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Category: Data and the Law


Ravel Law & Ravel Judge Analytics

Ravel Law uses data visualization to help legal researchers decide which cases to choose more effectively than consulting a traditional list of cases. The service does not take the place of Shepards, Keycite or other citation systems, but it enhances the users ability to see the relationships between cases and the development of trends over time. …Read the Rest

Supreme Court Lawyers

“The Echo Chamber” is a Reuters’ special report about lawyers who practice before the United States Supreme Court. The report found that 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who have petitioned the Supreme Court were “…at least six times more likely to be accepted by the court than were all others filed by private lawyers …” …Read the Rest

Local Data: Cleveland Heights

The city of Cleveland Heights gives access to data about the city’s budget, police incidents and accident reports, and police statistics. Cleveland Heights offers access to its past five budgets (scroll down and click on “Cleveland Heights Budget Transparency Website). This information is on the OpenGov website which allows the user to view the information using …Read the Rest

Misuse of Data

Last week an op-ed in the Washington Post, by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson, claimed that the data supports the argument, “One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get married.”*  The following day a FiveThirtyEight post claimed that the article misused data to support its argument. Two issues struck Mona Chalabi, the author of the …Read the Rest

2013 Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections

During fiscal year 2013, state governments collected $846.2 billion in taxes. For its Annual Survey of State Government Tax Collections survey the Census Bureau defines taxes as “compulsory contributions exacted by a government for public purposes.” Taxes are classified into five categories: (1) property, (2) sales and gross receipts, (3) license, (4) income, and (5) other. Figure 1 …Read the Rest

A Source for State Policy Trends

The Pew Charitable Trust’s Stateline is a daily news service focusing on trends in state policy. The service, incorporated into part of the PEW Charitable Trust’s website, presents stories by their staff writers and sorts and displays links to other internet news sources. The June 25th front page headlines included staff stories like “Medicaid for Inmates” and “$64 Billion in …Read the Rest