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Litigation Journal | Summer 2022: Experience Black

Volume 48, Issue 4


Reflections on the Rodney King Case

Steven Clymer

Without better training and regulation of the use of force by police, we may see incidents like the King beating and George Floyd killing—and resulting turmoil—again.

Jul 19, 2022 17 min read


Much Achieved, More to Do

Beth Kaufman

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives have been part of the Litigation Section’s mission for decades and continue to expand.

Jul 19, 2022 3 min read

A Long Judicial Winter

Kenneth R Berman

Our stones of hope may need to sustain us until this current judicial winter once again turns to spring, maybe in a generation or two, if we can somehow keep our democracy intact.

Jul 19, 2022 10 min read

In (Modest) Praise of Juries

Robert E Shapiro

Juries are intimately involved in doing justice, and while there is still substantial work to be done, we should not ignore that they can be pretty darn good at it much of the time.

Jul 19, 2022 10 min read

Dealing with a Biased Judge

Michael P Downey

Rule 8.3(b) requires lawyers to report a judge who has committed a violation of the judicial canons when that violation raises a substantial question about the judge’s fitness for office.

Oct 18, 2022 3 min read


Intersections and Intersectionality

Chauntis Jenkins Floyd

For Black women litigators, race and gender are not mutually exclusive; rather, they are intimately intertwined. The specific individual attributes combine to create remarkably challenging, but ultim…

Jul 19, 2022 5 min read

Rap on Trial

Chessie Thacher

Prosecutors often introduce a defendant’s rap songs or videos as if the lyrics were autobiographical confessions of criminal conduct.

Jul 19, 2022 5 min read