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Sadie Blanchard teaches and writes about contracts and international business law. Her research examines how legal institutions interact with social forces to shape behavior, especially in markets. Before coming to Notre Dame 2018, she was the Fellow in Private Law at Yale Law School, a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute on International Procedural Law in Luxembourg, and a law clerk to The Hon. Charles N. Brower of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, in his capacity as an independent arbitrator in foreign direct investment disputes.

Scott Baker is a prolific law and economics scholar. His research interests lie at the intersection of law, economics, and game theory. He tackles a wide range of topics from judicial performance to the structure of law firms to problems in patent law.

Anup Malani is the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and a Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine. He is also a University Scholar at Resources for the Future in Washington, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Boston, a Senior Fellow at the Schaeffer Center at the University of Southern California, and an editor at the Journal of Law and Economics.

Sally Brown Richardson specializes in property law, community property law and comparative private law. Her scholarship and teaching focus on how property and community property doctrines might be modernized to operate more effectively and efficiently given changes in society since their creation. In doing so, she compares how property and community property doctrines operate in both common and civil law jurisdictions, and she considers what the different legal systems might learn from each other to better address modern property issues.


Carla L. Reyes joined the Michigan State University College of Law as an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Legal RnD in 2018. She teaches Business Enterprises, Secured Transactions, Technology Transactions, and Artificial Intelligence & the Law. Recognized for her leadership in the issues raised by the intersection of blockchain technology and the law, Professor Reyes also currently serves as a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

The fifth meeting of the New Orleans Workshop in Agency and Responsibility will be held in New Orleans November 14 through November 16, 2019.

If you are planning to attend, please register by emailing the conference organizer, David Shoemaker, at dshoemak@tulane.edu. Registration is free.

Keynote Speakers

  • Pamela Hieronymi
    • Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles


Engy is an applied microeconomist with interests in health and public economics. Her research focuses on the effect of changes in Medicare payments to hospitals on hospital spending on inpatient care and patient outcomes. Her recent work has analyzed the effects of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), which is a prominent Medicare Pay for Performance program that was introduced under the Affordable Care Act. Her work on the HRRP was funded by the National Institute of Health and Mathematica Policy Research.

About the Speaker

Yaron Nili teaches courses in Corporate and Securities Law at the Univeristy of Wisconsin Law School. His scholarly interests include corporate law, securities law and corporate governance, with a particular focus on the role and function of the board of directors, shareholder activism, hedge funds and private equity.

About the Speaker

Victoria Shannon Sahani is a tenured associate professor of law at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also a faculty fellow with the university's Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center and the Center for Law and Global Affairs. She is also an active member of the bar in New York and the District of Columbia.

About the Speakers

Amanda Heitz is Assistant Professor of Finance at the Freeman School.  She received her PhD in finance from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Her research focuses on credit markets, banking and financial intermediation, with a particular focus in international finance. She has a BS in finance, an MS in applied mathematics and an MS in statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.