State Courts

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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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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Why Are State Judges Among Us?

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Summer 2016 | Volume 100 Number 2

A considerable number of judges are stepping away from the bench and their chambers in order to interact with the public through judicial outreach activities. Why? We execute a nationwide survey […]

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Crossing the line? Recent ethics cases show that the line between personal and judicial conduct can be blurred

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Autumn 2016 | Volume 100 Number 3

Not all extrajudicial conduct on which the public may frown has been considered sanctionable in judicial discipline proceedings; after all, as Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in The Strange Case of Dr. […]

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The Fluidity of Judicial Coalitions

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Autumn 2016 | Volume 100 Number 3

A surprising look at coalitions within the supreme courts of the United States and Indiana In June 2001, the United States Supreme Court decided three closely watched deportation cases by […]

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Up, Down, All Around

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Autumn 2016 | Volume 100 Number 3

Legislative proposals to change state supreme court compositions gaining popularity The last decade has seen a dramatic uptick in legislative efforts to change the composition of state courts of last […]

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How the States Avoid Supreme Stalemates

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Winter 2016 | Volume 100 Number 4

State high courts avoid tie votes in a variety of ways, some more juris-prudent than others. Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing portends a seismic realtering of the Supreme Court’s ideological balance. […]

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