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Researching Judges and Attorneys


Also consider a general news search for the judge of interest. Both Lexis and Westlaw have news and legal news databases. However, the general search box on both platforms do not automatically search news databases. Therefore, you should select your content first and then type in your search.


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 Analytics

Lexis provides basic litigation analytics such as case per year, types of cases, and time to key events (as shown below). Lexis partner Lex Machina provides more in-depth litigation analytics.

Lex Machina

Lex Machina has a wide variety of judicial analytics that students can use to brush up on judges. This image shows just some of the information available.

Bloomberg Law Litigation Analytics

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

Westlaw Litigation Analytics

Westlaw provides litigation analytics for judges and attorneys. Scroll to Litigation Analytics under Key Features. Then select Judges from the available options and enter a judge's name in the search bar. Basic biographical information is provided, as well as information about docket analytics, precedent, expert challenges, and appeals. Here's an example: 

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