Lee Epstein
Lee Epsteing Ethan A.H. Shepley Distinguished University Professor
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Funded by the National Science Foundation, Law and Social Science Program, #0241369

Lee Epstein, Principal Investigator
Thomas G. Walker, Principal Investigator
Nancy Staudt, Co-Principal Investigator
Scott Hendrickson
Jason Roberts

This is a multi-user, public database containing a wealth of information on individuals nominated (whether confirmed or not) to the U.S. Supreme Court (John Jay-Neil M. Gorsuch). Specifically, the Database houses 266 variables, falling roughly into five categories: identifiers, background characteristics and personal attributes, nomination and confirmation, service on the Court, and departures from the bench.

  • CSV (Comma Delimited Text), click here
  • DTA (Stata), click here
  • POR (SPSS Portable File), click here
  • RDATA (R Data format), click here
  • XLSX (Microsoft Excel Worksheet), click here.
  • XPT (SAS Transport File, click here.

Documentation. Click here. This is a 144-page .pdf file but we urge you to look it over before using the Database.

Citing the Database. If you use this Database, please cite it as:

Epstein, Lee, Thomas G. Walker, Nancy Staudt, Scott Hendrickson, and Jason Roberts. (2017). "The U.S. Supreme Court Justices Database." November 1. At: http://epstein.wustl.edu/research/justicesdata.html.

All databases and documentation updated on November 1, 2017. This update corrects the npart (number of participations) variable, which (in the previous version) incorrectly included some cases in which the justice was on Court but did not participate in the case.

We would be very grateful for any feedback.