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"In eight years the military commissions ... put three people on trial. ... Meanwhile, the federal courts, our Article III, regular legal court system, has put dozens of terrorists in jail. ... The suggestion that somehow a military commission is the way to go isn't borne out."

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State


"Funding Justice: Strategies and Messages for Restoring Court Funding." This report, conducted by Justice at Stake and the National Center for State Courts, identifies new strategies and messages needed to help courts make a stronger case for court funding. 

"The New Politics of Judicial Elections." These signature reports, published biannually by the Brennan Center for Justice, National Institute on Money in State Politics and Justice at Stake, describe the fundamental changes that have turned state Supreme Court elections into financial arms races. Reports cover the judicial election cycles of 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2011-2012, and 2013-14.

"The Path to the Federal Bench." The path to the federal bench is an important -- yet somewhat obscure and complicated – process that is critical to staffing our judiciary. Justice at Stake wants to educate people about the process to facilitate the rise of a diverse group of talented lawyers to the bench. To that end, Justice at Stake, along with the American Constitution Society, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges, the National Bar Association, the National Congress of American Indians, and the National LGBT Bar Association produced this publication. 

"Improving Diversity on State Courts: a Report From the Bench."  This George Mason University study, conducted for the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights and Justice at Stake, interviews minority judges, both elected and appointed, to learn how they beat the odds and to get advice for others seeking to reach the bench.

"Brown v. Board of Education: Attacks on the Courts, 50 Years Ago, 50 Years Later." This report chronicles 50 years of attacks on courts triggered by the Brown v. Board of Education decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional. Describing radical attempts to attack courts and fight the Brown decision, such as undermining court legitimacy and threatening impeachment, this guide affirms the need to stand up for courts that protect our rights.

"Courting Danger." Has the war on terror become a war on the courts? This report begs this question as it outlines the difficulty in preserving constitutional liberties while increasing preparedness for future acts of terror.

"Courts... or Calculators." A sentencing brief that explains why courts should have the discretion to punish criminals. It also scrutinizes how the war on courts has limited their ability to issue sentences, thus impeding judges' responsibility for upholding the Constitution.

"Crusading against the Courts." This issue brief examines the attacks on the independence and impartiality of courts to protect our religious liberties. Explaining that courts are accountable to the law and not to religious arguments or political pressure, this document provides insight into how constitutional democracy can support faith and freedom.

"2008 Midwest Judges, Judicial Candidate Memo." This memorandum serves as a resource guide for judicial candidate conduct, designed to both educate voters and uphold the independence of courts. The guidelines offers methods to help courts remain accountable to the law and not special interest or partisan pressure.

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