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Join Me on November 15 for “Patterns and Practice: How Analyzing the Illinois Supreme Court Can Boost Your Appeals”

On November 15 at the Union Club in Chicago, I’ll have the pleasure of joining the members of the Appellate Lawyers Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago for a discussion of the data analytics revolution as it applies to appellate law – “Patterns and Practice: How Analyzing the Illinois Supreme Court Can … Continue Reading

The Illinois Supreme Court Database Expands – 2,871 Cases and 275,000 Data Points

Today, we announce a substantial expansion of the Illinois Supreme Court database.  Matching the expansion earlier this year of the California Supreme Court database, the data on the Illinois Supreme Court has been expanded to include significantly more variables, as well as all the Court’s cases since January 1, 1990.  During that time, the Court … Continue Reading

Coming Next Week: My 1,000th Blog Post

Last week, I was looking at our archives, pulling up old research, and I stumbled onto this two-year old post – my 500th on Appellate Strategist. Now that our other two blogs, Illinois Supreme Court Review and California Supreme Court Review, have been publishing for a while, I decided to check the dashboards there too. … Continue Reading

Announcing the California Supreme Court Review

Early last year, we founded the Illinois Supreme Court Review to bring rigorous, law-review style empirical research founded on data analytic techniques to the study of appellate decision making.  Today, we expand our focus with the California Supreme Court Review, a new blog devoted to sharing insights culled from tens of thousands of pages of … Continue Reading

1,493 Opinions, 89,400 Data Points – Our Illinois Supreme Court Data Library Expands

Today, we announce a major expansion of the data library that powers The Illinois Supreme Court Review. For the past year, our analysis of the Illinois Supreme Court’s work has been based upon a data library consisting of the 620 civil cases decided by the Court since January 1, 2000. For the past several months, … Continue Reading

Bringing the Power of Decision Making Analysis to Appellate Law

Academics in various disciplines have been developing sophisticated tools for analyzing the dynamics of group decision making for many years.  The leading figures in this research have been mostly law and politics professors, along with a number of economists, and their methods have included data analytics, game theory, organization theory and behavioral economics, to name … Continue Reading
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