Do you need background information on a judge you will soon be appearing before? Are you researching judges you might like to clerk for? Would you like to know something about the judge you will be dealing with before going into that settlement conference? If so, here are some resources you might find helpful; all of them are located in the third floor reference section:
Almanac of the Federal Judiciary (also on Westlaw) is a directory of all active federal district and appellate court judges. It provides extensive biographical information on each judge, including publications; noteworthy rulings; media coverage, including summaries of news stories that have appeared in major newspapers and the legal press; and lawyers’ evaluations, including comments gathered from interviews with former law clerks and a wide cross-section of the legal community.
The American Bench: Judges of the Nation is a biographical directory of both state and federal judges. Biographies include information on publications; important decisions and opinions; legal and educational background; awards and posts of honor; memberships in civic and law-related organizations; and personal affiliations, interests, and hobbies.
Who’s Who in American Law contains the biographies of approximately 25,000 prominent state and federal judges, leading attorneys, and other legal professionals. The one paragraph entries include vital statistics; personal and career histories; education; memberships; and awards, publications, and other achievements.