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Jun 15 2012

Shouldnt We Have the Right to Decide Whether to Change Our Constitution?

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An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer examines the efforts to implement a Merit Selection system in Pennsylvania.  The article highlights Justice Orie Melvin’s indictment for allegedly using her state funded staff and resources for her election campaigns and notes that this is not the first time that one of Pennsylvania’s state judges has been in […]

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Jul 19 2011

Arkansas Law Review Symposium on Judicial Elections: Rachel Caufield’s “The Curious Logic of Judicial Elections”

Rachel Caufield, Associate Professor at Drake University and Research Fellow at The American Judicature Society (a PMC partner), recently published an article, “The Curious Logic of Judicial Elections,” in the Arkansas Law Review Symposium Issue. Caufield expertly outlines the arguments surrounding judicial selection and describes the benefits of merit selection. She uses current research on […]

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Jul 15 2011

Something We Should Do in the Meantime

A Times-Tribune editorial asserts that although merit selection is the best way to select judges, strict disclosure requirements and clear recusal rules are necessary in the meantime. The author remembers the state Supreme Court race of 2009 in which politics played a central role. During the campaign, there was much concern that Democratic or Republican […]

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Jun 28 2011

Stricter Recusal Standards Offer Only Part of the Answer

A recent editorial in West Virgina’s The Charleston Gazette implores the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates to consider model recusal standards at its session in August. West Virginia has been at the center of conversations about recusal reform since 2009’s Caperton v. Massey. After a trial decision in favor of Caperton, Massey contributed $3 […]

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Jun 27 2011

PMC’s Lynn Marks Promotes Merit Selection in Interview with

In response to recent criticism that financial support from George Soros is an attempt to “stack the courts,” Executive Director Lynn Marks affirmed the virtue of merit selection in an interview with “Merit selection would end the money race and get judges out of the fundraising business.” Marks further critiqued judicial elections’ emphasis on […]

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May 20 2009

The Morning After Brings A Call for Reform

John Baer, columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, greets the day after election day with this question: “Time to end electing judges?”  Answering his own question, Baer argues: It has been long my contention that electing judges, especially statewide, is a joke. It strikes me even more so today. Pennsylvanians are filling six appellate judgeships […]

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Jun 18 2008

Support Merit Selection of Appellate Judges In Pennsylvania is a project of Pennsylvanians For Modern Courts and PMCAction. We believe that Merit Selection is a better way to choose Pennsylvania’s appellate judges. Merit Selection provides pathways to the appellate bench for candidates of diverse backgrounds who are experienced lawyers and jurists.  Qualifications and skills are the key factors in determining who reaches […]

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Jun 09 2008

Another Call for Legislative Action

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In his Philadelphia Daily News column, John Baer laments the lack of legislative action on various reform proposals. Baer notes that some reform measures passed, such as the Open Records law, but argues that “these merely bring Pennsylvania a few of the basics of a decent democracy. Efforts at real reform lie dying.” Baer is […]

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Apr 29 2008

Call For Constitutional Reform in PA Includes Merit Selection

On Sunday, the Centre Daily Times called for Pennsylvania lawmakers to consider a constitutional convention. the Times says that “it is time to start over. It is time to recraft the document by which we govern ourselves, a document that has changed little in more than a century and a quarter.” Although we’re hoping there […]

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Apr 27 2008

Overheard at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference

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Yesterday, PMC Associate Director Shira Goodman made a presentation about Merit Selection to the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference. Goodman spoke on a panel dedicated to The Future of Reform in Pennsylvania and opened her remarks by saying “I’m here to talk to you about why we believe it’s time for Pennsylvanians to decide how they want […]

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