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How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

Toomey's Explanation for Restrepo Delay Raises More Questions

Paul Gordon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey has been taking a lot of heat at home for collaborating with Chuck Grassley's scheme to delay Phil Restrepo's confirmation to the Third Circuit for as long as possible.

The Fourth Quarter

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Denying confirmation to qualified nominees violates one of the "rules" of the game -- the rule that each president will have the chance to reshape the bench to reflect his or her vision of justice. But it is not a game.

Climate Change and the Courts: Court Rejects Latest Industry Ploy to Block Carbon Pollution Limits

David Doniger | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Here's the important point: While EPA considers these questions, the Clean Air Act's "best available control technology" requirements remain fully in effect for carbon pollution, just as for any other dangerous pollutant. That's another important court victory for the fight against climate change, for EPA and the Clean Air Act, and -- most importantly -- for all of us.

Priorities for Romania: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Advancing Economic Freedom

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Natasha Srdoc

In order to increase economic freedom for its citizens and enable them to achieve higher standards of living, Romania needs to continue its efforts to eradicate corruption and establish an independent and efficient judicial system.

Alabama's Former Top Judge: Money Is Ruining America's Courts

POLITICO | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

I felt trapped. I had made it to the top of my profession. I was the chief justice of Alabama, the first woman to head the state Supreme Court. It was...

The Relevance of Streetball in New York City

Ryan 'Special FX' Williams | Posted 04.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ryan 'Special FX' Williams

As players brought life and energy to the blacktops, the courts served as the place to realize dreams. With big audiences including players' friends and families taking notice of the passion and skill evolving before their eyes, it was only a matter of time until big corporations began exploring business opportunities.

The Kansas Education Funding Case and Constitutional Democracy

Craig Martin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Craig Martin

The ongoing debate in Kansas over school funding is important not only for the state's education policy, but also for how we think about our democracy.

Dear Judge Sutton

Paul Gordon | Posted 01.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Paul Gordon

Your ruling suggested that using the democratic process rather than the courts should make us feel respected and heroic. With that in mind, I would like to share with you my experience doing just that in 2012 when my state, Maryland, had marriage equality on the ballot.

Lame Duck Opportunity and Obligation: Confirm Judges

Paul Gordon | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Paul Gordon

It is not a controversial or partisan position to state that our courts should be staffed. And it should not be a controversial or partisan position to say that the Senate should be allowed to vote by year's end on whether to confirm the two dozen judicial nominees whose time would be better spent hearing cases rather than waiting out partisan senators.

After a Week of Legal Back-and-forth, Plaintiffs in Case Challenging Alaska's Same-sex Marriage Ban Legally Wed

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Alaska Dispatch News

Snow, slush, a state holiday and complex legal maneuvering from the court system weren't enough to stop Courtney Lamb and Stephanie Pearson from getting married.

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

When Going Nuclear Makes Sense

Doug Kendall | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The invocation of the nuclear option last November addressed a real problem with the functioning of the Senate, paved the way for a new generation of insightful legal minds to join the ranks of the federal judiciary, and has allowed the president to address the nation's judicial vacancy crisis by accelerating the pace of confirmations. We are all better off for it.

Do Jurors Become Better Citizens?

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

What if jury service made you a better citizen? New social science research on juries and democratic engagement makes exactly that argument. Like an immunity boost for our civic constitution, jury service appears to ward off civic apathy.

Now They've Gone Too Far. Time for Harry Reid to Blow Up the Filibuster and Confirm All Nominees Now

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Two Republican judges (on a three-judge panel) just issued a decision that would gut Obamacare. The Republican Party has turned the judicial system into nothing more than another part of the legislature. Let's end the charade and call them out for having done so.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

The Juror Voices Project

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Every year millions of Americans are summoned to jury service. Yet, no organized, centralized space exists to collect or share what jurors think about this experience. Juror voices are lost. And, this is a loss for the court system and American democracy.

Driving the Point Home: Judges Matter

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

Those who would block progress and roll back gains are hard at work. Now is the time to make our voices heard. It may not be too late, but it is later than we think!

Senator Rand Paul Defended

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Senator Rand Paul is like Horatius at the bridge standing against the serial vandalizing of the Constitution by the President of the United States and his myrmidons at the Department of Justice.

Double Charged: The True Cost of Juvenile Justice

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Double Charged is a special investigation into the U.S. juvenile justice system, produced by Youth Radio. By: Myles Bess This story airs on Ameri...

'10 Angry Men' Isn't Enough: Will the Supreme Court Finally Step in to Stop States From Violating Fundamental Constitutional Rights?

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 06.09.2014 | Crime
Elizabeth B. Wydra

In the film 12 Angry Men, a lone man is able to convince his fellow jurors to switch their votes from guilty to not guilty. But in some places, the movie would have been much shorter and the result different -- because in those states, 10 out of 12 jurors voting guilty is enough to send a person away to prison for the rest of his life.

Affluenza: Plagued With the Complexion for the Protection

Christopher Norris | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Christopher Norris

Affluenza is quite possibly the only sickness on the face of the Earth where those who are afflicted by it show no sense of urgency to be cured.

Italy Agrees to Have Justin Bieber Extradited in Place of Amanda Knox

Spencer Green | Posted 04.02.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

Following the Italian appeals court's second murder conviction of former exchange student Amanda Knox, an agreement has been reached in which singer Justin Bieber will be extradited to Italy in place of Ms. Knox.

What Goes on in a Judge's Chambers Conference?

Scott B. Piekarsky | Posted 03.31.2014 | Small Business
Scott B. Piekarsky

Have you ever wondered what goes on when your attorney goes into chambers with other counsel and the judge? Are they busy talking about the weekend football games or basketball games?