Technology

Contracting the Virus: Not If, But When

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Vol. 104 No. 3 | Judges on the March

In the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Texas judiciary focused on its response to the global pandemic. The Office of Court Administration (OCA), the judicial branch agency tasked […]

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Coping with COVID: Continuity and Change in the Courts

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Vol. 104 No. 2 | Coping with COVID

By now, our courts, state and federal, have adapted much of their work to digital platforms. But some procedures or litigation events do not easily or obviously translate to the […]

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What Makes People Do What They Do?

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Vol. 104 No. 1 | A Clearer View

In conversation with Bolch Judicial Institute Director David F. Levi, Dan Ariely offers a behavioral scientist’s take on motivation, incentives, and sanctions in legal settings. As a teenager, Dan Ariely […]

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I Recommend: AI Superpowers

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I recommend AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order by Dr. Kai-Fu Lee — a book first recommended to me by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. […]

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Judging Eyewitness Evidence

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Vol. 104 No. 1 | A Clearer View

Eyewitness evidence, in which a witness visually identifies the culprit, is a staple of criminal investigations. But its fallibility is notorious. As the National Academy of Sciences explained in an […]

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A Clearer View: The Impact of the National Academy of Sciences Report on Eyewitness Identification

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Vol. 104 No. 1 | A Clearer View

Six years ago, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) convened a panel of experts to consider the problem of eyewitness identification. Eyewitnesses have long played a significant role in […]

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Assessing Risk: The Use of Risk Assessment in Sentencing

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Vol. 103 No. 2 | Pay NCAA athletes?

Judges are using risk assessment instruments in criminal cases more than ever before. Their role is increasingly prominent at all stages of the criminal justice system, including policing, pretrial detention, […]

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Up to the Courts: Managing Forensic Testimony with Limited Scientific Validity

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Vol. 102 No. 1 | Forensic Fail

U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York tells the story of a firearms and toolmark examiner who appeared before him in 2008, proposing to […]

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The Cars of the Future are Headed to Your Courtroom

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Vol. 103 No. 3 | Fees, Fines, and Bail

Distracted and intoxicated driving are costly problems. And while emerging technologies aim to help reduce traffic accidents caused by human error, technology may also increase the number of accidents. For […]

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Finding Humanity in the Great Power Competition for Artificial Intelligence

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Vol. 103 No. 3 | Fees, Fines, and Bail

I recently spoke on artificial intelligence, law, and ethics as a panelist at the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Atlanta. At the end of our discussion, the moderator […]

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