Finding an attorney in Wisconsin is easy. Finding the best attorney for your specific legal issue, however, can be quite difficult unless you know what to look for. If you follow these tips, you should have a better chance of finding your ideal attorney. Tip #1: Identify Your Legal Issue. Identify your legal issue. This […]

While immersing myself  in Judge Posner’s Reflections on Judging, again I found myself interested in his discussion on the differences between the concepts of legal realism and legal formalism. In this reading, Judge Posner explains how many judges use both the competing schools of formalism and realism, and usually judges use a mixture of the […]

With this being the last in a series of blog posts regarding the judiciary, I believe it is fitting that we address Federal Court nominations and the increased politicization of the process. I have harped in numerous prior blog posts about my severe disdain for the “first past the post” two party system that currently […]

This week’s post highlights the three general ways of selecting justices and judges at the state level, and highlighted various issues with each method. The readings on this topic tend to outline one central theme that caught my attention: as judicial selection becomes more akin to the process of selecting legislators, as in a partisan election, […]

For many of my blog posts, I have embraced the concept that legal realism is more appropriate of a method for judges to use in the courtroom. To me, the formalist view seems a bit unattainable: the concept that a judge may craft a decision without any deference to his or her own personal and […]

While reading Judge Posner’s Reflections on Judging, I found very interesting his discussion on the differences between the concepts of legal realism and legal formalism. Judge Posner describes legal formalism using the slogan “the law made me do it,” describing the judiciary as interpreters, using a complex style of legal analysis to resolve cases without […]

This week’s blog post discusses both the positives and negatives of precedential value supporting unpublished opinions, the value of a dissenting opinion, and when courts decide not to issue an opinion at all. My belief is that while they may not have precedential value, unpublished and dissenting opinions serve a functional purpose in our court system […]

While reading Judge Posner’s Reflections on Judging, I found very interesting his critique on the concept of textualism as well as his thought-provoking critique of Scalia’s reasoning behind some of his holdings. I agree with Judge Posner that while text itself can neither be liberal or conservative, “textualism” is indeed a conservative construct, which works […]

Searching for a new place can be fun. It can also be frustrating.  But with the vast availability of resources on the Internet, it shouldn’t be too difficult for those who have a basic understanding of how to navigate the worldwide web.  For those who either don’t know how to use the Internet or don’t […]

This week’s blog post outlines the issue of judicial independence, as well as the never-ending ideological battle of judicial activism vs. judicial restraint. The political parties in our country know that the judiciary, while not completely independent, is the last restraint for the ideological issues they have promised their constituents will become law. In the […]