Professor Herbert Kritzer has a very interesting new article in Judicature, exploring the qualities Americans say they want in their state judges. It turns out that professional qualities like reputation for integrity and respect from leaders of the legal community are heavily desired, while political qualities like running for holding office or respect from party leaders is much less desired.
So then why do so many states still choose their judges through partisan, or at least politically influenced, elections? I offer a few thoughts at the IAALS Blog.
Blooging has been unusually light over the last few weeks, as I work to finish up some writing projects. I will continue to post here, although probably still on a lighter schedule for a few more weeks. I’ll look forward to sharing some of the bigger projects with my readers as they develop over the coming months.
My latest contribution to the New England Faculty Blog explains why Twitter pundits could use a good dose of jury duty. Check it out!
I am guest blogging over at Prawfsblawg this month, and will have some occasional long pieces there in addition to regular updates here. Please check it out!