Project Research

Currently, students in Methods in Criminological Research (Fall and Spring), Domestic Violence in the United States (Fall) and Sexual Offenses and Offenders (Spring)are monitoring legal proceedings in the following three sectors of the Milwaukee County Court System:

1) Domestic Violence Injunction Hearings

2) Sexual Assault Criminal Proceedings

3) Domestic Violence Criminal Proceedings

Court monitors collect data using various data collection instruments tailored to the type of proceeding. Raw data is both quantitative and qualitative — the overall research results will analyze general trends (for example, does the presence of legal representation impact the outcomes of domestic violence injunction hearings?). In addition, students will be trained to assess qualitative data and incorporate it into legal ethnographies. MLEARNERs will collect the data, and also transfer the raw data into a database. They are then assisted by faculty in analyzing the data and compiling reports. New reports will be posted on this website at regular intervals.


Milwaukee County Courthouse


The Marquette Legal Education and Research Network (MLEARN) conducts research on the Milwaukee County Court System as an academic project of the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences at Marquette University.