ON-Lion Letter
A new guide from the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and the American Judicature Society provides greater clarity and understanding of the complex and critical issues surrounding judicial selection in the states.

"Recent trends in the processes for selecting and retaining judges have generated concern among citizens who believe in the impartiality -- and the appearance of impartiality -- of courts and judges," according to Judicial Selection in the States:  How It Works, Why It Matters.  These trends include campaign fundraising and spending and the role of interest groups in judicial elections.

The guide overviews the states' different methods of selecting and retaining judges, including popular nonpartisan or partisan election, commission-based or gubernatorial appointment, or legislative appointment or election.  It also surveys judicial performance-evaluation programs in the states.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports IAALS, which is based at the University of Denver.  IAALS's executive director is Rebecca Love Kourlis, a former member of the Colorado Supreme Court.
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