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Merit Selection? Elections? Appointments? Understanding the System to Defend the Courts

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The League’s commitment to increase citizen understanding of the importance of our nation’s system of separation of powers and checks and balances provided for in the U.S. Constitution was highlighted during its recent 2006 Biennial Convention. A panel of distinguished jurists and academics addressed the full convention on the topic of MERIT SELECTION? ELECTIONS? APPOINTMENTS? UNDERSTANDING THE SYSTEM TO DEFEND THE COURTS.

Opening Statements

Kay J. Maxwell
LWVUS President

Bert Brandenburg
Justice at Stake

Judicial Appointments
Professor Charlie Geyh
Indiana Law School

Merit Selections and Retention Elections
Honorable Michael Wolff
Chief Justice Missouri Supreme Court

Contested Elections
Mary C. McQueen
President, National Center for State Courts

Questions and Answers