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Web address Judgepedia.org
Slogan An interactive encyclopedia of courts and judges.
Commercial? No
Type of site Wiki
Registration Required for editing
Available in English
Owner Lucy Burns Institute
Editor Katy Farrell[1]
Launched October 1, 2007; 6 years ago (2007-10-01)
Alexa rank positive decrease 75,162 (August 2014)[2]
Current status Active

Judgepedia is an online wiki-style encyclopedia covering the American legal system.[3][4] Judgepedia and its sister site Ballotpedia are both sponsored by the Lucy Burns Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin.[5] Judgepedia includes a database of information on state and federal courts and judges.[6][7][8]


According to its website, the goal of Judgepedia "is to help readers discover and learn useful information about the court systems and judiciary in the United States."[9]


Judgepedia was sponsored by the Sam Adams Alliance in 2007, along with Ballotpedia and Sunshine Review.[10] In 2009 sponsorship of Judgepedia was transferred to the Lucy Burns Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit.[9]


Judgepedia has a weekly publication titled Federal Courts, Empty Benches which tracks the vacancy rate for Article III federal judicial posts.[11]


Judgepedia's work has been cited in the Washington Post,[12][13] the Wall Street Journal,[14] and the New York Times.[15]

The Orange County Register noted Judgepedia's coverage of Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court.[16]

Judgepedia's profile of Elena Kagan is included in the Harvard Law School Library's guide to Kagan's Supreme Court nomination and the Law Library of Congress's guide to Kagan.[17][18]


  1. ^ "Judgepedia:Katy Farrell". Judgepedia. Lucy Burns Institute. 
  2. ^ "Judgepedia.org Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Nonprofit Group Offers Free Judicial Profiles Online at Judgepedia.com". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. 2009-12-21. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Ambrogi, Robert (October 2010). "Crowdsourcing the Law: Trends and Other Innovations". Oregon State Bar Bulletin (Oregon State Bar). Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Mahtesian, Charles (2012-10-16). "The best races you've never heard of". Politico. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Peoples, Lee (11-6-2010). "The Lawyer's Guide to Using and Citing Wikipedia". Oklahoma Bar Journal 81: 2438. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Davey, Chris; Salaz, Karen (November–December 2010). "Survey Looks at New Media and the Court". Journal of the American Judicature Society 94 (3). 
  8. ^ Meckler, Mark (2012). Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution. Macmillan. p. 167. ISBN 0805094377. 
  9. ^ a b "Judgepedia:About". Judgepedia. Lucy Burns Institute. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Phillips, Kate (2008-07-19). "The Sam Adams Project". New York Times. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Have Federal Courts with Highest Vacancy Rates; across Country, 9.9% of Federal Judicial Posts Are Vacant". Telecommunications Weekly. 6-1-2011. 
  12. ^ Volokh, Eugene (2014-04-25). "Judge sues accuser for libel, demands to see accuser’s evidence". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Markon, Jerry (2011-1-18). "Slain federal judge John Roll was at the center of Arizona's immigration debate". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Koppel, Nathan (2010-06-22). "New Orleans Judge Blocks Offshore Drilling Ban". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Shear, Michael (1-8-2011). "Representative Giffords Shot". New York Times. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Seiler, John (2010-10-22). "John Seiler: Appellate judges aplenty on ballot". Orange County Register. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Guide to the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States". Harvard Law School Library. Harvard Law School. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Elena Kagan". Law Library of Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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