While the LGBT community's historic exclusion and current underrepresentation in the state judiciary generally remains a concern, it is particularly problematic at the Court of Appeals. Our absence there, unfortunately, has been keenly reflected by precedential decisions over the years that relied upon discredited stereotypes and painful misunderstandings to reach legal conclusions very much adverse to our community members and their families.
Jeffrey Lebowitz writes about embarking on his long-delayed post judicial career.
Judith S. Kaye, counsel to Skadden Arps and the former Chief Judge of New York, writes: There are so many 2014 anniversaries—for starters, the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th of the Civil Rights Act, reaffirming that it remains for us, each in our own way, to persist in reinvigorating the message that the spirit of liberty, genuine equal opportunity for all, lies in our hearts and in our hands.
An article concerning juror use of social media ("Judges Urge Explicit Juror Cautions on Use of Social Media During Trial," March 20, 2014), reports that the authors of a study of jurors concluded that explicit instructions from judges regarding social media—that is, instructions not to use it—were the best way to make sure juries remained impartial.