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Blog Posts by Malia Reddick

Attention in Tennessee—and Around the Country—Turns to Court-Related Ballot Measures

Malia Reddick
On August 7, three Tennessee Supreme Court justices withstood a well-funded challenge to their retention on the bench for subsequent terms. Tennesseans are now looking ahead to November 4, when voters will decide whether to adopt a modified federal selection process for the state's appellate judges. Voters in four...

Choosing Judges: Judicial Nominating Commissions and the Selection of Supreme Court Justices

Malia Reddick
Rebecca Love Kourlis
We are pleased to announce the release of a new report on the judicial nominating commissions used to select supreme court justices in 30 states and Washington, D.C. With Choosing Judges , we examine why judicial nominating commissions are established in the first place, how their structure and operation differ across...

Colorado Supreme Court Ends Effort to Allow Recall of Judges, but Similar Proposals on the Table in Other States

Malia Reddick
The Colorado Supreme Court has rejected a proposed initiative intended for the November 2014 ballot that would amend the state constitution to allow voter recall of judges. Two other proposed ballot initiatives aimed at courts and judges are still alive. Eight states currently allow voters to recall judges.

Russell Wheeler Makes a Case for Caution on Federal Judicial Confirmations

Malia Reddick
Recent national media coverage paints a highly positive picture of the current pace of federal judicial nominations and confirmations. After all, 2014 has seen 50 confirmations so far, compared to 43 in all of 2013 and 48 in 2012. Not so fast, says Russell Wheeler, an IAALS Board Member and Visiting Fellow at the...