State Courts

‘The People’ Have Decided

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Summer 2022 | Volume 106 Number 2

There are many great judges. Only some have a major impact on our law — or even more rarely on our larger culture and society — and most of those […]

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Trauma-Informed Judicial Practice from the Judges’ Perspective

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Summer 2022 | Volume 106 Number 2

Research sends a clear message: The effects of trauma cannot be ignored within our court system. Up to 90 percent of adolescents and 75 percent of adults involved in the […]

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Judges, Judging and Otherwise

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Summer 2022 | Volume 106 Number 2

Ask the average person to imagine what a judge does, and the answer will most likely be something right out of a courtroom from Law & Order — or Legally Blonde, Just Mercy, My […]

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Helping Courts Address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Summer 2022 | Volume 106 Number 2

As the challenges of adjusting to the covid pandemic ease within state courts, persistent concerns regarding the fairness and equity of these same courts remain. Efforts to address these longer-term issues […]

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A Tale of Two Restrictions

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

The Dynamic Effect of Contribution Limits and Direct Solicitation Rules on Individual Donations to State Supreme Court Campaigns Campaign finance is regulated up and down the ballot under the government’s […]

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Polarization and Partisanship in State Supreme Court Elections

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Fall/Winter 2021-22 | Volume 105 Number 3

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-call […]

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Point Counterpoint

Jurors Asking Questions

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

In some courtrooms, the practice of allowing jurors to pose questions to witnesses is gaining traction. Questioning witnesses allows jurors to clarify information and better understand the evidence and arguments […]

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Statutes — Clear or Confusing — What is a judge’s responsibility?

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

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, […]

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Independent Spending in State Supreme Court Elections After Citizens United

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

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 […]

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DOS and DON’TS for Lawyers in a Changing World

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Summer 2016 | Volume 100 Number 2

If you could see a dialogue bubble above the judge’s head showing what the judge is thinking while certain events unfold in the courtroom, you would be surprised at how […]

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