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"This whole politicization of the courts is really going to tear apart the court system ... That's what I'm fearful of."
Illinois Justice Thomas Kilbride

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

July 29, 2014

At a Fair Courts State Summit hosted by JAS, Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady described the public outreach effort undertaken by his court after it was shaken by a political earthquake in 2010. Gavel Grab has more.

July 25, 2014

A member of the New York Times editorial board said the ouster of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in retention elections next month would send an intimidating message to elected judges nationwide. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

July 23, 2014

The air wars have begun in earnest over Tennessee’s Aug. 7 Supreme Court election. JAS said the engagement of one outside group, Americans for Prosperity, has the potential to “transform judicial politics in the United States.” For more, see Gavel Grab.

July 23, 2014

If Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is confirmed, he would become the only Latino serving on the California Supreme Court. Read Gavel Grab for more. 

July 22, 2014

When politics and justice collide, there are major concerns about the outcome, a TV news report said in spotlighting Justice at Stake’s concerns about the Tennessee Supreme Court retention election. Gavel Grab has details. 

July 22, 2014

An analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice shows that obstructionist politics over confirming federal judges has steep consequences for Americans seeking justice in our courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.  

July 22, 2014

"[M]any of our state court systems are so poorly funded that they are at a tipping point of dysfunction,” concluded a white paper issued by DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar about the economics of court funding. Gavel Grab has more. 

July 21, 2014

As advertising ramps up in the Tennessee Supreme Court retention election, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice voiced concerns about the impact on impartial courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

July 18, 2014

As the Tennessee Supreme Court retention election ad wars get under way, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg cautioned that  a big-spending contest could harm impartial courts. For more, see Gavel Grab.  

July 17, 2014

The Senate voted to confirm former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White to a federal judgeship, 17 years after he first was nominated for the post. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

July 15, 2014

A Washington-based group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, has begun sending out a pre-election mailer in Tennessee that urges, “Bench our liberal Supreme Court justices.” Gavel Grab has more. 

July 15, 2014

A coin toss to determine the winner in a tied race for a local judgeship? It actually happened in McKinley County, New Mexico. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

July 11, 2014

There's more politics in judicial retention elections, Justice at Stake said, and when judges are forced to defend against ouster campaigns, they raise large sums as their campaigns have done in Tennessee. Gavel Grab has details. 

July 11, 2014
Fourteen people have applied for nomination to the Kansas Supreme Court. Gov. Sam Brownback will name the next justice after a screening commission recommends three finalists to him. Learn more from Gavel Grab.


July 9, 2014

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System released the O'Connor Judicial Selection Plan, which Justice at Stake applauded. See Gavel Grab for details.

July 9, 2014

A group announced it will work to defeat  a proposed constitutional amendment to help preserve an appointive process for selecting appellate state judges in Tennessee. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

July 2, 2014

The Supreme Court's justices agreed on a bottom line in an exceptional number of cases, but the numbers concealed deep division on some issues, expert court-watchers said. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

July 2, 2014

Justice at Stake has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief contending that a federal trial court order striking down campaign contribution limits threatens fair and impartial courts in Montana. Gavel Grab has details. 

June 30, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that despite a federal Affordable Care Act mandate, family-owned corporations may withhold insurance coverage of certain contraception methods under a law that protects religious freedom. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

June 27, 2014

The Pennsylvania Senate voted 40-10 on Thursday to kill a proposal for reducing the size of the state Supreme Court by two justices and the state Superior Court by four judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

June 27, 2014

For the first time since 1940, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed unanimously in more than 66 percent of its cases through the term, and that’s a positive development for the nation, Neal Katyal writes. Gavel Grab has more.

June 25, 2014

The integrity of the judiciary and the reputation of lawyers are getting “slimed” by activity that includes special interests pouring millions of dollars into judicial elections, says the new N.C. Bar Association head. Read Gavel Grab for more.

June 25, 2014

Delaware's governor didn't take her seriously in considering applicants for the position of Chief Justice, said a trailblazing female justice on the court. She will retire soon. See Gavel Grab for details. 

June 23, 2014

The National Association of Women Judges was awarded an Emmy for its film “Fair and Free” featuring Justice at Stake's Honorary Chair, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Gavel Grab has more.

June 18, 2014

Noting the U.S. Senate’s historic confirmation this week of three judges of diverse backgrounds, JAS said a diverse bench serves all and strengthens public confidence in the judiciary. Learn more from Gavel Grab.



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