What Federal Judges Want to Know at Sentencing

For the past year and a half, I have had the opportunity to interview almost two dozen federal judges, discussing with them their philosophies on and advice for lawyers representing clients at federal sentencing. As I analyzed the information shared during interviews, a disturbing fact became apparent: We criminal defense lawyers are falling down on the job when it comes to sentencing.

Retired But Recalled Magistrate Judges Essential to the Federal Courts

Retired magistrate judges continue to assist the federal courts throughout the United States in a recall capacity. Under the magistrate judge statutory system there is no comparable status to "senior" judge as for Article III judges. However, magistrate judges who retire may elect to be available for recall status and to be assigned to any court in the federal system to provide help when needed.

The First Circuit and the District of Puetro Rico: A Century of Judicial History

The First Circuit is composed of the districts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Puerto Rico. Why was the latter paired with four New England states? After all, Puerto Rico lies 1,675 miles from Boston.

2017 FBA Civics Essay Contest Winning Essays

The winning essays from the FBA's 2017 Civics Essay Contest


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