Federal Courts

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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A Model of Collegiality: Judge Harry T. Edwards

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

One of Judge Harry Edwards’s successors as chief judge of the D.C. Circuit has called Judge Edwards the “Great Chief.” That is a fitting appellation. While Judge Edwards could serve […]

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Sandra Day O’Connor’s “First” Principles: A Constructive Vision for an Angry Nation

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

Once upon a time in American public life, there were figures who achieved universal admiration. It was even possible to earn the trust of those with whom one disagreed. Justice […]

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Academic Feeder Judges: Are clerkships the key to academia?

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

Click here to download this article’s accompanying appendix. The legal community is familiar with “feeder judges” — federal lower-court (primarily court of appeals) judges who have a substantial number of […]

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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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2020 Election Litigation: The Courts Held

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

We had an extraordinary election in November 2020. More Americans voted than in any other election, even though an infectious virus still stalked the nation. Immediately following election day, we […]

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Judicial Honors (Spring 2017)

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

Senior Judge MICHAEL M. BAYLSON of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania received the James Wilson Award from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in honor […]

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A Model Trial Judge: U.S. District Judge Sim Lake

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

(Judge Jennifer Elrod is is pictured above with Judge Lake on the day he swore her into the Texas bar in 1992; photo courtesy Jennifer Elrod.) Born on the last Independence […]

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Judicial Excellence after Earl Warren

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

Judging the performance of Supreme Court Justices is a tricky business. Nearly everyone would agree that the justices should sustain the ideal of “Equal Justice Under Law,” the motto inscribed […]

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Foundations of U.S. Federalism

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

What precisely is American federalism? In their seminal work on federal jurisdiction, Felix Frankfurter and Wilber Katz allude to a “dynamic struggle” between federal and state power, the ebb and […]

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