Judicial Division

The Judicial Division (JD) is the ABA's home to judges, lawyers, tribal members, court administrators, academics and students interested in the courts and the justice system.

News and Opportunities

Statement of Bob Carlson, ABA president Re: Undermining judicial independence

The American Bar Association is concerned by efforts in some state legislatures that could undermine the independence of the courts. A fair and impartial judiciary is indispensable to our system of justice. Yet last year alone, 18 state legislatures considered at least 60 bills that would have diminished the role or independence of the judicial branch, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

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CCJ/COSCA Pass Joint Resolution Supporting JD National Judicial Outreach Week

The JD is pleased to report that the Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators have passed a joint Resolution supporting the JD Judicial Outreach Network Committee’s National Judicial Outreach Week (NJOW) initiative, taking place March 1-10, 2019.

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Access to Justice, the Winter 2019 issue Daedalus

This is the first open access issue in the history of the journal, an indication of the importance of this topic to the Academy. It is part of a larger, ongoing Academy effort to gather information about the national need for improved legal access, study innovations piloted around the country to fill this need, and advance a set of clear, national recommendations for closing the justice gap — between supply and demand for services provided by lawyers and other problem-solvers.

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Judicial Division Updates

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Our Committees

Our Committees

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The committees of the Judicial Division contribute and assist the initiatives and work of the Division, including opportunities to work on policy proposals, be published or speak at programs.

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$500 Judicial Scholarships

Judge members in the Judicial Division are eligible for a $500 judicial scholarship to any in-person course at the National Judicial College.

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Our Periodicals

The Judges' Journal

The Judicial Division's award-winning quarterly publication is one of the nation's foremost judicial journals and the authoritative source on innovations in the justice system. A subscription in print and digital is included with membership.

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Judicial Division Record

The Division's quarterly digital newsletter is your source for JD and Conference related activities, projects, products, and upcoming meetings and programs.

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Donating to the Judicial Division demonstrates your commitment to the improvement of the justice system. We serve as the judicial voice of the ABA and your tax-deductible contribution supports policies, programming and projects affecting the judiciary on a national level. Please consider the Judicial Division for online donations, gifts, or planned giving. Please check the drop-down menu for specific conferences, or support the work of the Division.

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Contact the Judicial Division at 800.238.2667 x 5706.