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Billy Corriher is the deputy director of Legal Progress at American Progress, where his work focuses on courts, the law, and the influence of judicial elections and campaign contributions on judges. Corriher has written about these issues in op-eds for USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has also drafted blog posts on these topics for ThinkProgress, RealClearPolitics, The Advocate, The Huffington Post, and The Hill. Corriher has been interviewed about the influence of money in judicial elections by NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Mother Jones, “Ali Velshi On Target” at Al-Jazeera America, Bloomberg, and several local media outlets. Before joining American Progress, Corriher wrote a weekly blog post for the Harvard Law and Policy Review blog on federal appellate court cases and other legal and policy matters. Before attending law school, he worked as a local government reporter for the Clayton News-Daily in Jonesboro, Georgia.

Corriher received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He received a law degree and master’s in business administration from Georgia State University, graduating with honors in 2009.

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North Carolina’s Attacks on the Courts Lead to Fewer Judges of ColorCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2017
Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling Could Turn Back the Clock 50 YearsCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2017
Senate Rapidly Confirming Trump Judges Who Want to Limit Marriage EqualityCenter for American ProgressNovember 16, 2017
Senate Rushing to Confirm Trump Judges Who Back Voter SuppressionCenter for American ProgressNovember 8, 2017
The 7 Most Alarming Statements By Trump’s Anti-LGBT Judicial NomineeMediumOctober 19, 2017
Trump’s Anti-Worker Judges Will Outlast His AdministrationCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2017
How Distorted Districts Lead to Distorted LawsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2017
GOP seeks judges who will stifle voting rightsThe News & ObserverSeptember 22, 2017
Distorted Districts, Distorted LawsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 19, 2017
Trump administration nominating judges who back voter suppressionMediumAugust 30, 2017
Trump’s Anti-Environment Judicial Nominees Could Lead to Polluted Air and WaterCenter for American ProgressJuly 27, 2017
The Other Terrible Health Care Bill Pending in CongressCenter for American ProgressJuly 20, 2017
A New Missouri Law Creates Steep Hurdles to Discrimination LawsuitsCenter for American ProgressJuly 12, 2017
The Top 5 Most Offensive Statements from Trump’s Judicial NomineesDaily KosJune 13, 2017
The Courts Have Halted Trump’s Bigoted Policies, But the Senate Wants to Confirm All His JudgesCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2017
Trump Is Disregarding Senate Norms to Get His Judges on the BenchCenter for American ProgressMay 12, 2017
Trump Vetting Extremist Judges to Fill Record Number of Empty SeatsCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2017
5 Reasons to Save the 60-Vote Threshold for Supreme Court NomineesMediumApril 5, 2017
Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Puts the Rights of Corporations over IndividualsCenter for American ProgressMarch 13, 2017
Senate Must Demand Answers About Gorsuch’s Work for Scandal-Plagued Department of JusticeCenter for American ProgressMarch 10, 2017
Counterpoint: Gorsuch Could Make It Harder to Address Climate ChangeInsideSourcesFebruary 18, 2017
Our Courts Matter for the Muslim CommunityCenter for American ProgressFebruary 13, 2017
President Trump’s Attacks on the Courts Show the Need for an Independent Supreme Court Nominee with Bipartisan SupportCenter for American ProgressFebruary 8, 2017
Neil Gorsuch Would Be a Dream Justice for Corporations Suing the GovernmentCenter for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2017
5 Things You Need to Know About Judge GorsuchCenter for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2017
Big-Money Courts Decide Fate of Local Fracking RulesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2017
Dirty Money, Dirty Water IICenter for American ProgressJanuary 9, 2017
Jeff Session’s appointment raises specter of prosecuting voting rights activistsThe HillJanuary 7, 2017
5 Things You Need to Know About Sen. Jeff SessionsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 3, 2017
The Million Dollar Judges of 2015-16: Independent Spending and Secret MoneyCenter for American ProgressDecember 19, 2016
Redistricting and RepresentationCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: PennsylvaniaCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2016
Elected Judges Rule Against LGBT Rights More Often Than Appointed JudgesCenter for American ProgressOctober 13, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: OhioCenter for American ProgressOctober 11, 2016
Preventing Problems at the Polls: WisconsinCenter for American ProgressSeptember 26, 2016
House Committee Ignores States’ Rights by Interfering with Exxon Mobil Climate Denial ProbeCenter for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2016
Big Business Is Still Dominating State Supreme CourtsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 1, 2016
State or Federal Court?Center for American ProgressAugust 8, 2016
Forfeiting the American DreamCenter for American ProgressApril 1, 2016
Justice Waits for a Nine-Member Supreme CourtCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2016
The Supreme Court Vacancy Shines a Spotlight on the Judicial Vacancy CrisisCenter for American ProgressFebruary 25, 2016
North Carolina Supreme Court Disregards U.S. Supreme Court in Redistricting CaseCenter for American ProgressJanuary 20, 2016
Southern Judges Continue to Defy SCOTUS on Marriage EqualityThe AdvocateDecember 9, 2015
A Handful of Elected State Judges Continue to Deny Marriage EqualityCenter for American ProgressDecember 1, 2015
More Money, More ProblemsCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2015
Voting Rights Advocates Turn to North Carolina Courts, Stacked by Campaign CashCenter for American ProgressSeptember 2, 2015
Infographic: RFRA RepercussionsCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2015
Supreme Court: Judges Aren’t Politicians, and States Can Bar Them From Soliciting Campaign CashCenter for American ProgressApril 30, 2015
Judicial Elections Make It Impossible for Alabama Judges to Protect Individual RightsCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2015
Same-Sex Marriage: Flouting the Supreme CourtNewsweekFebruary 10, 2015
Dirty Water, Dirty Money: Coal Ash and the Attack on North Carolina’s CourtsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2015
U.S. Supreme Court Could Allow Judges in 30 States to Solicit Campaign Contributions from Wealthy DonorsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 15, 2015
The Million Dollar Judges of 2014Center for American ProgressDecember 12, 2014
Dirty Money, Dirty WaterCenter for American ProgressNovember 17, 2014
In Texas, No Justice for Injured PatientsCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2014
Keeping Campaign Cash Out of North Carolina CourtsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 30, 2014
Koch Brothers and D.C. Conservatives Spending Big on Nonpartisan State Supreme Court RacesCenter for American ProgressAugust 11, 2014
State Judicial Ethics Rules Fail to Address Flood of Campaign Cash from Lawyers and LitigantsCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2014
Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal RulesCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2014
Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Jurisprudence Displays a Naïve View of Political CorruptionCenter for American ProgressApril 2, 2014
Conservative Politicians are Lashing Out at Courts that Order Equal Funding for EducationCenter for American ProgressMarch 27, 2014
Chris Christie’s War on Judicial IndependenceCenter for American ProgressFebruary 4, 2014
Criminals and Campaign CashCenter for American ProgressOctober 28, 2013
Judging the High Court JusticesCenter for American ProgressAugust 20, 2013
Dodging a Billion-Dollar VerdictCenter for American ProgressAugust 14, 2013
Fixing Wisconsin’s Dysfunctional Supreme Court ElectionsCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2013
Clarence Thomas: The Anti-Thurgood MarshallCenter for American ProgressJuly 9, 2013
State and Federal Courts: The Last Stand in Voting RightsCenter for American ProgressJune 25, 2013
Voters Overwhelmingly Support Judicial Election ReformsCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2013
No Justice for the InjuredCenter for American ProgressMay 15, 2013
NRA Working to Elect Pro-Gun Judges and ProsecutorsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2013
Campaign Finance Laws Fail as Corporate Money Floods Judicial RacesCenter for American ProgressJanuary 15, 2013
The Million Dollar Judges of 2012Center for American ProgressJanuary 15, 2013
Public Financing of Judicial Races Can Give Small Donors a Decisive RoleCenter for American ProgressDecember 12, 2012
Strong Recusal Rules Are Crucial to Judicial IntegrityCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2012
Money Undermines Judges’ ImpartialityUSA TodayNovember 12, 2012
Merit Selection and Retention Elections Keep Judges Out of PoliticsCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2012
Partisan Judicial Elections and the Distorting Influence of Campaign CashCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2012
Disclosure Laws Needed to Ensure Transparency in Judicial ElectionsCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2012
Special Interests Tip the Scales of Justice in Favor of CorporationsHuffington PostAugust 30, 2012
Big Business Taking over State Supreme CourtsCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2012