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August 9, 2017

Empowering Jurors as Good Will Ambassadors 

United States District Judge Mark Bennett

Since my first day as a federal district judge twenty-three years ago, one of my most important goals in jury trials has been to empower jurors…

 

 

July 24, 2017

Jury Duty: A Founding Principle of American Democracy

 

United States District Judge Jack Zouhary

As federal judges, my colleagues and I are privileged to host naturalization ceremonies.  We are always encouraged to see the eagerness of civically educated,…

 

July 11, 2017

Jurors Play a Crucial Role in the Operation of Democracy in our Nation

United States District Judge Marvin E. Aspen, United States District Court

Although news media and commentators routinely scrutinize citizen alienation from our elected and appointed officers and representatives of the…

 

July 3, 2017

Federalized Tort Reform

Deepa Devanathan

While Former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of Congress about President Trump obstructing justice and while citizens protest TrumpCare (Trump’s new healthcare…

 

June 3, 2017

Saving Jury Trials

Stephen D. Susman

My project to save jury trials was born exactly 15 years ago, at a Saturday morning session of our 40th reunion with Prof. Akhil Amar talking about the Constitution…

 

 

March 7, 2017

Whither Secret Deliberations?: Pena-Rodriguez v. Colorado and the Non-Impeachment Rule

Richard L. Jolly

This week the Supreme Court decided Pena-Rodriquez v. Colorado. The case concerns the centuries-old rule that a jury’s verdict cannot be called into question based on comments or conclusions the jurors expressed during deliberations…