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Testimony and Briefs

February 25, 2016

On behalf of Justice at Stake, I testify in support of changing the way that Maryland selects its circuit court judges to one based in the best practices for merit selection as practiced across the country. Moving away from contested elections for circuit court judges will reduce political influence in our courts, helping to ensure that the courts can protect the rights of everyone who comes before them.

February 4, 2016

On behalf of Justice at Stake, a non-partisan organization working to protect our courts from partisan politics and special interests pressure, I testify in support of Senate Bill 179. This bill will reduce political influence in our courts, helping to ensure that the courts can protect the rights of everyone who comes before them. 

January 27, 2016

On January 27, 2016, Justice at Stake Director of State Affairs Debra Erenberg submitted testimony to the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee, urging the creation of a well-designed merit selection system for Marion County, Indiana.  The county had been ordered to replace its former election system for judges after it was ruled unconstitutional.  


March 18, 2015

 On March 18, 2015, Justice at Stake Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton gave testimony to the Maryland Judiciary Committee in favor of House Bills 548, 582 and 1071, which would eliminate the election of circuit court judges.

July 3, 2014

On July 3, 2014, Justice at Stake Director of State Affairs Debra Erenberg submitted testimony to the New Jersey Task Force on Judicial Independence, advocating for the establishment of an independent nominating commission to screen potential judicial nominees, as well as a nonpartisan commission to evaluate sitting judges for re-appointment.

January 16, 2014

 Justice at Stake writes on behalf of JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice at N.Y.U. School of Law both to applaud and thank the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court for the revisions to the Pennsylvania State Code of Judicial Conduct that it adopted recently.

August 8, 2013

In an amicus brief filed in Dobson v. State of Arizona, Justice at Stake and a JAS partner organization, the Brennan Center for Justice, said the new law passed by the legislature this year gives the governor more sway over selecting judges and takes power from away from a nonpartisan, 15-member vetting commission.

March 19, 2013

Justice at Stake sent this letter to House and Senate leadership urging a bipartisan solution to allay the damage that sequestration will cause.  

March 5, 2013

Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice wrote this letter to Illinois Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride to comment on the Report and Recommendations of the Illinois State Bar Association's Committee on Judicial Disqualification Standards.  

November 27, 2012

In a letter to Majority Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell, a broad coalition of 23 national organizations, including Justice at Stake, urged Senate leaders to cooperate and hold confirmation votes on pending judicial nominees during the lame-duck session.

November 8, 2012

Justice at Stake wrote this letter to the House and Senate leadership urging decisive action be taken to find a bipartisan solution to preempt the damage that would result from sequestration.

November 8, 2012

Justice at Stake wrote this letter to Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell expressing concern for the state of the judicial confirmation process.  Justice at Stake urged prompt action be taken regarding all pending nominees.

September 12, 2012

Justice at Stake wrote this letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning Citizens United and the threat it poses to public confidence in state judiciaries.

June 13, 2012

Justice at Stake wrote the following letter to House leaders John Boehner (R-OH) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), opposing an attempt to scuttle Federal Communications Commission rules that would improve public access to filings of campaign advertising information.

June 13, 2012

JAS at Stake wrote the following letter to the House Appropriations Committee, opposing an attempt to scuttle Federal Communications Commission rules that would improve public access to filings of campaign advertising information.

February 9, 2012

On February 9, 2011, Bert Brandenburg gave testimony to the ABA Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System to help the nation's courts with the funding crisis.

October 31, 2011

Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice have submitted a letter to the Tennessee Appellate Courts urging adoption of proposed rules changes governing judicial recusal.

May 12, 2011

 Proposed amendments to the Maine Code of Judicial Conduct--Comments of the Brennan Center for Justice and the Justice at Stake Campaign. 

February 15, 2011

On February 15, 2011, Justice at Stake were among 76 organizations and groups to co-sign a letter urging the Senate to continue to work together in a bipartisan fashion to proceed with the confirmation votes on judicial nominees who have been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

February 14, 2011

On February 14, 2011, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice penned a letter to New York state Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman about the proposed judicial disqualification rules changes.

February 10, 2011

The Justice at Stake Campaign and Brennan Center for Justice have co-authored a letter commending the ABA's Standing Committee on Judicial Independence for their actions regarding judicial recusal.

October 14, 2010

On October 14, 2010, Justice at Stake's John Robinson gave testimony to the Wisconsin Special Committee on Judicial Recusal and discipline urging Wisconsin to adopt an objective standard of impartiality for evaluating judicial recusal requests.

October 4, 2010

On October 4th, 2010, the Justice at Stake Campaign and Brenner Center for Justice co-wrote a letter to the Washington Supreme Court on their new Judicial Conduct policy.

March 9, 2010

On March 9, 2010, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg gave testimony in front of the Maryland State Senate on the proposal of retention elections in for Maryland Circuit Court judges.

January 21, 2010

 January 21, 2010, Justice at Stake and The Brennan Center for Justice wrote a letter to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on the proposed changes to the proposed revisions to the Code of Judicial Conduct in the state.

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