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Maggie Wittlin

 Associate in Law, Columbia Law School

Cultural Cognition Lab


Cultural Cognition Lab Projects

The Results of Deliberation (work in progress)

Several Cultural Cognition studies have demonstrated that cultural values influence individual jurors' factual findings. This project develops a computer model that expands those findings from individual jurors to juries, showing when group deliberation exacerbates or mitigates the effects of cultural cognition. Using a deliberation model developed by Robert MacCoun, I specify the demographic or cultural composition of a venire and simulate jury verdicts in different cases.

The Polarizing Impact of Science Literacy and Numeracy on Perceived Climate Change Risks, 2 Nature Climate Change 732 (2012) (with Dan M. Kahan, Ellen Peters, Paul Slovic, Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Donald Braman & Gregory Mandel).


Other Publications & Works in Progress

Hindsight Evidence (work in progress; job talk).

Entering the Innovation Twilight Zone: How Patent and Antitrust Law Must Work Together, 17 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 517 (2015) (with Jeffrey I.D. Lewis).

Note, Buckling Under Pressure: An Empirical Test of the Expressive Effects of Law, 28 Yale J. on Reg 419 (2011).


Shorter Works, Including Science Writing

If High Court Reverses Teva, Litigation Costs May Increase, Law360, (Oct. 15, 2014, 8:37 PM) (with Irena Royzman & Aron Fischer).

Science and Democracy, Seed Magazine, January/February 2008.

Seeing the Unseeable, Seed Magazine, July/August 2007.

Dead Bacteria Walking,, Oct. 20, 2006.

Looking Away May Help You Face Mental Challenges, Sep. 14, 2006.

Acting Under Surveillance,, July 19, 2006.

The Universe Before It Began,, May 22, 2006.

Is the Universe Older Than We Thought?,, May 10, 2006.


Contests I've Won

Matt Gaffney's Weekly Crossword Contest (now twice, nay, thrice!)

The Green Bag's Weekly Lunchtime Law Quiz

Mental Floss's How Did You Know?

...and of course, MAPKIA!



Yale Law School, J.D. 2011

Yale College, B.S. (physics) 2005


Legal Experience


Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP (2013-14)

Law Clerk

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2012-13)

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (2011-12)


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