Updated Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) XML

  Last August, I released an XML copy of the Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL).  As an example of what could be done with the structured data, I also created a single-page HTML version generated from the XML.  Since then, there's been significant activity in the state statutory arena; my favorite example is Virginia Decoded, a

By |2012-04-14T14:13:40-04:00April 14th, 2012|Law, Technology|5 Comments

XML Copy of the Michigan Compiled Law (MCL)

  A few weeks ago, Ari Hershowitz posted on Quroa calling for a Californa code hackathon.  Since Ari was drumming up support for software developers to build state-level tools, I thought I'd see what data the Michigan government had to offer.  However, Michigan, unlike California, does not provide any bulk access to its Code.  Access to Michigan

By |2011-08-13T22:01:20-04:00August 13th, 2011|Law, Programming|0 Comments

Historical data mining the Supreme Court headnotes

 Two weeks ago, I posted a pair of very rough working papers.  The second of these, Exploring Relationships between Legal Concepts in the United States Supreme Court, opens up a number of interesting "historical data mining" techniques.  I thought I'd go over an example of this today to demonstrate the usefulness of the approach.   First,

By |2011-05-04T08:13:15-04:00May 4th, 2011|Law, Research|0 Comments

Two new papers on SSRN: Measuring EU integration through sovereign debt & Exploring relationships between headnotes in the Supreme Court

  What do you do with that unfinished paper?  You know, the one that's 50% there but you don't have the time to finish.  Or maybe it's the one that's 80% there, but you don't want to deal with the inevitable two years of revise-and-resubmit.   This problem gets even harder when you decide to leave academia.  I

By |2011-04-18T12:57:09-04:00April 18th, 2011|Finance, Law, Research|0 Comments

Now in print: An Empirical Survey of the Population of U.S. Tax Court Written Decisions

  When someone brings up the empirical study of legal citation, most people think of the work Landes & Posner and Epstein & Martin.  If you're really cool, you might even think of Dan and me, who have spent quite awhile analyzing and visualizing Supreme Court citations like those in the 3D 1080p animation below:   These studies, including

By |2011-04-15T15:22:50-04:00April 15th, 2011|Law, Research|1 Comment

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