The Tulane Law Review & Empirical Legal Studies

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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  1. As someone who is currently working on his first empirical study that involves hand collecting data, I am extremely interested in hearing from more experienced scholars on the pitfalls of hand collection. Thank you for starting this conversation.

  2. dave says:


    It’s a good idea. Maybe, as soon as the financial crisis quiets (assuming it does!) and I get a paper moving a bit further toward completion, I’ll do a series of posts on this topic. Basically, I’ve made every kind of error possible doing hand-collection. (Including the error I just made, which is assuming that I’ve run out of errors to make.) For now, perhaps this can serve as an open thread for war stories. I’ll start. In my current project, I’ve employed upward of 25 RAs (at one time or another – obviously, not at the same time!). I feel like I spend 95% of the time managing & trying to design error-reduction systems, instead of writing & thinking. It kind of stinks!