The Almanac of the Federal Judiciary is an invaluable resource
for researching federal judges. Published by Wolters Kluwer, it provides biographic
profiles, financial disclosure information, noteworthy rulings, media coverage,
and commentary by attorneys who have firsthand experience practicing in front
of their local judges. It is updated semi-annually and covers all judges in the
federal district and appellate courts, as well as U.S. Supreme Court justices. It
also includes bankruptcy courts, magistrate judges, and specialized courts in
the federal system.
The Almanac can be helpful for many legal research purposes;
in the law school, it us often used by those researching federal clerkships. Practicing
attorneys utilize the almanac to research presiding judges. Some judges’
profiles also include commentary on local practice and procedural rules.
The Almanac can be searched in a number of ways, including
by circuit or district, name, education, position, noteworthy case, previous
private practice, honors and awards, and more.
While the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library has long kept an
updated copy of the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary in print, we have recently
added a digital version to our collection. IT is available through VitalLaw
(formerly Cheetah), which can be accessed by the UNC law community through our legal databases page. Once you sign in with your ONYEN, click on the “my
solutions” button on the top right hand corner of the page, and the drop down
menu will provide a link to the Almanac.
Posted by Ellie Campbell on Mon. September 19, 2022 10:00 AM