RECAP: PACER Spelled Backwards is Good News for Researchers

The CourtListener RECAP resource is a gem! A joint undertaking with Free Law Project leading the way, this resource provides free searching and downloading of approximately 3.4 million PACER orders and opinions.

Where RECAP truly shines, however, is in addressing the dismal search options on PACER as well as the ability to search the full-text of all the orders and opinions it contains – something PACER has never offered.

A picture is worth a thousand words and a quick comparison of the screen captures shown below of PACER versus RECAP is stark.

PACER Search Screen


RECAP Search Screen



About Cheryl Niemeier

Cheryl Niemeier is Director of Knowledge & Research Services at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Ms. Niemeier received her Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her Bachelor of Science in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana in 1981. Ms. Niemeier has held multiple professional leadership positions in local, regional and national library associations. She frequently speaks at professional association conferences and continuing legal education seminars. Ms. Niemeier has authored multiple articles and seminar publications.
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