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So You Want to Be a Judge

It’s a rare attorney who has not at some time thought about what it would be like to be a judge, if not actually aspired to the role.  But few who have not already served on the bench understand what that entails, both personally and professionally, or the judicial selection process. If you are reading […]

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Judicial Elections 2010: Minnesotans Stay the Course

While partisanship, controversy, and legal challenges colored many judicial races around the country this fall, Minnesota judges ran positive campaigns, featuring their experience, qualifications, and widespread support.  More aggressive challenges and closer races suggest, however, that judges’ supporters may need to adjust their strategies in future races.     Minnesota’s judicial elections stayed on a […]

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Commentary: Responding to the 2010 Judicial Elections

Judicial elections nationwide in 2010 have highlighted the growing influence of money and special interests while heightening concerns for preservation of a fair and impartial judiciary that enjoys public confidence. The 2010 election cycle highlights concerns about the conduct of judicial elections, including the influence of money and special interests. We need to take those […]

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The White Cases Revisited

Republican Party of Minnesota v. White raises the question whether judicial elections are different from elections for any other office and whether different rules or procedures are necessary in selecting judges. Also implicated are questions of judicial accountability, diversity, and impartiality. What the answers are remains to be seen.

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Judicial Selection in Minnesota: A Special Report

On March 26, 2007, the Citizens Commission for the Preservation of an Impartial Judiciary (“Quie Commission”) released its report and recommendations concerning the method by which Minnesota judges should be selected in the wake of the United States Supreme Court decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White. The full text of the report, including the membership, minority […]

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