Judging

Why Problem-Solving Principles Should Not Be Grafted onto Mainstream Courts

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

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Easing Mandatory Minimums Will Not Be Enough

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

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A Personal Journey Through the Rule of Law in the South Pacific

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Judicature International | 2021

Conceptually, the idea that the rule of law is maintained by an independent and impartial judiciary is not difficult to understand. In fact, we really only hear about “the rule […]

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Scales of Justice

Five Dos and Don’ts for Lawyers and Judges

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

We all know it’s true:  Judges do things that bug lawyers. Lawyers do things that bug judges. So we asked a brave lawyer and a couple of judges (a father and daughter) […]

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Judge Paul G. Hatfield (Image from U.S. Senate Historical Office)

An Extraordinary Judge: U.S. District Judge Paul G. Hatfield

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

The Storied Third Branch Judge Paul Hatfield was an extraordinary judge, a man possessed of humility and courage. He was born and raised in a “blue-collar” family, and he never […]

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Judicial Honors

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Summer 2021 | Volume 105 Number 2

Judge Linda Hidalgo of Harris County, Texas, is a 2021 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. The award honors Americans under 40 who are changing the country through […]

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Judicial Temperament

Judicial Temperament, Explained

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Summer 2021 | Volume 105 Number 2

[I]t seems to me that temperament is the key to everything else that one does on the bench.1 Elusive as it is important, judicial temperament is notoriously hard to define.2 Judicial […]

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Are judges and the justice system ready for driverless cars?

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Summer 2021 | Volume 105 Number 2

Autonomous vehicles have long ignited the American imagination. Increasingly, they have caught the attention of lawyers and judges as well. The integration of autonomous vehicles (AVs) represents a startling shift […]

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A Tall Texan, A Great Man: Judge Thomas Morrow Reavley

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Summer 2021 | Volume 105 Number 2

A great man and Tall Texan (6’4”), The Honorable Thomas Morrow Reavley died on 1 December 2020, only about seven months shy of reaching 100. The depth and breadth of […]

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Shadow of Gavel

Civic Education: Sharing the Values of Judicial Independence

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Summer 2021 | Volume 105 Number 2

In May, the Federal Judge Association hosted a panel that examined judicial independence on a micro level, discussing the individual process of judging, the values judges strive to embody, and […]

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