Court Administration

Judicial Security: Safeguarding Courts and Protecting Judges

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

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 […]

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Jury Trials in a Pandemic Age

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

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, […]

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Judicial Honors Summer 2020

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the Southern District of Indiana received the 2020 Distinguished Postgraduate Achievement Award from Howard University School of Law. The award recognizes alumni who have made […]

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The New Rap Sheet: Prosecuting Crimes, Chilling Free Speech

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

With the Fourth Amendment gone, eyes are on the First // That’s why I’m spittin cyanide each and every verse These lyrics from American rap artist Paris’ 2003 album, Sonic […]

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Will Jurors Come Back to Courthouses?

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

While America continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19, courts are working to return to “new normal” operations. Of chief concern is the courts’ ability to recruit representative jury […]

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Typography

Typography for Judges

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

Not so long ago, the prevailing standard for typography in opinions and briefs was atrocious. The entire profession seemed to believe that the way to make a document look lawyerly […]

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On the Record: Lyrics in Judicial Writing

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

Judge Mark W. Klingensmith of Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal has always had rock and roll pumping through his veins. He played in a band during law school that […]

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Headings, please. The more, the better

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

REDLINES If there’s a good reason why many judicial opinions don’t use informative headings, I haven’t heard it. For readers, headings are a boon to navigating through the opinion. And […]

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Experts in the Hot Tub at the Court of Arbitration for Sport

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020) have been postponed to 2021 as a result of the novel coronavirus, but litigation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) […]

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Better by the Dozen: Bringing Back the Twelve-Person Civil Jury

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

A jury of 12 resonates through the centuries. Twelve-person juries were a fixture from at least the 14th century until the 1970s.1 Over 600 years of history is a powerful […]

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