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'Justice Redeemed,' A Conversation With Scott Pratt

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Scott Pratt, the bestselling author of the Joe Dillard series of legal thrillers, worked as a criminal defense lawyer before writing his first novel, An Innocent Client.

Wanted: Supreme Court Justices With Grit

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

As we look towards the very real possibility that the next President of the United States will have an opportunity to nominate several Supreme Court justices, it is critically important to focus attention on a judicial virtue that has been neglected of late: Grit, that is, firmness of mind in the face of adversity.

The Current Senate Gridlock Is Hurting the Diversity of Our Justice System

Robert T. Maldonado | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Robert T. Maldonado

Judge Restrepo's story of immigrant success seems to be on hold for the moment. That's because he's been waiting since November 2014, when President Barack Obama appointed him to serve on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, to be confirmed as an appeals court judge.

The KKK's 'Coup Attempt' in Kenya

ADST | Posted 10.20.2015 | World

Kenya of the late 80's was essentially a single-party state, with the president holding almost complete control. President Moi ruled from 1978 through 2002 and worked to crush movements among academics to initiate democratic reforms.

Domestic Violence Victims Should Be Supported, Not Jailed

Katie Ray-Jones | Posted 10.12.2015 | Crime
Katie Ray-Jones

Like many people, I was outraged when I saw the video of Florida judge Jerri Collins throwing a woman in jail after holding her in contempt of court for not showing up to testify against her allegedly abusive husband.

Divorce: It's Time to Go Private

Ayesha Vardag | Posted 09.24.2015 | Divorce
Ayesha Vardag

Nobody plans to get divorced. However, the fact is that more than half of marriages end this way, with many people facing lengthy court battles with their former spouse, either to defend or claim what they feel is rightfully theirs.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | 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.

We Need Criminal and Civil Justice Reform

Carla DiMare | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Carla DiMare

President Obama recently highlighted the need for criminal justice reform which complements the bipartisan effort to reform our criminal justice system. However, reforming only the criminal justice system falls short of what is needed.

Oh No! The Supreme Court's Opinion Season Was So Head-Spinning That One Federal Court Got Whiplash

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Those of us outside the courthouse cannot know which cases fall by the wayside, receiving less judicial attention than they require. Every litigant expects what the courts promise: Justice. But some of us aren't getting it.

Tipping the Scales of Justice: Why Don't We See More Women in Law Enforcement?

Andrea Dew Steele | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Andrea Dew Steele

I think back to that experience with Kamala and I can honestly tell you that even with all of Kamala's strengths -- an extremely successful litigation career, an excellent fundraising network and plenty of charisma -- taking on "the Old Boys' Club" was extremely challenging.

Reforming Our Justice System

Carla DiMare | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Carla DiMare

How do we improve the judiciary? Easy. Change the law. Some suggestions will cost our country virtually nothing, but will reap benefits of fairness, justice, social order and peace, particularly for the most vulnerable.

Why Has a Key Federal Judgeship in Wisconsin Been Vacant for 2,000 Days?

Nan Aron | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

After five years of stall tactics and changing the rules to whatever suits him, Senator Ron Johnson long ago forfeited whatever deference he feels he is owed. The president has a list of names and he should act, selecting the nominee who will best protect the rights of everyday people in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

Judicial Co-Equality Is Not Judicial Supremacy: Why the Judiciary Has the Final Say in Constitutional Disputes

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

To say that the judiciary is duty-bound to say "what the law is" and should not simply rubber-stamp the actions of the other branches is not to say that the other branches have a duty to obey its decisions. But holding the contrary position would make the judiciary an inferior branch and risk creating an uncertain and dangerous state of affairs.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part III

Mark Baer | Posted 05.13.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Part II of this series ended with the following question from an attorney colleague on the listserv for the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

Is the King Solomon Story Really About Mediating or Judging?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.27.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

It's amazing how many ways Biblical text can be interpreted and the fact that the same people are willing to interpret the exact same text differently for their own selfish and self-serving purposes, as the need arises.

Rock Your Performance! Tips For Young Dancers

Karen Musey | Posted 04.19.2015 | Arts
Karen Musey

Dance competition season is here! Right now across America, millions of young dancers are hastily sewing on last minute rhinestones, finalizing rehearsal details and buying enough hairspray to freeze an elephant stiffly into place.

Acting With Godliness

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

The Torah tells us in Parsha Mishpatim, that we are to "Distance yourself from falsehood." (Ex. 23:7) No other transgression, said Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Przysucha, has this commandment. What it is about falsehood that God is so concerned about us falling into?

Alabama Marriage Equality Tantrum Is a Slap in the Face to All Americans

Alvin McEwen | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

If state judges can get away with ignoring a federal ruling simply because they do not agree with said ruling on whatever grounds, they are giving themselves precedent to ignore any and all federal rulings they do not agree with.

The Long Judicial Arm of the Honduran Coup

Dana Frank | Posted 04.05.2015 | World
Dana Frank

Rather than reward the dangerous Hernández regime for subverting the rule of law and punishing those who uphold it, the United States should publicly and forcefully demand the immediate reinstatement of the four judges as a baby step toward restoring judicial independence in Honduras.

Williams-Yulee Is Not About Free Speech, It's About Judicial Integrity

Yael Bromberg | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

The Supreme Court is hearing a case tomorrow that threatens to further politicize the bench at a time of skyrocketing spending in judicial races.

Blind Judge Making History On Michigan Supreme Court

AP | ED WHITE | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics

DETROIT (AP) — Richard Bernstein officially joins the Michigan Supreme Court in a few days. But he's been working off the clock since November, prep...

Nigella Lawson Talks About 'The Taste', 'Modern Family' and Beer Pong

Ali Rosen | Posted 02.02.2015 | Taste
Ali Rosen

Nigella Lawson is a renowned cookbook author and television host, but who knew she was great at beer pong?

How To Select The Best Mediator Is a Must Read for Everyone

Mark Baer | Posted 01.18.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I cannot thank Mr. Peters enough for putting so much effort into writing such an outstanding book and highly recommend that every professional involved in dispute and/or conflict resolution and everyone involved in a dispute and/or conflict take the time to read this book.

Unfortunately, Reviews on Yelp Cannot Be Relied Upon for Vetting Purposes

Mark Baer | Posted 11.27.2014 | Business
Mark Baer

I would be highly suspect in relying upon Yelp reviews in the future. I wish this were not true because it just makes it that much more difficult and confusing for customers to locate "real evidence" that is so essential to properly vet products and services.

ORNSTEIN: Judicial Activists Undermining The Constitution

The Atlantic | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Even so, there is another strain of interpretation that has arisen to challenge this one, closely identified with Justice Antonin Scalia. Known as tex...