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Judge Charles R. Wilson, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

by Robert Morris

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His life is an exemplar of the biblical adage “conduct your affairs with humility and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.” All too often we finally Continue Reading »

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Greatness by Any Measure: Anthony J. Scirica

by Timothy R. Rice

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Published February 2013 Judging is a unique and peculiar art. It is more learned than taught. And it demands a delicate blend of patience, fairness, judgment, compassion, confidence, and legal Continue Reading »

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One-in-a-Generation Kind of Judge: Anna Elizabeth Keever

by Patricia Timmons-Goodson

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Published August 2012 Like their counterparts in the federal judiciary, state trial court judges “handle the bulk of judicial business.” State courts decide ninety-five percent of the cases and controversies Continue Reading »

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New Mexico Federal Judges H. Vearle Payne, Edwin Mechem, and Howard Bratton “Frontier Justice”

by Harris L. Hartz

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Published September 2012 I consider myself most fortunate to have started my legal career in 1972 in federal district court in New Mexico. I was an assistant United States attorney Continue Reading »

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Judge James L. Oakes “Vermont’s Finest”

by J. Garvan Murtha

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Published September 2012 In 1947, Judge Oakes graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and instead of heading off to a major metropolitan law firm, came to Brattleboro, Vermont, to Continue Reading »

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A Member of the Greatest Generation: Glen M. Williams

by James P. Jones

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Published October 2012 In 2010, U.S. District Judge Glen M. Williams, at the age of 91, announced that he would become inactive after 47 years with the federal court system. Continue Reading »

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Always His Own Man: Andrew Jackson “Jack” Pope, Jr.

by Nathan Hecht

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Published October 2012 “I’m going to retire, I want you to take my seat, and the Governor agrees,” Texas district judge Allen Wood told the 33-year-old Corpus Christi lawyer. Jack Continue Reading »

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Reflections on Judge Weinfeld

by John G. Koeltl

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Published October 2012 Judge Edward Weinfeld was a judge of the Southern District of New York from 1950 until his death in January 1988 at the age of eighty–six. He Continue Reading »

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Remembering Irving Goldberg

by Diane Wood

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Published October 2012 The basic facts about Irving L. Goldberg, who served for 31 years on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, are easy to summarize. Continue Reading »

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Remembering Justice Weltner

by Thomas W. Thrash, Jr.

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Published November 2012 I approach the task of writing a remembrance of Charles Weltner with a sense of great humility and considerable inadequacy. But the opportunity to write such a Continue Reading »

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Gentleman Judge and Magnificent Man: J. William Ditter, Jr.

by Gene E.K. Pratter

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Published November 2012 The Eastern District of Pennsylvania is a large, collegial trial court where quick humor and timely touches of humanity are as highly valued as intelligence and integrity. Continue Reading »

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A Judge’s Judge

by Richard C. Tallman

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Published November 2012 On September 24, 1969, the judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit convened at the U.S. Courthouse in Seattle for a special Continue Reading »

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A Great Judge from the Greatest Generation

by Thomas B. Russell

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Published December 2012 I am uncertain as to whether leaders are born or made. The same may be said with those we selectively call great. I do believe we recognize Continue Reading »

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Tribute to Judge John M. Roll

by James A. Teilborg

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Published December 2012 In some professions, death is a constant companion. But not in ours. Nothing prepared me for the phone message from our U.S. Marshal on Saturday, January 8, Continue Reading »

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Protecting Constitutional Rights: Stanley Mosk

by Richard M. Mosk

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Published December 2012 My father, Justice Stanley Mosk, is well known for being the longest-serving member of the California Supreme Court and for rendering landmark decisions, many of which are Continue Reading »

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The Remarkable Life and Career of Judge Louis Pollak

by Paul S. Diamond

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Published February 2013 I first met Lou Pollak in 1974, when I was a student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Lou had just left Yale Law School, where Continue Reading »

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Remembering the Private Life of Judge Edward R. Becker

by Michael Baylson

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Published February 2013 Edward R. Becker was a most distinguished federal jurist and winner of the Devitt Award. This short essay is about Ed Becker as a person, incidental to Continue Reading »

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John Schwartz and Chief Judging

by Eugene R. Wedoff

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Published March 2013 There is a difference between being a good judge and being a good chief judge. John Schwartz, who served on the bankruptcy court in Chicago from 1984 Continue Reading »

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A Passion for Justice, Integrity, Professionalism, and Service: Rudi M. Brewster

by Marilyn L. Huff

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Published April 2013 The Honorable Rudi M. Brewster dedicated his life to justice, integrity, professionalism, and service. I had the privilege of working with him for 37 years. He permitted Continue Reading »

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Setting the Standard: North Carolina Court of Appeals, Chief Judge John C. Martin

by Donna S. Stroud

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Published May 2013 One of the very best things about being a judge is getting to know the other judges. I have been fortunate to meet many other judges from Continue Reading »

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The Honorable Albion Winegar Tourgée

by Robert Hunter, Jr.

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Published May 2013 As an American history buff and avid reader, I am always pleasantly surprised when I discover an American judicial hero whose life’s story enjoys periodic popular revivals. Continue Reading »

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Solomon on the Bayou: Leonard Greenburg

by Stanwood R. Duval, Jr.

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Published July 2013 I was born and reared in Houma, Louisiana, a relatively small community south of New Orleans. After graduating from law school, I returned home to begin my Continue Reading »

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From Advocate to Jurist – Robert L. Carter’s Commitment to Justice

by James C. Francis IV

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From Judicature Vol. 100 No. 3 As an NAACP lawyer, Robert L. Carter litigated countless milestone cases, including Brown v. Board of Education. He was such a passionate voice for Continue Reading »

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A Pilgrimage: Commemorating the Magna Carta

by Avern Cohn

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Published October 2013 The 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, justly regarded as the foundation of constitutional liberty in the English speaking world, will be celebrated in Continue Reading »

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A Leader of Judges: Robert B. Collings

by Tommy E. Miller

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Published October 2013 When Judge Collings retires in 2014, he will have served as a magistrate judge for the District of Massachusetts for 32 years. Judge Collings has written many Continue Reading »

Justice David Boehm

Being Like Boehm: David Boehm

by Richard C. Wesley

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Published February 2014 I first met Justice David Boehm in 1976 when I was a young associate at a firm in upstate New York. At the time, I was assisting Continue Reading »

Judge Kaplan

The Best Judge You Never Heard Of – Joseph H. H. Kaplan

by Paul W. Grimm

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Published March 2014 In 1984, a series of state-chartered savings and loan associations failed as a result of embezzlement and poor management, leaving the quasi-public non-profit organization chartered by the Continue Reading »

A Conscience Steeled by the Face of Evil: Charles (“Carl”) Andrew Muecke

by Michael Daly Hawkins

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Published July 2014 Born to German immigrants, Charles Andrew Muecke, known throughout his adult life as “Carl,” was educated in New York City’s public schools” and grew up with English Continue Reading »

Judge Richard Jackson

A Mentor for Life: R. Brooke Jackson

by Terry Fox

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Published August 2014 If I had to select a word to describe one of my all-time favorite and most influential mentors, fearless is my word of choice. Richard Brooke Jackson, Continue Reading »

Judge Hatfield

He Was the Same Person in Court, at Home, or at the Racetrack: Paul Hatfield

by Donald Molloy

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Published November 2014 Judge Paul Hatfield was an extraordinary judge, a man possessed of humility and courage. He was born and raised in a “blue-collar” family and he never forgot Continue Reading »

Judge Perry

Passion for Justice: Matthew J. Perry, Jr.

by J. Michelle Childs

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Published December 2014 When you call the name of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr., everyone reminisces about their cherished memories of this legal and judicial luminary who had a Continue Reading »

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A Mentor to All: Addeliar D. (“Dell”) Guy III

by Johnnie B. Rawlinson

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Published January 2015 In 1964, Judge Addeliar D. (“Dell”) Guy III became the first African-American to practice law in the state of Nevada. Eleven years later, he was appointed as Continue Reading »

A Remarkable Journey to the ‘Centre Chair’

by Marsha C. Erb

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Above: Beverley McLachlin, 17th Chief Justice of Canada (Photo by Roy Grogran, courtesy of the Supreme Court of Canada) Beverley McLachlin, widely regarded as one of the best legal minds Continue Reading »