Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reflects on the lessons of unity and tolerance embedded in Judge Learned Hand’s famous “Spirit of Liberty” speech.
The Supreme Court is, naturally, supreme. And in the vast majority of cases, lower courts dutifully enforce the law handed down by the Court without criticism or conversation. Sometimes, however, […]
Courthouses serve as monuments to our legal tradition, so a willingness to reconsider design assumptions is essential to the continuing vitality of jury trials.
Click here to download this article’s accompanying appendix. The increase in partisan polarization in the United States over the last several decades is evident in a variety of ways: in roll […]
Signposting is easy to illustrate. Not this: “The defendant claims . . . . The defendant also claims . . . . Finally, the defendant claims . . . .” […]
Steven Leifman, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida judge, received the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence at a dinner at the U.S. Supreme Court. The award is given by […]
by Cynthia GraySpring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1
The requirement that a judge be “patient, dignified, and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, court staff, court officials, and others” means more than eschewing angry interruptions, sarcasm, or name […]
Don’t forget Rule 502 I hope that the Rule 502(d) cross-reference in the recent amendments to Rules 26(f) and 16(b) will cause all counsel — and judges — to be […]
Second Circuit Judge Robert A. Katzmann brings his unique professional career, including his distinguished experience and expertise in legislature, in academia, and as a jurist, to his masterful new book, […]
In January 2010, the United States Supreme Court ruled that bans on independent expenditures by labor unions and corporations violated the First Amendment’s guarantee of free expression. Given the polarizing […]