Cal. Litig. 2020, Volume 33, Number 3

EDITOR’S FOREWORD At a Crossroads for a Juster System

By Benjamin G. Shatz

Benjamin G. Shatz, Editor-in-Chief of this journal, is a certified Specialist in Appellate Law and Co-chairs the Appellate Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, in Los Angeles.

Our nation is at a crossroads with regard to racial justice issues. Where society and the law will go next is unclear, but significant changes—long overdue—are brewing. This issue of California Litigation focuses on some of these important topics, looking forward, looking back, and examining where we are today.

Included in this issue are substantive pieces about criminal litigation, highlighting our collaboration between the Litigation Section and the Criminal Law Section. We also offer historical articles—both legal and highly personal—that we hope will provide needed context and food for thought. Articles in this issue also focus on failures of our criminal justice system. In particular we feature a pair of pieces not only about Guy Miles, who spent over 18 years incarcerated for a crime he did not commit, but also one by Mr. Miles himself. Rarely are the voices of actual parties, as opposed to lawyers, heard directly in these pages.

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