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ABA and Judicial Independence

Past ABA President Linda A. Klein (2016-2017) recently called personal attacks on judges “attacks on our Constitution” and warned that it is vital that the judiciary remains independent and free from political pressure.  “There are no ‘so-called judges’ in America,” she said Feb. 6 in a speech to the ABA House of Delegates at its Midyear Meeting in Miami. “There are simply judges – fair and impartial. And we must keep it that way.”

A few days earlier, the ABA issued a statement explaining the ABA’s role in evaluating the professional qualifications of Supreme Court nominees.

To learn more about fair courts, judicial independence, and what you can do to help protect our judiciary, please view this presentation created in cooperation with the Office of the President available at

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