Court Administration

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The Negotiation Class

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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 […]

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Courts Must Lead in the Crisis of Addiction

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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 […]

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The Plague of String Citations

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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, […]

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Sitting on the Bench: My Adventures in a Connecticut Court

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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 […]

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Preparing Courts for a Pandemic

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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 […]

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Distinguishing Between Reliable and Unreliable Eyewitnesses

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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Assessing Risk: The Use of Risk Assessment in Sentencing

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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, […]

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Emails to a Federal Judge

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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 […]

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Shattering Glass Ceilings from the Bench

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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 […]

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