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Herbert M. Kritzer - Author

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Judicial Selection in the States

Judicial Selection in the States

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Using detailed case studies of the relevant US states, Herbert Kritzer provides an unprecedented examination of the process and politics of how states select and retain judges. The book is organized around the competing goals of politics and professionalism, namely whether the focus in choosing judges should be on future judicial decisions (court outputs) or on the court processes by which those decisions are reached. Or, in considering who should be a judge, whether the emphasis should be on political credentials or on professional credentials. One important finding is that political concerns have surpassed professionalism concerns since 2000. Another is that voters have been more supportive of professionalism in selecting appellate judges than trial judges. Judicial Selection in the States should be read by anyone seeking a deep understanding of the complex interplay between politics and the judiciary at the state level in the United States.

Judicial Selection in the States

Judicial Selection in the States

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Using detailed case studies of the relevant US states, Herbert Kritzer provides an unprecedented examination of the process and politics of how states select and retain judges. The book is organized around the competing goals of politics and professionalism, namely whether the focus in choosing judges should be on future judicial decisions (court outputs) or on the court processes by which those decisions are reached. Or, in considering who should be a judge, whether the emphasis should be on political credentials or on professional credentials. One important finding is that political concerns have surpassed professionalism concerns since 2000. Another is that voters have been more supportive of professionalism in selecting appellate judges than trial judges. Judicial Selection in the States should be read by anyone seeking a deep understanding of the complex interplay between politics and the judiciary at the state level in the United States.

Justices on the Ballot

Justices on the Ballot

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Justices on the Ballot addresses two central questions in the study of judicial elections: how have state supreme court elections changed since World War II? And, what effects have those changes had on election outcomes, state supreme court decisions, and the public's view of the courts? To answer these questions, Herbert M. Kritzer takes the broadest scope of any study to date, investigating every state supreme court election between 1946 and 2013. Through an analysis of voting returns, campaign contributions and expenditures, television advertising, and illustrative case studies, he shows that elections have become less politicized than commonly believed. Rather, the changes that have occurred reflect broader trends in American politics, as well as increased involvement of state supreme courts in hot-button issues.

Justices on the Ballot

Justices on the Ballot

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/06/2015

Justices on the Ballot addresses two central questions in the study of judicial elections: how have state supreme court elections changed since World War II? And, what effects have those changes had on election outcomes, state supreme court decisions, and the public's view of the courts? To answer these questions, Herbert M. Kritzer takes the broadest scope of any study to date, investigating every state supreme court election between 1946 and 2013. Through an analysis of voting returns, campaign contributions and expenditures, television advertising, and illustrative case studies, he shows that elections have become less politicized than commonly believed. Rather, the changes that have occurred reflect broader trends in American politics, as well as increased involvement of state supreme courts in hot-button issues.

Risks, Reputations, and Rewards

Risks, Reputations, and Rewards

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2004

Risks, Reputations, and Rewards looks at a variety of interrelated questions about contingency fee legal practice: What is the nature of the contingency fees that lawyers charge? How do lawyers get and screen potential cases? How do contingency fee lawyers interact with their clients and opponents? What is involved in settling these cases? What types of returns do contingency fee cases produce? And what role does reputation play in contingency fee practice? The author argues that to be successful, contingency fee lawyers must generate a portfolio of cases, similar to an investment portfolio with its associated risk. This has a significant impact on how contingency fee lawyers obtain and select cases, manage their work, and deal with the pressures that arise in settling cases. More important, understanding the work of contingency fee lawyers in terms of an ongoing practice rather than in terms of individual cases mitigates some of the significant conflicts that may exist between lawyers and clients.

In Litigation Do the Haves Still Come Out Ahead?

In Litigation Do the Haves Still Come Out Ahead?

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2003

Marc Galanter's seminal work, Why the 'Haves' Come Out Ahead, is among the most well-cited law review articles of all time. With his distinction between experienced repeat players and inexperienced one shotters in the U.S. judicial system, Galanter established a clear and predictable model of how the structure of our legal system and one's frequency of interaction with it influence the outcomes of cases. This book collects the original paper and ten contemporary articles about Galanter's theory in a single volume. The articles, which present new research results and synthesize work done over the past few decades, examine the lasting influence and continued importance of this groundbreaking work. In Litigation provides a thorough presentation of the most durable theory explaining litigation and legal participation that sociolegal scholarship has produced.

In Litigation Do the Haves Still Come Out Ahead?

In Litigation Do the Haves Still Come Out Ahead?

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2003

Marc Galanter's seminal work, Why the 'Haves' Come Out Ahead, is among the most well-cited law review articles of all time. With his distinction between experienced repeat players and inexperienced one shotters in the U.S. judicial system, Galanter established a clear and predictable model of how the structure of our legal system and one's frequency of interaction with it influence the outcomes of cases. This book collects the original paper and ten contemporary articles about Galanter's theory in a single volume. The articles, which present new research results and synthesize work done over the past few decades, examine the lasting influence and continued importance of this groundbreaking work. In Litigation provides a thorough presentation of the most durable theory explaining litigation and legal participation that sociolegal scholarship has produced.

Legal Systems of the World [4 volumes]

Legal Systems of the World [4 volumes]

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/06/2002

Legal Systems of the World is the only comprehensive reference work that covers the legal systems of every nation on earth, every state in the Union, and every province of Canada. Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia is the only comprehensive reference work geared to the ordinary reader and legal scholar alike that answers these critical questions. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, this exhaustive four-volume set, with nearly 400 entries, explores the structure, operation, and history of legal and judicial systems in every country on earth, every state in the Union, and every province of Canada. That alone would make it a must-have for every library. But there's more. The international team of legal scholars assembled by Editor Herbert M. Kritzer, professor of political science and law at the University of Wisconsin, also analyzes transnational judicial bodies such as the World Court and the European Court of Human Rights, examines alternative legal systems from Roman to Islamic law, and explains universal legal institutions and concepts, from law schools to constitutional review. * 400 A-Z entries on places from Scotland to Suriname, concepts and terms like legal realism and retribution, and key documents such as the Writ of Certiorari * Entries by an international team of over 350 contributors * Highly readable maps of every country in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe * Nearly 275 diagrams illustrating the legal structure of various states and countries * A glossary of hundreds of key terms like adversarialism and sharia

Legal Advocacy

Legal Advocacy

Author: Herbert M. Kritzer Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/1998

Legal Advocacy describes lawyers and nonlawyer advocates at work in four different legal settings: unemployment compensation claims appeals, Social Security disability appeals, state tax appeals, and labor grievance arbitrations. The analysis shows clearly that nonlawyers can be effective advocates and, in some situations, more effective than many lawyers. Combining an examination of case outcomes with a systematic observation of advocates in the hearing room, Kritzer provides a compelling portrait of their work and a solid basis for understanding the differences in the effectiveness of advocates with different training.