Podcast #70: Using Public Court Data to Predict Court Outcomes, with Sam Harden

Sam chats with Sam Harden about his solosmall firm and how to balance having a newborn at home with a burgeoning law practice. Sam Harden also explains how he taught himself to code and leveraged Florida’s extensive public records law in order to develop My Court Case.

Legal Tech Is Exploding, but the Lack of Open Data Is a Problem

Sam talked about his trip out to Stanford for CodeX, a conference about how technology is changing the legal profession. Sam was part of a moot court arguing about whether the legal tech field is over-promising and underdelivering.

Legal tech is growing by leaps and bounds. Stanford maintains a legal tech list, a database with over 550 companies in the legal tech field. (There were only 539 in there last week. Things move fast.) As Sam and Aaron discussed, however, one of the biggest obstacles to legal tech is that courts are the gatekeepers of data, and many do not make their data easily available. That creates a bottleneck in the process of developing legal technologies that rely upon open data and large court data sets.

Using Public Court Data to Predict Court Outcomes, with Sam Harden


Sam Harden practices personal injury and criminal defense law at Metcalf Harden in Florida and has been recognized as one of the top “40 under 40” attorneys in Florida. Earlier this year, he founded My Court Case, which analyzes publicly available court data to learn how judges rule so that individuals can make choices about how to proceed with their criminal case.

You can follow Sam on Twitter.

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