Writing isn’t enough, you need this other skill

By NJC Distinguished Prof. Ron Hofer

Whether you knew it then or not, the day you showed up for the first day of law school was the day you signed on to be a professional writer. Moreover, the day you become an appellate judge you become a professional editor—not only of your own work but of others as well.

February 16th, 2017|

Judges are feeling less respected

The survey results are in, and we’re sad to report that nearly two-thirds of judges feel that their standing with the public has deteriorated.

Earlier this month our Question of the Month debuted by asking NJC alumni if they felt the public’s esteem for judges had risen, declined, or stayed the same in the past 10 years. Of the more than 1,400 judges who responded, 63 percent said they thought it

February 16th, 2017|

Considering a New Year’s resolution, judge? Try mindfulness

By Yvonne Stedham and Colleen Camenisch

Retired judge Lee Sinclair describes one of his days in the Court of Common Pleas in Canton, Ohio, this way:

It’s four o’clock, and I have three hearings still waiting. We are two hours behind schedule. Before me, wailing and castigating my judicial ability, is the most belligerent and obnoxious lawyer I know. The lawyer is refusing to accept an inevitable adverse ruling. The lawyer proceeds

December 16th, 2016|

Cataclysm or bump in the road? What the PCAST report means for the future of forensic evidence

By Brady Johnson

A government report questioning the validity of many kinds of forensic evidence rattled the judiciary when it was released in September. The report called into question several forensic practices, such as fingerprinting, that have long been used to send people to prison or acquit them.

Now crime-scene experts and judges are weighing in on what the report’s findings mean. Some say judges need to heed its warnings while others

December 16th, 2016|
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