Reseach Assistant

Research assistants will be expected to review and analyze legal sources and Law Review articles. About the research: Attorney fees fund litigation, yet fee data are rarely available in the United States as well as in English rule (loser pays) jurisdictions. The research project will analyze attorney fee awards in Israel, which vests judges with full discretion to assess fees and costs as the circumstances may require. The dataset for the project has already been collected and consists of nearly 3000 cases, which constitute all cases terminated by judgment in the Israeli district courts in the years 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Using this data the research will examine what affects judges when ruling on attorney fees and litigation costs, as well as what may be the derivative implications in terms of access to justice, fairness, and judicial system effectiveness. Start ASAP, End Feb. 15, 2014. The workload may vary, but will not exceed 15 hours per week. Please send a resume along with a short writing sample or statement of interest to Talia Fischer,  tfisher at ethics.harvard.edu