Robert C. (Neil) LaFountain is a Senior Court Research Analyst at the National Center for State Courts and in 2019 celebrates 35 years with the organization.
Since 1992, Neil has been primary staff on the Court Statistics Project (CSP) and is presently staffing projects examining criminal case processing, problem-solving courts, and self-represented litigants.
Mr. LaFountain has worked on several iterations of the Civil Justice Survey of State Courts, 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 co-authored CourTools, the State Court Guide to Statistical Reporting, a Cornell Law Review article entitled Juries, Judges, and Punitive Damages: An Empirical Study, in addition to several issues of the CSP’s publications Caseload Highlights and Notes from the Field.
Neil was the 1998 recipient of the National Center’s Jeanne A. Ito Staff Award; he was one of the inaugural recipients of the Robert W. Tobin Achievement Award for his work on CourTools (2005), and he received the Florence Leonard McConnell Award in 2015.