Partisan Politics and the Selection of Judges: A Toxic Mix

The Orange County Lawyers Chapter
Start : Thursday, October 10, 2013 11:30 AM
End : Thursday, October 10, 2013 01:30 PM

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Knobbe Conference Center (1st Floor)
2040 Main Street
(949) 760-0404
Parking validated
Irvine, CA 92614

Featured Speakers:
John R. Lott Jr.



  • Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., Economist, and Author, Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges off the Bench

Dr. Lott will address how the politicization of the process for judicial selection has been extremely detrimental to our courts and our society.

John R. Lott, Jr. is the president of the newly formed Crime Prevention Research Center and an economist who has held research and/or teaching positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, and Rice, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. He has published over 100 articles in academic journals. He also is the author of eight books of which his newest is Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges off the Bench. His past books have included three editions of More Guns, Less Crime and Freedomnomics. Opinion pieces by Lott have appeared in such places as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on such television programs as the ABC and NBC National Evening News broadcasts, Fox News, PBS's The NewsHour, and the Today Show. He received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1984.

Registration details:

11:30 a.m. - Registration
12:00 p.m. - Lunch

Cost: $30 for lunch and 1 hour of MCLE credit. (The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE).

Complimentary copy of the book is included in the registration price.

RSVP and Pay: To pay by cash or check at the door, please send the RSVP to Carol Matheis, at and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society.