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I Do Jury Duty In New York (It Wasn't Pretty)

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.26.2016 | New York
Peter Van Buren

Jury duty starts with a summons. The government officially demands you show up at a courthouse on a specific day and time. Not asks, not invites, demands.

How Video Can Help Police -- And The Public

The Conversation US | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Cameras may not lie, but people do all the time. While it's not infallible, video offers an invaluable way to find the truth.

We are Failing our Children: Addressing Homelessness among System-Involved Youth

Lisa Pilnik | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Lisa Pilnik

co-authored by Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth This spring, the federal Administration for Children and Families releas...

Divorce Confidential: Children And The 'Best Interests' Standard

Caroline Choi | Posted 06.28.2016 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Parents who work together and make the best decisions for their child are better off than when a court imposes an order on the family. With that goal in mind, look for a parenting expert or coach in your city. There are also many valuable resources available to you including co-parenting classes and co-parenting books. Finally, don't forget to talk to an attorney in your city for a resource list and tips on how to navigate this process!

How We Can Save Lives During a Mass Shooting

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 06.17.2016 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

As we see the casualties mount with each new shooting, the one question gun advocates and gun opponents should both be asking, is: is there a way to save even one life, without threatening each person's ability to defend their own?

The Mess in Illinois and the Public Trust Case for Pension Reform

David A. Dana | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
David A. Dana

Public pensions are wildly underfunded in many political jurisdictions across this country. The pension crisis in Illinois is perhaps the most dramatic: Illinois municipal bonds are treated as "junk" by the markets for good reason.

The Apple/FBI Case: Freedom, Security, and Judicial Decision-making

Simona Grossi | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Simona Grossi

This case is a poor vehicle for addressing, much less resolving, any of these perplexing and potentially conflicting constitutional concerns.

How Women Change Outcomes in Courtrooms and Beyond

The Conversation US | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

How the inclusion of more women in the courts, parliamentary bodies and other positions of power fundamentally change decisions and outcomes is perhaps particularly salient to three ongoing debates: the possibility that a woman will be a U.S. political party's presidential nominee for the first time, who should be appointed as the next Supreme Court justice and the role of women in the military.

The Republican Supreme Gamble: Is a Deal the Smarter Move for All Concerned?

Aaron Harber | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Aaron Harber

Despite knowing President Barack Obama has the right and obligation to nominate Scalia's successor, all the Republican presidential candidates and many others on that side of the aisle have called for the [resident to defer nominating anyone for a year so the next president can make the selection.

Four Steps to Appointing a Supreme Court Justice

The Conversation US | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Leaving Justice Scalia's seat empty until there is a new president would mean that difficult cases this term could come down to a tie, evenly split along ideological lines. So what will it take to get a new justice named?

5 Ways to Assess Whether a Criminal Defense Attorney is Any Good

Stephen A. Cooper | Posted 01.22.2016 | Crime
Stephen A. Cooper

No one wants to be charged with a crime. But, if you are, or, if one of your friends or loved ones is, here are five things to consider when deciding whether you've got a good defense attorney or not.

A Wake-Up Call to Latino Voters on the Importance of Courts

Dolores Huerta | Posted 01.22.2016 | Latino Voices
Dolores Huerta

The Supreme Court -- and the future of the Latino community -- is at stake in 2016. We've seen what damage Republican presidents have been able to create through appointing partisan judges and Supreme Court justices -- we can't let that happen this year.

Right Next Door: Dan Nesser, Bail Bondsman

Ian Spanier | Posted 01.05.2016 | Los Angeles
Ian Spanier

Think all bail bondsmen look like Eddie Moscone, the greasy, gruff, foulmouthed character played by Joe Pantoliano in the hit 1988 comedy Midnight Run...

Wealthy Developer Cleared Of Rape, Claiming He 'Fell' On 18-Year-Old Guest

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.16.2015 | Crime

A wealthy developer in London has been cleared of rape after telling the court he may have accidentally penetrated the 18-year-old woman when he fell ...

Companies That Violate Workers' Rights Don't Get To Rob Them Of Their Day In Court, Too

Terisa E. Chaw | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Terisa E. Chaw

Anyone who believes that corporations should not be given the power to impose forced arbitration--which is rigged in their favor and against individuals--should urge their Members of Congress to support and pass the AFA.

The House May Be A Mess, But It Keeps Winning In Federal Court

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics

There's no stopping the House of Representatives in federal court. A federal judge on Monday declined an Obama administration request to allow it to a...

When Enough Is Enough

Fred Silberberg | Posted 10.06.2016 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Is spousal support really supposed to last forever? Does every order that states support is to be paid "until death, remarriage or further order of court" mean that there will never be a reduction or even a termination in support? Case law tells us that the answer to that is no.

Corporations Now Have Their Own Private Judiciary System

David Morris | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Since Republicans gained control of Congress little has been done. The Arbitration Act, which would broadly void forced arbitration contracts, has languished in Congress for six years. A bill to prohibit any school receiving federal student aid from restricting students' ability to pursue legal claims in court likely will not come to a vote.

How to Restore Faith in Our Broken Judicial System

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 09.16.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Many people are responsible for securing wrongful convictions. Consider last year's record-breaking number of exonerations -- 125 in all. How many prosecutors, police officers, judges, or lawyers were fired for their participation in these 125 wrongful convictions? None.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

Pretrial Justice Demands Accused Have a Lawyer for Initial Bail Hearing

Ginny Sloan | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

To have a fair and even playing field for all who face the criminal justice system, it is essential that indigent defendants have access to an effective lawyer at their bail hearings. The federal and state governments must recognize the critical importance of a lawyer's presence during the pretrial stage.

We're Finally Talking About 2016's Most Consequential Issue

Drew Courtney | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics
Drew Courtney

Yesterday, in a speech in Texas on the importance of voting rights, Hillary Clinton made one of the most important remarks of her campaign so far: "We need a Supreme Court who cares more about the right to vote of a person than the right to buy an election of a corporation."

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.16.2016 | 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 05.13.2016 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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.