Federal Courts

Picture of Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Ginsburg, and David F. Levi holding an award

A Friendly Award: Chief Justice Roberts Presents Justice Ginsburg with The Henry J. Friendly Medal at the 2018 ALI Annual Meeting

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Vol. 102 No. 3 (2018) | Crowdsourcing and Data Analytics

At the annual meeting of the American Law Institute (ALI) in May, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., presented the Henry J. Friendly medal to his colleague on the Court, […]

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One for all: Are nationwide injunctions legal?

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Vol. 102 No. 3 (2018) | Crowdsourcing and Data Analytics

Nationwide injunctions have been much in the headlines in recent years. Since 2008, lower federal courts have issued dozens of injunctions to block government policies from being enforced not just […]

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A brief moment in the sun

A Brief Moment in the Sun: The Reconstruction-Era Courts of the Freedman’s Bureau

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Vol. 101 No. 4 (2017) | Equal opportunity?

When he was 16 years old during the summer of 1866, a recently freed slave named Alfred Jefferson rode his employer’s horse without permission. A local criminal judge in Bradford […]

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Continuing to Close the Courthouse Doors?

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Vol. 101 No. 4 (2017) | Equal opportunity?

The Supreme Court’s October Term 2016 was unusual because from the first Monday in October until the April argument calendar, there were only eight justices on the bench. This affected […]

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How Lockhart should have been decided (Canons are not the key)

How Lockhart Should Have Been Decided (Canons Are Not the Key)

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Vol. 101 No. 4 (2017) | Equal opportunity?

That is an altogether presumptuous title, written with a smile. The case is Lockhart v. United States, 136 s. Ct. 958 (2016). It’s fascinating for the debate over conflicting canons […]

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Equal Opportunity? Increasing Diversity in Complex Litigation Leadership

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Vol. 101 No. 4 (2017) | Equal opportunity?

Does jurisprudence prohibit judges from considering diversity when appointing lawyers to lead roles in complex litigation? Here’s a legal strategy judges can use to help give women and minority lawyers […]

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