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Robert Lawless is a professor of law and co-director of the Illinois Program on Law, Behavior & Social Science at the University of Illinois College of Law where he writes and teaches about bankruptcy, consumer credit, and business law. Professor Lawless has published numerous articles on these topics, most all of which use empirical methodology to better understand legal phenomena.

His co-authored book, Empirical Methods in Law, was released in 2010 by Aspen Publishing. Professor Lawless has testified before Congress, and his work has been featured in media outlets such as CNN, CNBC, NPR, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the National Law Journal, the L.A. Times, the Financial Times, and Money magazine. He is the site administrator and one of five regular contributors to the blog Credit Slips, a discussion on credit and bankruptcy.