Research Fellows

Anna Offit
Research Fellow

Anna Offit holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an MPhil in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She completed a J.D. at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. She was awarded a PhD from Princeton where her dissertation examined the role that jurors play in federal prosecutors’ case preparation despite the documented decline in American jury trials. She received funding for this study from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a Graduate Prize Fellowship from the University Center for Human Values. Anna received a 2015-2016 Fulbright Scholarship to study proposed jury reforms in Norway. Her research interests include lay participation in legal systems and lawyers’ trial strategy in the U.S. and in Scandinavia.



Michael Pressman
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Law Clerk to the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Sept. 2017 – Sept. 2018
Law Clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Bacharach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Sept. 2016 – Aug. 2017


PhD, Philosophy, University of Southern California, 2018
JD, Stanford Law School, 2010
MA, Philosophy, Stanford University, 2006
BA, Philosophy, Stanford University, 2006

Teaching and Research Interests:

Primary: Torts, remedies, contracts, restitution and unjust enrichment, jurisprudence, bioethics
Secondary: Property, civil procedure, law and philosophy, law and economics, law and social science, evidence

Brief Description of My Research: 

My scholarship bridges law, philosophy, and their intersection. Within philosophy, my research has focused on questions about value and how to quantify and aggregate it. My legal scholarship to date has focused primarily on torts, contracts, and private law remedies. And my current research, as exemplified by my job talk paper, has increasingly come to be concerned with areas in which philosophical work in value theory can and should inform the values identified by private law remedies. In particular, my recent focus has been on how tort law should value lost life-years.


Academic Publications:

Law Reviews:
♦ Hedonic-Loss Damages that Optimally Deter: An Alternative to “Value of a Statistical Life” that Focuses on Both Decedent and Tortfeasor (job talk paper) (in progress)
♦ Empowering Jurors to Adequately Compensate Litigants for Non-Economic Losses, 95 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020)
♦ Aggregating Happiness: A Framework for Exploring Compensation for Lost Years of Life, 69 DePaul L. Rev. (forthcoming 2020)
♦ Calculating Compensation Sums for Private Law Wrongs: Underlying Imprecisions, Necessary Questions, and Toward a Plausible Account of Damages for Lost Years of Life, 53 U. Mich. J.L. Reform (forthcoming 2019)
♦ “The Ability to Pay” in Tax Law: Clarifying the Concept’s Egalitarian and Utilitarian Justifications and the Interactions Between the Two, 21 N.Y.U. J. Legis. & Pub. Pol’y 141 (2018)
♦ The Compatibility of Forward-Looking and Backward-Looking Accounts of Tort Law, 15 U. N.H. L. Rev. 45 (2016)
♦ The Two-Contract Approach to Liquidated Damages: A New Framework for Exploring the Penalty Clause Debate, 7 Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 651 (2013)

♦ The Badness-of-Death Debate and the Underlying Accounts of “Goodness for a Person” (under review)
♦ On Michael D. Bayles’s “The Price of Life,” 125 Ethics 1154 (2015)
♦ A Defense of Average Utilitarianism, 27 Utilitas 389 (2015)
♦ On Anderson Woods’s “The Greatest Happiness Regardless of Number,” 125 Ethics 546 (2015)

Non-Academic Publications:

United States v. Chung: State of Mind in Trade Secrets Actions (IP Litigator, September 2009) (coauthor)
♦ Defining the Trade Secret: Establishing that Information Is “Not Readily Ascertainable by Proper Means” (IP Litigator, September 2008) (coauthor)

My SSRN papers: