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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.

The Suprising Thing People Facing Federal Criminal Charges Learn

Matt Kaiser | Posted 03.18.2015 | Crime
Matt Kaiser

Basically two things happen in court -- people try to get someone else's money or the government tries to get someone's freedom. People taken to court are either at risk of losing cash or going to prison.

Judge May Toss 4 Guilty Pleas In Insider-Trade Case

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge said Thursday he's leaning toward tossing out four guilty pleas in an insider-trading case, the latest fallout from a recent...

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.

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!

Things to Consider Before Litigating

Mark Baer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Mark Baer

As you can see, decisions rendered in court are not based on all of the evidence -- just all of the legally admissible evidence

TWO keys for the Court Houses of America ONE IN---THE OTHER OUT

Frank A. Weil | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

One cornerstone of American Democracy has been a FREE key to the courthouse--wherever for whatever. That sounds good, and may have been, until a proli...

Do Lawyers Not Have a Social Responsibility?

Saul Segan | Posted 04.27.2013 | Crime
Saul Segan

I, myself, have become affected by stereotypes of the members of my profession, along with the rest of humanity. Being fortunate to have become one of those members of an often misunderstood group, there has been ample opportunity to compare the actualities with the fantasies.

A Forced End To Jury Duty?

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Federal civil jury trials in the United States probably would grind to a halt if Congress fails to reach a budget deal and $600 bil...

It's Time for Timely Justice -- Or No Justice for All

Anthony V. Curto | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Anthony V. Curto

The civil justice system today -- whether dealing with simple or complex matters -- takes so long and costs so much that it no longer serves as an effective tool in regulating society's legal matters.

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.

You Can See It in the Faces

Saul Segan | Posted 01.04.2012 | Impact
Saul Segan

The practice of law is an absolute honor and a privilege. When anyone is fortunate enough to be able to earn their livelihood by helping others to improve their lives and relieve their stresses, care should be taken to launch gratitude as a prime emotion.

State Budget Cuts Mean Logjams In Criminal Justice System

AP | By GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 12.26.2011 | Black Voices

ATLANTA -- Prosecutors are forced to ignore misdemeanor violations to pursue more serious crimes. Judges are delaying trials to cope with layoffs and ...

The Myth Of Sharia Law In America

Amy Sullivan | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Amy Sullivan

We have a criminal justice system that no outside law can supersede. Additionally, judges consider foreign laws only if they choose to -- they can always refuse to recognize a foreign law.

Failures of U.S. Courts Forces Mothers to Turn to International Law

Dianne Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dianne Post

Stories of women who are losing custody of their children to batterers and child abusers are not unique. They are the tip of the proverbial iceberg indicating a grave and growing injury to human rights.

Reading the Pictures: This Kid Abdulmutallab

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2009-12-31-headshot.jpgPictures circulating of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on a school trip to London in '03 is making it near impossible for the right-wing to hype his danger.

91% Of Terror Defendants Tried In US Courts Were Convicted: Study

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MIAMI - Guantanamo prisoners could be successfully tried in the United States because an overwhelming number of terrorism cases in U.S. courts since t...