Day Pitney partner Chase Rogers, former Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, co-authored an article, "Giving Up on Impartiality: The Threat of Public Capitulation to Contemporary Attacks on Rule of the Law," published by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) as part of its series entitled "Are We at a Boiling Point?" Rogers' co-author, Stacy Guillon, is a litigator at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, and she consulted on IAALS' public trust and confidence work.
The article discusses the critical importance of an apolitical, impartial judiciary and the societal threats to judicial independence, including attacks from other branches of government, growing public distrust, and the shortcomings of media outlets in covering the courts.
"At its core," the authors write, "a judge's role as an independent, apolitical arbiter, has been under attack from all fronts in recent years, threatening judicial independence's place as the centerpiece of our society's thinking about the courts."
While the American legal system has weathered periods of public distrust before, "barriers to civil court access and the recent shift in the role of the news have neutralized the courts' civilian protectors," Rogers and Guillon conclude. "Thus, from our perspective, the most dangerous message to the public today is complacency and the belief that everything will work out as it always has. The public is the sole guardian of the rule of law, and our democracy depends on the public to do that job well. To accomplish that end, the public needs access to real information about the ongoing threats to judicial independence, and it must be poised to take meaningful action in response."
Judge Christopher Droney (ret.) authored the article, "Tips for Effective Appellate Arguments," for the "Expert Opinion" column of the Connecticut Law Tribune.
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Partners Kevin J. Duffy and Richard H. Brown authored the article, "Shouting FIRE! (or Worse) on Social Media: The Interplay of the First Amendment and Government Involvement in Efforts to Limit or Remove Social Media Content," which was published in the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal.
On March 19, Partner and General Counsel Elizabeth J. Sher presented a webinar, "A Delicate Balance: Conflicts, Waivers and Consents," for NITA's studio71.
Judge Christopher Droney (ret.) and Matthew Austin co-authored the article, "The Investigation and Enforcement Landscape Under the Garland Department of Justice," for the New York Law Journal.
Judge Christopher F. Droney (ret.) authored the article, "Strategy Moving Forward: Post COVID-19 Advice for Mediations," for the "Expert Opinion" column of the Connecticut Law Tribune.
The American Law Institute has elected 41 new members, including Day Pitney Partner Christopher F. Droney, who will bring their experience to ALI's work of clarifying the law through restatements, principles and model codes.
Day Pitney Partner and General Counsel Beth Sher was featured by Law360 Pulse in a Q&A article discussing her new position as President of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.
Day Pitney Counsel Steven A. Cash was quoted by The Hill, discussing how on the recent release of documents and new investigations into the Trump administration by the Department of Justice, the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General and Congress could potentially pose a challenge for the Biden administration.
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