Recent Events Highlight AJS Priorities

By Doerfer, Gordon L. | Judicature, May/June 2009 | Go to article overview

Recent Events Highlight AJS Priorities


Doerfer, Gordon L., Judicature


Recent events have highlighted the issues that AJS has been concerned with throughout our long history. The decision in Caperton gave the press an opportunity to focus on the fundamental importance of a fair and impartial judiciary, and the dangers of an appearance of bias created by excessive campaign contributions. It was also a teachable moment on judicial selection and retention, a core concern of AJS for decades. The country has had an awakening.

The AJS website on judicial selection in the states provided a key resource to anyone who wanted ready access to the facts about judicial selection. The resources of the AJS Center for Judicial Ethics were also available on our website. The public discussion of recusal issues will continue to engage us in the months and years to come, and AJS research and commentary will help to deepen understanding of this issue.

The nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court also has focused the public's attention on selection of judges in an appointive system. Although the Supreme Court is a special case, the process of nomination and confirmation is the same for all federal judges and similar to the process followed in several states. The public will confront the complex question of the role of personal background and life experience in the selection and confirmation of a judge. Inevitably the complaint about "unelected judges" deciding important questions of law will surface and there will be a chance to increase public understanding of the role that judges in a common law system play in "making the law." The public will be reminded of the unique role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and the function that the courts play in judicial review of the actions of the other branches of government.

Questions will also be raised about how the new justice will or is likely to vote on important issues that may come before the Court. We hope the ethical limitations on such questions will be pointed out as well as the ethical and policy complexities of probing a candidate for general legal philosophy while not asking for commitments or promises. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Recent Events Highlight AJS Priorities
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.