Professor Mart's research agenda has two strands. The first strand focuses on access to information, an umbrella topic that includes classification, privacy, secrecy, the Freedom of Information Act, the intersection of the 1st and 4th Amendments to the Constitution, the PATRIOT Act, government transparency, and the right to receive information. Her most current work in this strand focuses on secrecy and national security in the federal courts. The second strand of Professor Mart's research agenda focuses on legal research pedagogy in a theoretical and empirical sense: how do modern systems of computer research work and why? Does human intermediation matter? What are the implications for teaching legal research? What do law students need to know to better utilize these systems? She recently published an article on an empirical study of the effect of human-created algorithms and their underlying assumptions of the results generated in six different legal databases.
legal informatics, information policy, privacy, secrecy, the Freedom of Information Act,the PATRIOT Act, government transparency, the right to receive information, and whistleblowers
LAWS 6223 - Research and Writing in the Regulatory State
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Focus on developing in students the research, writing and analytical skills necessary to operate within any highly regulated field. Students will work broadly on research and writing skills required in a regulatory practice and narrowly on how that applies to particular areas of expertise, to gain an understanding of a particular area of the law.