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Hunter Metcalf
When the Senate went into recess in August it was on pace to set a new record for fewest judicial confirmations within the final two years of a presidential term, a level not seen since the Eisenhower administration. Russell Wheeler , IAALS Board Member and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, recently...
Malia Reddick
Are you a governor of a state that elects supreme court justices? You may be hearing from us. The Quality Judges Initiative at IAALS, along with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and other members of our advisory committee, has been reaching out to governors of these states to urge them to use nominating commissions when...
Malia Reddick
States across the country are wrestling with the question of whether a mandatory retirement age should be imposed upon judges, and if so, what that age should be. According to the National Center for State Courts, 32 states require at least some judges to retire at a certain age—usually between 70 and 75. A number of...
Malia Reddick
In response to the end-of-term decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), some presidential candidates are calling for changes to the life tenure that justices enjoy under Article III of the U.S. Constitution. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is leading...
Malia Reddick
In the last few weeks, legislators in two states have passed laws aimed at influencing upcoming supreme court decisions. In Kansas, trouble has brewed between the judiciary and the other two branches throughout Governor Sam Brownback’s tenure, stemming largely from state court decisions ordering the legislature to...
Malia Reddick
With three of the seven seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court up for election in November, the stakes were high in the May 19 primaries, in which six candidates in each party vied for nominations. The twelve candidates raised more than $5 million and spent approximately half of that on TV ads. The ads tended to...
Malia Reddick
In a ruling that took some fair courts advocates by surprise, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the authority of states to bar judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the majority opinion in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar , holding that “[a]...
Malia Reddick
On April 7, 53 percent of Wisconsin voters approved a proposed constitutional amendment that will allow the members of the state supreme court to select its chief justice, rather than the chief justice being determined by seniority. The proposal originated with conservative legislators and was aimed at Chief Justice...

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