The Million Dollar Judges of 2012
Issue Brief Billy Corriher looks at the judges who won elections in 2012 while raising roughly $1 million or more, as well as those who had more than $1 million spent on their behalf by independent groups.
Public Financing of Judicial Races Can Give Small Donors a Decisive Role
Issue Brief Public financing programs can drastically limit the opportunity for lawyers, corporations, or others to influence the law through campaign contributions, and can make smaller donors more important to the process.
Strong Recusal Rules Are Crucial to Judicial Integrity
Issue Brief Mandatory recusal rules would go a long way toward ensuring citizens that judges and by extension, justices, can be bought.
Same-Sex Couples and the Supreme Court: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks
The Court’s potential decision to review the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 will impact thousands of same-sex couples nationwide.
Federal Judicial Emergencies
Issue Brief Andrew Blotky and Sandhya Bathija on the state of judicial emergencies in the nation.
Infographic: An Easy Guide to Federal Judicial Nominations
Most Americans don't know how or why a federal judge is chosen. This infographic outlines the federal judicial nomination process step by step.
Merit Selection and Retention Elections Keep Judges Out of Politics
A CAP Action report explains why merit-selection systems and retention elections are a good way to keep judges free from politicization of elections.
Partisan Judicial Elections and the Distorting Influence of Campaign Cash
Issue Brief Reasonable minds can differ over whether to elect judges, but it is clear that electing judges in partisan elections leads to a myriad of problems.
Disclosure Laws Needed to Ensure Transparency in Judicial Elections
Issue Brief Disclosure laws for corporation and individual donations to judicial elections allow voters to know who's spending money on electing certain judges—and whose side those judges will be on in trial.
Big Business Taking over State Supreme Courts
Report Report from Billy Corriher documents how corporations are bending judges to their will through campaign cash.
The Conservative Takeover of State Judiciaries
Todd Phillips and Andrew Blotky summarize the history behind legislative pushes that would enable governors to replace competent state judges, a power that would, in practice, result in more conservative replacements in states across the country.
Why Courts Matter
Issue Brief Andrew Blotky and Kimberly Barton look at recent and ongoing court cases that demonstrate how much is at stake for the LGBT community.
Progressives Must Take Back Courts
Regardless of where you live, or what issues you care about, all Americans deserve a judiciary that works, writes Andrew Blotky.
Federal Courts in Crisis
On April 17, the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Committee for a Fair Judiciary discussed the process and politics of judicial confirmations, the impact of the judicial vacancies crisis, and solutions for 2012 and beyond.