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Measuring judges and justice

Posted on February 19, 2009

Feb. 18, 2009 — The attempt to empirically track how judges make decisions has emerged as a new and somewhat controversial area of study by social scientists and legal scholars over the last quarter century. A Duke Law conference on Feb. 6 brought together leading academics and jurists to discuss the quantification and codification of Continue Reading »

How much should judges make?

Posted on January 20, 2009

Currie Lecture focuses on federal court jurisdiction

Posted on November 17, 2008

Nov. 17, 2008 — Delivering Duke’s annual Brainerd Currie Memorial Lecture on Nov. 11, Judge William Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit closely examined the meaning of the word “all,” which appears four times in the “judicial article” of the Constitution, Article III. A scholar of civil procedure and Continue Reading »

In praise of American juries

Posted on January 9, 2008

Jan. 9, 2008 ― The American jury system works, according to Duke Law Professor Neil Vidmar. While public perception of jury behavior may be shaped by controversial verdicts such as O.J. Simpson’s acquittal or the award of nearly $3 million in punitive damages to an elderly woman burned by hot McDonald’s coffee, jurors generally take Continue Reading »