Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) - Judges on the March

The Collapse of Judicial Independence in Poland: A Cautionary Tale

by John Macy and Allyson K. Duncan

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

In late 2019, the Polish Sejm approved yet another law aimed at cabining the structure and function of the judiciary. The new law, popularly referred to as a “muzzle” law, empowers a disciplinary chamber to bring proceedings against judges for questioning the ruling party’s platform. The law allows the Polish government to fire judges, or cut their salaries, for speaking out against legislation aimed at the judiciary, or for questioning the legitimacy of new judicial appointees.

Getting Explicit About Implicit Bias

by Jeffrey Rachlinski, Andrew J. Wistrich and Bernice B. Donald

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

To better understand the effect of implicit bias in the courtroom, Judge Bernice Donald of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit talked with Professors Jeffrey Rachlinski and Andrew Wistrich of Cornell Law School.

Jury Trials in a Pandemic Age

by Robert J. Conrad Jr.

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

The foundation of our justice system is the jury trial. In criminal cases, the Sixth Amendment provides that “the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, […]

Judicial Security: Safeguarding Courts and Protecting Judges

by Judicature Staff

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

Efforts to strengthen security for judges and their families took on new urgency this year in the wake of the horrific murder of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas’s son […]

Assessing Safety and Security Challenges in State Courts

by Mary Ellen Barbera and Joseph Baxter

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

As the number of reported incidents of courthouse violence has increased,1 awareness of the need to improve security in state courts has also grown. At the same time, courts have […]

Modernizing Security Measures to Protect Federal Judges and Their Families

by David McKeague

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

On the evening of July 19, 2020, United States District Judge Esther Salas was enjoying a playful moment with her son Daniel, who had just celebrated his 20th birthday. As […]

Contracting the Virus: Not If, But When

by David Slayton

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

In the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Texas judiciary focused on its response to the global pandemic. The Office of Court Administration (OCA), the judicial branch agency tasked […]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

In Memoriam: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by M. Margaret McKeown, Stephen Breyer and Robert Katzmann

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

“The longer you knew her, the more you liked her.” Shortly after I learned of Ruth’s passing, I thought: A great Justice; A woman of valour; A rock of righteousness; […]

The Zooming of Federal Civil Litigation

by Lee Rosenthal, Scott Dodson and Christopher L. Dodson

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

Two great forces are upon us. One is COVID-19, a highly infectious disease that has disrupted society around the globe.1 The other is the constant push of technological advancement, which […]

Judge Tjoflat receiving an award at Duke University Chapel

The ‘Duke’ of the Federal Court: Celebrating Gerald B. Tjoflat’s 50 Years as a Federal Judge

by Timothy J. Corrigan

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

As a card-carrying member of “the Union,” those of us fortunate to have served as law clerks to the Hon. Gerald Bard Tjoflat, I receive an annual letter from His […]

The Innovation and Limitations of Arbitral Courts

by Pamela K. Bookman

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

In recent years, governments from the state of Delaware to the Emirate of Dubai have created institutions specially designed to adjudicate transnational commercial disputes. These institutions are hybrids between courts […]

Reforming the Presidency: How Far is Far Enough?

by William G. Howell and Terry M. Moe

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

Donald Trump will soon leave the White House. And when he does, Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith tell us, reform is in order. Trump’s attacks on institutions and political opponents, […]

Person marking paper with red pen

On Names, Pronouns, and Paragraphing

by Joseph Kimble

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

Lawsuits involve people. And rather than turn them into a disembodied “Plaintiff” and “Defendant,” opinions might better use their names. The opinions will be more direct and more human. (Of […]

Building Administrative Scaffolding in Small Courts: Experiences in the U.S. and Abroad

by Lilia Alvarez

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

In 2014, two years after graduating law school, I was appointed to serve as a municipal court judge in Guadalupe, Ariz.1 The town had the highest unemployment rate in Maricopa […]

Qualified Immunity: A Shield Too Big?

by Kyle Hawkins, Clark Neily, Fred Smith Jr. and Jay Schweikert

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

Judicial doctrine is rarely the subject of public conversation. So it was once for qualified immunity, which rested for many centuries in a kind of lawyerly tomb — largely the […]

Court Communications for the Disinformation Age

by William Raftery

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

As communication tools evolve, it’s critical that courts understand how traditional and new media can be used, and on occasion misused, to communicate effectively with the public. Two recent publications […]

Empty Chairs

by Jennifer L. Behrens

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

The sudden deaths of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Antonin Scalia ignited political firestorms regarding the appropriate timeline for confirming a new justice […]

Judge Don Willett Portrait

How Courts Are Coping

by Don R. Willett

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

From the Chair of the Editorial Board When 2020 debuted, the term “COVID-19” was not yet in the world’s lexicon. As 2020 winds down (finally!), the pandemic is omnipresent. The […]

Judicial Honors Fall/Winter 2020–21

by Emma Roberts

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

Justice Michelle Keller of the Supreme Court of Kentucky received the Kentucky Bar Association’s Distinguished Judge Award. The award honors a judge who has made outstanding contributions to the legal […]

In This Edition (Table of Contents)

by Judicature Staff

Vol. 104 No. 3 (2020-21) | Judges on the March

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