PIA Professor Bowie to Present Fenwick Fellow Lecture

Posted: April 5, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: April 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Jennifer Barnes Bowie

The following information was provided by University Libraries

Mason faculty, staff and students are invited to the 2011 Fenwick Fellow Lecture on Friday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Center Gold Room.

The 2009-10 Fenwick Fellow, Jennifer Barnes Bowie, assistant professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs, will present “Decision Making on the Courts of Appeals: Can Judges Predict the Likelihood of En Banc Review?”

According to Bowie, “The goal of this analysis is to evaluate whether courts of appeals judges can accurately predict the types of cases their circuit, sitting en banc (all together), are more or less likely to review.

“I rely on interviews with U.S. Courts of Appeals judges and model empirically the factors associated with en banc review utilizing case data from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1981 to 1991. The results from the interviews and empirical analysis provide support for the hypotheses relating to the case characteristics that substantially affect the chances that a case will be reviewed. However, the results also indicate that the likelihood of review in the most positive cases is still marginal at best.”

Bowie, who has a PhD in political science from the University of South Carolina, joined Mason in 2008; she is currently director of legal studies and is the pre-law advisor.

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