A Finer Point

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Legal Tradition — Or Symbol of Subjugation?

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Vol. 106 No. 2 | Losing faith?

Recently a huge controversy erupted in Zimbabwe over the alleged purchase of British horsehair wigs for Zimbabwean judges. Given the financial challenges ordinary Zimbabweans face, it was not surprising that […]

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A Poem: Substance Abuse Trial (PDF)

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Vol. 106 No. 1 | Necessarily Engaged

Substance Abuse Trial He mispronounces you, the judge, rhyming your first with your second name, making you into something ridiculous: Gillis Willis Mead. But you stand as still as they […]

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Learned Hand’s Spirit of Liberty: A Lesson for Our Times

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Vol. 105 No. 3 | Leaving Afghanistan

Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reflects on the lessons of unity and tolerance embedded in Judge Learned Hand’s famous “Spirit of Liberty” speech.

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Perry Mason Landscape

The Moral Order of Perry Mason’s Universe

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Vol. 105 No. 2 | Judicial Independence

When it premiered on CBS in 1957, Perry Mason represented the birth of the television courtroom procedural. For decades, Mason, a criminal defense attorney who almost always emerged from the court victorious, […]

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An Immigrant Judge’s Ode to Naturalization Ceremonies

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Vol. 105 No. 1 | The Courts Held

Above: Judge Joseph in 2019 with her 92-year-old “adoptive” mother, Uctorieuse Destin, on the day Judge Joseph presided over Destin’s naturalization ceremony. COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of life, including […]

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Empty Chairs

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Vol. 104 No. 3 | Judges on the March

The sudden deaths of United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Associate Justice Antonin Scalia ignited political firestorms regarding the appropriate timeline for confirming a new justice […]

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Typography

Typography for Judges

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Vol. 104 No. 2 | Coping with COVID

Not so long ago, the prevailing standard for typography in opinions and briefs was atrocious. The entire profession seemed to believe that the way to make a document look lawyerly […]

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Courts Must Lead in the Crisis of Addiction

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Vol. 104 No. 1 | A Clearer View

Last year, more Americans died of opioid overdoses than of many cancers, gunshot wounds, or even car crashes. In fact, by at least one metric, the epidemic is more dire […]

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Shattering Glass Ceilings from the Bench

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

Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo first thought of a legal career in the 1940s when her school bus drove by a local law school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. “It was like a […]

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The Public Domain: A Grand Reopening

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Vol. 103 No. 1 | Navigating Rough Seas

In 2019, for the first time in 20 years, a trove of creative works published in 1923 entered the U.S. public domain. Why the hiatus? These works were set to […]

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