Editor’s Foreword: Full Courts
By Benjamin G. Shatz, Editor-in-Chief
We now have full supreme courts again, with our high benches at full strength in Washington, D.C. and here in California. Our Golden State-wait lasted 18 months, during which time the six sitting justices were joined by a parade of pro tems to fill the vacant spot. How the Supreme Court handled that situationâand much moreâis discussed in Kirk Jenkins’ article, The California Supreme Court, 2017-2018: Coping With a Short Bench. Kirk takes over as our California Supreme Court correspondent from Professor Jerry Uelmen. Just as we’ve lost our long-time, Peter Siu, to retirement (see page 2), Jerry too has decided to hang up his court-watching/writing spurs. But we are fortunate to have Kirk crunch the numbers for us and share the insights that come from a quantitative attention to detail.
As we all now knowâbut didn’t know when Peter painted our coverâ the open seat on our Supreme Court has been bestowed on Josh Groban. Many non-lawyer music-lovers were no doubt confused by the headline Josh Groban Joins The Supremes. But we know who the real star is and look forward to displaying his shayna punim in this publication sometime soon.
From the judiciary’s pinnacle, we plunge to the depths of trial court practice. In Strengthening the Civil Jury authors Anna Offit and Richard Jolly explore how changes to business as usual could improve jury trials. With improvement as a theme, our Section’s Federal Courts Committee provides us with a primer on Resolving Discovery Disputes in Federal Courts, written by Alyson Berg and Kristina Strottman.