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The two themes of this issue—the history of the Appellate Judges Conference and security for courtrooms and judges—offer lessons about how to make our lives and courts safer to improve our work as judges.
The ABA Judicial Division continues to take the lead in developing and improving caseflow management, standards and goals, and time standards.
Visionary and committed judicial leaders, aided by capable and devoted ABA staff, were instrumental in establishing the Appellate Judges Conference in 1964 and the Appellate Judges Education Institute in 2002.
Advances in technology will spur electronic filings and videoconferencing that will make the courts more efficient.
In light of societal and technological changes since 1964, it is not surprising that appellate advocacy and judging are not what they used to be. What were those changes and what does the future hold?
Judges need to be aware of how an international commercial arbitration matter may appear in court and how it may relate to larger proceedings in the dispute and the world.
Acts of retaliation are unpredictable; every member of a judge’s or lawyer’s staff and family should be trained to react in a crisis. Steps include making the courtroom safer, recognizing threatening communication and suspicious behavior, restricting access to personal information, enhancing security of your home, and handling suspicious packages.
Shot while standing in his chambers by a sniper 200 yards away in a parking garage, this judge returned to work a month later. He readily shares his story and tips for dealing with non-targeted, unplanned court-related violence and targeted, premeditated violence.
Judges need to be mindful of the social science and the neuroscience showing the effects of exposure to domestic violence on children’s mental and physical health, social and emotional development, and interpersonal relationships.
Now the longest-serving justice in Delaware’s history, Justice Randy Holland manages to find the time to undertake national and international work involving judicial ethics and professionalism. He also finds the time to write and edit books while carrying out his judicial responsibilities.
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Appellate Judges Conference, Judge Dixon compares aspects of appellate and trial practice of 50 years ago with the practice today and reviews a few predictions made in 1964 of what the world would be like in 2014.
In the past 50 years, the ABA and its appellate judges have developed Model Codes of Judicial Conduct and assisted in forming judicial conduct commissions in all 50 states. Because of this dedicated effort, we can all look forward to a strong ethical judiciary in our next 50 years.