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Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

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Advancing empirically informed models for choosing, evaluating and retaining judges

Federal Judicial Screening Committees

Federal judicial screening committees are used by senators (and a few House members) in 21 of the 50 states and in the District of Columbia to vet would-be federal district judges whom they might recommend to the White House.

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Cover Art: National Conference on Evaluating Appellate Judges

National Conference on Evaluating Appellate Judges
Preserving Integrity, Maintaining AccountabilityDecember 1, 2011

This post-conference report discusses the various approaches currently in place for evaluating appellate judges and justices, and identifies themes, recommendations, and areas for future work in appellate judicial performance evaluation.

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Cover Art: Options for Federal Judicial Screening Committees, Second Edition

Options for Federal Judicial Screening Committees, Second Edition
Where They Are in Place, How They Operate, and What to Consider in Establishing and Managing ThemSeptember 1, 2011Russell Wheeler and Rebecca Love Kourlis

Twenty-two jurisdictions already use judicial screening committees. This report describes the committees in place and their significant variations in membership, appointment process, and, to the degree possible, operations. It also suggests why senators and their staffs might consider using a committee, outlines decisions they might face in structuring and appointing a committee, and identifies issues they and committee members might encounter in operating a committee.

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Evaluating Appellate Judges: Preserving Integrity, Maintaining Accountability
Post-Conference Overview StatementAugust 19, 2011

This post-conference overview reviews the national conference on appellate judicial performance evaluation (JPE) hosted by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver on August 11-12, 2011.

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Cover Art: Options for Federal Judicial Screening Committees

Options for Federal Judicial Screening Committees
July 1, 2010

Provides U.S. senators and other federal legislators with information about committees used to screen potential judicial and law enforcement position nominees.

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