June 2016

Helping Judges Get Their Due

The disparity between what federal judges are paid compared to private lawyers has caused numerous jurists to leave the bench recently in search of greener pastures as part of a troubling, ongoing trend. Famously, Congress has not approved a pay increase for those serving on the federal bench in nearly 25 years despite promising in the Ethics Reform Act of 1989 to regularly boost their salaries based on cost-of-living adjustments.

Posted: 6/28/2016 7:27:14 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

Can You Hear Me Now?

The public’s access to the U.S. Supreme Court has been a hot topic during the past few years, including the court’s relatively recent decision to abolish “line-standing” and its ongoing opposition to allowing cameras to broadcast or record oral arguments. One trusted and inexpensive avenue inside the nation’s highest court recently faced a perilous future after serving the public for more than 20 years.

Posted: 6/24/2016 3:23:27 PM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

Many people think that presidential candidate Donald Trump believes himself to be more a potential emperor than a candidate to head a co-equal branch of government in a constitutional democracy. Consider his string of comments about the ethnic heritage of a California federal judge who is presiding over a case filed against one of the self-proclaimed billionaire’s former real estate businesses, Trump University.

Posted: 6/8/2016 7:24:27 AM by On the Merits Editor | with 0 comments

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Thanks for stopping by On the Merits, the first blog from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. On the Merits will take a close look at significant legal stories with an eye toward addressing the legal myths and misconceptions that turn up in news stories, movies, TV programs, websites, anonymous emails and other forms of mass communications. Our goal at On the Merits is to provide readers with a thoughtful examination of what the media and others are saying about the legal profession and to apply the frequently-absent context of how the legal system actually works.

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