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Articles from Vol. 94, No. 5, March/April

AJS Membership Has Its Privileges (and Its Responsibilities and Opportunities)
I've been a member of the American Judicature Society for close to 30 years - - since 1983. I was fortunate to receive a complimentary membership from the judge for whom I was clerking at the time, and I have maintained the membership ever since.This...
DEFEATING AN INCUMBENT CHIEF JUSTICE: The 2008 Michigan Supreme Court Election
Although the 2008 Michigan election can be considered an example of the "new style" of judicial campaigns, factors and specific campaign effects combined to help defeat the incumbent chief justice.For the first time in Michigan history, a sitting chief...
Ensuring Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants
Despite the many challenges in dealing effectively and efficiently with self-represented litigants, we can and must deliver on the promise of access to justice for all.Both research studies and simple observation make it clear that the number of self-represented...
Letters
The limits of judicial selection researchThe January-February 2011 Judicature editorial concerning judicial selection research concludes that we must take into account new empirical research if we want our recommendations to be grounded and credible....
Noteworthy
Jim Petra and Nancy Petra, False Justice: Eight Myths That Convict the Innocent. Kaplan Publishing. 2011. $24.99. In this book Jim, a former Attorney General of Ohio, and Nancy challenge eight myths of justice: Everyone in prison claims innocence; Our...
Report from the States
IntroductionAs described in the inside cover of this and all issues of this journal, the mission of the American Judicature Society is to "secure and promote an independent and qualified judiciary and a fair system of justice." The goal of Judicature...
Symposium Examines Courts and the New Media
Judicature's May-June, 2010 article, "The online juror," is one Of a number of articles and conferences on a hot topic: the effect of the socalled "new media" on how the nation's courts conduct their business and how interested publics learn - or don't...
The 2010 JUDICIAL RETENTION ELECTIONS in PERSPECTIVE: Continuity and Change from 1964 to 2010
Although retention elections moved into the media spotlight in 2010, retention patterns changed little-voters retained almost all judgesLed by the expensive and intense opposition campaigns in Iowa and Illinois, the 2010 judicial retention elections...
The Jury: An Important Model for Democratic Society
The jury: An important model for democratic society The fury and Democracy: How Jury Deliberation Promotes Civic Engagement and Political Participation, by John Gastil, E. Pierre Deess, Philip J. Weiser, and Cindy Simmons. Oxford University Press, 2010....
The Role of Attorneys in ADR-Novel Approaches or More of the Same?
The role of attorneys in ADRnovel approaches or more of the same? The Role of Attorneys in Court Ordered Mediations in North Carolina: The Pilot Phase, by Elizabeth Ellen Gordon. Edwin Mellin Press. 2009. 164 pages. $99.95.Over the past two decades,...
UNCONTESTED and UNACCOUNTABLE? RATES of CONTESTATION in TRIAL COURT ELECTIONS
Although electoral competition is an important indicator of the ability of judicial elections to promote judicial accountability, a study of trial court elections in 29 states found that over three-quarters of elections fail to provide voters the opportunity...