In September 2009, we hosted an unusual workshop at Duke Law School. The workshop focused on the empirical evaluation of judges, judging, and judicial institutions. Most work in this area has been driven by the agendas and constraints of empirical researchers, and empiricists from multiple disciplines—including history, sociology, anthropology, political… Read More »
Tag: Judicial Behavior
- Duke Law Journal
- 17 June 2009
Pitfalls of Empirical Studies That Attempt to Understand the Factors Affecting Appellate Decisionmaking
Hon. Harry T. Edwards - Senior Circuit Judge, D.C. Circuit Court
I recently read a paper in which a prominent legal scholar argued that empirical evidence conclusively demonstrates that decisionmaking in the federal courts of appeals is highly politicized. No body of empirical evidence supports this claim.
When federal appellate judges decide a case, we focus on the relevant legal materials,… Read More »