Legal Analytics and the Problem of Court Data Access

From the abstract for Charlotte Alexander and Mohammed Javad Feizollahi On Dragons, Caves, Teeth, and Claws: Legal Analytics and the Problem of Court Data Access, (Computational Legal Studies: The Promise and Challenge of Data-Driven Legal Research (Ryan Whalen, ed., Edward Elgar, 2019, Forthcoming).

This chapter provides a case study of data access challenges in a legal analytics project that attempted to study all U.S. district court judges’ decisions in employee misclassification disputes over a ten-year period. The chapter details the data assembly process, problems, and workarounds, and considers the implications for legal analytics and computational law.

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