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Judicial Rotten Tomatoes?

Posted by Library Blog on 02/06/2015 at 03:01 PM

Did you ever wish there was a website for reading candid ratings of federal judges? Maybe a Rotten Tomatoes-like site for the federal judiciary? Well, there is such an entity. There are at least two of them, in fact. The problem with these websites is that although they may be humorous and entertaining, they may not be reliable and trustworthy. Selecting a movie based on anonymous reviews can be a good idea but perhaps that is not the best way for anyone to learn more about judges.

Luckily, there is a book titled Almanac of the Federal Judiciary available in the library’s reference section. This publication contains information on members of the federal judiciary and includes evaluations of judges by attorneys and former law clerks. According to the introduction, the publishers “made an effort to reach a cross-section of the legal community in making these evaluations” and contacted criminal defense lawyers, tort lawyers, commercial lawyers, civil rights lawyers, and former law clerks.

In addition to evaluations from the legal community, the Almanac contains general information about the judges, including lists of books and articles authored by the judges, summaries of cases with noteworthy rulings, and summaries of stories about or related to the judges that appeared in major newspapers or the legal press.

In addition to the publication being available in print, it is also now available as one of the library’s digital resources. To access this resource, go to the law library’s digital resource page and select “Almanac of the Federal Judiciary.” If you are at the law school, the resource will be available immediately. If you are off-campus, you will be asked for your barcode number which can be found on the back of your School of Law ID Card.