Talking Judges

16 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2010

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G. Mitu Gulati

Duke University School of Law

Jack Knight

Duke University School of Law

Date Written: April 7, 2010

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.

Keywords: judicial performance, judges, courts, empirical research, judicial behavior

Suggested Citation

Gulati, Gaurang Mitu and Knight, Jack, Talking Judges (April 7, 2010). Duke Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1585760

Gaurang Mitu Gulati (Contact Author)

Duke University School of Law ( email )

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Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708
United States

Jack Knight

Duke University School of Law ( email )

210 Science Drive
Box 90362
Durham, NC 27708
United States

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