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Almanac of the Federal Judiciary

Almanac of the Federal Judiciary is an excellent tool for researching the personalities of federal judges. Search by keyword, judge's name, district, court, or address. In addition to the standard contact info, age, education, and other biographical information, Almanac of the Federal Judiciary includes a wealth of information that is designed to help unfamiliar attorneys navigate in a judge's courtroom.

Where available, judge profiles include Lawyers Evaluations by lawyers who have practiced before the judge, Noteworthy Rulings which summarize cases that got media attention or were eventually decided by SCOTUS, and Civil and Criminal Practices and Procedures with information regarding how things actually work in a judge's courtroom. While most of this information is geared toward practicing attorneys, knowing how the judge operates is an excellent way to focus an application or prepare for an interview.

Context (Lexis+)

Context offers analytics on federal judges at all levels, including magistrates and bankruptcy courts, as well as appellate level analytics for judges from all 50 states.

Judicial profiles are organized into three sections: Overview, Analytics, and Related Materials. Overview provides broad background information about the judge's appointment, work, and education history. Analytics details both Motion Outcomes (looking at statistics of Granted, Partially Granted, and Denied motions by type, with links to cases in which motions had such outcomes) and Citation Patterns (which includes the number of times a judge has cited particular opinions, courts, and judges). Related Materials collates all of the cases, pleadings, secondary materials, news, and more that is present in the Lexis database.

The information and analysis provided by Context can be useful for understanding the scope of a judge's workload, motion tendencies, and influences. Context fully replaced Ravel Law in 2019.

Litigation Analytics (Westlaw Edge)

This feature is new with Westlaw Edge, and features litigation analytics for all federal and state courts. Search for a judge by name, and receive a quick snapshot of relevant information, like position, career timeline, contact, motion grants, and case outcomes.

There are multiple tabs on Litigation Analytics beyond Dockets, including Outcomes, Motions, Expert Challenges and Appeals. Each of these tabs include a visualization of data to help you better interpret the information. You can interact with the sub-tabs within the charts to refine your research.  

OCP Judicial Clerkship Database

Don't forget to use the Judicial Clerkship Database for actual feedback on judges across the country written by Michigan Law grads.

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