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.

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



Adam is currently a Fellow in the Empirical Study of Public Law at Columbia Law School.  He is also completing his Ph.D. in Political Science with an emphasis in empirical legal studies at the University of Southern California.  Adam is author of several law review and refereed pieces (linked to at the bottom of this page).  Prior to graduate school Adam received his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 2008 and practiced law at McDermott, Will and Emery (Century City, CA) and Kendall, Brill and Klieger (Century City, CA).

Data analysis and research assistance are provided by Samuel Morse.


Samuel is a graduate of The George Washington University where he studied judicial politics in the Department of Political Science.  In addition to studying the Supreme Court, he is interested in further researching and studying judicial elections, voter behaviors, and the rising amount of money in judicial campaigns.  He is planning to start law school in fall of 2017.

Adam’s Info and Contact:

Papers: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=2367540

CV: From My Google Site

E-mail: asfeldma@usc.edu

6 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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