Empirical Measures of Judicial Performance:
A Florida State University Law Review Symposium Issue
The availability of data on the judiciary presents a fertile opportunity for the empirical study of judges and courts. In the political realm, claims of merit are regularly made in the process of vetting judicial appointments, but these claims are rarely evaluated against the empirical evidence. One of the more provocative studies of the topic, by Professors Stephen J. Choi and Mitu Gulati, argues that the availability of data and techniques for study of judges should give rise to a tournament of judges, in which promotions to the U.S. Supreme Court consider quantitative measures, as well as qualitative claims, of merit.1 Inspired by efforts such as Choi and Gulati's, the editors of Florida State University Law Review will devote an entire issue of an upcoming volume to essays and articles that address the topic of empirical measures of judicial performance.
Papers published in the symposium issue are expected to address the following questions:
-Is it appropriate to measure and rank judicial performance?
-How should one do these measurements?
-What would be the incentive effects of doing this?
Contributions are expected to be in the range of 30 double-spaced pages. Papers should be received by September 1, 2004. It is expected that this symposium issue will be published in Spring 2005.
Mita Bhattacharya & Russell Smyth, Monash University Department of Economics
James J. Brudney, Ohio State University College of Law
The Honorable Jay Bybee, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Stephen Choi & Mitu Gulati, Boalt Hall School of Law -- UC Berkeley & Georgetown University Law Center
Brannon Denning, Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Lee Epstein & Nancy Staudt, Washington University-St. Louis School of Law
Daniel Farber, Boalt Hall School of Law -- UC Berkeley
Tracey George, Northwestern University School of Law
Michael Gerhardt, William & Mary School of Law
Steven Gey, Florida State University College of Law
Steven Goldberg, Georgetown University Law Center
John V. Orth, University of North Carolina School of Law
The Honorable Richard Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
B.J. Priester, Florida State University College of Law
Jim Rossi, Florida State University College of Law
The Honorable Bruce Selya, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Michael Solimine, University of Cinncinatti School of Law
Lawrence Solum, University of San Diego School of Law
Ahmed Taha, Wake Forest University School of Law
David Vladeck, Georgetown University Law Center