October 30, 2018

Judges and Justices Under Attack: Whose Business is it?

Judges and Justices Under Attack: Whose Business is it?

October 30, 2018

To be sure, fair and impartial courts are the business of us all.  In a very real sense, it is businesses that have a proportionally larger stake in the issue of fair courts, because businesses are the repeat users of the court system.

Attempts to politicize the courts and influence judicial selection processes are growing. This is not about appropriate judicial accountability, which of course is important. From Iowa to Florida to Kansas, and many states in-between, such attempts have targeted the removal of judges for specific decisions unpopular with special interests or political interests or public opinion.  But the courts were not intended to be a political or representative branch, swaying in the wind of public opinion. Judges should make decisions based on the facts and the law. However, numerous national polls and surveys document the limited knowledge held by Americans about our government, and its corresponding institutions and processes. This program of leading experts will highlight the vulnerabilities of the judicial branch in the midst of these present-day challenges, and ways that you, as lawyers, can help.

Panelists:

  • Linda Leali (moderator), Linda Leali PA, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • F. James "Jim" Robinson, Jr., Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P., Wichita, KS
  • Alicia Bannon, New York University, Brennan Center for Justice, New York, NY
  • Justice Barbara J. Pariente, Florida Supreme Court, Tallahassee, FL
  • Justice Robin E. Hudson, Supreme Court of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC
  • Annette Boyd Pitts, National Education Chair, Tallahassee, FL

Presented by: Business and Corporate Litigation Committee

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