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The following is an index of recent AJS editorials on topics of interest to AJS members. Editorials are prepared by a standing committee of the American Judicature Society appointed by the President.

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Social Networks and the Judiciary

If a judge decides the benefit of using online social media outweigh the risks, the "connected" judge must take whatever steps are necessary to prevent online socializing from undermining the integrity and impartiality of the judicial office.
Posted 4/24/2013
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Surviving the Storm

The 2008 recession changed the funding landscape for the states’ judiciaries. Regaining pre-recession funding levels requires court leaders to advocate continually before the public and the legislatures.
Posted 2/23/2013
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Congress broke it, now Congress must fix it

The broken judicial confirmation process and eroding public confidence in the impartiality of the courts must be addressed by all three branches of government.
Posted 12/24/2012
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Federal Courts Peering Over the Fiscal Cliff

Sequestration threatens drastic budget cuts
Posted 10/15/2012
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Rebuilding Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts

Affordable Care Act latest controversial ruling to spark polarization and disagreement
Posted 8/26/2012
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Preserving Judicial Independence

Merit selection of judges has come under increasing attack, with Missouri the latest target for those who seek to politicize judicial selection. Judicial nominating commissions must take concrete steps to demonstrate their effectiveness, in order to counter this trend and maintain their important role as independent bodies free of partisan influence.
Posted 6/27/2012
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Judicial Independence

The new threat from within
Posted 4/24/2012
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A significant battle, an ongoing war

Campaign rhetoric continues to threaten the independence of the courts
Posted 2/22/2012
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Eyewitness identification reform

Landmark study gives law enforcement better tools to reduce errors
Posted 12/25/2011
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The crisis in the immigration courts

The cornerstone American principle of fair justice, including timely and meaningful access to justice, is neglected in the immigration court system
Posted 10/24/2011
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Supreme Court justices and the Code of Conduct

By explicitly adopting the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges they already implicitly follow, U.S. Supreme Court justices will demonstrate that they understand the connection between their conduct and public confidence and distance themselves from the contentions that they take their ethical responsibilities lightly.
Posted 8/22/2011
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Courts under attack

Although attacks on the courts are nothing new, the latest set of proposals seems to have reached new levels in both numbers and acrimony.
Posted 6/29/2011
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Ensuring access to justice for self-represented litigants

Despite the many challenges in dealing effectively and efficiently with self-represented litigants, we can and must deliver on the promise of access to justice for all.
Posted 4/15/2011
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The challenges of judicial elections research

We need to take the new wave of judicial elections research into account to help us make judgments about what reforms to advocate and to give our advocacy stronger grounding and greater credibility.
Posted 2/25/2011
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How should we respond to the 2010 judicial elections?

What happened in 2010 raises real issues for those concerned with costly and special interest-driven judicial elections, but the need for fair and impartial courts is too important not to renew our commitment to achieving that goal.
Posted 12/19/2010
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The value of judicial campaign oversight committees

Campaign oversight committees’ opinions don’t have the force of law, but they do have the force of ethics.
Posted 10/20/2010
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John Paul Stevens: A judicial role model

What Justice Stevens’ career can teach us about the attributes of a good judge.
Posted 8/15/2010
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What should judicial candidates talk to voters about?

The public has a right to know how a current or prospective judge would address pressing issues facing the courts.
Posted 6/21/2010
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Judicial diversity—an essential component of a fair justice system

Only through a diverse judiciary can we truly fulfill the Jeffersonian promise of equal and impartial justice for all.
Posted 4/20/2010
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Cameras in our federal courts—the time has come

In today’s world, where television and the internet occupy such central places in peoples’ lives, the most effective means of affording public access is by permitting cameras in our courtrooms.
Posted 2/21/2010
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