Court Administration

Legal Information vs. Legal Advice: A 25 Year Retrospective

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Summer 2022 | Volume 106 Number 2

In modern times, a key question in access to justice has been: To what extent can court personnel assist unrepresented litigants in filing and managing their claims? The answer to […]

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Judges, Judging and Otherwise

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Summer 2022 | Volume 106 Number 2

Ask the average person to imagine what a judge does, and the answer will most likely be something right out of a courtroom from Law & Order — or Legally Blonde, Just Mercy, My […]

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On the Hill: PATENT Act Aims To Curb Patent Trolls

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Autumn 2015 | Volume 99 Number 2

On Apr. 29, a bipartisan coalition of Senate Judiciary Committee members led by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of […]

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Involve, Inform, Inspire

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

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 […]

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Another plea to hold the acronyms (PDF)

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Summer 2021 | Volume 105 Number 2

First, a technical distinction: an acronym is pronounced as a word (“scuba” = self-contained underwater breathing apparatus); an initialism is pronounced letter by letter (“IBM”). Informally, “acronym” is often used for […]

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Labrier an example of new proportionality rules at work

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Autumn 2016 | Volume 100 Number 3

In December 2015, the amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b) took effect. These amendments, highlighted in Judicature’s Winter 2015 issue, moved the proportionality provisions from Rule 26(b)(2)(C)(iii), as a limit on discovery, […]

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How the States Avoid Supreme Stalemates

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Winter 2016 | Volume 100 Number 4

State high courts avoid tie votes in a variety of ways, some more juris-prudent than others. Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing portends a seismic realtering of the Supreme Court’s ideological balance. […]

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Cross Border Discovery at a Crossroads

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Winter 2016 | Volume 100 Number 4

Along with explosive globalization, including the ease with which parties can conduct business abroad, there has been a concomitant need for international legal systems to consider exchange of information across […]

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State Courts Brace for Budget Hit

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

The COVID-19 pandemic forced drastic changes in the way courts operate and function. It also caused many courts to change their budgetary practices. An October 2020 survey of the Conference […]

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At Least Do The Easy Stuff

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

In these two examples, I have done very little rewriting. I simply used plain words and cut unnecessary words (including the egregiously unnecessary parentheticals). And in the second one, I […]

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