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Are You Certain That Your Lawyer Is Not Impaired?

Mark Baer | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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.

Judge and Prosecutor Secretly Texting During Murder Trial

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.23.2013 | Crime
Spencer Aronfeld

When a Broward jury convicted Omar Loureiro for murder and his judge sentenced him to death; neither he, his defense lawyers, nor the jury knew that the prosecutor and judge were secretly chatting and texting hundreds of times throughout the course of the trial.

Where Is Axelrod's Mustache? Obama on the Court -- Now and Later?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The president has thrown down the executive gauntlet to the Senate for preventing too many of his judicial nominees from getting an up or down vote. (Insert yawn here). The news was not President Obama's announced frustration, but how patient he was in manifesting it.

What Does Mediation Really Mean?

Mark Baer | Posted 07.29.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Those involved in the legal system have created confusion in the marketplace regarding the concept of mediation itself. If those involved in the legal system don't know what mediation is supposed to be, how can we expect the general public to grasp the concept?

Originalism: The Dark Misunderstanding

Deedee Freedberg | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Deedee Freedberg

At the time of his now crucial rejection by the senate, Robert Bork's importance did not fully reach me. I knew him only as Solicitor General, third o...

Judges Sue Social Security Over Case 'Quotas'

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Social Security's disability program is overwhelmed by so many claims that judges sometimes award benefits they might otherwise den...

Senate Confirms Judge For Appeals Court

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed New Jersey judge Patty Shwartz to serve on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, giving her a life...

Obama Judicial Vacancies Continue To Rise In Second Term, Face Issues

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

As President Barack Obama entered his second term in January, judicial vacancies stood as an area with room for improvement. According to Alliance...

Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Chris Young, Reity O'Brien and Andrea Fuller March 28, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a no...

Celebrate Women's History Month With More Diversity on the Federal Bench

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

Seventeen highly qualified women who have been nominated to federal judgeships are waiting for a confirmation vote from the U.S. Senate. Some of these nominees have been waiting for months -- if not years.