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Taking Stock of Diversity in the Federal Judiciary; Significant Progress Has Been Made, But Much Remains to Be Done

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

t's critical that the "firsts" are followed by the seconds, and thirds, and fourths, in order to create permanent change on our federal courts.

The World's Biggest Hypocrites Are At It Again

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 02.03.2013 | Business
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Class action lawyers collect billions of dollars in attorney's fees filing lawsuits against companies for failing to disclose this, making false and misleading statements about that, and breach of fiduciary duty for the other.

Risk and Reward: Inside the Life of a Federal Judge

Judge Frederic Block | Posted 01.28.2013 | Crime
Judge Frederic Block

The startling revelation last month of the death threat against my colleague Judge Joseph Biancoreminded me of the death threat made against me a few years ago by Anthony Casso, who went by the charming nickname "Gaspipe."

Judging Obama's Second Term

David Fontana | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
David Fontana

Presidents come and go, but federal judges stay. In the second term, it is important that President Obama find ways to focus his energies on judicial nominations, and find ways to ensure that the Senate does the same.

Radley Balko

Our Broken Criminal Justice System: The Issues No One Is Talking About | Radley Balko | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics

Our broken criminal justice system wasn't discussed in the first two 2012 debates, and it's unlikely it will be addressed in the two that remain. In f...

The Presidential Debates: Judges Shouldn't Be Swayed By Opinion Polls

Joel Cohen | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Joel Cohen

Great judges or justices are great when they persuade their colleagues on the bench to change their views, as happened following their famous dissents. Not when judges expediently change their own stated views to allay or placate a then-underwhelmed or even excoriating press or public.

Judging Voter Suppression: Is it Partisan?

Maya Wiley | Posted 12.02.2012 | Black Voices
Maya Wiley

From these cases, judicial behavior seems less partisan than, well, the behavior of our politicians, and that's a good thing. Still, this snapshot of judicial decision-making suggests that our ideologies follow us into court appointments.

Ten Wild and Crazy Facts, a Few Opinions, and One Prediction About the Supreme Court

Eric Segall | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Eric Segall

Every sitting Justice went to either Harvard or Yale Law Schools. This makes the Court the least diverse (really diverse) governmental institution in the United States.

Everything You Need To Know About The Most Important Person In Your Divorce Trial

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 08.22.2012 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

When parents seeking a divorce are unable to settle on a co-parenting plan, they often end up in front of a judge.

The "Thurmond Rule" -- Another Blot on the Senate

Bob Edgar | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The only explanation senators offer for this nonsense is that this is the way they've always operated -- as if the tradition was a source of pride rather than an embarrassment. What a shame.

18 Questions To Ask When Hiring A Divorce Lawyer

Henry Gornbein | Posted 06.30.2012 | Divorce
Henry Gornbein

If you are contemplating a divorce or your spouse is on the verge of serving you with divorce papers, you should immediately contact a divorce lawyer. At the initial consultation, there are several important questions that you should ask.

The Pulitzer Judges Were Dead Wrong

Warren Adler | Posted 06.20.2012 | Home
Warren Adler

Not one book was worthy? Does it follow that, in the opinion of the judges, the reading public last year was short-changed on the quality of what was on offer?

Are Women Morally Different From Men?

Psychology Today | Posted 03.12.2012 | Women

With Barack Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan, the United States Supreme Court is likely to have more women than ever before. Some wonder whether the ...

Judge Cebull: 'Resign'

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

There is no place for a federal judge who uses racist, divisive language.

Should Miami Celebrate Its Lawyers?

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 04.16.2012 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

At this time, when the public perception of lawyers is understandably at an all-time low, the not-for-profit Lawyers to the Rescue has identified several South Florida lawyers who have set a new standard for their commitment to public service.

Mike Sacks

Florida Primary May Save Federal Judges From Newt | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich's lackluster performance in Thursday night's debate darkened the already dim chances of seeing Justice Anthony Kennedy hau...

Paul Blumenthal

Newt Gingrich Pushes Truly Radical Idea | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In Thursday night's Republican presidential debate, the Fox News moderators announced that they would ask one question that had not been...

Why We Need an Independent Judiciary

Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III

Let's stand up for one of our most precious monuments -- our judiciary -- as a place of integrity and independence, and as a refuge for those in our society who seek to enforce rights and protect freedoms. Our liberty depends on it.

Jurists' Personal Lives Should Remain So

Fred Silberberg | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

Since when we have ever required judges to disclose the details of the personal lives in such a manner? On what basis does one's sexual orientation affect his or her ability to determine the legality of matters?

Shameful: Partisan Politics Block Another Highly Qualified Judicial Nominee

Debra L. Ness | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Debra L. Ness

If an eminently qualified nominee like Caitlin Halligan cannot get an up-or-down vote in the Senate, how will any future nominee be seriously considered? And how will the nation get out of the judicial crisis we are facing?

Loren Berlin

Citigroup Settlement Tossed: Judge Tells SEC To Get It Together | Loren Berlin | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

In a potentially precedent setting ruling on Monday, a federal judge in New York tossed out a settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commissio...

Women on the Federal Courts: An Update

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

Recently, the Senate confirmed six judicial nominees, four of whom were women. Not only did the confirmation bring the total number of women confirmed during the Obama Administration to 50 (47% of all confirmed nominees), but two broke glass ceilings in their jurisdictions.

Will Obama's Judicial Nominees Be Delayed or Denied Justice?

Debbie Hines | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

We should demand no less from the Senate than to give judicial nominees their due process. The unprecedented delay benefits no one who cares for justice.

In Tennessee, a Choice: Should Judges Be Elected or Appointed?

Todd Brewster | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Todd Brewster

The Tennessee Plan has been tested in the state's courts and survived constitutional scrutiny there. But those who oppose it insist that no panel of judges would rule against a plan that would subject them, and other judges, to public approval.

Is It Time to Take Away My Right to Vote... For Judicial Candidates?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Can we count on judges to be truly independent, to make decisions only based only on the law, and not based on politics and/or what is popular, if they must stand before the public every few years in order to keep their jobs?