Author Archive for Irene Ten Cate

Deposition Weirdness

Monday, May 5th, 2014
Category: Civil Procedure, Legal Practice, Legal Profession, Public | No Comments »

If you haven’t yet watched this reenactment of a deposition segment about the meaning of the word “photocopier” on the New York Times website, you should.  The New York Times ... Read more »

The Fragility of Strads

Friday, February 7th, 2014
Category: Milwaukee, Public | 1 Comment »

Bravo to the Milwaukee Police Department and everybody who cooperated to ensure the safe return of the Lipinski Stradivarius! What an impressive feat.  The recovery of the violin ends several days ... Read more »

Why Orchestras Matter

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Category: Milwaukee, Public | 3 Comments »

When orchestras hit the headlines, the news is rarely good. The latest example is the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO), which announced in December that it must raise $5 million just ... Read more »

Culture and Racism: Some Reflections on “Zwarte Piet”

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Category: Public, Race & Law | 5 Comments »

I don’t think I will ever forget the look on my roommate’s face when I offered her some pepernoten. It must have been late October or early November. I was an ... Read more »

In (Partial) Defense of Liz Cheney

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Category: Civil Rights, Media & Journalism, Public | No Comments »

Is it possible to support a loved one’s life choices if you believe those choices should not exist? Consider the following hypotheticals: Scenario #1: Your teenage daughter tells you she is ... Read more »

Lewd and Lascivious Behavior Laws: A Milwaukee Story

Monday, November 11th, 2013
Category: Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law & Process, Milwaukee, Public, Wisconsin Criminal Law & Process, Wisconsin Law & Legal System | 3 Comments »

The Accused Lee Erickson’s bio attests to his national prominence. Among other things, he served on the Choral Panel of the National Endowment of the Arts and as dean of the ... Read more »

Not an Ordinary Day

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Category: Public | 2 Comments »

Twelve years ago, around 8:45 am, I entered the subway station on Broadway and 86th Street. A busy day lay ahead of me: an orientation meeting of the New York State ... Read more »

Culpa in Causa and the Zimmerman Acquittal

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
Category: Criminal Law & Process, Public | No Comments »

Culpa in causa. The Latin phrases I learned many moons ago as a law student in the Netherlands rarely enter my consciousness, but these three words kept flashing through my ... Read more »

(Marriage) Equality and the Popularity Paradox

Sunday, June 30th, 2013
Category: Civil Rights, Constitutional Interpretation, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Federalism, Public | No Comments »

Writing for the majority of the Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor, Justice Kennedy stated that “[t]he Constitution’s guarantee of equality ‘must at the very least mean that a ... Read more »

Of Queens, Kings, and Inherited Destiny

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
Category: Public | No Comments »

Kings, queens, princes and especially princesses are subjects of eternal fascination.  From fairy tales to the Sissi movies to glossy royalty magazines, we can’t seem to get enough of ... Read more »

Today’s Most Important Assignment

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
Category: Election Law, Public | No Comments »

About a month ago, Anna Kloeden raised thought-provoking questions about how a compulsory voting system might affect the candidates’ substantive positions as well as the ways in which campaigns are ... Read more »

Hurricane Sandy, What You and I Can Do, and the “Invisible” America

Sunday, November 4th, 2012
Category: Public | No Comments »

Update (11/5) -- The following address is preferable for Councilman Sanders: 234-26 Merrick Blvd., Laurelton, NY 11422.  Another option is to send supplies using a wedding registry (!) set up ... Read more »