JPE Working Group

IAALS administers a Working Group of JPE program administrators and scholars around the country. The Working Group facilitates sharing of ideas and information, as well as identification of problem areas and potential solutions.

IAALS’ JPE Working Group provides the following tools to its participants:

  • Listserv: IAALS coordinates a listserv to enable sharing of information and resources among Working Group participants.
  • Expert assistance: IAALS periodically identifies consultants to assist Working Group members in areas that require special expertise. For example, in advance of the 2014 judicial retention elections, we provided a webinar on using social media and other inexpensive tools to share JPE results.
  • Online repository of JPE resources: IAALS offers Working Group participants access to an online trove of JPE resources, including questionnaires, rules of procedure, and relevant research.
  • Quarterly calls: IAALS convenes quarterly calls of Working Group participants to discuss recent developments in the states, share new research, and address questions and concerns.

Representatives of 18 states participate in the Working Group.

Working Group Participants


David A. Bohm, Assistant Executive Director
North Carolina Bar Association

Being a voluntary program that is run by a voluntary bar association, I have found this resource invaluable because I am able to learn in one setting what occurs in a multitude of states. Such a resource is otherwise unavailable to programs like ours and we appreciate being able to participate!

Dale C. Doerhoff, Chair and State Coordinator
Missouri Judicial Performance Evaluation Committees

The JPE Working Group has been and continues to be an invaluable resource for the Missouri JPE program. As challenges and new issues have arisen, we have shared those with the working group and have learned of solutions by others that we adopted, without having to reinvent the wheel.

Mona Hochberg, Judicial Performance Evaluation Coordinator

When I was hired to design a JPE program for Massachusetts in 2000, it was a great deal of legwork to discover which states had programs and who I should call for information. Any state now starting a program will have it so much easier thanks to IAALS and the working group -- a one stop service for nation-wide information. As Massachusetts worked to revise our program recently, it was extremely helpful to be able to query the working group along the way. I look forward to the conference calls as communicating with my counterparts helps me feel less isolated and I respect the experience and knowledge of everyone on the calls.

Nancy Norelli, Immediate Past Chair
Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee
North Carolina Bar Association

A very practical, hands on example of the value of the Working Group is that it introduced me to Colorado's fabulous Public Service Announcement and with the help of IAALS we quickly received permission to tape a similar one for use in North Carolina. Later, with a few edits, we were able to pass our PSA along to the Utah.

With all the contacts and resources from around the country now at my fingertips, the Working Group has made a huge difference in the advancement of our JPE project in NC.

Michael Oki, Research Statistician
Hawaii State Judiciary

The members of the JPE Working Group have shown us responsiveness, respectfulness, and humbleness in resolving our issues. We are confident that our judicial evaluation program is sound because we are able to compare procedures and share solutions.

Joanne Slotnik, Executive Director
Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission

The working group is helpful in that it keeps me abreast of what else is going on in the country relative to JPE. It also gives me contact info with others who are invested in this work and with whom I can discuss issues of mutual interest at times other than the conference call.