Nicholas M. Pace

Social Scientist
Santa Monica Office

Education

J.D., University of Oregon; B.A. in political science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Media Resources

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Overview

Nicholas M. Pace is a social scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has contributed his expertise in justice organization-related research methodologies to many projects involving the law, the courts, and judicial decisionmaking, often involving large scale, groundbreaking qualitative and quantitative data collections. His primary interest relates to how governmental entities, corporations and other organizations, professions, and stakeholder groups operate within the context of the larger legal environment. He has led a wide variety of studies, including an examination of pre-trial discovery costs involving electronically-stored information, an analysis of the efforts of publicly-funded defense counsel, an investigation of practices and policies in the California workers' compensation courts, an exploration of class action litigation involving the insurance industry, and an assessment of the impact of statutory reforms on costs and outcomes in medical malpractice cases. Other work has included examining transparency issues related to class action settlements; studying the dynamics of class action litigation and recommending new managerial approaches for judges in such cases; helping to accomplish an in-depth evaluation of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 and its effects on case management, cost, and delay; and analyzing jury verdict outcomes with a focus on punitive damages. He is currently involved with a comprehensive survey of providers of services to crime victims, an analysis of how responsibility is determined following major catastrophes, as well as an assessment of the processes by which Presidential pardons are granted. Pace received his J.D. from the University of Oregon.

Recent Projects

  • The legal and economic implications of electronic discovery
  • Estimating attorney requirements in indigent criminal defense organizations
  • Class action litigation against the insurance industry
  • Presidential pardon process evaluation
  • National survey of victim services programs

Selected Publications

Nicholas M. Pace and Laura Zakaras, Where the Money Goes: Understanding Litigant Expenditures for Producing Electronic Discovery, RAND Corporation (MG-1208), 2012

Nicholas M. Pace, Greg Ridgeway, James M. Anderson, Cha-Chi Fan, and Mariana Horta, Case Weights for Federal Defender Organizations, RAND Corporation (TR-1007), 2011

Nicholas M. Pace, Stephen J. Carroll, Ingo Vogelsang, and Laura Zakaras, Insurance Class Actions in the United States, RAND Corporation (MG-587), 2007

Nicholas M. Pace, Laura Zakaras, and Daniela Golinelli, Capping Non-Economic Awards in Medical Malpractice Trials: California Jury Verdicts Under MICRA, RAND Corporation (MG-234), 2004

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: American Medical News; The Frontrunner; Investor's Business Daily; Kaiser Family Foundation HealthCast; New York Times; Reuters; Wall Street Journal

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