Author Archives: richardzorza

About richardzorza

I am deeply involved in access to justice and the patient voice movement.

Clint Bamberger’s Death Kicks In the Gut

We heard today of Clint Bamberger’s death, at age 90.  The New York Times obituary focuses mainly on his landmark Supreme Court case of Betts v. Brady, establishing the obligation on prosecutors to disclose exculpatory evidence. But for generations of … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Generally, Law Schools, Legal Aid, LSC, Obituaries and Appreciations | 1 Comment

A New Era of Jury Nullification?

Trump threat tweeted today that “the spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!” That leaves a big loophole, since the vast majority are probably not”low-life” at all, but patriots.  They should be safe. But … Continue reading

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The Totally Unbalanced Amici List in the Ninth Circuit Tells the Whole Story

As a general matter, the line up of amici in a significant case provides some indication of how institutions are lining up on the issue.  If this were an issue on which the country were split, one might expect that … Continue reading

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Rebranding and Revitalizing the Legal Profession

Whatever you make think about the Trump administration, one thing is clear, the public is being reminded of the importance of the availability of lawyers.  Maybe also, the profession itself is remembering also how much helping real people with real problems … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Counsel, Access to Justice Generally, Immigration, Pro Bono | 1 Comment

What Emma Lazarus Would Write Today

Christine Webb is a British poet of great accomplishment and also a close multi-generational family friend. I feel honored that we are able to share this magnificent poem that Christine has written in response to recent actions taken in the … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Generally, Dept. of Justice, Immigration, International Cooperation, Personal, White House | 2 Comments

On the Need for Uncompromising Reassertions of Neutral Principles Regardless of Inevitable Political Implications

There is obviously a lot to cheer about today, as different aspects of our complex, flexible, and therefore very resilient system starts to trigger its anti-fascism-antibodies. One of the most important, in the long term, may be the fact that … Continue reading

Posted in Access to Justice Generally, Constitution, International Cooperation, Judicial Ethics, Science

SRLN Conference Schedule and Early Registration Deadline

The Tentative Schedule for the SRLN Conference (Feb 23-24) in San Francisco is now available, and early price-reduced registration, link here, closes very soon, on Feb 1.  General registration will remain open after that day. A two-day in-person national conference … Continue reading

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