Justice for Sale? Debating Judicial Elections and "Merit-Based" Alternatives for the Selection of Judges in North Carolina

The Charlotte Lawyers Chapter
Start : Tuesday, November 08, 2011 12:00 PM
End : Tuesday, November 08, 2011 01:00 PM

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Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson P.A.
101 North Tryon Street, Suite 1900
Charlotte, NC 28246

Featured Speakers:
Scott W. Gaylord



  • John R. Wester, Partner, Robinson, Bradshaw and Hinson; past president, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Scott Gaylord, Professor of Constitutional Law, Elon University School of Law

The North Carolina Bar Association and many of its members contend that, in order to maintain judicial independence, North Carolina should amend its constitution to replace judicial elections with some type of “merit-based” selection system.  Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have intensified these efforts.  In fact, Gov. Perdue has already adopted one such alternative for filling vacancies on our state courts.  This debate will explore the relative merits of judicial elections and the various alternative approaches currently under consideration.

Registration details:

There is NO COST to attend this event. Please bring your own lunch; soft drinks will be provided.

RSVP required for security clearance. Please RSVP by November 7, 2011.