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Civil law—the body of laws of a state or nation dealing with the rights of private citizens—seeks to resolve noncriminal disputes such as disagreements over property ownership or damage, insurance, contracts, divorce, and child custody. RAND helps make the civil justice system more efficient and more equitable by supplying government and private decisionmakers and the public with the results of objective, empirically based, analytic research.

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    The Benefits and Drawbacks of Early Assistance After Disasters

    Nov 14, 2019

    After human-made disasters, early assistance from potentially responsible parties can sometimes fill gaps that are not always addressed by NGOs and first responders. But is providing such assistance a good strategy in terms of reducing future litigation or improving public opinion?

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    RAND Institute for Civil Justice

    Oct 3, 2011

    The RAND Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ), a part of the Justice Policy program, conducts research on all aspects of civil justice, from trends in litigation and jury verdicts to punitive damages, compensation systems, and alternative dispute resolution. Directly or indirectly, civil justice issues have an impact on us all.

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    Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Expansion of Program Responsibilities

    Describes how the addition of a new responsibility to the Title IV mandate — the delivery of services to eliminate sex discrimination in school districts — has affected the ongoing Title IV mission of assisting the process of racial desegregation ...

    Jan 1, 1977

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    Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Review of Program Operations

    Discusses the major findings and recommendations of a study evaluating Title IV operations, which provide technical assistance and training services to school districts in various stages of desegregation.

    Jan 1, 1976

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    Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Review of Program Operations: Executive Summary

    This report is the executive summary of R-1901/2-HEW.

    Jan 1, 1976

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    Causes of the medical malpractice insurance crisis: risks and regulations

    Analyzes the causes of the recent dramatic increase in malpractice insurance rates and contraction of the market in risk spreading, exemplified by the withdrawal of commercial carriers from some states, the growth of physician-owned mutuals, and the ...

    Jan 1, 1976

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    The Relationship Between Medical Malpractice and Quality of Care

    Examines the impact of present and future malpractice systems on the quality of medical care.

    Jan 1, 1975

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    Privacy and Security in Databank Systems: An Annotated Bibliography, 1970-1973

    More than 740 publications are annotated pertaining to the protecting individual privacy and civil rights, providing confidentiality through statutory and regulatory means, and providing access controls and security to information stored and processed.

    Mar 1, 1974

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    James M. Anderson

    Director, Justice Policy Program; Director, RAND Institute for Civil Justice; Senior Behavioral Scientist
    Education J.D., Yale Law School; B.A. in ethics, politics, economics, Yale College

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    D. Sean Barnett

    Senior Engineer
    Education B.S. in nuclear engineering, Purdue University; Ph.D. in nuclear engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; J.D. in law, Georgetown University Law Center

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    Greg Baumann

    Manager, Research Communications Group
    Education J.D. in law, George Washington University; B.A. in rhetoric, U.C. Berkeley

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    Lloyd Dixon

    Director, RAND Kenneth R. Feinberg Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation; Senior Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in general engineering, Stanford University; B.A. in political science, Stanford University

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    Paul Heaton

    Adjunct Economist
    Education Ph.D. and M.A. in economics, University of Chicago; B.A. in economics, Brigham Young University

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    Eric Helland

    Adjunct Economist
    Education Ph.D. in economics, Washington University, St. Louis

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    Travis Hubble

    Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
    Education J.D., Boston University; M.A. in philosophy, Boston University; B.A. in philosophy, Brigham Young University

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    Douglas C. Ligor

    Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law; B.S. in economics, United States Military Academy, West Point

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    Geoffrey McGovern

    Director of Intellectual Property; Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, Binghamton University; J.D., Harvard University; M.A. in political science, Binghamton University; B.A. in political science, Wittenberg University

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    Jamie Morikawa

    Associate Director, RAND Institute for Civil Justice
    Education J.D., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in communications, University of California, Los Angeles

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    M. Susan Ridgely

    Adjunct Senior Health Policy Researcher; Codirector, RAND Center of Excellence on Health System Performance; Affiliate Faculty, Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education J.D. in health law, University of Maryland School of Law

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    Molly Selvin

    Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in history, University of California, San Diego; M.A. in history, University of California, San Diego; B.A. in history, University of California, San Diego

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    Karlyn D. Stanley

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education J.D., Columbus School of Law, Catholic University; B.A. in political science, University of Michigan

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    Nancy Staudt

    Frank and Marcia Carlucci Dean, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Vice President of Innovation, RAND Corporation
    Education Ph.D. in public policy, University of Chicago; J.D., University of Minnesota; B.A., The Ohio State University

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