Federal Courts

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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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A better first paragraph, please

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Summer 2017 | Volume 101 Number 2

Start strong. Our writing guru, Joseph Kimble, breaks down an opinion’s first paragraph to show a better way. Original Pending before the Court is a letter motion by plaintiff Amy […]

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Judicial Honors Fall/Winter 2020–21

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

Justice Michelle Keller of the Supreme Court of Kentucky received the Kentucky Bar Association’s Distinguished Judge Award. The award honors a judge who has made outstanding contributions to the legal […]

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Empty Chairs

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

The sudden deaths of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Antonin Scalia ignited political firestorms regarding the appropriate timeline for confirming a new justice […]

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Qualified Immunity: A Shield Too Big?

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

Judicial doctrine is rarely the subject of public conversation. So it was once for qualified immunity, which rested for many centuries in a kind of lawyerly tomb — largely the […]

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