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Lawyers Make History: A courthouse in Concepción de Ataco, El Salvador. Photo credit: Lori Tripoli.

Courthouses Around the World: Concepción de Ataco, El Salvador

Standing outside the gates to the small courthouse in Concepción de Ataco, El Salvador, one cannot help but think about the role of courts and how architecture and design reinforce that role, or not. Should…

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Lawyers Make History: The Antigua courthouse in St. John's is now a museum. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

An Antigua Courthouse Turned Museum in St. John’s

“Everything in the island speaks of evanescence and the lapse of time,” Patrick Leigh Fermor wrote of Antigua in his 1950 book, The Traveller’s Tree, and the 1750s Antigua courthouse in St. John’s is no…

If 2017 taught us anything, it was that we need to be ready for an emergency of any sort: natural disaster, terrorist attack, whatnot. But are our courts prepared as well? U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. addresses the emergency preparedness of the federal court system. #LawyersMakeHistory

Emergency Preparedness for Courts, Too

The emergency preparedness of the federal court system was a primary theme of Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.’s year-end report on the federal judiciary. The good news is that the courts are on top of…

Lawyers Make History: A rendering of the new courthouse for the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. Image courtesy of Marianas Management Corporation. #LawyersMakeHistory

New U.S. District Courthouse for the Northern Mariana Islands

Federal Courthouse Will Feature Enhanced Security and Energy-Saving Elements The U.S. General Services Administration announced that a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on a new 35,696 square-foot U.S. courthouse in Saipan, an island…

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity has announced that Phyllis Randolph Frye, a City of Houston Municipal Courts associate judge who reportedly is the first openly transgender judge to be appointed in Texas, is one of the recipients of the 2017 Stonewall Awards.

American Bar Association Honors Transgender Judge

Appreciating Phyllis Randolph Frye The American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual  Orientation and Gender Identity has announced that Phyllis Randolph Frye, a City of Houston Municipal Courts associate judge who reportedly is the first openly…

The Old Courthouse, Cong, County Mayo, Ireland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Courthouses around the World: Old Courthouse, Cong, Ireland

An Approachable Courthouse in County Mayo The Old Courthouse on Abbey Street in Cong, Ireland now serves as a tourist office. The Proclamation of the Irish Republic is displayed outside, as it is at other…

What we can learn from the life and death of Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade

Not Exactly a Roe Model

The Life and Death of Roe v. Wade Class Action Plaintiff Norma McCorvey Obituaries of the recently deceased Norma McCorvey, perhaps best known as the class action plaintiff pseudonymously named Jane Roe in the Supreme Court…

The other guy confessed, but you're the accused. Should the government get to suppress the confession?

The Other Guy Confessed. Shouldn’t You Know?

Marking the Passing of E. Clinton Bamberger Say you happen to be standing trial for murder. Let’s suppose that somehow you got yourself entangled in a bit of a mess and that you weren’t alone when…

Sportswear as legal educator

Career Tip from a Tee Shirt

Seen on a tee-shirt in Key West: A good lawyer knows the law, but a great lawyer knows the judge! The tee shirt is right, and that’s a point that wasn’t sufficiently conveyed to me…

Sculpture outside the White Plains, N.Y. City Court. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Courthouse Art: Requiring Worship or Inspiring Liberty?

The last few years of civilian unrest against police makes me think about how the law is represented generally. Should a police presence be intimidating or reassuring? Should a hall of justice incite fear or…

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