The age of big data is upon us. Data in law is ubiquitous, informative of past decisions and helpful in prognosticating future results. How we make use of this data is often a topic of debate. One view holds that large amounts of processed information can inform legal decision-making. Lawyers taking this approach try to maximize the use of this abundant information. A particular area of Supreme Court practice in which big data can improve lawyers’ decisions is in the case-selection stage. With well over 7,000 annual petitions for certiorari, the justices and their clerks must wade through what may seem like an infinite number of pages in order to pare down to the 70 or so cases they hear in a term.
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