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Malia Reddick
November 2015 is the 75th anniversary of the Missouri Plan, an innovative approach to selecting state judges intended to preserve their impartiality while holding them publicly accountable for their performance on the bench. First adopted by Missouri voters in 1940, this process is now used to select at least some...
Malia Reddick
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet has announced the formation of a bipartisan screening committee to consider potential nominees for an upcoming vacancy on the state’s federal trial court. We at IAALS are pleased that, as Senator Bennet states in his press release, the committee is composed and will operate according to...
Malia Reddick
In response to record-breaking judicial election spending, and an unprecedented series of scandals involving supreme court justices, reform-minded folks in Pennsylvania are making historic strides toward change. The November 3 election for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is on pace to shatter...
Malia Reddick
According to a new study by Reuters , in states where supreme court justices are elected and reelected by the voters, justices uphold death sentences more often than their counterparts in states where justices stand for retention or reappointment. Reuters reviewed outcomes of 2,012 death penalty cases in 37 states...
Malia Reddick
With the leadership of Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, a coalition of groups in Ohio has launched a new website— Judicial Votes Count —to better educate voters in judicial elections. The site offers information about the structure of the Ohio court system and the role of judges in that system, as well as details about...
Malia Reddick
It is no surprise that there is much confusion around how judges get to be judges in the United States. No two states use the same method to select and retain their judges, and even in individual states, the method may vary by the level of court and even location. Some states elect their judges in partisan contests;...
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...

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