Karen Bradshaw is the first recipient of the Law School’s Koch-Searle Research Fellowship in Legal Studies. She will conduct her research under the guidance of Richard Epstein, Lawrence A. Tisch Professor of Law, and Mario Rizzo, an associate professor of economics at NYU. They secured funding for the new, two-year fellowship from the Charles G. Koch Foundation and the Searle Freedom Trust. Says Epstein: "We are ever so pleased to welcome Karen Bradshaw as the first Koch-Searle fellow. Already in her short career she has completed insightful studies on rural communities that deal with such topics as norm creation and fire suppression.” (Her article, “A Modern Overview of Wildfire Law,” was published last year in the Fordham Environmental Law Review.) “She has a strong eye for novel empirical topics that will make her a leader in the emerging field of institutional law and economics.”

Bradshaw will start her fellowship in the fall. She is currently clerking in Jackson, Mississippi, for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 2010, Bradshaw earned an M.B.A at California State University, Chico, and a B.S. in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley. “I’m very excited about the NYU Law fellowship,” she says. “I am looking forward to attending workshops and symposia, and so thankful to professors Epstein and Rizzo for bringing me into the program.”

Posted April 26, 2011