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I grew up wanting to be a lawyer but not because of my name. When I first ran for office, my name was really a source of fun for some. The local paper covered my announcement with the headline “Bench Se...

Bench takes the bench

I grew up wanting to be a lawyer but not because of my name. When I first ran for office, my name was really a source of fun for some. The local paper covered my announcement with the headline “Bench Se...

My last name came from my first marriage and it has always been a benefit during my legal career. I am also the author of nine books, all of which are distinguished “law books.” When I was a federal a...

The advantages of following the Law

My last name came from my first marriage and it has always been a benefit during my legal career. I am also the author of nine books, all of which are distinguished “law books.” When I was a federal a...

Click here for the editor’s note* Despite my last name, I never set out to be a judge, even after I became a lawyer. But I suppose the last name may have pulled me in that direction once opportunity cal...

Judge squared

Click here for the editor’s note* Despite my last name, I never set out to be a judge, even after I became a lawyer. But I suppose the last name may have pulled me in that direction once opportunity cal...

McGirt v. Oklahoma: A tribal member and tribal judge’s view

Survey of judges says the majority believe the criminal justice system suffers from racism

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