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Advancing empirically informed models for choosing, evaluating and retaining judges

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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Cover Art: Leveling the Playing Field: Gender, Ethnicity, and Judicial Performance Evaluation

Leveling the Playing Field: Gender, Ethnicity, and Judicial Performance Evaluation

This study assesses whether, as some claim, there is empirical evidence that women and minority judges are evaluated less favorably than their Caucasian male colleagues. We find that judges in four states with longstanding judicial performance evaluation (JPE) programs generally receive high marks from court users but that there are a few areas in which women and minority judges receive lower scores.

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Cover Art: Cornerstones of State Judicial Selection

Cornerstones of State Judicial Selection
Laying the Foundation for Quality Court Systems and JudgesJune 25, 2012

This publication couples the desired attributes for court systems and individual judges identified by participants in the IAALS Roundtable on Judicial Selection with principles (or “cornerstones”) for judicial selection processes that are most likely to produce court systems and judges with these attributes.

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Cover Art: An Opinion on Opinions: Report of the IAALS Task Force on State Appellate Court Opinion Review

An Opinion on Opinions: Report of the IAALS Task Force on State Appellate Court Opinion Review

The Task Force on Appellate Opinion Review convened by IAALS was charged with considering existing opinion review processes, discussing the merits of various approaches and establishing guidelines and recommendations for both states with existing programs for opinion review and those interested in establishing such a program. Their final report contains broad recommendations, and model criteria and questionnaires.

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