Pursuing an Appointment/ Judgeship

Whether you envision yourself sitting behind the bench as a member of the judiciary, or being selected to join a commission, these resources are designed to provide you with the information and skills to reach these goals.

Materials from Appointments CLE

Judgeship

Judicial Selection in the States
From the National Center for State Courts

In recent years, proposals have been introduced by legislators, governors, courts, and citizens' groups in nearly every state to limit the role of politics in the selection of state judges.

The extent of these activities underscores the recognition that an independent judiciary is essential to the maintenance of public trust and confidence in the court system.

The American Judicature Society, through funding from the Open Society Institute, has contributed to these efforts by compiling comprehensive information on judicial selection processes in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia. Topics covered include methods of selecting, retaining, and removing of judges; successful and unsuccessful reform efforts; the roles of parties, interest groups, and professional organizations in selecting judges; and the diversity of the bench.

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State Specific Resources

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas

California

Delaware 

Florida

Georgia 

Hawaii 

Idaho
Illinois 
Indiana
Iowa 

Kansas 
Kentucky 

Louisiana

Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri / St. Louis
Montana

Nebraska
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York StateNew York City
North Carolina
North Dakota

Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina
South Dakota

Tennessee
Texas

Utah

Vermont
Virginia

Washington
Washington, District of Columbia
Wisconsin
Wyoming