Thanks to Sam Arbesman (@arbesman) for featuring Dan and my paper, Measuring the Complexity of the Law: The United States Code, on his excellent Wired Science blog, the Social Dimension. You can read the article here, and, as a reminder, all of the code and data from the paper is available in this github repository. Abstact
Last week, I shared that Dan Katz and I had finally published a draft of our paper, Measuring the Complexity of the Law: The U.S. Code. We'd previewed this research on Computational Legal Studies years ago. Since then, we've received great feedback and a number of questions. The most common question, even among legal professionals,
Four years ago, Dan Katz and I began working on a project to measure the complexity of the law. Its genesis was, in every sense, an accident; in order to properly identify citations to the IRC in our VTR empirical review of U.S. Tax Court decisions, we had to deal with the informal, non-Blue
Back in March, I posted the slides to my talk at the Silicon Valley Reinvent Law event - Law's Future from Finance's Past. Last week, we posted the video online; you can watch below. Michael Bommarito - Law’s Future from Finance’s Past from ReInvent Law Channel on Vimeo.
Live from ReInvent Law Silicon Valley, where I gave an Ignite-style talk drawing analogy to law's future from finance's past. Slides embedded below and video forthcoming:
After a nice twitter conversation this morning, I finally got the impetus to release the source for my Congressional Bill Statistics data. You can find the source at this Github repository. I haven't taken the time to review licensing yet, but I won't be asserting anything more than CC3 Attribution on my code.
Here's a wordcloud of the NFIB et al. v. Sebelius et al. opinion. Very interesting coalitions formation. Healthcare/ACA wordcloud If you're interested in the R and Java code for generating these wordclouds, please see my post on Arizona et al. v. United States from earlier in the week.
In the last post on AWS CloudSearch, I provided a tutorial on the creation of a simple CloudSearch domain for Supreme Court decisions. This walkthrough described the steps of creating a domain, configuring access policies and indexing, populating the index, and using the search API. We were left with a functioning case search database.
It should be pretty clear by now that two things I'm very interested in are cloud computing and legal informatics. What better way to show it than to put together a simple AWS CloudSearch tutorial using Supreme Court decisions as the context? The steps below should take you through creating a fully functional search
When I put together my original post on the length and complexity of Congressional bills, I was hoping to build forward momentum on the project. The goal was to build a simple, sortable and searchable interface to explore and visualize the data. As usual, however, paying employers and consulting clients got in the way