Court Administration

the negotiation class

The Negotiation Class

by Francis McGovern, Elizabeth Burch and William Rubenstein

Spring 2020 | Volume 104 Number 1

Growing dockets have long been the mother of judicial invention. In 1968, Congress created the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and authorized it to create multidistrict litigations (or MDLs) to Continue Reading »

Courts Must Lead in the Crisis of Addiction

by Loretta H. Rush and Deborah Taylor Tate

Spring 2020 | Volume 104 Number 1

Last year, more Americans died of opioid overdoses than of many cancers, gunshot wounds, or even car crashes. In fact, by at least one metric, the epidemic is more dire Continue Reading »

The Plague of String Citations

by Joseph Kimble

Spring 2020 | Volume 104 Number 1

Check out the original paragraph from this opinion, which dealt with a motion to quash two subpoenas on grounds of attorney-client privilege. In the entire 262-word paragraph, covering 20 lines, Continue Reading »

Connecticut Court House

Sitting on the Bench: My Adventures in a Connecticut Court

by Carl J. Schuman

Spring 2020 | Volume 104 Number 1

Fellow judges, I highly recommend keeping a diary of your daily adventures in the courthouse. It would be hard to make up stories that are better than the reality of Continue Reading »

preparing for a pandemic

Preparing Courts for a Pandemic

by William Raftery

Spring 2020 | Volume 104 Number 1

As the coronavirus emerged around the globe early this year, it quickly began to affect every facet of society and government, including state courts. Unlike in prior instances of mass Continue Reading »

Distinguishing Between Reliable and Unreliable Eyewitnesses

by Chad S. Dodson

Spring 2020 | Volume 104 Number 1

Increasing research shows that eyewitness confidence at the time of the initial identification can be a strong predictor of accuracy under appropriate lineup identification conditions.1 In such conditions, police show Continue Reading »

The Creation and Conclusions of the Third Circuit Task Force on Eyewitness Identifications

by Theodore McKee

Spring 2020 | Volume 104 Number 1

In 2016, the Third Circuit sat en banc to hear the case of Commonwealth v. Dennis.1 Little did the court realize the sustained impact this single appeal would have on Continue Reading »

Assessing Risk: The Use of Risk Assessment in Sentencing

by Brandon Garrett and John Monahan

Summer 2019 | Volume 103 Number 2

Judges are using risk assessment instruments in criminal cases more than ever before. Their role is increasingly prominent at all stages of the criminal justice system, including policing, pretrial detention, Continue Reading »

emails to federal judge

Emails to a Federal Judge

by D. Brock Hornby

Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

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

by Charles Hall

Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

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 »