Here is a video with testimony before the U.S. Senate of the Hon. Julia S. Gibbons, Federal Defender Michael Nachmanoff, and West Allen, Chair of the Government Relations Committee of the Federal Bar Association. I serve with West Allen on the FBA's Government Relations Committee and have been part of the FBA's efforts to educate Congress on the impacts of sequestration on the administration of justice. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court case that interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment to oblige states to provide counsel to the indigent, making the right to counsel a reality for every American, Congress has, in implementing sequestration, defunded this constitutionally-obligated protection. The reality is that if criminal trials get gummed up because the accused have no counsel, federal judges are not available to hear civil cases that impact justice for private individuals and corporations. If justice is not prompt and available from U.S. courts, justice has been denied. Leaving commercial and bankruptcy disputes in limbo negatively impacts American competitiveness by crippling business and investment. If these issues are important to you, please consider joining the Federal Bar Association, the premier bar association for the federal practitioner. Any American who cares about the administration of justice ought to watch this video.
Copyright law, fine art and navigating the courts. All practice, no theory.Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters Westlaw 2012-2013) by Raymond J. Dowd
Monday, August 19, 2013
Is Our Federal Judiciary Being Dismantled by Congress?
Labels: federal bar association, federal judiciary, gideon v wainright, judicial administration, Senate Judiciary Committee, sequestration
Partner in Manhattan law firm Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP in New York City litigating in federal and state courts and arbitrations. Experienced trial and appellate practitioner. Author: Copyright Litigation Handbook (Thomson Reuters 2015-2016). The New York Law Journal called it "an indispensable guide". Serve on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association, served as Chair of the Circuit Vice Presidents, Vice President for the Second Circuit and General Counsel. Member Board of Governors, National Arts Club. President, Network of Bar Leaders (2013-2014). Attorney advertising disclaimer - prior results do not guarantee success. The statements and opinions voiced here are my own and not of my law firm.