The Champion

October 2011 , Page 5 

Search the Champion Looking for something specific?

Preview of Member Only Content

For full access: login or Become a Member Join Now

Bench and Bar (From the President)

By Lisa M. Wayne

I have never been shy when it comes to shaking things up and doing things a bit differently. During the summer, I thought about the writing of this president’s column as well as the topics I wanted to discuss. Nothing says I have to present the president’s remarks in the same format month after month, I told myself. 

From time to time, I will use this column as a vehicle to introduce you to a sprinkling of individuals who are part of the criminal justice system. Starting this project by interviewing a judge is a good way to highlight NACDL’s support of judicial independence. This brief conversation also puts a face on one of the people who wears a black robe and dispenses justice. It demonstrates that a judge’s spirit can resonate with our own.

There are times when judges are our heroes, and there are times when they are the bane of our existence. They are heroes when they force prosecutors to comply with the letter and spirit of Brady. We don’t like them as much when they admit evidence

Want to read more?

The Champion archive is reserved for NACDL members.

NACDL members, please login to read the rest of this article.

Not a member? Join now.
Join Now
Or click here to see an overview of NACDL Member benefits.

See what NACDL members say about us.

To read the current issue of The Champion in its entirety, click here.

  • Media inquiries: Contact NACDL's Director of Public Affairs & Communications Ivan J. Dominguez at 202-465-7662 or
  • Academic Requests: Full articles of The Champion Magazine are available for academic and research purposes in the WestLaw and LexisNexis databases.

In This Section

Advertisement Advertise with Us