Robert C. (Neil) LaFountain

Neil LaFountain is a Senior Court Research Analyst at the National Center for State Courts and in 2014 will celebrate 30 years with the organization. 

Since 1992, Neil has been primary staff on the Court Statistics Project (CSP) and is presently staffing projects examining criminal appeals, problem-solving courts, and self-represented litigants as well.
Mr. LaFountain worked on the implementation of the CourTools performance measures in California, and has staffed judicial and staff needs assessment studies in Alabama, California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.  He is the managing editor of the CSP annual report, Examining the Work of State Courts and was a co-author of CourTools, the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, a Cornell Law Review article entitled Juries, Judges, and Punitive Damages: An Empirical Study, and several issues of the Court Statistics Project’s publications Caseload Highlights and Notes from the Field.
Neil was the 1998 recipient of the National Center’s Jeanne A. Ito Staff Award and was one of the inaugural recipients of the Robert W. Tobin Achievement Award for his work on CourTools (2005).

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