Judge and Appointer Database

For the benefit of researchers and practitioners, we are proud to host a comprehensive database of judges and the judiciary.

This project was created by Free Law Project, in conjunction with Elliott Ash of Princeton University and Bentley MacLeod of Columbia University, with support from the National Science Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

We hope this database, its APIs, and its bulk data will be valuable tools for practitioners and researchers across the country.

At launch, the database contains data about thousands of state and federal judges and judicial appointors such as governors and presidents. Information includes biographical data about each person, the roles they have held before, during and after their time in the judicial branch, their political affiliations, their education, and any retention events that kept them in a judicial position (such as a reappointment). We hope to add campaign finance information and to link the judges with the opinions they wrote soon.

To learn more about this data, please see our announcement and read the documentation.

Read the Announcement Read the Documentation