From the President. Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil reflects on her time leading the Council in her final column for the Federal Bar Council Quarterly as Council president.
From the Editor. In her column, “The Origins of Jim Crow,” Bennette D. Kramer explores the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Cruikshank – one of the major factors in the dismantling of Reconstruction.
In the Courts. One of the Second Circuit’s newest district court judges is Judge Eric R. Komitee. Travis J. Mock spoke with Judge Komitee and, in this article, tells us a bit about the judge’s career and experience.
In the Courts. In this article, U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker discusses the history of women as magistrate judges, focusing in particular on retired Magistrate Judge Lisa Margaret Smith of the Southern District of New York and Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer of the Southern District of Iowa.
Legal History. In a new legal history article for the Federal Bar Council Quarterly, entitled, “Plessy by Any Other Name? The Supreme Court and the Insular Cases,” C. Evan Stewart examines another set of linked, troubling decisions: the Insular Cases.
COVID-19. Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave is the author of our next article, “Jury Trials Resume in Second Circuit Courts,” discussing how courts in the Second Circuit resumed jury trials in the midst of the pandemic.
COVID-19. Then, Joseph Marutollo follows with a review of the COVID-19 Judicial Task Force report.
What's on Your Wall. Anjelica Sarmiento, who recently clerked with Magistrate Judge James L. Cott of the Southern District of New
York, writes about the significance of the items on the wall of Magistrate Judge Cott’s Robing Room.
A Lawyer Who Is Making a Difference. In his next column about “Lawyers Who Have Made a Difference,” Pete Eikenberry profiles Heidi Reavis, who
with her husband produced a human rights documentary film about obstetric fistula to inform people about the
affliction, its simple cure, and the free hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where it now is being treated.