Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Keywords

judicial performance, judicial behavior, empirical research

Subject Category

Courts | Judges | Law | Public Law and Legal Theory

Abstract

What kinds of empirical questions about themselves and their colleagues on the bench are judges interested in asking? This was the topic of a recent conference at the Duke Law School. Our Essay reflects on the ways in which the judges at this conference and at a prior one talked about the empirical study of their community. To put it mildly, most of the judges were not fans of the empirical research. Our interest in this Essay is not, however, in responding to the judicial criticisms. Rather it is in drawing insights about how judges view themselves and their profession from how they discussed the research at the conference.