Monday, October 20, 2008

Conference on Judicial Selection

A couple of weeks after the election, come to the UW for Selecting Judges in Washington -- Looking Back to 2008 and Forward to 2009, sponsored by the Judicial Selection Coalition and the University of Washington School of Law.

This conference is for anyone interested in the way we select judges in Washington. Conference speakers will discuss:
  • What happened in Washington State judicial elections this year? Who ran, who contributed money, what happened? A panel discussion with:
  • What do Washington voters think about methods of judicial selection? A professional survey of several thousand randomly selected Washington voters has just been completed
    under the supervision of Professor David Brody, WSU. Professor Brody will summarize the results.

  • Should Washington adopt public financing of judicial elections? A report on proposed legislation from Craig Salins, Executive Director, Washington Public Campaigns.

  • Can judicial performance evaluations improve judicial elections? A panel discussion including Jordan Singer of the Institute for the Improvement of the American Legal
    , and representatives of the King and Pierce County courts to comment on judicial performance evaluations conducted in those counties this year.

  • What is happening in other states? A view from the national perspective by James Sample of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

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