Archive: November 2019

A bridge too far

A bridge too far? An expert panel examines the promise and peril of third-party litigation financing

Third-party litigation finance has captured the attention of litigants, the courts, and the academy across the globe. It has the potential to substantially impact civil litigation as we know it Continue Reading »

Boxed In: Does the prospect of re-selection influence judicial decision-making?

When Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer was given the opportunity to write on a topic of her choosing as part of Duke Law’s Master of Judicial Studies program, she gravitated Continue Reading »

She Lifted Her Voice: Constance Baker Motley (1921–2005) U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

Although she loved music, she could not sing. She was such a bad singer that, as a little girl growing up in New Haven, she was asked to leave the Continue Reading »

Distracted Driving

The cars of the future are headed to your courtroom

Distracted and intoxicated driving are costly problems. And while emerging technologies aim to help reduce traffic accidents caused by human error, technology may also increase the number of accidents. For Continue Reading »

Judicial Honors Fall 2019

Kem Thompson Frost, chief justice of Texas’s Court of Appeals-14th District, has been named a 2019 Outstanding Texas Leader and inducted into the Texas Leadership Hall of Fame by JBS Continue Reading »


A Hero’s Life: Michael D. Ryan, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Arizona

A war hero. A respected jurist. A humble servant. A mentor. A friend. A beloved husband, father, and grandfather. All these tags fit Michael D. Ryan, a former associate justice Continue Reading »

emails to federal judge

Emails to a federal judge

Recently an esteemed member of the bar died. In closing out the lawyer’s laptop, a legal assistant discovered a trove of emails the lawyer had composed and addressed to a Continue Reading »

shattering glass ceilings

Shattering glass ceilings from the bench

Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo first thought of a legal career in the 1940s when her school bus drove by a local law school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. “It was like a Continue Reading »

Finding humanity in the great power competition for artificial intelligence

I recently spoke on artificial intelligence, law, and ethics as a panelist at the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Atlanta. At the end of our discussion, the moderator Continue Reading »

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

The television drama The Twilight Zone portrayed characters in disturbing situations set in the murky area between reality and the dark unknown. Most episodes had a moral. Here’s my thought for Continue Reading »