Reporter Marisa McQuilken offers up a report on the five days she spent following rule-of-law efforts in Afghanistan in October. She has this story on the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, a relatively new effort funded largely by private law firms and lawyers. McQuilken also covers the cultural and historical hurdles to establishing Western-style rule of law in the war-torn country. Finally, she offers an account of two very contrasting experiences on the ground in this reporter's notebook.
In Courtside, Tony Mauro looks at the pressure on Obama from Hispanic rights advocates to appoint the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. Mauro notes that almost every list of possible Obama nominees to the high court includes Hispanics.
Also, check out the transcript from a panel discussion hosted by Legal Times with some of Washington's most prominent lobbyists. They delve into their views of the election, and what changes the Obama administration will bring.