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Researching Judges

Interview Surveys

Surveys of Penn Law applicants’ interview experiences with numerous judges are in Symplicity. Go to Clerkships then Interview Evaluation. View instructions for accessing Symplicity here .

The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary

This resource is available as a WestlawNext database. It contains biographical information on all federal judges including a media and lawyers’ comments section. To access it:

  1. Go to Westlaw/Next and In the search box type “AFJ”
  2. Click on the link to the Almanac for the Federal Judiciary
  3. In the “terms” box, type the last name of the judge

Westlaw Profiler

The WestlawNext Profiler - Profiles of Attorneys & Judges allows you to search by a number of fields including Affiliations. If you’re looking for a judge with a background of interest to you, i.e. the Federalist Society, ACLU, this is a good resource.

Bloomberg Law

In Bloomberg Law, go to Litigation & Dockets, Litigation Analytics, Judge to learn information on a judge’s docket.

Lexis Advance Litigation Profile Suite

This resource in Lexis will provide you with information which includes:

  • Education and work history
  • The number and types of cases and motions the judge has handled by year
  • Case resolution
  • Dockets
  • Opinions
  • Jury Instructions
  • Administrative Materials
  • Media

To access this suite:

  1. Log on and click on Litigation Profile Suite in the drop down menu in the Research tab.
  2. Select Judge in the drop down menu in the left of the search box then type the name of the judge in the search box.  Add filters if the name is a common one and search.
  3. Click on the judge’s name.

Another way to find opinions written by the judge type writtenby(john/3 jones) in the main Lexis Advance search field.  If you want to search for opinions on a specific topic type writtenby(john/3 jones) and “erisa”.  Add a filter if a common name.

Patent Pilot Program

Under the Patent Pilot Program, the following districts have established special rules for handling patent cases and assigned specific judges to handle them: EDNY, SDNY, WDPA, DNJ, DMD, NDIL, DNV, EDTX, NDTX, WDTN, CDCA, NDCA, SDCA. For a list of judges who have been assigned under this program click here .  

Patent Pilot Program:  Five-Year Report

Other districts which handle a good number of patent cases which are not part of this program are: DDE, EDVA, and WDWI.