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University of Virginia-Harlan Institute Research Project

Researchers at the University of Virginia would appreciate your help in rating the potential importance of Supreme Court cases by answering questions about cases on the same pages where you predict votes.

Any data from those answers, answers to other questions, or predictions you make that are shared with those researchers or any other researchers will be anonymous, with no links to any information that could identify you.

To thank you for participating, if you choose to do so, we will be conducting lotteries for a $200 gift certificate to  For every case that you rate completely (i.e., answer all questions about the case and predict the vote of at least one justice), you will receive one entry into lotteries that will be held at the end of December, January, February, March, April, May, and June.  Points for non-winners will carry-over to the next lottery.  The more cases you rate completely, the greater your chances of winning one of the lotteries, but you may choose to do ratings for as few or as many cases as you wish.  You may only win one lottery, however.

There are no anticipated risks in this study.

Your participation is voluntary.  You may skip any questions or withdraw from the study at any time by sending an e-mail message requesting withdrawal to the Harlan Institute at or by simply leaving the “Research League.”  If you withdraw, you will not be eligible to participate in any remaining lotteries.



(Reference number for this study:  SBS #2011-03434-00)