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Advancing empirically informed models for choosing, evaluating and retaining judges

Cover Art: Recommended Tools for Evaluating Appellate Judges

Recommended Tools for Evaluating Appellate Judges
October 31, 2013

This publication offers recommendations and tools for evaluating the performance of appellate judges. Our model surveys are flexible and adaptable to a variety of evaluation programs—in terms of the purposes for conducting the evaluation, the identity of the evaluating entity, and the available budget.

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Cover Art: An Uncommon Dialogue

An Uncommon Dialogue
What Do We Want in Our Judges & How Do We Get There?September 3, 2013

In March of 2013, IAALS sponsored “An Uncommon Dialogue” about judicial selection. IAALS convened a group of thirty legal experts for two days to share perspectives on essential attributes for judges and how to put judges with those attributes on the bench.

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Cover Art: An Informed Opinion: Direct Opinion Review and Appellate JPE

An Informed Opinion: Direct Opinion Review and Appellate JPE
July 9, 2013

Our recommendations for reviewing written opinions as part of a performance evaluation program for appellate judges, as featured in Trends in State Courts 2013, an annual publication of the National Center for State Courts.

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Cover Art: A Credit to the Courts: The Selection, Appointment, and Reappointment Process for Bankruptcy Judges

A Credit to the Courts: The Selection, Appointment, and Reappointment Process for Bankruptcy Judges
June 18, 2013

The U.S. bankruptcy courts have 351 authorized bankruptcy judgeships, along with an additional 37 retired-recalled bankruptcy judges. Despite the number of cases processed in these high-volume courts and their significance in the financial lives of individuals and businesses alike, very little is known about how the judges who preside over these courts come to be on the bench. We undertook this project to address this deficiency—to shed light on the process for selecting bankruptcy judges.

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Cover Art: IAALS Appellate Judicial Performance Evaluation Focus Group Report

IAALS Appellate Judicial Performance Evaluation Focus Group Report
February 15, 2013

As one of our initial steps in developing recommended tools for evaluating the performance of appellate judges, we convened focus groups of judges and attorneys to identify the responsibilities of appellate judges that should be included in a performance evaluation process and the characteristics of a high-quality appellate opinion.

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