A Finer Point

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A Poem: Substance Abuse Trial (PDF)

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Spring 2022 | Volume 106 Number 1

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

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Fall/Winter 2021-22 | Volume 105 Number 3

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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Summer 2021 | Volume 105 Number 2

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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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

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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Fall/Winter 2020–21 | Volume 104 Number 3

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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Summer 2020 | Volume 104 Number 2

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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Shattering Glass Ceilings from the Bench

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Fall 2019 | Volume 103 Number 3

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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