IAALS Executive Director Rebecca Love Kourlis paid a pre-holiday, virtual visit to LXBN TV to talk about the effects of partisan elections of judges across the country. Kourlis weighed in on the same concerns that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor recently voiced regarding the influence that partisan elections can have on judges’ decisions.
In the interview, Kourlis cited surveys and statistics that show public trust and confidence in judges and our courts are adversely affected by partisan elections and the fundraising and special-interest spending that goes along with them. She also highlighted IAALS’ O’Connor Judicial Selection Plan. Authored in partnership with former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the plan is a recommended model for choosing, evaluating, and retaining judges, and seeks to establish impartiality and accountability in our courts.