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Advancing empirically informed models for choosing, evaluating and retaining judges

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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A Strategy for Judicial Performance Evaluation in New York
October 1, 2009Rebecca Love Kourlis and Jordan M. Singer

In this essay, the authors describe how JPE programs work, consider what lessons those programs offer for judicial screening and judicial selection in New York, and explain how both the citizens and judges of New York would benefit from an official, comprehensive JPE program.

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America’s Judicial Selection Wars
February 1, 2009

There are two common methods for selecting judges: elections and merit selection. We have only to look at this past election season to understand how these methods support or undermine the ideal of an impartial American judiciary.

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