Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Justice on safari?

Today's DJ features an article about 2/8's PJ Bigelow, wearing African garb, playing a wife whose husband's murderer is on trial ... in Uganda. As the article explains, Justice Bigelow and District Court Judge Bev O'Connel (and six other American lawyers) traveled to Uganda for a week to help the country's judiciary understand plea bargaining, as part of Pepperdine School of Law's Global Justice Program. See Federal Judge, Appellate Justice Help Ugandan Judiciary Understand Plea Bargain: Trip to Africa Included District Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell and Justice Tricia Bigelow.

Yesterday's DJ featured Justices Embrace the Impulse to Instruct, which begins:
It's back to school for some lawyers when appellate courts give them a failing grade. Justices have handy tools for curbing errant individual practitioners. They can OK sanctions, refer bad actors to the State Bar and make their displeasure manifest by naming names in published opinions. But when higher courts spot a negative trend that more broadly threatens the smooth administration of justice, a pedagogical impulse sometimes arises. Courts of appeal can come to resemble law school lecture halls as justices hand out metaphorical dunce caps and write corrective lesson plans for all to see.

As reported on SCOTUS Daily and here, "Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will appear as a guest on Colbert’s Late Show on [September 14] the same night as Emily Blunt and The Dead Weather."