State Courts

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

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Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

The television drama The Twilight Zone portrayed characters in disturbing situations set in the murky area between reality and the dark unknown. Most episodes had a moral. Here’s my thought for […]

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Lawyers, the Legal Profession & Access to Justice in the United States: A Brief History

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Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

In no profession is the gulf greater between ideals and practices than it is for lawyers. Ideally, justice is a universal good: the law protects equally the rights of the […]

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Reclaiming the Role of Lawyers as Community Connectors

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Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

For many years, there has been a serious debate about the legal profession’s exclusive role in the market for legal representation. The debate has focused on how that role factors […]

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The Process Due: The American Academy of Arts and Sciences offers a multidisciplinary examination of the devastating and persistent crisis in legal services

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Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

Earlier this year, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences dedicated an issue of Dædelus, its quarterly scholarly journal, entirely to the topic of “Access to Justice.” Fittingly, it was […]

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Cover Art Fall 2019 Judicature

Fixing Fees, Fines & Bail: Toward a Fairer System of Justice

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Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

State Chief Justices and Court Administrators Discuss What’s Working — And What’s Not — As Courts Strive to Reform Fees, Fines, and Bail Practices Long ignored and highly localized, abusive […]

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To Pay or Not To Pay?

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Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

Attorney, ESPN analyst, and former NCAA basketball player Jay Bilas weighs in on the debate over paying collegiate athletes The cover story of the summer 2019 edition of Judicature was, […]

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Judicial Honors

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Summer 2019 | Volume 103 Number 2

Nina Ashenafi-Richardson, a judge with the Leon County Court system in Florida and the first Ethiopian-born judge in the United States, received the Florida Bar’s 2019 Distinguished Judicial Service Award […]

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State Judicial Selection: Reforms to Promote a Fair and Independent Judiciary

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Spring 2019 | Volume 103 Number 1

Less than a generation ago, state supreme court elections were subdued affairs. Candidates — to the extent they actively campaigned at all — primarily discussed their qualifications and backgrounds. Political […]

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States Continue to Experiment with Partisan Judicial Elections

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Spring 2019 | Volume 103 Number 1

2019 marks the fourth consecutive year of unusually high interest among the states in shifting from partisan to nonpartisan, or from nonpartisan to partisan, judicial elections. It began in 2015, […]

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The Disappearing Probate Court

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Summer 2019 | Volume 103 Number 2

In 1967, Maine voters amended the state constitution to authorize the elimination of the state’s county-controlled, county-operated, county-funded Probate Courts.[1] In 2019, the Maine legislature debated a “concept draft” enabling […]

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