How should we select the judges who preside over our courts? Here in Arkansas, we elect them. In other states, bodies composed of “experts” (state bar associations, local politicians) help select them. At the federal level, judges get picked by the President.
This will be a contentious issue in Arkansas in the future – earlier this year, Rep. Matthew Shepherd filed a state constitutional amendment to change the way we pick judges, and the proposal received respectful and serious consideration in the House State Agencies Committee.
If you’d like to learn more about this issue, come join us for a discussion at the Arkansas Bar Center building (2224 Cottondale Lane in Little Rock) tomorrow at lunchtime. Professor Brian Fitzpatrick (Vanderbilt Law School) and Professor Chris Bonneau (University of Pittsburgh) will discuss the issue. Here’s more information.
Bilenda Harris-Ritter, who’s emceeing the event for the Federalist Society, has asked that, if you’re interested, you RSVP to her by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 p.m. today. See you there!