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Researching Judges for Clerkships and Internships

Judicial Directories on Westlaw and Lexis+

Westlaw Profiler

Search the judge profiles on Westlaw Profiler by name, court, or geographic area. You can add the phrase "Columbia Law School" to search for alumni. While the profile only includes directory and biographical information, click "Explore Analytics" to see that judge's Litigation Analytics page (see below for more details.)

Lexis Litigation Profile Suite

On Lexis+, you can search for a judge in the Litigation Profile Suite. Each profile includes information about the number and type of cases the judge hears, and links to opinions, motions, news stories, and law journal articles involving the judge.

Judicial Analytics

Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, and Lexis+ all offer litigation analytics features that can be very useful tools for researching judges.

Bloomberg Law's Litigation Analytics is helpfully integrated into its dockets system, which pulls docket sheets and court filings from PACER and state electronic records systems. For example, here is Judge Laura Taylor Swain's page. Data visualization tools give interesting information about motion and appeal outcomes, case types, and the judge's most cited court opinions. You can also read news articles about the judge from Bloomberg Law's specialized legal news reporters, Bloomberg News, and various news wires. NB: Can only be used to research federal district court judges.

Search for a judge's name on Westlaw's Litigation AnalyticsHere is Judge Jed Rakoff's page. You'll see directory and biographical information as well as recent cases with links to dockets, opinions, and data visualizations about the types of cases the judge hears, the outcomes of motions, the result of appeals of their decisions, and more.

One analytics offering from Lexis is Context. Developed through Lexis's acquisition of Ravel Law, Context provides analytics showing the opinions and other judges that the judge most frequently cites to, in addition to biographical information, links to cases and legal news articles, and motion analytics. Here's Judge Analisa Torres's page.

Specialized Judicial Directories

Almanac of the Federal Judiciary

The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary features biographical profiles with candid, anonymous evaluations, including insights into each judge's style, demeanor, knowledge, and management of courtroom proceedings, as well as financial disclosure statements, Senate confirmation questionnaires, important rulings, summaries of media coverage, and publications listings. Available electronically and in print.

Judicial Yellow Book

Available electronically through CLIO as part of the Leadership Connect database of Leadership Directories, the Judicial Yellow Book is a very helpful tool to use when creating judge lists. In addition to consulting directory and biographical information, use the advanced search options to create a filtered list of results. You can filter by location, gender, associated school, type of court, and past employer. Also available in print in the Diamond Law Library.

Freely Available Resources

Use Court Listener's Advanced Judge Search to search their database of federal and state judges. The database has information about thousands of judges from federal and state courts, including their biographical and educational background, judicial and non-judicial positions held, political affiliations, American Bar Association ratings, campaign finance data, and opinions authored. Search fields include location, "school attended," and "appointed by."