How to: Assess Motion Outcomes and Craft Better Motions with Ravel

See how individual judges rule on 90+ motion types to identify:

  • How many motions of a certain type the judge has handled
  • The probability of the judge granting your motion
  • The preferred cases and language you should be citing in your motion

Determine how many motions to dismiss within the area of Securities law Judge Colleen McMahon has handled:

  1. Navigate to Judge McMahon’s Judge Analytics profile by typing her name in Ravel's search bar
  2. From Judge McMahon’s profile, use the filter in the upper left hand corner to select the “Motion to Dismiss” and “Securities” filters.
  3. Click the “Apply” button in the bottom right hand corner of the filters window to activate your filters.
  4. Note that Judge McMahon has authored 16 opinions dealing with a Motion to Dismiss within the area of Securities, as depicted in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Click a case’s name to leave analytics and read the case in full.

Browse in the app or create a report showing the cases dealing with a Motion to Dismiss, and review the motion outcomes:

  1. To create a report that can be printed or shared: click on the “Report” button at the top, toward the center of the page.
  2. Review the 16 cases that deal with a Motion to Dismiss, along with the motion outcome for each case to help inform your trial strategy, and assess the probability of Judge McMahon granting your motion.

Spot the case(s) Judge McMahon cites most frequently when dealing with a Motion to Dismiss within the context of Securities, and the language she likes to use. From Judge McMahon’s profile, click on the “Analytics” tab at the top of the page.

  1. Note the opinions on the left hand side of the page ranked according to how often she cites them.
  2. Click on one of the opinions cited - for example Kalnit v. Eichler.
  3. In the right hand column, view the language that Judge McMahon repeatedly uses when citing to Kalnit v. Eichner.
    1. Spot patterns in her writing, along with the language she finds most persuasive.
    2. For example, if crafting a Rule 9(b) motion, use the same language and standard from Kalnit v. Eichner in your motion that Judge McMahon likes to use: “To comply with Rule 9(b), a complainant "must: (1) specify the statements that the plaintiff contends were fraudulent, (2) identify the speaker, (3) state where and when the statements were made, and (4) explain why the statements were fraudulent.’”

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