Storied Third Branch

A Remarkable Journey to the ‘Centre Chair’

by Marsha C. Erb

Summer 2020, Storied Third Branch | Archive

Above: Beverley McLachlin, 17th Chief Justice of Canada (Photo by Roy Grogran, courtesy of the Supreme Court of Canada) Beverley McLachlin, widely regarded as one of the best legal minds Continue Reading »

Lawrence J O'Neill

The One Who Could: Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

by Jennifer L. Thurston

Spring 2020 | Volume 104 Number 1

ABOVE: U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill, right, with Senior U.S. District Judge Morrison England, both of the Eastern District of California. While Lawrence J. O’Neill was completing his 50th jury Continue Reading »

She Lifted Her Voice: Constance Baker Motley (1921–2005) U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

by Ann Claire Williams

Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

Although she loved music, she could not sing. She was such a bad singer that, as a little girl growing up in New Haven, she was asked to leave the Continue Reading »

Icon of the Bench and Gridiron: Kim Hammond, Judge, Seventh Judicial Court, Florida

by Raul A. Zambrano

Spring 2018 | Volume 102 Number 1

The names of courthouses are not something that the average person would notice. They include the directional and mundane and, occasionally, the name of an important person in the eyes Continue Reading »

A Giant Among Men: Sammie Chess, Jr.

by Joe Webster

Summer 2018 | Volume 102 Number 2

This tribute is based on Judge Webster’s book, The Making and Measure of a Judge: Biography of the Honorable Sammie Chess, Jr. (Chapel Hill Press, 2017.) All page numbers reference Continue Reading »

Burns-Ellen Bree

Pioneer Women: Ellen Bree Burns and Joan Glazer Margolis

by Sarah A.L. Merriam

Fall/Winter 2018 | Volume 102 Number 3

As an attorney practicing law in, and then a magistrate judge serving on the bench of, the District of Connecticut, I have had the good fortune to learn from many Continue Reading »

Excerpts from Unexampled Courage

by Richard Gergel

Summer 2019 | Volume 103 Number 2

Sergeant Isaac Woodard had just completed a three-year tour in a segregated unit of the United States Army. He boarded a Greyhound bus in Augusta, Ga., that would take him Continue Reading »

The Storied Third Branch

A Mentor to All: Addeliar D. (“Dell”) Guy III

by Johnnie B. Rawlinson

Storied Third Branch | Archive

Published January 2015 In 1964, Judge Addeliar D. (“Dell”) Guy III became the first African-American to practice law in the state of Nevada. Eleven years later, he was appointed as Continue Reading »

Judge Perry

Passion for Justice: Matthew J. Perry, Jr.

by J. Michelle Childs

Storied Third Branch | Archive

Published December 2014 When you call the name of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr., everyone reminisces about their cherished memories of this legal and judicial luminary who had a Continue Reading »

Judge Hatfield

He Was the Same Person in Court, at Home, or at the Racetrack: Paul Hatfield

by Donald Molloy

Storied Third Branch | Archive

Published November 2014 Judge Paul Hatfield was an extraordinary judge, a man possessed of humility and courage. He was born and raised in a “blue-collar” family and he never forgot Continue Reading »