In Part 1 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader explains her intentions in writing the book and presents an illuminative anecdote about one of her first experiences as a criminal trial attorney.
In Part 2 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader offers some the context of her personal family history that informs her sense of justice, and then takes us inside the building where she presided as judge for nearly two decades.
In Part 3 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader examines her ability to compartmentalize her emotional response to disturbing sets of facts in order to dispassionately preside over the cases that come her way.
In part 4 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader examines situations where – in spite of her best efforts to remain dispassionate – her emotional responses can impact her day to day decisions on a case.
In Part 5 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader recounts how her own personal experience with prescription medication affected her presiding over the case of a drug-addicted Navy veteran who stood accused of robbery and violent threats.
In Part 6 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader recounts a story that illustrates the delicate balance a judge must hold between making sure that a defendant understands the ramifications of their plea decisions and ensuring that the defendant makes those decisions of their own free will.
In part 7 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader examines her own compulsion to see justice served and then takes us into the cafeteria at the Criminal Courts Building, as she begins to explain the structure and hierarchy of judges in the Los Angeles County Court System.
In part 8 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader continues her explanation of the structure and hierarchy of judges in the Los Angeles County Court System, and then begins to examine her instinctive efforts to foster a settlement between prosecutors and the defendant before a trial begins.
In Part 9 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader examines some of the differences between judging in the criminal and civil courts, and examines the responsibilities and selection of the presiding judge of Los Angeles County.
In Part 10 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader reflects on her reasons for getting into criminal law, her weathering the sexist norms of the criminal legal process at the beginning of her career and the importance of the feminist movement to the common presence of women in all aspects of the justice system today.
In Part 11 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader offers insight into the family-like nature of the staff that works in a criminal judge’s court, as well as the politics of how a criminal court’s workload is managed.
In Part 12 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader reflects on how being an older judge impacts her approach to her work as well as the power lawyers have to seek a judge’s disqualification and the power police unions can have over judges who might preside in case involving an on-duty force incident.
In Part 13 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader explores the power dynamics between prosecutors and compassionate judges.
In Part 14 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader explores how hard it is to ascertain the true narrative of events behind a criminal trial, as well as her gratitude for the moments when she can help uncover hidden truths that serve to liberate wrongfully convicted individuals.
In part 15 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader explores the temptation for a judge to do what she thinks is right when it conflicts with following the law. She also discusses security threats in a criminal courtroom as well as the particularly difficult task of trying a case involving the murder of a child.
In Part 16 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader offers a window into the camaraderie among Criminal Court Judges, the efforts that they make to be both fair and decisive, as well as the dreaded prospect of being reversed by an appellate court.
In part 17 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader offers a searing anecdote of how a prosecutor may use his or her power to disqualify a presiding judge as a tool of vindictiveness, aggression and intimidation.
In part 18 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader recounts how a vindictive supervising prosecutor thwarted the Judge’s efforts to be fair to the defendant, apparently driven by spite for her perceived challenges to his prosecutorial authority.
In part 19 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader recounts how judges are rated and reviewed by their supervising judges and how a judge’s fear of being transferred out of a plum assignment can impact the way a judge interacts with counsel during criminal proceedings.
In Part 20 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader explores some of the psychological stresses and peculiarities of being a criminal court judge.
In Part 21 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader explains the care taken to prevent jurors from discerning that a defendant is in custody, and offers some anecdotal observations about the behavior and demographics of jurors that she sees in her courtroom.
In Part 22 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader explores the jury selection process from a criminal court judge’s perspective including techniques she uses to differentiate between jurors who should be disqualified and those who ought to be compelled to serve.
In Part 23 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader offers anecdotes illustrating how technological evidence can materially impact a case, and how a disruptive attorney, defendant or gallery member might pose a challenge to a judge’s control of order in the courtroom.
In Part 24 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader uses the examples of a gang trial and a drunk driving hearing to explore how a judge might handle issues like evaluating juror anxiety about security during a criminal trial, protecting defendants from facing unduly prejudicial evidence at trial, and confronting attorneys who mislead them.
In Part 25 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader offers two anecdotes about a defense attorney who pushes ethical boundaries by baselessly attacking the integrity of police officers and by cornering jurors after an adverse verdict. She also explores the limits of a judge’s power during the sentencing phase of a trial.
In Part 26 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader uses the opportunity of another jury trial to explore the process of jury selection in greater depth, including how a judge deals with juror excuses and mischievous attorney tactics.
In Part 27 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader examines why Judges must be careful about how and when they communicate with attorneys in a case, and examines the practical application of procedural rules regarding the use of eyewitness identifications in a trial.
In Part 28 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader examines a trial that involves a shooting allegedly committed to benefit a gang, a controversial subject. The Judge explores some of the nuances of such a case, and the complicated task of preparing jury instructions.
In Part 29 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader examines the work of a fellow judge who presides over cases in which prisoners sentenced to life in prison under the “Three Strikes sentencing law” have their sentences re-evaluated. Judge Mader also explores who decides how cases are distributed among judges.
In Part 30 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader offers anecdotes that touch on issues such as rehabilitation programs, jury dysfunction and the dilemma of whether to give a defendant the benefit of the doubt.
In Part 31 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader takes us through a series of drug cases, and explores the complex pressures that a judge faces in navigating the tactics of prosecution and defense counsel.
In Part 32 of Inside the Robe Judge Mader offers anecdotes of inexplicable strategic trial choices by both prosecutors and defense attorneys and also examines the perils of one police officer testifying against another.
In Part 33 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader weaves an anecdote exploring her relationship with a jury with her perspective on the CJP, the commission that governs the behavior of Los Angeles judges.
In Part 34 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader reflects on controlling a courtroom as a judge, recounts the jury’s reaction alibi testimony in a robbery trial and offers an anecdote on another judge’s disciplinary hearing.
In Part 35 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader conveys why she has resisted any opportunities to transition from the area of criminal law to the more remunerative area of civil law, and takes us through the challenges of presiding over a case where a defendant agonizes over taking a plea bargain, and where the Judge has cause to wonder whether that defendant might be innocent.
In Part 36 of Inside the Robe, Judge Mader explores how a judge’s views and life experiences impact their decisions, and concludes her anecdote about the case in which a defendant agonizes over taking a plea bargain.