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Beyond Merit Selection

Luke Bierman

Northeastern University - School of Law


Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 851-872, 2001

This Article reviews some of the factors that have diminished the appeal of merit selection for judges. It examines why merit selection has never been an entirely successful answer for reformers looking for nonpartisan solutions. It advocates addressing other aspects of the judicial office to promote judicial independence. It concludes by suggesting that there be an educational credential for becoming a judge. Such a solution, it is argued, would offer legitimacy to judicial aspirants and would provide independent, accountable, impartial, and well-trained judges regardless of selected method.

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Date posted: October 14, 2012  

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Bierman, Luke, Beyond Merit Selection (2001). Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 851-872, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2161319

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Boston, MA 02115
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