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Judicial Selection

IAALS Describes and Assesses Impartiality Protections for the Large Hidden Judiciary of Federal Executive Branch Adjudicators

Russell Wheeler
IAALS’ recent report describes a large but relatively unknown group of executive branch adjudicators who are not " Administrative Law Judges" (ALJs) governed by the Administrative Procedure Act. The report describes principal Non-ALJ characteristics, giving special attention to the degree to which agencies that employ...

State Legislatures Considering Range of Measures to Limit Judicial Independence

Malia Reddick
As reported by the Washington Post , the President is not the only one who has taken on the courts recently: it is also happening in state legislatures around the country. This comes as no surprise to state court watchers; in fact, legislation targeting state courts for unpopular decisions is now commonplace. (Our...

Nonpartisan Unity Emerges in Federal District Court Screening Process

Rebecca Love Kourlis
In April, there will be a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for Colorado due to the impending retirement of Judge Robert Blackburn. As with all Article III judgeships, the President will nominate someone to fill the seat, and that person must then be confirmed by a majority of the Senate—no small task in the final...