Tools for mining federal court documents (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Brad Heath of Reuters; Mike Lissner of Free Law Project
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 5:00pm
  • Location: Oceans 9-10
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Federal court records are a treasure trove, and not just for the reasons you think. Sure court filings can tell you what’s up with the president’s lawyer, or his ex-campaign chairman – and we’ll tell you how to stay up to speed. But federal courts can generate 150,000 documents a day, and there’s treasure buried in there. We’ll show you the data and tools that will help you find it, and try to help with any obstacles you’ve hit.

Speaker Bios

  • @bradheath Brad Heath is an investigative reporter for Reuters in Washington. Previously, he was a reporter and editor for USA TODAY. His work includes investigations of wrongdoing by federal prosecutors and air pollution, and helped prompt the U.S. Justice Department to free at least 35 people from federal prison. Before joining USA TODAY, he was a reporter for The Detroit News and The (Binghamton, N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin. He is a member of the Virginia bar.

  • A graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Information, Michael Lissner has a diverse background that draws on the history of technology, law, policy, and the intersection of innovation and society. As the director and CTO of Free Law Project, he leads the organization's efforts to access and share millions of legal documents via the CourtListener and RECAP Projects. Mike has walked from Mexico to Canada and has walked the length of New Zealand. @mlissner & @freelawproject

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