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    The Supreme Court and the American Elite

    Lucas Powe, Jr., talked about his book The Supreme Court and the American Elite, 1789-2008 (Harvard University Press; April 17, 2009). In his book he argues that major Supreme Court…

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    Judicial Independence

    The closing plenary session of the National Governors Association 2007 annual meeting focused on judicial independence. The keynote speakers U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor…

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    Attorney General Ceremonial Swearing-In

    Justice Sandra Day O’Connor presided over the ceremonial installation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. President Bush, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, and former Chief Justice of…

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    Role of Appelate Courts in Government

    A panel discussion was held on the relationship between the appellate courts and other areas of government. Panelists spoke about the role of appeals courts in government and society,…

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    Supreme Court Nomination Process

    Attorneys, legal scholars and judges participated in a forum on the Supreme Court nomination process entitled, “Is There a Better Way?” during a symposium on the Supreme Court nomination…

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    Improving Judicial Selection

    Speakers commented on the release of the Committee for Economic Development’s report on judicial selection. They focused on the committee’s plan for an outreach program to share the report…

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    Texas Redistricting Hearing

    Justices heard arguments from Republican and Democratic interests on state redistricting based on the 2000 Census.

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    The Judicial View of Judicial Selection

    Judges talked about the divergence of judicial opinion on selection methods and the current status of judicial selection reform efforts in several states. After their remarks they answered…

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    Election or Appointment of Judges

    Participants talked about proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution which would allow the appointment of judges by executive officials rather than popular election of judges. Among the…

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    Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence

    The annual Rehnquist award was given to Judge Michael Dann of Arizona. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor introduced Judge Dann, who was presented with the award from Chief Justice William Rehnquist.…

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    Texas Electoral College Vote

    Electoral colleges in the fifty states and the District of Columbia are voting today, marking the official election of the president and vice president. The Texas electoral vote-counting…

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    Texas Supreme Court Judicial Debate

    The debate featured all twelve candidates for six seats on the Texas Supreme Court and was sponsored jointly by the University of Houston Law Center and KPRC-TV.

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