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"In too many states, judicial elections are becoming political prizefights where partisans and special interests seek to install judges who will answer to them instead of the law and the Constitution."
--Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

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Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice

Alabama Appleseed is a non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 1999 to identify significant needs in the State of Alabama, tackle their root causes, and craft practical, lasting solutions to systemic problems through legal advocacy, community involvement, and policy expertise. 

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association has long been dedicated to the promotion and protection of an impartial judiciary. The Standing Committee on Judicial Independence was created to promote public awareness about the values of an independent, accountable and efficient judiciary and to assist in responding to unwarranted criticism. The Standing Committee has a particular focus on state and local judiciaries.

American Board of Trial Advocates

The general purposes of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.

The American Judges Association

The objective and purpose of the AJA is: to promote and improve the effective administration of justice; to maintain the status and independence of the judiciary; to provide a forum for the continuing education of its members and the general public; and for the exchange of new ideas among all judges. 

American Judicature Society

The American Judicature Society is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of judges, lawyers, and other citizens whose mission is to promote the effective administration of justice. Through research, educational programs, and publications, AJS focuses primarily on judicial ethics, judicial selection, the jury, judicial independence, court administration, and public understanding of the justice system.

American Association for Justice

As the largest trial bar, the American Association for Justice promotes justice and fairness for injured persons, safeguards victims’ rights—particularly the right to trial by jury—and strengthens the civil justice system through education and disclosure of information critical to public health and safety. With more than 55,000 members worldwide, AAJ provides lawyers with the information and professional assistance needed to serve clients successfully and protect the democratic values inherent in the civil justice system.

Appleseed Foundation

The Appleseed Foundation mission is to build a just society through legal advocacy, community activism, and policy expertise. We work locally to address root causes and produce practical, systemic solutions. We strive for a society in which opportunities are genuine, access to the law is universal and equal, and power is used to advance the public interest.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector

California Judges Association

The California Judges Association was established in 1929 and is the professional association representing the interests of the judiciary of the State of California. Members include judges of the Superior Courts and Courts of Appeal, Commissioners of State courts and State Bar Court judges. Judges retired from these courts are also members. CJA is governed by a democratically-elected, 25-member Executive Board. Representatives are drawn from 12 regional districts and also from the Court of Appeal, commissioners and retired bench officers.

The Campaign Legal Center (*campaign reform issues only)

The Campaign Legal Center is a nonprofit organization created to represent the public interest in administrative hearings and proceedings on campaign finance and media laws. The Center is managed through the auspices of the University of Utah’s Campaign and Media Studies Program—created to support and develop areas of inquiry and action on these issues through academic research, conferences, and internship programs.

Center for Political Accountability                     

The Center for Political Accountability (CPA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that was created to bring transparency and accountability to corporate political spending. It was formed to address the secrecy that cloaks much of the political activity engaged in by companies and the risks this poses to shareholder value. Since 2003, CPA has become a recognized national leader, spearheading a highly visible and effective campaign for corporate political disclosure.


Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

Chicago Appleseed works with a multitude of lawyers, legislative experts, scholars, public interest groups and workers in the field to to advocate for fair and just change. By using an effective combination of legal research, law practice and social science methodology, an issue is thoroughly examined from all angles, providing  an objective basis for constructive and realistic recommendations to change inefficient and unjust social and legal systems. These recommendations are made with the goal of making the best possible changes to positively impact the largest number of affected citizens.

Citizen Action/Illinois

Citizen Action/Illinois is the state's largest public interest organization and a progressive political coalition committed to creating social change both in Illinois and across the nation.The organization is based on several core values: a belief that every human life has equal worth, that the purpose of American society is to allow all its members to live meaningful and fulfilling lives, and that there is a collective good beyond individual interests. It seeks to promote and win public policies that reflect these values and embody social justice, but recognizes that winning justice requires political power. It exists to create that power by being a values-based, issue-oriented political center in Illinois. 

Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Citizen Action of Wisconsin organizes people to make Wisconsin a better place to live and work.Citizen Action employs an integrated strategy of grassroots organizing,public education, earned media, professional research, voter engagement,and political lobbying to advance progressive values and shape the public and political debate around health care, economic development,and consumer protection. Every year, Citizen Action generates hundreds of media stories, mobilizes thousands of citizens to participate in political advocacy, and engages hundreds of thousands of voters.

Colorado Judicial Institute

The mission of the Colorado Judicial Institute (CJI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizens’ organization founded in 1979, is to preserve and enhance the independence and excellence of Colorado courts, to further public understanding of the Colorado judicial system, and to ensure that the courts meet the needs of the people. In order to achieve CJI’s broad mission, the organization takes on varied projects, such as: recognition of judicial excellence, raising private funds for continuing judicial education, public education on the state and federal courts through the Our Courts program, participation on commissions and committees to improve judicial selection and evaluation methods, research and publication in areas of family law, such as delinquency and neglect and foster care, and developing partnerships with national and state-based organizations. CJI is sustained through the support of individual and corporate members as well as grant funding for projects and programs.

Committee for Economic Development

CED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 220 business leaders and university presidents. Since 1942, its research and policy programs have addressed many of the nation's most pressing economic and social issues, including education reform, workforce competitiveness, campaign finance, health care, and global trade and finance. CED promotes policies to produce increased productivity and living standards, greater and more equal opportunity for every citizen, and an improved quality of life for all.

Common Cause

Common Cause is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government. Supported by the dues and contributions of over 200,000 members in every state across the nation, Common Cause represents the unified voice of the people against corruption in government and big money special interests.

The Constitution Project

The Constitution Project is a bipartisan nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., that develops bipartisan consensus on controversial legal and policy issues and conveys that consensus through scholarship, activism, and practical public education efforts.

Democracy North Carolina

The mission of Democracy North Carolina, formerly the North Carolina Project of Democracy South, is to build a more democratic society that makes real the promise of "one person, one vote." Its research, training, organizing, and public education programs emphasize reducing the power of special-interest money and increasing the power of citizens in all aspects of the political process.

Democracy South

Democracy South is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in 1997. Democracy South is a regional network of state-based grassroots organizations in the Southeast with the mission of helping to build, strengthen, and link progressive multi-racial and multi-issue coalitions that address issues of social, environmental, and economic justice. Since 2003, the over-arching goal of Democracy South is to re-engage the region’s forgotten and voiceless minorities in the political process that shapes their destiny.

DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar

DRI is the national organization of defense trial lawyers and corporate counsel. DRI provides numerous educational and informational resources to DRI members and offers many opportunities for liaison among defense trial lawyers, Corporate America, and state and local defense organizations. DRI also has an international presence, seeking to enhance understanding of the law among members of the defense community who have reason to be concerned with the expanding globalization of litigation defense.

The Fund for Modern Courts

Modern Courts is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice in New York. Founded in 1955, and led by concerned citizens, prominent lawyers, and leaders of the business community, Modern Courts works to make the court system more accessible, efficient, and user-friendly for all New Yorkers. For the last 45 years, the cornerstone of FMC efforts has been the need to change New York's method of selecting judges. Consistently, we have fought to institute merit selection to remove the influence of money and politics from the judicial process

The Greenlining Institute

The Greenlining Institute's mission is to empower communities of color and other disadvantaged groups through multi-ethnic economic and leadership development, civil rights and anti-redlining activities. 

The Hispanic National Bar Association

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100, 000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants and law students in the United States and its territories. From the days of its founding three decades ago, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession. It does so by encouraging Latino students to choose a career in the law and by prompting their advancement within the profession once they graduate and start practicing. 

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform is a nonpartisan public interest group that conducts research and advocates reforms to promote public participation in government, address the role of money in politics and encourage integrity, accountability, and transparency in government. The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform steering committee is composed of a diverse group of civic, business, labor, political, and religious leaders from across Illinois, and was chaired by the late Senator Paul Simon. Ross Harano is now the Chairman of the Board.

The Infinity Project

Located in the Center on Women & Public Policy at the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Infinity Project’s mission is to increase the gender diversity of the federal bench to ensure the quality of justice in the Eighth Circuit.

Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver is a national, nonpartisan organization, dedicated to improving the process and culture of the civil justice system.  IAALS provides principled leadership, conducts comprehensive and objective research and develops innovative and practical solutions in the pursuit of a more transparent, fair and cost-effective system of justice in the United States.

Interfaith Alliance

The Interfaith Alliance is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the positive and healing role of religion in the life of the nation and challenging those who manipulate religion to promote a narrow, divisive agenda.

Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice

Kansas Appleseed is one of the network's 16 public interest law Centers working across the country to identify and address issues and develop practical and lasting solutions to chronic injustices. Local Appleseed Centers have the expertise, the flexibility, and the independence to listen to unheard voices, uncover injustices, and win the battles no one else fights. Appleseed Centers work both independently and collectively, bringing their own experiences to create local solutions that are nationally relevant.

Kansas League of Women Voters

The Kansas League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan, grassroots, volunteer and political organization with eight local Leagues across the state. For 85 years the KLWV has encouraged the informed and active participation of citizens in government and has influenced public policy through education and advocacy. As a non-partisan organization, the League of Women Voters of Kansas does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.

Lambda Legal

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Michigan Campaign Finance Network

The Michigan Campaign Finance Network is a nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition of organizations and individuals concerned about the influence of money in politics and the need for campaign finance reform in Michigan. MCFN conducts research on campaign contributions and their relationship to election outcomes and issues of public policy, supports access to campaign finance information and develops educational initiatives for the public on the subject of campaign finance reform.

Michigan League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Minnesota League of Women Voters

The League is a multi-issue, grassroots volunteer organization of concerned women and men working together to better understand and influence the issues that affect families and the future. The Minnesota League of Women Voters is a political, but nonpartisan, organization dedicated to researching complex questions from all viewpoints.  The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.

Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts

Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts is a broad-based coalition of organizations and individuals devoted to protecting Missouri courts from attacks by a small group of politicians and special interest groups and preserving the Missouri nonpartisan court plan. Missourians depend on fair and impartial courts to provide stable and rational resolution of disputes, protect property and economic interests, and, when needed, protect people from the overreaching of government. Missourians for Fair and Impartial Courts advocates for the courts to remain accountable to the constitution and the laws of the state--not political pressure and special interests.

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American (APA) attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students, providing a national network for its members and affiliates. NAPABA advocates for the legal needs and interests of the APA community and represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 47 local APA bar associations, with practice settings ranging from solo practices to large firms, corporations, legal services organizations, nonprofit organizations, law schools, and governmental agencies.

National Association for Court Management

The National Association for Court Management has over 2,000 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries. NACM is the largest organization of court management professionals in the world with members from all levels and types of courts. NACM provides court management professionals the opportunity to increase their proficiency while working with colleagues to improve the administration of justice.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is the preeminent organization in the United States advancing the mission of the nation's criminal defense lawyers to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct. A professional bar association founded in 1958, NACDL's more than 12,800 direct members -- and 94 state, local, and international affiliate organizations with another 35,000 members -- include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, active U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges committed to preserving fairness within America's criminal justice system.

National Association of Women Judges

The National Association of Women Judges’ mission is to: promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership, fairness and equality in the courts, and equal access to justice. The NAWJ is the nation’s leading voice for women jurists dedicated to preserving judicial independence, ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities and other historically disfavored groups, providing judicial education on cutting-edge issues, and increasing the numbers and advancement of women judges at all levels to more accurately reflect their full participation in a democratic society.

The National Bar Association

The objectives of the NBA "…shall be to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States."

The National Center for Access to Justice

The National Center for Access to Justice at Cardozo Law School is a national organization devoted exclusively to achieving reform that ensures that people will be able to count on American courts to deliver justice.

National Center for State Courts

The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization founded at the urging of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger. NCSC is the organization courts turn to for authoritative knowledge and information, because its efforts are directed by collaborative work with the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and other associations of judicial leaders. Consequently, NCSC is able to return expertise to the courts in a variety of forms — from Web resources to hands-on assistance. State assessments pay for the distribution of information from knowledgeable analysts and online sources, available free of charge to state trial and appellate courts and their administrative offices.

National Conference of Metropolitan Courts

NCMC is an independent, nonprofit, education and research organization of chief and presiding judges and court administrators in the nation’s largest state and local trial courts. It is committed to enhancing the effective administration of justice in metropolitan courts through strengthening leadership, modernizing court processes, technology and facilities, streamlining performance, promoting trial court innovations, and advancing judicial independence, the Rule of Law, and public accountability.

National Institute on Money in State Politics

The National Institute on Money in State Politics is the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization revealing the influence of campaign money on state-level elections and public policy in all 50 states. The NIMSP's comprehensive and verifiable campaign-finance database and relevant issue analyses are available for free through our Web site FollowTheMoney.org. They encourage transparency and promote independent investigation of state-level campaign contributions by journalists, academic researchers, public-interest groups, government agencies, policymakers, students and the public at large.

The National Judicial College

The NJC offers an average of 90 courses annually with more than 2,000 judges enrolling from all 50 states, U.S. territories and more than 150 countries. Since it opened in 1963, the NJC has awarded more than 84,000 professional judicial education certificates.

National Voting Rights Institute

The National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that seeks to vindicate the constitutional right of all citizens, regardless of economic status, to participate in the electoral process on an equal and meaningful basis. Toward these ends, NVRI seeks to eliminate the wealth barrier to political participation by filing litigation to reduce the role of money in politics, providing constitutional advice and analysis to support passage of reform legislation, and holding public officials accountable for violating existing laws.

North Carolina Center for Voter Education

The North Carolina Center for Voter Education is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality and responsiveness of North Carolina's election system. By examining North Carolina's current system of campaign finance and election laws, and by promoting research and public discussion about the electoral process, the Center hopes to raise citizen awareness, make the election process more inclusive, and increase participation in elections.

Ohio Citizen Action

Since 1975, Citizen Action has practiced door-to-door democracy across Ohio. OCA combines original, newsmaking research and an extraordinary ability to stay in touch with members door-to-door and on the phone. Citizen Action members make the most of whatever time they can spare: signing petitions, writing letters, making phone calls, talking to neighbors, posting yard signs, or speaking out at community meetings. Ohio Citizen Action has devoted most of its resources over the past nine years to running and winning good neighbor campaigns, which use the power of community organizing to convince major industries to prevent pollution at their facilities. These campaigns have won changes far beyond what federal or state regulations would require at AK Steel (Middletown), Sunoco Refinery (Toledo), Brush Wellman (Elmore), Lanxess Plastics (Cincinnati), and many others.

Ohio League of Women Voters

The mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan - it neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate. In past years, the League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund (LWVOEF) has worked on several projects designed to remove the appearance of political influence on the courts. The LWVOEF’s current focus is on education as a means to facilitate reform.

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

Created in 1987, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded to improve and strengthen the justice system in Pennsylvania by reforming the judicial selection process; improving court administration, court financing and the jury system; eliminating bias; and assisting citizens in navigating the courts and the justice system, whether as litigants, jurors, or witnesses.

Protestants for the Common Good

Protestants for the Common Good was formed in 1995 to bring an informed and strong Protestant voice to public life and to offer educational resources and advocacy opportunities to people of faith on matters of public policy. Since that time, the organization has grown significantly in participants, budget, staff, reputation, and influence.

Public Campaign

Public Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to dramatically reducing the role of special interest money in America's elections and putting voters in democracy's driver's seat. Since its founding in 1997, Public Campaign has advanced the fight for campaign finance reform by working closely with citizen groups around the country that are fighting for change in their states, by educating policy makers and opinion leaders on the merits of comprehensive reform, and by engaging major institutions and constituency groups in a new kind of reform coalition. By working with these other groups, Public Campaign is building a robust network of state-based efforts and creating a powerful national force for federal reform, with a special focus on freeing candidates from their dependence on private money with full public financing, solution called Clean Money, Clean Elections.

Tallahassee League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. TLWV never supports or opposes any political party or candidate.The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles. They present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues, and also advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

Texans for Public Justice

Texans for Public Justice is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization that focuses on corporate responsibility and money in politics. TPJ was founded in January 1997 to expose the abuses of Texas’ indulgent campaign finance system, which is known as “the Wild West of money in politics.” To accomplish this goal, TPJ has published an unprecedented series of reports that have revealed the sources and destinations of the river of political money that flows with no meaningful campaign contribution limits. TPJ's research has also documented the consequences of the corporate communities' dominance of the state’s political institutions.

Transparency International - USA

Transparency International, the global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption, brings people together in a powerful worldwide coalition to end the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world. TI’s mission is to create change towards a world free of corruption.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is a homegrown network of citizens fighting government corruption and working for fair elections, judicial integrity, media democracy, and open and transparent government. The Democracy Campaign pursues these objectives through research, citizen education, community outreach, coalition building and direct advocacy. WDC was founded in 1995 as a nonprofit, independent coalition of individuals and groups responding to the growing dominance of special interest money in the campaigns of state lawmakers.

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