Professor John Simpkins, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Diversity Initiatives at Charleston School of Law, has agreed to research the state of diversity in South Carolina for our ongoing “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary” campaign.
The League of Women Voters and the Inter-American Dialogue are organizing a conference to address the growing role of women in positions of leadership in judicial branches across the region – as prominent attorneys general, prosecutors, supreme and superior court judges, ministers of justice, and top flight lawyers leading the charge for judicial and other reforms. These women often spearhead transparency initiatives in their countries and are responsible for bringing human rights abusers to justice where impunity previously prevailed.
Since 2010, foes of merit selection in Kansas have pushed a bill that would eliminate the nominating commission for the Court of Appeals and give the governor the power to appoint those judges directly, pending federal-style Senate confirmation.
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.