Empirical SCOTUS’ work has been cited or mentioned in various popular publications including — Time Magazine, the Economist, Bloomberg Big Law Business, Bloomberg BNA, the National Law Journal, Volokh Conspiracy / Reason.com, BuzzFeed, Legal Sports Report, CNN, Empirical Legal Studies Blog, Above the Law, Texas Standard / NPR, Mother Jones, Colorado Springs Gazette, The American Lawyer, Yahoo News, FactsPress, the Colorado Independent, SCOTUSBlog, US News & World Report, ESPN, Washington Post, Standard-Examiner, Huffington Post, The Root, New Republic, Slate, Washington Examiner, Law 360, Daily Caller, Houston Chronicle, Vanity Fair, Reuters, FindLaw Supreme Court, Mic, Sports Illustrated, Business Insider, LexTalk, Los Angeles Daily Journal, General Counsel News, Fox News, USA Today, Roll Call, CNBC, WGN Radio, Vox, The Hill, FiveThirtyEight, PBS News Hour, Barrons

It was rated an ABA Journal Top Blawg for three consecutive years



The blog is designed to look at contemporary and historical Supreme Court issues at an empirical level.  Issues covered in the blog range from examining Supreme Court attorneys, the Justices, and other actors in the Court to analyzing decisions and oral arguments.  This outlet provides the opportunity to perform smaller scale work that is based off of larger projects as well as to answer unique questions about the Supreme Court.  Empirical SCOTUS’ long form posts can also be found on SCOTUSBlog.

This site was created by Adam Feldman who is also its main author.



Adam has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California as well as a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).  Adam is the author of multiple journal articles (linked to at the bottom of this page).  Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Adam practiced law at McDermott, Will and Emery (Century City, CA) and Kendall, Brill and Klieger (Century City, CA). He is also the principal for the legal data consulting firm Optimized Legal.

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E-mail: adam@feldmannet.com

Twitter: @AdamSFeldman



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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Mary Keane says:

    When was this site launched? I look forward to exploring!


    1. Adam Feldman says:

      It launched about a month ago. It’s an opportunity to do some of the work I have done on a larger scale in more compact segments. It also allows for a bit more of an exploratory element than general academic research. Thanks for checking it out!


  2. WL says:

    Cool presentation of data! Have you looked at judicial recusals? There might be some interesting stats there.


    1. Adam Feldman says:

      Thanks. I actually mention recusals in my post this evening on Friedrichs. I will definitely explore these more in the future. I also know a group that is working on a larger empirical study of Supreme Court Justice recusals and I can refer you to them if you are interested.


  3. Mr. Feldman, we respectfully request that you consider the amicus work of Washington Legal Foundation at the Court in your empirical data. WLF has filed six briefs on the merits this term in Direct TV, Campbell-Ewald, Tyson Foods, RJR Nabisco, Spokeo, and Universal Health. I’d be happy to share the links to the brief with you if you wish.
    Glenn Lammi, Washington Legal Foundation


    1. Adam Feldman says:

      Glenn, Please send me an email at asfeldma@usc.edu with the links.


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