Law & Culture

A Dozen Canons of Statutory and Constitutional Text Construction

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Autumn 2015 | Volume 99 Number 2

Supremacy-of-Text Principle. The words of a governing text are of paramount concern, and what they convey, in their context, is what the text means. Principle of Interrelating Canons. No canon of interpretation […]

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A Poem: Substance Abuse Trial (PDF)

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

Substance Abuse Trial He mispronounces you, the judge, rhyming your first with your second name, making you into something ridiculous: Gillis Willis Mead. But you stand as still as they […]

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The Wonderfully Versatile Em-Dash (PDF)

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

We all know that legal writing could benefit from more periods. A strong contender for the second most neglected punctuation mark in legal writing is the em-dash, the long dash.

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Stopping the Presses: National Security Meets Freedom of Speech

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

There are at least two points of consensus among those who study national security secrecy: First, the government must keep some secrets in order to protect national security. Second, a […]

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Ebb and Flow

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Spring 2022, Judicature International | 2021-2022

In their article, Human Rights in Europe? (European Journal of international law, Vol. 31 No. 3 (2020)), LAURENCE R. HELFER, the Harry R. Chadwick, Sr. Professor of Law at Duke University, and ERIK VOETEN, the […]

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Civics Education Resources

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

Here are just a few of the many civics education resources mentioned in this edition of Judicature.

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Civics Tools for Teachers

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

“It may be an easy thing to make a Republic; but it is a very laborious thing to make Republicans; and woe to the republic that rests upon no better […]

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Critical Life Skills Through Courtroom Experiences

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

Often, problems come as problems. We know them when we see them; when we feel that unmistakable pit in our stomachs. But sometimes, the problems that arrive on our doorstep […]

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One of the Most Rewarding Things I’ve Done as a Judge

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

While working as a United States magistrate judge, I had the great (and rather humbling) honor to serve as national president of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) from 2016 to […]

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A Model for Adult Civics Education

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

Americans are more likely to interact with their state and local governments than their federal counterparts — and that includes the courts. State courts hear more than 90 percent of […]

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