Justice Sandra Day O'Connor headlines judicial conference
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will headline a national workshop to explore the symptoms of a serious national problem: the financial and political threats to state judicial impartiality and independence.
State Judicial Independence - A National Concern is Monday, Sept. 14. Justice O'Connor, state court judges and legislators, academic scholars, and leading political and legal activists will examine the tensions between judicial electioneering and justice "for sale." The conference will provide the first in-depth analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Caperton v. Massey. In Caperton, the Court recognized that one of America's most fundamental values is transgressed when campaign expenditures - because of their size, timing, and matter of making - threaten the state judiciary's duty to render due process.
Sessions will explore questions such as: What are the corrosive effects of campaign contributions made by interested parties to finance expensive judicial campaigns? In light of Caperton, what restrictions do federal and state due process requirements place on the ability of judges to received campaign contributions? And what kind of state statutory and judicial reforms should be considered?
Distinguished panelists include Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander; Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson; Oregon Supreme Court Justice Hans Linde; Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson; Zaida Arguedas, director of the Global Democracy Program, League of Women Voters; Bert Brandenberg, executive director, Justice at Stake Campaign; and Kathleen Sullivan, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and former dean, Stanford Law School. See the most up-to-date agenda.
Due to overwhelming response, registration has closed. Press interested in covering all or part of the confernce should contact Katherine Hedland Hansen, director of communications.