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 Jordan M. Singer

Jordan M. Singer

Professor of Law


A.B. Harvard College
J.D. Harvard Law School

Professor Singer came to New England Law from the University of Denver, where he served as director of research for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.  His focus was on aspects of civil procedure and process, judicial selection, and judicial performance evaluation, and he authored numerous institute publications.  He had previously served as a senior litigation associate with Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, with a practice emphasizing intellectual property litigation.

Professor Singer’s current research focuses on civil procedure, social cognition and courts, and judicial selection and evaluation. He has made numerous presentations on these and other topics, including serving as a panelist at the Federal Advisory Committee on Civil Rules 2010 Litigation Review Conference at Duke Law School and presenting on “Innovation and Judicial Leadership” at the 2010 Federal Judges Association quadrennial conference.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Committee on Judicial Performance Evaluation and the founder of a national working group on performance evaluation programs.

After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Justice Gregory Hobbs, Jr., of the Colorado Supreme Court.  Singer received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Law Journal.

Professor Singer has a blog!

 Selected Publications

Judges on Demand: The Cognitive Case for Cameras in the Courtroom, 115 Colum. L. Rev. Sidebar 79 (2015)

Bench Presence: Toward a More Complete Model of Federal District Court Productivity, 118 Penn St. L. Rev. (2013) with Hon. William G. Young
Social Science Research Network

Measuring Bench Presence: Federal District Judges in the Courtroom, 2008-2012, 118 Penn St. L. Rev. (2013) with Hon. William G. Young
Social Science Research Network

Proportionality’s Cultural Foundation, 52 Santa Clara L. Rev. 145 (2012)
Social Science Research Network

The Mind of the Judicial Voter, 2011 Mich. St. L. Rev. 1443 (2012)
Social Science Research Network

Reinvigorating Pleadings, 87 Denv. U. L. Rev. 245 (2010) (with Rebecca Love Kourlis and Natalie A. Knowlton)
Social Science Research Network

New Report Establishes Principles for Improving the U.S. Civil Justice System, 93 Judicature 121 (2009) (with Rebecca Love Kourlis and Paul C. Saunders)

Managing Toward the Goals of Rule 1, 2009 Fed. Cts. L. Rev (2009) (with Rebecca Love Kourlis)
Social Science Research Network

A Strategy for Judicial Performance Evaluation for New York, 72 Alb. L. Rev. 655 (2009) (with Rebecca Love Kourlis)
Social Science Research Network

A Performance Evaluation Program for the Federal Judiciary, 86 Denv. U. L. Rev. 7 (2009) (with Rebecca Love Kourlis)
Social Science Research Network

Survey of Experienced Litigators Finds Serious Cracks in U.S. Civil Justice System, 92 Judicature 78 (2008) (with Rebecca Love Kourlis and Paul C. Saunders)

Knowing Is Half the Battle: A Proposal for Prospective Performance Evaluations in Judicial Elections, 29 U. Ark. Little Rock L. Rev. 725 (2007)

Using Judicial Peformance Evaluations to Promote Judicial Accountability, 90 Judicature 200 (2007) (with Rebecca Love Kourlis)

Professor Singer can comment on the following subjects:

  • Federal Procedural Rules
  • Judicial performance evaluation
  • Judicial selection (state and federal)