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Researching Judges


Conducting judicial research can provide many strategic advantages for both practicing attorneys and law students. As an attorney, researching a judge you will appear before in court will allow you to understand the judge’s ruling style, how his or her courtroom is run and to calculate the best way to present your case to that particular judge. Similarly, law students interested in clerking for a judge will be able to use information about that judge’s prior decisions, past legal and educational background and other personal affiliations to prepare for an interview with the judge.

About the Author

Shannon KemenShannon Kemen
Reference Librarian
Robert S. Marx Law Library
Office 310(F)
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Shannon Kemen serves as a Reference Librarian at the University of Cincinnati Robert S. Marx Law Library. She is responsible for providing reference and research assistance to all library patrons. In addition to her reference duties, Ms. Kemen co-teaches Technology in Law Practice. She is a member of various professional associations both regionally and nationally.  Ms. Kemen has published numerous articles and frequently lectures on legal research topics. Prior to joining the library faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Ms. Kemen was a Reference and Electronic Services librarian at Keating Muething & Klekamp, PLL.

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