Judicial Systems

Gregory C. Sisk, Lifting the Blindfold From Lady Justice: Allowing Judges to See the Structure in the Judicial Code

62 Fla. L. Rev. 457 (2010) |   |   |   | ABSTRACT :: Two centuries ago, Chief Justice John Marshall wrote that “[w]here the mind labours to discover the design of the legislature, it seizes everything from which aid can be derived.” Yet for more than half a century, Congress has forbidden judges […]

Dhammika Dharmapala, Nuno Garoupa & Joanna M. Shepherd, Legislatures, Judges, and Parole Boards: The Allocation of Discretion Under Determinate Sentencing

62 Fla. L. Rev. 1037 (2010) | | | | INTRODUCTION :: Criminal sentencing in the United States has undergone sweeping changes in recent decades. The most significant development in sentencing has been the reallocation of power away from judges and parole boards and towards legislatures. State legislatures have accomplished this reallocation of power by […]

Benjamin H. Barton, Against Civil Gideon (and for Pro Se Court Reform)

62 Fla. L. Rev. 1227 (2010)| | | | INTRODUCTION :: “Civil Gideon” is a short-hand name for a concept that has been the white whale of American poverty law for the last forty years-a constitutional civil guarantee to a lawyer to match the criminal guarantee from Gideon v. Wainwright. This Article argues that the […]

Usha Rodrigues, From Loyalty to Conflict: Addressing Fiduciary Duty at the Officer Level

61 Fla. L. Rev. 1 (2009) | | | | ABSTRACT :: Conflicts of interest are the quintessential agency cost-the constant, lurking danger that agents may seek their own personal gain, rather than the good of the corporation. Yet many corporate employees lack knowledge as to exactly what constitutes a conflict of interest. This ignorance […]

David A. Karp, Why Justice Thomas Should Speak at Oral Argument

61 Fla. L. Rev. 611 (2009) | | | | INTRODUCTION :: The oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in Morse v. Frederick began at 10:03 a.m. in typical fashion, like a high-speed game of chess. Forty-two seconds into the argument, Justice Anthony Kennedy cut off the advocate in mid-sentence. For the next […]

Honorable William H. Pryor Jr., The Perspective of a Junior Circuit Judge on Judicial Modesty

60 Fla. L. Rev. 1007 (2008) | | | | TEXT :: I appreciate the invitation to deliver the Dunwody Lecture this year, and I am grateful that this occasion has allowed me to visit, for the first time, one of the premier law schools in this Circuit and our nation. The Levin College of […]