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Justice at Stake Closing Its Doors After 16 Years

Contact: Susan Liss, sliss@justiceatstake.org, 202-329-4213

WASHINGTON, DC, June 16, 2017  – Justice at Stake Board Chair Mark Harrison issued the following statement today, noting that Justice at Stake has ceased operations.

“It is my sad duty to inform you that after 16 years of building and leading the fair courts field, Justice at Stake is closing its doors. I am extraordinarily proud of the work we have done, and owe a special debt of gratitude to former Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton and former Executive Director Susan Liss, whose efforts on behalf of JAS can never be repaid. JAS has had many great years. We know the work of fighting for fair and impartial courts will go on in the capable hands of our many wonderful allied organizations, and our democracy will be stronger because of it.”

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Honorary Chair of Justice at Stake from 2013-2016, added, “It has been a privilege to serve as Honorary Chair of Justice at Stake. Justice at Stake has done outstanding work on behalf of fair and impartial courts for many years, and has been a strong voice opposing the politicization of courts. It is as true today as ever that organizations like Justice at Stake deserve public and philanthropic support so that we can continue to fight back against efforts to  turn judges into politicians and state courts into magnets for campaign cash. Justice at Stake has brought these issues to the fore and has inspired people across the United States to fight for fair courts, and I will always be proud of the work we’ve done together.” 

Justice at Stake’s work defending fair and impartial courts and advocating for diversity on the bench was complemented by the work of dozens of partner organizations over the years. It was the publisher and editor of The New Politics of Judicial Elections series of reports, in collaboration with the Brennan Center for Justice and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. It leaves behind a vibrant movement of advocates for fair courts who now continue its work.

“Justice at Stake was founded on the crucial insight that fair and impartial justice in our democracy is at risk,” said Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a Justice at Stake partner. “It started a national conversation about our courts and built a flourishing movement that carries on its legacy. We are particularly grateful to Susan Liss, Liz Seaton, and the Justice at Stake staff for their tireless -- and often thankless -- work.” 

For research, data and information about judicial selection reform and money and politics in judicial elections, please contact the Brennan Center at 646-292-8316, the American Constitution Society at 202-393-6181, the Center for American Progress at 202-741-6258 or IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, at 303-871-6600. 
For research, data and information about diversity on the bench, please contact the Brennan Center, the American Constitution Society, or Lambda Legal at 212-809-8585 ext. 267.
For information about judicial selection in the states and current legislation affecting state courts, please contact the Brennan Center, the National Center for State Courts at 757-259-1525 or IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, at 303-871-6600. 
For information about judicial candidate fundraising and spending, please contact The National Institute on Money in State Politics at 406-449-2480.

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Honorary JAS Chair: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Honorary JAS Chair: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is Justice at Stake's first Honorary Chair. Justice O’Connor, America’s first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, and retired in 2006. She is one of the nation's most outspoken advocates for fair and impartial courts. 


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Fair, impartial courts protect the rights of every American. But across America, special interests are spending millions on elections and demanding that our courts answer to narrow, partisan agendas, not to the law.

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