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Articles from Vol. 87, No. 5, March/April

CONFESSIONS of an Angry Judge
I used to be an angry judge. The reasons for my anger were real enough. Being a judge is stressful. For the past 10 years, though, I have been mellow. In deciding to change, I first had to articulate the causes of my stress and then to determine which...
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Public Opinion and the Court
Public opinion and the Court Public Reaction to Supreme Court Decisions, by Valerie J. Hoekstra. Cambridge University Press. 2003. 190 pages. $60Over recent decades both academics and judges have puzzled over the tie between Supreme Court decision making...
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Reducing Judicial Stress through Mentoring
A mentoring program can help judges, particularly new judges, deal with the stress and strain inherent in their work.Newly appointed or elected judges face burgeoning caseloads, backlogs resulting from a time-consuming appointment process, and increasing...
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Remarks before the U.S. Judicial Conference regarding Congressional Oversight Responsibility of the Judiciary
Thank you for the invitation to speak this morning before the Judicial Conference of the United States.As we all know, the Founders of our Republic drafted a blueprint for self -government that has endured for well over two centuries because it delineated...
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Separation of Powers and Mutual Respect
During a tense period in interbranch relations, both at the federal level and in some states, legislators and judges should exercise self-restraint, avoiding inflammatory rhetoric and actions that, although they may bring momentary satisfaction or short-term...
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Straight out of Red Hook: A Community Justice Centre Grows in Liverpool
Over the last two years a small but innovative court experiment called the Red Hook Community justice Center, located in a low-income neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, has attracted the attention of the British Government. Officials ranging from the...
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Teaching the Meaning and Value of an Independent Judiciary
Because of its unique role in our democracy, with the rule of law its only constituent, the judiciary is the least understood branch. Unlike the other branches, its role and responsibilities are not obvious to the uninformed. Lack of information about...
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The COURTS, the LEGISLATURE, and the EXECUTIVE: Separate and Equal?
The judicial power of the United States of America, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the...
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The STATE of the STATE COURTS
For state courts, it is the best of times and it is the worst of times.Editor's note: This article is adapted from Wisconsin Chief Justice, Abrahamson's informal remarks at the Midyear Meeting dinner of the American Judicature Society on February 27,...
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Together, Courts and Media Can Improve Public Knowledge of the Justice System
Public trust and confidence in the courts are based on an open judiciary and accurate public perception of it-for which the bench, the bar, and the media are collectively responsible.Editor's NoLe: Adapted from remarks made to the Honolulu Community-Media...
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