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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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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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​Noncompetes and Employee Mobility. E. Starr and N. Bishara, co-authors. University of Michigan Law and Economics Research Paper No. 16-032. Working Paper.
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​Noncompetes in the U.S. Labor Force. E. Starr and N. Bishara, co-authors. Working Paper.
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"Assessing Access-to-Justice Outreach Strategies." J. Inst. & Theoretical Econ. 174, no. 1 (2018): 34-63.
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"Improving Access to Justice in State Courts with Platform Technology." Vand. L. Rev. 70 (2017): 1993-2050.
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"Portmanteau Ascendent: Post-Release Regulations and Sex Offender Recidivism." Conn. L. Rev. 48, no. 4 (2016): 1035-78.
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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 a discussion about Gregory DeAngelo and Bryan C. McCannon's paper, "Judicial Compensation and Performance," at the Supreme Court Economic Review Research Roundtable on the Economics of Legal Error, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, Fairfax, Virginia, February 2018.

Presented "Noncompetes and Employee Mobility" at the Law and Economics Workshop, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Toronto, and at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 2017.

Presented "Platform Procedure: Using Technology to Facilitate (Efficient) Civil Settlement" at the Empirical Studies of Judicial Systems International Conference, Institutum Iurisprudentiae Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, June 2017.

Presented "Assessing Access to Justice Outreach Strategies" at the Seminar on Empirical Methods for the Law sponsored by the Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, and the University of Bonn, Syracuse, Italy, June 2017.

Participated in the panel discussion, "Innovative Practices," at the Practitioners and Scholars in Dialogue Symposium: What Do We Know About the Civil Justice System?, Civil Justice Research Institute, University of California-Irvine School of Law, Irvine, California, April 2017.

Presented "Improving Access to Justice in State Courts with Platform Technology" at the Vanderbilt Law Review Symposium on State Courts, Nashville, Tennessee, March 2017.

Presented "U-M's Online Court Project: Big Data, Analytics, and Research Opportunities" at the Complexity and the Law Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, February 2017.