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Under Judge Garland, DC Goes 'Circuit Riding'

By Bryan Koenig (February 1, 2018, 1:45 PM EST) -- With a traveling D.C. Circuit seal affixed to a wall behind him, a table-turned-makeshift bench beneath him and a room full of law students in front of him in an American University conference hall, Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland started oral arguments in two appeals last week by answering his own question: Why are we here?

The reason for the unusual venue, Judge Garland said on Jan. 25 from the makeshift bench at AU's Washington College of Law, was a revival of a court tradition nearly as old as the United States: circuit riding. The practice was established in 1789 with...

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