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Researching Judges and Attorneys

News

Also consider a general news search for the judge of interest. Both Lexis and Westlaw allow the researcher to filter search results to news.

FIELD/SEGMENT SEARCHING

Westlaw (fields) and Lexis (segments) allow the researcher to search case law specifically by judge name.

On Westlaw, use the Advanced Search option after pre-selecting Cases. Then type the judge's name in the Judge field. Or, use the appropriate field connector (JU). For example, if searching for Judge Smith, type JU(Smith) into the search box. You may also search for concurrences (CON) and dissents (DIS).

You can do the same thing on Lexis. For example, JUDGES(Smith). You may also use WRITTENBY, CONCURBY, and DISSENTBY.

Lexis Litigation Profile Suite

The Litigation Profile Suite allows the researcher to examine judges, attorneys, and expert witnesses. Access by selecting the Litigation Profile suite from the upper-left drop down menu on Lexis (the grid icon). 

Select Judge and the enter the name of the judge in the search box.

Basic biographical information is provided, along with information about the judge's ruling history. The Litigation Profile Suite also provides graphical charts related the judge's cases. Here's an example:

Bloomberg Law Litigation Analytics

Bloomberg Law provides litigation analytics for judges. Select Litigation & Dockets and then Litigation Analytics from the Bloomberg Law homepage. Here's an example of the information found there:

Westlaw Litigation Analytics

Westlaw Edge provides litigation analytics for judges and attorneys. Select Litigation Analytics from Specialty Areas under Content Types. Then select Judges from the dropdown menu next to the search bar. Enter the name of the judge into the search bar. 

 

Basic biographical information is provided, as well as information about docket analytics, precedent, expert challenges, and appeals. Here's an example: