In this seminar we will study the process by which most states select justices of their supreme courts and the potential consequences of alternative judicial selection processes. In particular, we will examine different types of judicial elections, as compared to appointment methods of selection. The seminar will explore issues surrounding campaign finance, party nominations, and the media. We will also consider whether and how alternative systems of judicial selection affect quality, and how any relationship between judicial selection and the strength of the bench might be assessed. We will use Michigan's system, and recent state supreme court election, as a central case study. Active student participation will be required.
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