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Alli Gerkman
Supreme court justice Michael Eakin, who is standing for retention in November, has so far raised $427,000 to keep his seat. Even though the race is uncontested, his campaign may be preparing for a last-minute attack. (Pennsylvania judges are first chosen in partisan elections and stand for retention for subsequent...
Alli Gerkman
A subcommittee of the judicial branch in Connecticut is reviewing whether the state's evaluation system, which includes surveys to jurors and attorneys, is achieving its goal. The subcommittee is considering ways to revise the existing questionnaire. Click here to read the article.
Alli Gerkman
The authors suggest that, though the Supreme Court of the United States has in recent years struck down campaign finance laws, it may be willing to tolerate limits on spending in judicial elections. Click here to read the article.
Alli Gerkman
This article recognizes that there is no shortage of debate about the best way to seat judges. Some states, like Tenessee, are considering moving from a judicial appointment system to an election system, while others, like Pennsylvania, are attempting to move their system in the other direction. Click here to read the...
Alli Gerkman
Doug Buttrey, executive director of Tennesseans for Economic Growth, lauded Tennessee for enacting civil justice reform but cautioned that its plan to make Tennessee the number one state in job creation and retention can't stop there. He urged Tennessee, which uses commission-based gubernatorial appointment for its...
Alli Gerkman
This week, Justice at Stake's Gavel Grab featured a guest post by Malia Reddick and Russell Wheeler on the recently released second edition of "Options for Federal Judicial Screening Committees. " Click here to read the post.
Alli Gerkman
Missouri Bar President John S. Johnston countered a recent Wall Street Journal editorial attack on its merit-based judicial selection system: Although I usually find your opinion pieces very good, I read with sadness your editorial “Missouri Compromised.” Your editorial position on the issue of merit selection of...
Alli Gerkman
The Supreme Court of Wisconsin declined to open its deliberations to the public. The proposal was made by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who hoped it might restore civility to the process. The Court also tabled a proposal to bring in a workplace consultant to work with the justices on collegiality. Click here to...

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