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Directories of Courts and Judges: An Annotated Bibliography

Prepared by: Pat Newcombe
Associate Dean for Library & Information Resources

Updated July 2013

GENERAL DIRECTORIES

Almanac of the Federal Judiciary. Vol. 1: Profiles and Evaluations of All Judges of the United States District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts; Vol. 2: Profiles and Evaluations of All Judges of the United States Circuit Courts and the United States Supreme Court (Wolters Kluwer Law & Business). Semiannual. Ready Ref. KF 8700 .A19 A46.

This source provides biographical information for current federal district and appellate court judges. General biographical data includes judge’s address and phone number, education, military service, private practice experience, clerkship experience, previous judicial positions, professional associations, honors, and awards. Entries also include the following information: publications; summaries or excerpts of the testimony of nominees or witnesses from the Judiciary Committee hearings, when of interest; noteworthy rulings; media coverage; and lawyers’ evaluations. The section on lawyers’ evaluations is of particular interest, as it provides the result of the collective opinions of the lawyers and former law clerks interviewed, and comments on the judges’ demeanor and abilities. This source is also available on WestlawNext.

The American Bench: Judges of the Nation (Forster-Long). Annual. Ready Ref. KF 190 .A43.

This resource combines biographical information on current judges from all levels of both federal and state courts. It is divided into a section for the United States courts and a section for each state court. Note, however, that information on federal district court judges is included in the relevant state section. Biographical data include address and phone number and may also include how and when a judge assumed office, educational background, court admissions, previous judgeships, legal and professional positions, authorship, important judicial decisions, teaching positions, awards and honors, military service, and political and civic affiliations. The amount of biographical material varies, as judges submit their own biographies.

BNA’s Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges, and Clerks (Bureau of National Affairs). Annual. Ready Ref. KF 8700 .A19 B53.

This directory is a compilation of information about the courts of record in the federal and state court systems. The information includes names, addresses, and telephone numbers for judges, clerks, and administrators. Preceding the federal courts section and each individual state section is a chart depicting the court structure and the path of an appeal. Also provided is a listing, by court, of Internet addresses for federal and state court information.

The Directory of Minority Judges of the United States  (4th ed., American Bar Association 2008). Ref. KF 8700 .A19 D57 2008.

This directory lists minority federal and state judges. The directory is divided into five sections: (1) African-American judges, (2) Asian/Pacific Islander American judges, (3) Hispanic American judges, (4) Native American judges, and (5) Tribal Court judges. Each judge’s contact information is provided.

Federal-State Court Directory (CQ Press). Annual. Ready Ref. KF 8700 .A19 W36.

This directory is divided into federal and state sections. The federal section provides names, addresses, and phone numbers for all U.S. Supreme Court justices and lower federal court judges and clerks of court, as well as U.S. magistrate judges, bankruptcy judges, and U.S. Attorneys. The state section includes the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of each state's supreme court justice, supreme court clerk and court administration office. It also contains a court organization chart for each state's judicial system and the name, address, and telephone number of the governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and office of vital statistics.

Judicial Staff Directory (CQ Press). Annual. Ready Ref. KF 8700 .A19 J83.

The Judicial Staff Directory provides a comprehensive listing of names, addresses, and phone numbers for all federal and state appellate court judges, and court staff. Biographical information is included for judges and court staff in the seventh section of the directory. The directory provides state maps showing the boundaries of federal judicial districts.

Judicial Yellow Book: Who’s Who in Federal and State Courts (Leadership Directories). Semiannual. Ready Ref. KF 8700 .A19 J834.

The Judicial Yellow Book is divided into three sections: federal courts, state courts, and indexes. The federal courts section includes coverage for the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Courts of Appeals, United States District Courts, United States Court of Limited Jurisdiction, Judicial Conference of the U.S., the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, Federal Judicial Center, and the United States Sentencing Commission. The state courts section includes coverage of all the appellate courts for the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Within each individual court section, following general court information, court staff information is provided, listing name, title, contact information, and educational background. Next in the directory are the judges’ listings, including mailing addresses, communications information, pertinent appointment and election information, short biographical sketches, and judges’ staff.

Lawyer’s Almanac (Aspen Law & Business). Annual. Ready Ref. KF 297 .L389.

This almanac is a compendium of information on the legal profession, judiciary, and government agencies. The section on the judiciary includes the location of all federal courts and the names of all federal judges and chief justices of state supreme courts. The almanac includes the terms and qualifications of judges on the lower state courts, data on the selection process, and results of an annual judicial salary survey. Federal litigation statistics, such as civil and criminal case filings and pending case loads, are also included.

Second Circuit Redbook: A Handbook on Personnel and Procedures in the United States Courts in the Second Judicial Circuit (The Federal Bar Council). Biannual. Ready Ref. KF 8752 .A2 F4.

This handbook provides biographical information on federal judges sitting within the 2nd Circuit, at both the appellate court level and the district court level.

United States Tribal Courts Directory (4th ed., William S. Hein Co. 2011).

This directory provides a state-by-state listing of the contact information for tribal courts across the county. Background information is provided for selected courts. Ref. KF 8224 .C6 S39 2011. 

STATE DIRECTORIES

Connecticut

Lawyers’ Diary (Connecticut Bar Association). Annual. Ready Ref. KFC .3676.5 L39.

This directory provides court addresses and phone numbers. It also lists names, addresses, and phone numbers of all judges, both state and federal, in the jurisdiction.

Maine

Bar Directory of Maine (Tower Publishing). Annual. Ready Ref. KF 332 .M35 .M35.

This directory provides a listing of lawyers and law firms and their contact information.

Massachusetts

Legal Pages: Products and Services for the Legal Professional (The Legal Pages). Annual. Ready Ref. KFM 2477 .L382.

This source provides biographical information for all federal court judges sitting in Massachusetts, and all Massachusetts state court justices. Biographies include educational background, professional experience, professional memberships, and publications. 

Massachusetts Judicial Directory (Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 1996). Ready Ref. KFM 2908 .A19 M377.

This resource provides brief biographical sketches of all federal and state judges in Massachusetts, including judicial appointments, education, publications, professional associations, and professional experience. This title has ceased publication, but we retain the 1996 edition for the photographs of Massachusetts judges.

Massachusetts Lawyers Diary and Manual (Skinder-Strauss). Annual. Ready Ref. KF 192 .M3 L3.

This directory lists names, addresses, and contact information for all federal and state judges in Massachusetts.

New York

Legal Pages: Products and Services for the Legal Professional (The Legal Pages). Annual. Ready Ref. KF 190 .N49 L44.

This source provides biographical information for all federal court judges sitting in New York State and city court judges. Biographies include educational background, professional experience, professional memberships, and publications. 

New York Lawyers Diary and Manual: Bar Directory of the State of New York (Skinder-Strauss). Annual. Ready Ref. KF 192 .N53.

This directory provides court addresses and phone numbers. It also lists names, addresses, and phone numbers of all judges, both state and federal, in the jurisdiction.

HISTORICAL DIRECTORIES

Biographical Directory of the Federal Judiciary 1789-2000 (Bernan 2001). Ready Ref. KF 8700 .A19 B48 2001.

The first half of this text contains extensive histories of current and past courts, the number of authorized judgeships, judicial appointments containing rosters of chief judges and judges, official court records locator, and Internet court opinion locator. The second half of this directory contains biographical information on all federal judges serving from 1789 and until 2000. Data includes race, sex, education, professional history, and federal judicial experience.

Biographical Dictionary of the Federal Judiciary (Gale Research 1976). Ref. KF 353 .B5.

This dictionary provides biographical information for federal judges serving from 1789 to 1974, including educational background, professional experience, family information, professional memberships, and political affiliation.

Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court (5th ed., Congressional Quarterly Inc.). Ref. KF 8742 .W567 2010.

This two-volume source provides a history of the Supreme Court and the justices who have served on the Court. Vol. 1 consists of a very detailed history of the Supreme Court and its development, and provides analysis on how the Court's opinions have influenced the American system of government and individuals' rights and freedoms. Vol. 2 reviews the impact of public opinion on the Court's decision-making process, reviews the structure of the Court, and includes brief biographies for each justice who has served on the Court. 

Judges of the United States (2d ed. Bicentennial Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States 1983). Ref. KF 8700 .A19 J84 1983.

This source provides biographical information on all federal judges from 1789 to 1981, including educational background, employment, publications, family information, and professional memberships. It contains indexes by appointing president and year of appointment.

The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions (Chelsea House 1997). Ref. KF 8744 F75 1995.

This five-volume set provides critical biographical essays on Justices of the Supreme Court. The essays examine basic biographical information of each Justice’s life, including his background in the law, each Justice’s major decisions, and how these reveal an underlying legal philosophy.

The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies, 1789-1995. (3rd ed., Congressional Quarterly, 2012). Ref. KF 8744 .S86 2012.

This source provides biographical information for the Supreme Court Justices who served from 1789 to the present. Each article includes information on why the justice was selected for appointment, the justice's educational background, and the major constitutional issues addressed during the justice's tenure. A brief description of each of the justice's major opinions is also provided, along with a discussion of his/her imprint on the Court. A selective bibliography on the history of the Supreme Court and on each of the justices is also included.

WEBSITES

The Federal Court Locator

This site is maintained by the Villanova University School of Law, and organizes links to home pages of federal judiciaries and opinions of federal courts. The information provided by each link varies, but many sites include the names of the judges serving on a particular court and contact information.

History of the Federal Judiciary

This web page is maintained by the Federal Judicial Center and provides historical biographical information and resumes of federal judges since 1789. The site also provides legislative history information on courts and circuits in the federal judiciary, sets forth statutes related to the establishment of the judiciary and addresses selective topics such judicial impeachments and salaries of judges.

National Center for State Courts

This website provides judicial branch links for each state, focusing on the administrative office of the courts, the court of last resort, any intermediate appellate courts, and each trial court.

Supreme Court of the United States

This is the official site of the Supreme Court of the United States, provides an overview of the Court, the Court's procedures, information on the Court's caseload and short biographies of current members of the Court.

U.S. Courts

Maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, this site provides links to federal courts that maintain websites. Besides general court information (address, phone number), many links offer a listing of judges.