Malia Reddick is Director of the Quality Judges Initiative at IAALS, which promotes models for choosing, evaluating, and retaining judges that preserve both impartiality and accountability. She is a nationally recognized expert in the areas of judicial selection and judicial performance evaluation.
Reddick has conducted training programs for members of judicial nominating commissions around the country. In 2004-2005, she served as reporter for the American Bar Association’s Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, which revised and updated the ABA Guidelines for the Evaluation of Judicial Performance. From 2006 to 2010, she was a member of Kansas’ Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee. In 2010, she was part of a delegation of experts and judges from the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom that traveled to Turkey to consult with the Ministry of Justice on making its judicial performance evaluation processes more objective, comprehensive, and transparent.
Reddick also spent several years as Director of Research and Programs at the American Judicature Society, where she designed and conducted applied research projects and related programming on judicial selection issues, and developed projects to enhance public education on court-related topics.
Reddick began her career in academia. She has taught courses on constitutional law and the judicial process at several universities, including Arizona State University, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and law reviews across the country. She earned a B.S. in Public Administration, summa cum laude, from Harding University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University.
Reddick currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Judicial Institute.