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Kristen Riley

Kristen Riley started doing research with Dr. Sarah Poggione, then discovered a new topic to pursue.

Sharing Her Passion for Law

Kristen Riley ’15 took a course in Politics and Science with Dr. Sarah Poggione, and “we realized there isn’t a lot of research about judicial innovation.” Her passion and curiosity about innovation in the legal field led her to study innovation in court policies at the state level.

“Kristen came up with the idea to examine how and why state courts varied in their response to a change in the federal courts," Poggione recalls. "While I have looked at how and why state legislatures have adopted new policies or changed policy, I had never looked at state courts and how and why they innovate. Really, the research question was hers.”

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