The project culminating in the publication of this volume began with a conference hosted at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in March 2009. I would like to thank the Joyce Foundation for a generous grant that made the conference possible. Thanks likewise to Steve Burbank and Barry Friedman for their assistance in identifying authors and helping me to structure the conference. My dean and friend, Lauren Robel, lent significant institutional and personal support to the conference, for which I am deeply appreciative. And Archana Sridar, the law school’s assistant dean for research, was instrumental to the success of the conference from start to finish. I’d also like to thank a great group of conference moderators: Bill Henderson, Jody Madeira, James Sample, and Jeff Yost. Finally, I want to thank the authors who presented papers at the conference and who, apart from being among the best scholars in the business, were a pleasure to work with: Larry Baum, Eileen Braman, Steve Burbank, Keith Bybee, Frank Cross, Barry Friedman, Mike Gerhardt, Jim Gibson, Melinda Gann Hall, Stefanie Lindquist, Andrew Martin, Mitch Pickerill, Dave Pozen, Ted Ruger, and Jeff Segal.
For their help with the introduction and in the editorial process, I’d like to thank my research assistants: Evelyn Gentry, Mark Plantan, Carrie Pytynia, and Andy Williams. Thanks likewise to Phillip Olsen, for exceptional research assistance during the summer prior to the conference. Finally, I’d like to express my appreciation to Rita Eads, as always, for her administrative assistance, to say nothing of her patience.