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Justice John Paul Stevens, in Citizens United v. FEC, Jan. 21, 2010
 

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November 22, 2013

 Vacancies on the nation’s federal trial courts have surged from 65 in July to 75 now, or 11 percent of the courts’ authorized seats, according to a new study by the Brennan Center for Justice. It is a JAS partner group.

November 20, 2013

 At a 25th anniversary celebration for Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor urged a shift away from partisan judicial elections in the state.

November 18, 2013

 Pennsylvania’s use of partisan elections to pick  judges has come under criticism from another newspaper editorial board, this time the Elizabethtown Advocate. Its editorial cites “mudslinging” in a recent Superior Court election as evidence of need for a change.

November 15, 2013

 Newly introduced bipartisan legislation for the merit selection of judges in Pennsylvania continues to capture editorial page backing.

November 8, 2013

 A news outlet in still another state included in the “New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12” report has featured its findings and quoted two of its principal authors, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.

November 6, 2013

 A proposed constitutional amendment to raise the mandatory retirement age to 80 for judges on the New York Court of Appeals and Supreme Court was rejected by voters on Election Day.

November 6, 2013

 Two Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices were retained by voters on Election Day. Although unopposed, they raised a combined total of hundreds of thousands of dollars amidst uncertainty over a possible anti-incumbent vote following the recent U.S. government shutdown.

October 24, 2013

 Judge Russell Carparelli of the Colorado Court of Appeals was selected to become the next executive director of the American Judicature Society, it was announced on Thursday. 

October 23, 2013

 As a statewide contest for the Pennsylvania Superior Court looms, a (Harrisburg) Patriot-Ledger editorial looks at special interest money flowing to the competing candidates, and it judges the “money-grubbing” required of judicial candidates to be an “abomination.” 

October 23, 2013

Former Chief Justice Randall Shepard of the Indiana Supreme Court (photo) will participate in a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. next week about big spending in state high court elections during the 2011-12 election cycle.

October 23, 2013

A report on “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” by JAS and two JAS partner groups was posted online on Thursday, and it was featured in The Daily Beast. See Gavel Grab for more.

October 17, 2013
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/#sthash.GRSPMkv8.1IBiKtvw.dpuf
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/#sthash.GRSPMkv8.1IBiKtvw.dpuf
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/#sthash.GRSPMkv8.1IBiKtvw.dpuf
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/#sthash.GRSPMkv8.1IBiKtvw.dpuf
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/#sthash.GRSPMkv8.1IBiKtvw.dpuf
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/#sthash.GRSPMkv8.1IBiKtvw.dpuf
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/#sthash.GRSPMkv8.1IBiKtvw.dpuf
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/#sthash.GRSPMkv8.1IBiKtvw.dpuf
Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/#sthash.GRSPMkv8.

Pennsylvania’s Senate has approved 44-6 a House-passed bill to revise the state Constitution and raise from 70 to 75 the mandatory age at which judges and justices must retire.

October 16, 2013

A Philadelphia Daily News editorial applauded a proposal for merit selection of Pennsylvania judges and a JAS partner group that has pushed for this reform. Gavel Grab has more.

October 15, 2013

A strikingly bipartisan pair of legislators is co-sponsoring legislation to switch from judicial elections of appellate judges to a merit selection system in Pennsylvania.

October 10, 2013

A new, required course in judicial ethics for candidates for the bench in California went online this week, the California Judicial Branch announced.

October 4, 2013

The Supreme Court’s scheduled oral arguments next week in a major campaign finance regulation case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, are continuing to generate extensive commentary and coverage. The case involves a challenge to aggregate federal limits on an individual’s campaign donations to candidates and committees.

October 3, 2013

Voters in New York state will be asked to decide on Election Day whether to raise from 70 to 80 the retirement mandate for judges on the state Supreme Court and on the Court of Appeals.

October 1, 2013

The District of Columbia Bar’s Washington Lawyer report, an online feature, gave a shout-out to a new website launched by a coalition of groups in order to track litigation that may have an impact on fair and impartial courts.

September 25, 2013
The Michigan State Bar’s recent request for a ruling (see Gavel Grab) that would bring greater disclosure of judicial election spending is making waves. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/?p=63483#sthash.FgklXxG3.dpuf
The Michigan State Bar’s recent request for a ruling (see Gavel Grab) that would bring greater disclosure of judicial election spending is making waves. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/?p=63483#sthash.FgklXxG3.dpuf

The Michigan State Bar’s recent request for a ruling that would bring greater disclosure of judicial election spending is making waves.

September 23, 2013
The Michigan State Bar’s recent request for a ruling (see Gavel Grab) that would bring greater disclosure of judicial election spending is making waves. - See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/?cat=25#sthash.EiqkxNkL.Q3NPgDfP.dpuf

California’s legislature has sent to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk a bill that would allow juries to include noncitizens living in the state legally. In the New York Times, columnist Bill Keller, who just spent two days in a jury pool, tells about the idea’s origins and why he likes it.

September 11, 2013

Kansas state Rep. Lance Kinzer, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is proposing legislation to lower the mandated retirement age of appellate judges from 75 to 65. That would be the lowest retirement age in the nation.

September 4, 2013

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, a successful vote-getter who knows how to win judicial elections, has some dramatically frank opinions to share: He finds these contests “toxic to the idea of an impartial, independent judiciary” and would like to bid them good-bye.

August 8, 2013

Justice at Stake and fellow partner organizations in the Fair Courts Litigation Task Force launch new website tracking legislation impacting the judicial system. 

August 6, 2013

Pennsylvania’s court administrator, Zygmont Pines, has been named president of the Conference of State Court Administrators and vice chairman of the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts announced on Aug. 2.

July 29, 2013

Earlier this month the State Bar of Wisconsin proposed a constitutional amendment that would limit state Supreme Court justices to one 16-year term to replace the current 10-year term with the chance for reelection. This, they said, would help cut down on the bitter partisanship that has defined the court in the public eye and stem the rivers of cash flowing into high-court elections.

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