Picking Judges in the 21st Century: Who Decides?

The Infinity Project, in partnership with University of St. Thomas Law Journal presented Who Decides? Picking Judges in the 21st Century.

This day-long March 1, 2019 program examined the evolving judicial selection process at the state and federal level, and judicial diversity from a wide range of perspectives. The Infinity Project also named Senator Amy Klobuchar the 2019 recipient of the Judge Diana Murphy Legacy Award.

Speakers included Linda Greenhouse (pictured left), a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who covered the United States Supreme Court for nearly three decades for The New York Times; Kim Askew the first woman of color to chair of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal JudiciaryBrian Fitzpatrick, a Professor at Vanderbilt Law School focused on federal courts, judicial selection and constitutional law; Ilya Shapiro, the director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute; Lena Zwarensteyn, the Fair Courts Campaign Director for The Leadership Conference;  Tracey George, a Vanderbilt Law School professor and co-author of The Gavel Gap, a web-based resource highlighting the representativeness of state courts; Lola Velazquez-Aguilu, Minnesota’s newly appointed Chair of the Commission on Judicial Selection and past-president of The Infinity Project; and Judge Celeste Bremer, Chief Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Iowa and recipient of The Judge Diana Murphy Legacy Award in 2014.

View a recording of the event.