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New Research Guide: Judges and Judging Finding and Using Data

A new research guide Judges and Judging: Finding and Using Data” has been added to the library website.  The first part of this research guide is to help users locate data about judges and judging. The second part offers examples of how this type of data can be used. From the guide:

Often articles about judges and judging use data to show that a problem exists and/or that the problem is worth taking the time to solve. For example, The New York Times opening paragraph in “The Senate’s Discourtesy to Judges” begins with the astounding fact that there has been a vacancy on the Eastern District of North Carolina for more than eight years. The editorial identifies the cause of this lengthy vacancy: the Senates’ blue slip practice. This customary practice allows a senator to block the consideration of any federal judicial nomination in her state. The story uses facts to show the impact of this practice. Currently, there are 83 vacancies. There are no nominees for 30 vacancies because it is certain that any candidate would be blue slipped. Facts are used to show the enormity of the problem and support the statement that the current practice is “an abuse of the system.”

Below are several articles by Case Western Reserve University Law School Faculty that use data about judges and judging.

Juscelino F. Colares, A Theory of WTO Adjudication: From Empirical Analysis to Biased Rule Development, 42 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 383 (2009).

Juscelino F. Colares, An Empirical Examination of product and Litigant-Specific Theories for the Divergence between NAFTA Chapter 19 and U.S. Judicial Review, 42 Journal of World Trade 691 (2008)

Dale A. Nance and Scott B. Morris, An Empirical Assessment of Presentation Formats for Trace Evidence with a Relatively Large and Quantifiable Random Match Probability, 42 Jurimetrics 403 (2002)

Raymond Shih Ray Ku, Jiayang Sun, and Yiying Fan, Does Copyright Law Promote Creativity – An Empirical Analysis of Copyright’s Bounty, 62 Vanderbilt Law Review 1667 (2009)

Michael P. Scharf, International Law in Crisis: A Qualitative Empirical Contribution to the Compliance Debate, 31 Cardozo Law Review 45 (2009)

The data used in these articles is identified in the research guide.