"This is not a reference to casually dip into and read, though the charts comparing the backgrounds of every Supreme Court justice (birthplace, family status, eligious affiliation, ethnic background, parents’ occupation, etc.) were interesting. The work is really designed for the researcher looking for information comparing specific historical and current statistics on the court in a succinct and efficient way, and that has been accomplished. Recommended for libraries where there is interest in the Supreme Court." - Booklist
"Highly useful for legal history researchers and others with some knowledge of legal citation and terminiology and who are interested in the history of the Supreme Court." - Library Journal
Lee Epstein, University of Southern California, School of Law
Lee Epstein is Provost Professor of Law & Political Science and Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law at the University of Southern California.. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is author, coauthor, or editor of fifteen books, including The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 5th edition, with Jeffrey A. Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, and Thomas G. Walker; Courts, Judges, and Politics, 6th edition, with Walter F. Murphy, C. Herman Pritchett, and Jack Knight; and Advice and Consent: The Politics of Judicial Appointments, with Jeffrey A. Segal. Her most recent book is The Behavior of Federal Judges: A Theoretical and Empirical Study of Rational Choice (2012), with William M. Landes and Richard A. Posner.
Jeffrey A. Segal, SUNY, Stony Brook
Jeffrey A. Segal is professor of political science at SUNY, Stony Brook. He received a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model (2002); Majority Rule or Minority Will: Adherence to Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court (1999); and Senate Elections (1992).
Harold J. Spaeth, Michigan State University
Harold J. Spaeth is professor of political science at Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D. from the University of Michigan. He is the author or coauthor of more than ten books, including The Supreme Court and the Attitudinal Model (2002); Stare Indecisis: The Alteration of Precedent on the Supreme Court (1995); Studies in U.S. Supreme Court Behavior (1990); Supreme Court Policy Making: Explanation and Prediction (1979); And Supreme Court Decision Making (1976). He is the principal investigator of the United States Supreme Court Judicial Database.
Thomas G. Walker, Emory University
Thomas G. Walker is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University, where he has won several teaching awards for his courses on constitu¬tional law and the judicial process. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. His book, A Court Divided, written with Deborah J. Barrow, won the prestigious V. O. Key Award for the best book on southern politics. He is coauthor of The Supreme Court Compendium: Data, Decisions, and Developments, 5th edition (2012), with Lee Epstein, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Harold J. Spaeth, and author of Eligible for Execution (2009).