State Courts

What do Americans want in their state judges?

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

As scholars regularly document,1 states have frequently changed their systems of judicial selection and retention. What remains unknown is whether these systems actually address the kinds of qualities citizens value […]

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State Courts Brace for Budget Hit

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

The COVID-19 pandemic forced drastic changes in the way courts operate and function. It also caused many courts to change their budgetary practices. An October 2020 survey of the Conference […]

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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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Saving Our Profession: It’s Up to Us

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

A number of years ago, a man told me he had been charged with a crime. I asked him how his case was going. With all sincerity and with an […]

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Rebuild our Courts: State Chief Justices Call for Action to Achieve Civil Justice for All

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

Many remember the alarming call to mission control from the Apollo 13 spacecraft crew. “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Well, dear Judicature readers, we denizens of the judicial system have […]

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Picking Judges: How Judicial-Selection Methods Affect Diversity in State Appellate Courts

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

In the beginning, judges in the 13 original states either were appointed by the governor or selected by the legislature. Over the next 80 years, however, a majority of states […]

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Chief Tammy Morris, Sheriff Mike Williams, Judge Virginia Baker Norton, Richard McKissick, and Mayor Lenny Curry visiting the D.A.W.N. program in 2015.

Lastly: A Judge Honors the Activist Who Brought Her to Jail

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

Pictured Above, Left to Right: Chief Tammy Morris, Sheriff Mike Williams, Judge Virginia Baker Norton, Richard McKissick, and Mayor Lenny Curry visiting the D.A.W.N. program in 2015. I met Richard […]

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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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