Litigation

Cal. Litig. 2018, Volume 31 Number 2

Editor’s Foreword: The East, is (in. the) Red!

By Benjamin G. Shatz, Editor-in-Chief

In July I received an email from Lawrence O’Neill, Chief Judge of the Eastern District. No, it wasn’t a forwarded joke. Far from it. It was plea for help. And it was addressed to every attorney admitted to the district, which probably means you too. Judge O’Neill’s missive highlighted the judicial crisis in the Eastern District and urged us to contact Washington for help. If judicial districts had dashboard gauges, the East would be in the dangerous red zone. This issue features the Eastern District’s woes on our cover and in our lead article by Geoff Wilson and Alyson Berg. Read their take on this judicial crisis and then follow up by writing to your representatives and senators.

Our second article addresses a problem of a more cerebral nature: how to untangle plurality opinions. Our newest Editorial Board member Tom Freeman takes such a deep intellectual dive that we’ll have to start calling him "Professor" Freeman. Until the Supreme Court clarifies things, this article will be a go-to keeper. Rather than hold your breath, better tear out Tom’s take and save it for when you’ll need it.

On the practice tips front, Mike Stein teaches us about opening statements. And further in, David Perlutt and Katie Vinson remind us about Jury Perceptions.

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