The Storied Third Branch

A Passion for Justice

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Autumn 2015 | Volume 99 Number 2

When you call the name of the hon. Matthew J. Perry, Jr., everyone reminisces about their cherished memories of this legal and judicial luminary who had a zeal for the […]

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The Incredible Journey of Marian Opala

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Summer 2015 | Volume 99 Number 1

From Polish freedom fighter to Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, Marian Opala’s long life was filled with danger, adventure, and a thirst for knowledge. A profound devotion to […]

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The Joy of Judging with Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella

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Fall/Winter 2021-22 | Volume 105 Number 3

In her last day as a sitting judge at the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella left us with these parting words: “Justice is the application of law […]

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Judge Paul G. Hatfield (Image from U.S. Senate Historical Office)

An Extraordinary Judge: U.S. District Judge Paul G. Hatfield

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Spring 2016 | Volume 100 Number 1

The Storied Third Branch 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 […]

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Judge Weinfeld Portrait

The Storied Third Branch: Reflections on Judge Edward Weinfeld

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Summer 2016 | Volume 100 Number 2

Judge Edward Weinfeld was a judge of the Southern District of New York from 1950 until his death in January 1988 at the age of 86. He remained an active […]

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Judge Reavley in 1987

A Tall Texan, A Great Man: Judge Thomas Morrow Reavley

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Summer 2021 | Volume 105 Number 2

A great man and Tall Texan (6’4”), The Honorable Thomas Morrow Reavley died on 1 December 2020, only about seven months shy of reaching 100. The depth and breadth of […]

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Robert L. Carter’s Commitment to Justice

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Autumn 2016 | Volume 100 Number 3

As an NAACP Lawyer, Robert L. Carter litigated countless milestone cases, including Brown v. Board of Education. He was such a passionate voice for civil rights that it might appear incongruous […]

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Albion Tourgée, Reconstruction-era Crusader for Justice

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Winter 2016 | Volume 100 Number 4

As an American history buff and avid reader, I am always pleasantly surprised when I discover an American judicial hero whose life’s story enjoys periodic popular revivals. Albion Winegar Tourgée […]

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A Model of Collegiality: Judge Harry T. Edwards

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Spring 2021 | Volume 105 Number 1

One of Judge Harry Edwards’s successors as chief judge of the D.C. Circuit has called Judge Edwards the “Great Chief.” That is a fitting appellation. While Judge Edwards could serve […]

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A Model Trial Judge: U.S. District Judge Sim Lake

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Spring 2017 | Volume 101 Number 1

(Judge Jennifer Elrod is is pictured above with Judge Lake on the day he swore her into the Texas bar in 1992; photo courtesy Jennifer Elrod.) Born on the last Independence […]

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