James R. Copland

Director, Center for Legal Policy, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

James R. Copland is the director of the Manhattan Institute's Center for Legal Policy, which seeks to develop and communicate thoughtful ideas on how to improve the civil and criminal justice system. Copland oversees two of the Institute's websites,, a web magazine that brings together information and opinion on the U.S. litigation system, as well as the Institute's new corporate-governance website, He is also project manager for the Institute's Trial Lawyers, Inc. series of publications examining the size, scope, and inner workings of America's lawsuit industry.

Copland has published opinion columns in national, local, and online newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, Investors Business Daily, and USA Today. He has appeared on various television and radio shows, including those on PBS, FOX News, FOX Business, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR. He has testified before Congress and is a regular speaker and conference participant discussing tort reform issues.

Prior to joining the Manhattan Institute, Copland was a management consultant with McKinsey and Company in New York. He had earlier served as a law clerk for Ralph K. Winter on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has been a director of two privately held manufacturing companies since 1997.

Copland received J.D. and M.B.A degrees from Yale, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and an editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. He also has an M.Sc. in politics of the world economy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in economics with highest distinction and highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.

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Publications and Multimedia
Guilty as Charged: The Yates Memo - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
October 26, 2015
Is Tort Reform Conservative? - Event Video
Little Rock Lawyers Chapter
July 16, 2014
Agency Enforcement and Prosecution of Regulatory Crimes - Event Audio/Video
Criminal Law and the Administrative State: Defining and Enforcing Regulatory Crimes
June 11, 2014
Patent Re-Reform in Congress - Podcast
Intellectual Property Practice Group Podcast
November 21, 2013