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How “Dark money” subverts the ideal of an independent judiciary

Dark MoneyWhen Richard Bernstein decided to run for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court, he had a lot stacked against him... Read more in Mother Jones...

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In Calif., one specialized court may become “history”

courtroomIn the year since California voters approved Proposition 47, there has been a flurry of speculation about the future of drug courts in this state. Read more in the Los Angeles Times...

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My dad was the real-life Tom Hanks character in Bridge of Spies

Bridge of SpiesJames B. Donovan served as general counsel of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II and presented visual evidence as the associate prosecutor of the Nuremberg Trials. Read more at…

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An idea whose time may have come

Enhancing Access to JusticeHere is an idea that might be a breakthrough for access to justice, while enhancing the role and reputation of community based nonprofit legal aid programs. Read more at Richard Zorza's Access to Justice Blog...

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Are today’s law students going to be competent practitioners?

consultationAs law schools across the country try to keep their classrooms full, many are admitting students with lesser qualifications, including those with a lower admissions test score — considered an important predictor of whether a graduate will earn the credentials to practice law. Read more in The New York Times...

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Virtual court appearances could diminish bias, improve efficiency

Video ConferenceVirtual court appearances could diminish bias, improve efficiency. Making the courts
more accessible can’t fix all our problems with the criminal justice system. Technology, however, can start to close the gap. Read more at the Michigan Radio Web site...

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Reflections on the Lawyers Oath

Oath Taking[Note: This is an excerpt of a speech delivered by Lori Buiteweg, president, State Bar of Michigan]
Once you take the oath of a lawyer, you will conduct yourself in everything you do as a lawyer... You will never stop being a lawyer, even when you are retired. Read more at the State Bar of Michigan Web site...

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Seriously, isn’t it time to drop the bar exam?

Bar Exam ResultsThere has been no shortage of ink spilled about why bar passage rates are their lowest in decades. Some blame the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE)… Read more at the 2civility Web site...

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