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In our digital age, data is an essential currency. Government at all levels, from local municipalities to the White House, has started to recognize the opportunities that come when open, machine-readable data is the default for government information. Still stuck in an analog age, however, is the judicial branch. Legal materials largely remain locked behind

Motivation Often when modelling certain types of problems Scala (e.g., using third-party data), I’ll find myself needing a bunch of similar but slightly different case classes under a common trait. While this isn’t a big deal with one or two classes, when you have a large number it becomes tedious to do things like change,

After weeks of speculation, President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court. Now, the real examination begins of Garland’s biography, credentials, and track record. The broad strokes are familiar: Harvard Law School, clerk for Judge Henry Friendly and Justice William Brennan, federal prosecutor and former partner at an elite law firm, chief judge

Known for wielding a sharp pen, Justice Antonin Scalia ranks as the most influential among current Supreme Court justices. He had a singular voice as a judge, but as we shared in our last two blog posts, he was also inclined to cite himself, Justice Byron White, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in

We’ve received such an enthusiastic response to #ScaliaWeek that we’re continuing our look back into Justice Antonin Scalia’s career to see what data science can tell us about his rulings. In our last post, we analyzed the federal judges who have cited Scalia the most, as a potential indicator of how his influence has trickled

As the Supreme Court resumes its work this week, we continue to contemplate Justice Antonin Scalia’s legacy. While he will be remembered for his wit and judicial philosophy, we were curious whether statistics might uncover insights that escaped the common understanding. To start, we turned to Ravel’s Judge Analytics platform to explore which other Supreme

#ScaliaWeek continues at Ravel, and today we’re expanding on our first blog post about the judges that Justice Antonin Scalia found most influential. When we first considered this question, we limited it to the Supreme Court and discovered that Scalia’s affection for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg translated into case law as the number of times

This week, we’re turning to our Judge Analytics platform to see what statistics we can unearth about Justice Antonin Scalia’s career. After noting his surprising on-the-bench affinity with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg yesterday, we wanted to see how far Scalia’s influence truly extended. Liberals and conservatives acknowledge that Scalia changed the way we talk about

Introducing: All New Judge Analytics

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Since launching Judge Analytics last year, we’ve been inspired to see lawyers use the platform to craft litigation strategy and conduct novel research. Partners have used it to forecast the outcome of motions, and associates have used it to identify the most persuasive ways to make an argument. As a senior partner at an Am