Special interest groups from the NRA to People for the American Way are openly sizing up their chances to influence the next nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read Gavel Grab for more.
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Justice at Stake was among several co-sponsors of an Alliance for Justice forum on judicial diversity, “Broadening the Bench,” featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Gavel Grab has more.
Washington’s Senate Law and Justice Committee has advanced to the full Senate a proposal to cut the state Supreme Court through attrition from nine members to seven. Gavel Grab has details.
Journalist Andrew Cohen offered a dismaying glimpse of legislation to gut Tennessee Supreme Court control over administrative functions of the judiciary, and he cited JAS for expertise. See Gavel Grab for details.
A legislator has introduced a judicial maximum-age bill that would clear Oklahoma's top appellate courts of most sitting judges. Find out details from Gavel Grab.
A battle is escalating between justices on the Washington Supreme Court and some legislators who believe the court has overstepped its authority on education. Gavel Grab has more.
The Congressional Black Caucus wrote to President Obama about judicial nominations, both commending him in part and voicing criticism in part over a lack of diversity in some regions. See Gavel Grab for more.
Unless the Kansas legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback appropriate more money for the state courts, there will be court shutdowns, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said. See Gavel Grab for details.
A former Democratic governor and the current Republican governor will advocate for a proposed constitutional amendment that would preserve merit selection of judges in Tennessee. Gavel Grab has more.
In a letter to the editor of The Washington Post, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made a strong appeal for states with judicial elections to adopt robust disclosure laws. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
President Obama proposed that a panel of outside advocates represent privacy and consumer interests in certain cases before the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. For more, see Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake applauded the Senate's filling three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate voted on Monday to confirm Judge Robert Wilkins, the last of three Obama appointees to the court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A revised Code of Judicial Conduct for in Pennsylvania includes a new recusal rule for judges who hear cases involving campaign contributors. Learn details from Gavel Grab.
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has blocked the nomination of a federal judge in his home state of North Carolina, but he once wrote a letter to President Obama recommending her for the court. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg makes a strong case for reforming judicial selection in a USA Today op-ed, "Life and Death of Electing Judges." Read Gavel Grab for more.
A Chicago Sun-Times editorial called for judicial selection reform, quoting former federal Judge Abner Mikva as saying about campaign cash and judicial candidates, “There’s no question it influences them. It has to." Gavel Grab has details.
Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. warned that across-the-board budget cuts were poised to “pose a genuine threat to public safety,” and he said the ability of the federal courts to deliver prompt justice and to protect the public was imperiled. Read Gavel Grab for more.
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In order to better guard privacy and civil liberties, an Obama administration review group has recommended reforms involving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Gavel Grab has details.
As the U.S. Senate votes on a backlog of judicial nominations, President Obama’s White House is touting the president’s record for increasing diversity on the federal bench. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Looking back, JAS Executive Director Brandenburg called 2013 a “pretty challenging year” for state and federal courts. He forecast another year of both challenges and gains for fair courts in 2014. Read Gavel Grab for more.
The Senate voted to confirm Patricia Millett to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, and JAS applauded the action toward filling three vacancies on the influential court. Read Gavel Grab for more.
A Pennsylvania County Court of Common Pleas judge-elect is asking area attorneys to donate money so she can reduce her campaign debt, but a reform group says this doesn't pass the smell test. For more, see Gavel Grab.
Forty-two states and the District of Columbia received failing grades from the Center for Public Integrity as a part of an evaluation of disclosure requirements for high court judges. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Attorney Manuel “Manny” Medrano of Los Angeles, a former federal prosecutor and former TV broadcast journalist, has joined the Justice at Stake board of directors. Gavel Grab has details.