State Courts

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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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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Court Communications for the Disinformation Age

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

As communication tools evolve, it’s critical that courts understand how traditional and new media can be used, and on occasion misused, to communicate effectively with the public. Two recent publications […]

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Building Administrative Scaffolding in Small Courts: Experiences in the U.S. and Abroad

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

In 2014, two years after graduating law school, I was appointed to serve as a municipal court judge in Guadalupe, Ariz.1 The town had the highest unemployment rate in Maricopa […]

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Assessing Safety and Security Challenges in State Courts

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

As the number of reported incidents of courthouse violence has increased,1 awareness of the need to improve security in state courts has also grown. At the same time, courts have […]

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Jury Trials in a Pandemic Age

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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

The foundation of our justice system is the jury trial. In criminal cases, the Sixth Amendment provides that “the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, […]

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The New Rap Sheet: Prosecuting Crimes, Chilling Free Speech

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

With the Fourth Amendment gone, eyes are on the First // That’s why I’m spittin cyanide each and every verse These lyrics from American rap artist Paris’ 2003 album, Sonic […]

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Civic Education: The Key to Preserving Judicial Independence

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

At a time when the branches of government are making daily headlines, how do we educate the public about a fair and impartial judiciary and its vital role in our […]

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Judicial Independence: Tweak the Guiding Paradigm

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

Over time, the public has simply ceased to believe judges when they say that they follow the law, and nothing but. If judges impose their ideological policy preferences, the argument […]

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