discretion and decision-making on short- and long-term defendant outcomes, and an investigation into the nature and repercussions of partial settlements in civil litigation. In addition, Professor Prescott is the principal investigator of the U-M Online Court Project, which uses technology to help people facing warrants, fines, and minor charges resolve their disputes with the government and courts online and without the need to hire an attorney. Professor Prescott earned his JD, magna cum laude, in 2002 from Harvard Law School, where he was the treasurer (Vol. 115) and an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for the Hon. Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, he went on to earn a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.

Recent Publications

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"Assessing Access to Justice Outreach Strategies." J. Inst. & Theoretical Econ. (Forthcoming).

"Designing Legal Experiences: Online Communication and Resoultion in Courts." M. Bulinski, co-author. In Legal Informatics, edited by D. M. Katz, M. J. Bommarito, and R. Dolin. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, Forthcoming.

"Platform Procedure: Using Technology to Facilitate (Efficient) Civil Settlement." A. Sanchez, co-author. In Do Courts Rule Efficiently? Empirical Inquiries. (Proceedings of the Fourth Empirical Studies of Judicial Systems International Conference). Forthcoming.

"Improving Access to Justice in State Courts with Platform Technology." Vand. L. Rev. 70 (2017): 1993-2050.
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"Factors in Fairness and Emotion in Online Case Resolution Systems." Y. Hou, C. Lampe, and M. Bulinski, co-authors. In ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 2017.
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"Portmanteau Ascendent: Post-Release Regulations and Sex Offender Recidivism." Conn. L. Rev. 48, no. 4 (May 2016): 1035-78.
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Contracting on Litigation. K. E. Spier, co-author. University of Michigan Law and Economics Research Paper No. 16-009. Working Paper
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"A Comprehensive Theory of Civil Settlement." K. E. Spier, co-author. N.Y.U. L. Rev. 91, no. 1 (2016): 59-143.
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​"Understanding Noncompetition Agreements: The 2014 Noncompete Survey Project." N. D. Bishara and E. Starr, co-authors. Mich. St. L. Rev. 2016, no. 2 (2016): 369-464.​
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"Online Case Resolution Systems: Enhancing Access, Fairness, Accuracy, and Efficiency." M. A. Bulinski, co-author. Mich. J. Race & L. 21, no. 2 (2016): 205-49.
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"Process Costs and Police Discretion." C. Gerstein, co-author. Harvard L. Rev. F. 128 (2015): 268-88.
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Participated in the Conference on Criminal Justice Reform at Concordia University School of Law, Boise, Idaho, June 2016.​

Presented "Noncompetes in the U.S. Labor Force" at the Law, Business, and Economics Workshop​ at the University of Texas at Austin, November 2015.

Participated in a panel discussion on prisoner reentry into the community during the Connecticut Law Review Symposium, "The Other One Percent: Prison Reform from Sentencing to Parole," University of Co​nnecticut School of Law, November 2015.

Co-presented "Noncompetes in the U.S. Labor Force" at the 10th annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Washington University School of Law, October 2015. ​

Participated in Michigan State Law Review's "Legal Quanta: Expanding the Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Arsenal of the Law" symposium, Michigan State University College of Law, October 2015.