Center for Judicial Studies launches monthly series of judicial stories

September 5, 2012Duke Law News

Duke’s Center for Judicial Studies has launched a monthly online publication, The Storied Third Branch, containing essays about judges, by judges — for the masses.

“The general public knows very little about the day-to-day work of the judiciary,” said John Rabiej, director of the Center for Judicial Studies. “The Storied Third Branch aims to help people develop a better sense of what judges do and who they are — to dispel some of the mystique surrounding the judiciary, perhaps, and to also create a deeper sense of appreciation for the difficult work and important service to democracy that judges provide everyday.”

The Storied Third Branch launched with the publication of three essays by judges: Vermont's Finest: Judge James L. Oakes, by J. Garvan Murtha, U.S. District Judge, District of Vermont; Frontier Justice: New Mexico Federal Judges H. Vearle Payne, Edwin Mechem, and Howard Bratton, by Harris L Hartz, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for Tenth Circuit; and One In A Generation Kind of Judge: Chief District Court Judge Anna Elizabeth Keever, by Patricia Timmons-Goodson, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of North Carolina.

Submissions will be accepted through the 15th of each month for publication in the following month’s edition. For details, see the submission guidelines or contact John Rabiej at

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