Archive: May 2022

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The Wonderfully Versatile Em-Dash (PDF)

We all know that legal writing could benefit from more periods. A strong contender for the second most neglected punctuation mark in legal writing is the em-dash, the long dash.

Stopping the Presses: National Security Meets Freedom of Speech

There are at least two points of consensus among those who study national security secrecy: First, the government must keep some secrets in order to protect national security. Second, a […]

Ebb and Flow

In their article, Human Rights in Europe? (European Journal of international law, Vol. 31 No. 3 (2020)), LAURENCE R. HELFER, the Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law at Duke University, and ERIK VOETEN, the […]

Collected Wisdom on Selecting Leaders and Managing MDLs

In 2020, nearly one out of every two new suits filed in federal civil court was part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Initially designed to organize antitrust cases against electrical equipment manufacturers, […]

Critical Life Skills Through Courtroom Experiences

Often, problems come as problems. We know them when we see them; when we feel that unmistakable pit in our stomachs. But sometimes, the problems that arrive on our doorstep […]

One of the Most Rewarding Things I’ve Done as a Judge

While working as a United States magistrate judge, I had the great (and rather humbling) honor to serve as national president of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) from 2016 to […]

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Involve, Inform, Inspire

My first civics teacher was my father. He was a World War II veteran and a POW for 16 months, three of which were spent in extreme winter conditions on […]

Justice Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg Trials

Justice Jackson’s Persistent Post-Nuremberg Legacy

Justice Jackson’s post-Nuremberg legacy — his “dispassionate approach” to criminal procedure — continues to shape modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence.

Evacuation at Hamid Karzai International Airport

The Judiciary and the Rule of Law in Afghanistan

The current rule of law crisis has roots in Afghanistan’s 2004 constitution, which created a flawed separation of powers system.

Leaving Afghanistan

International organizations are working to evacuate Afghan women judges, who face particular peril under Taliban rule.