The Luck of the Draw: Using Random Case Assignment to Investigate Attorney Ability

@article{Abrams2007TheLO,
  title={The Luck of the Draw: Using Random Case Assignment to Investigate Attorney Ability},
  author={David S. Abrams and Albert H. Yoon},
  journal={University of Chicago Law Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={74},
  pages={1}
}
One of the most challenging problems in legal scholarship is the measurement of attorney ability. Measuring attorney ability presents inherent challenges because the nonrandom pairing of attorney and client in most cases makes it difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish between attorney ability and case selection. Las Vegas felony case data, provided by the Clark County Office of the Public Defender in Nevada, offer a unique opportunity to compare attorney performance. The office assigns… Expand

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