State Courts

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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Protecting Fair and Impartial Courts: Reflections on Judicial Independence

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

I speak today about the importance of fair and impartial courts and the role of judicial independence in achieving that goal. I begin with two stories. Some years ago, my […]

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Experts in the Hot Tub at the Court of Arbitration for Sport

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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

The Games of the XXXII Olympiad (Tokyo 2020) have been postponed to 2021 as a result of the novel coronavirus, but litigation at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) […]

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