Fair and impartial courts are crucial to a successful judiciary system. The League supports diversity at all levels of the state judiciary to enhance the legitimacy of our system of justice in the eyes of an increasingly diverse public.
A new publication from the League of Women Voters Education Fund, "From Theory to Practice: A Grassroots Education Campaign," shares lessons learned by the state and local Leagues in Kansas and South Carolina that participated in "Safeguarding Democracy: Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary" from 2009-2012.
On May 30, Zaida and I traveled to the rolling hills of the Palouse region in eastern Washington state for the 2012 Council of Leaders of the League of Women Voters of Washington. As hosts of Council, the League of Pullman pulled together both a panel discussion and a banquet with speakers that discussed the state of judicial diversity and independence in Washington.
Northwest Public Radio reported on the League of Women Voters of Pullman's judicial diversity panel discussion at Washington State University on June 2, 2012. On hand were judges and justices from around the state, including Judge Cameron Mitchell of the Benton-Franklin Superior Court, who said minority groups don’t always feel like they’re part of the judicial system.