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Permission to Judge a Legal Brief by Its Cover Is Granted

Stacy Slotnick | Posted 08.22.2014 | Books
Stacy Slotnick

Despite the adage, "Never judge a book by its cover," many consumers do just that. The artistic packaging in which things come not only powerfully affect what interests us but also how we react to the contents we find inside.

When Going Nuclear Makes Sense

Doug Kendall | Posted 07.28.2014 | 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.

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.15.2014 | 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.

Two Outstanding Films Not to Miss: 'Belle' and 'Fed Up'

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 07.19.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Belle's lineage affords he...

How to Taint a Jury Pool

Steve Bevilacqua | Posted 08.05.2014 | Los Angeles
Steve Bevilacqua

Jury duty is a pain in the ass. Even the most civic-minded citizens I know consider it a pain in the ass. Last week, Madonna got in hot water for bl...

California Primary Was a Striking Display of Voter Apathy

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Jessica Levinson

There are about 17.7 million registered voters in California and just over 3.2 million cast a ballot in the June 3 elections. Over 38 million people live in the state, so each person who voted essentially weighed in on behalf of almost 12 others.

What Is Required to Make Collaborative Divorce Truly Collaborative?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Those of you who have been reading my series of articles about "Collaborative Divorce" should be well aware of the fact that I have quoted Stephen Wil...

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!

Georgia Governor Vetoes Private Probation Bill

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

The bill would have allowed these private probation companies to shield details of their practices from public eyes, while still raking in millions from those they're meant to supervise.

Are You Certain That Your Lawyer Is Not Impaired?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I have written a number of articles about the negative impact that certain "types" of attorneys have made on our "system of justice." The first articl...

Selling Prisoners to the Highest Bidder

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.16.2014 | Crime
Roy Speckhardt

Why would prisons fully pursue important policies like educational programs intended to prevent recidivism? If such policies were effective and decreased the number of inmates in their prisons it would negatively impact their bottom line.

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?

Pope Francis on Marriage, Annulments, and the Good Judge

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

This is not a speech likely to gain much attention in the United States. It is available only in Italian, although an English translation will doubtlessly be forthcoming. But it is a speech with potentially large implications for the direction Pope Francis hopes to move the Church.

Billionaire Beanie Should Get Mercy

Adam Resnick | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Adam Resnick

On the surface, Warner may not strike people as the most sympathetic non-violent criminal. After all, he is a billionaire, but he still committed a crime of greed according to prosecutors. On the other hand, he has no criminal record, has paid nearly a billion dollars in taxes throughout his lifetime, is philanthropic, and is not a threat to society.

Celebrating Success for Foster Children on Adoption Day

Judith Sandalow | Posted 01.27.2014 | DC
Judith Sandalow

I couldn't help but tear up when a little girl told the crowd that "adoption is when your auntie becomes your mommy." So much power in one sentence.

Launch the 'Nuke,' Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's an old adage in politics that the way to win political struggles is to "bring a gun to a knife fight." If this imagery isn't violent enough for you, the subject on the table now is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering what is called the "nuclear option."

Harry Reid Can Move Obama's Nominees Without Changing the Filibuster

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

It would be best to change or eliminate the filibuster. Failing that, there is a way to get floor votes for the president's nominees.

Friday Talking Points -- Two Obama Promises

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Although it's been a week heavy on Obamacare, we're going to (mostly) look forward this week, to the upcoming budget battles. Because buried in the Obamacare stories this week was one very important bit of news.

Judge Posner and Judicial Humility

Eric Segall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Segall

There has been a huge hoopla over comments made by Judge Richard Posner during a HuffPost Live interview with Mike Sacks, and in various other media outlets, that he likely made the wrong decision upholding Indiana's Voter ID law in Crawford v. Marion County.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

Judge Cannon Misfires Again

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Leaving her mother in charge of a son with cerebral palsy, Camilla Clifton headed to the Cook County criminal courthouse to support her nephew, on trial in 2009 for an attempted murder she believed he did not commit. Clifton would not see her family again for three days.

The Umpire Changes the Rules

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brandt Goldstein

Will we finally see the umpire that the Chief Justice promised us? Or will he continue to move the foul lines and alter the strike zone to favor the rich and the powerful? Americans should keep their eyes on the Court.

When the Law Is Involved, Do Notions Of Fairness Matter?

Mark Baer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When attorneys, mediators and others are involved in the process, their concepts of fairness may well differ from those of one or both of the parties and from those of the other professionals involved.

Is Mediation About Reaching the Same Result in a More Efficient and Economical Manner?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

My last article on mediation, titled "Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?," was the first of a series of articles on medi...

Getting Schooled: Judicial Education and the Corporate Court

Katie Shay | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Katie Shay

Decisions in favor of groups like the American Petroleum Institute and the Chamber of Commerce by judges who attended seminars sponsored by the same institutions have led to the perception that corporations and conservative groups can buy judicial influence.