How We Select Our Judges

US courts provide a model for the World, with judges from around the globe regularly visiting America to learn more about how our courts operate. Yet, while we export some of our best rule-of-law practices, there are still thorny issues here at home. Nasty ad campaigns in state court judicial races, an "arms race" for cash in those campaigns, and problems with recusal schemes all illustrate the problems states have selecting judges. How do we pick our judges, can we do it better, and why should the American public care?

Festival: 2009

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

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An opportunity to hear Axios Founder and Executive Editor Mike Allen discuss journalism and politics of the day with... See more
The president of the Texas Civil Rights Project sits down with the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart to discuss human... See more
Join Damian Woetzel, incoming president of the Juilliard School, for an interactive breakfast interview led by Eric Liu... See more
Ever wondered why mandatory minimum sentences are so controversial? Pay a visit through film to the family of Cindy... See more
Enter the world of Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a taciturn repo man rising through the ranks of the Ku Klux Klan in... See more