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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Governor Supports Removing Bar Power From Iowa's Judicial Selection

Iowa is one of a few states that privilege lawyers in judicial selection by allowing the bar to select members of the judicial nominating commission. This undemocratic violation of the one-person-one-vote principle is criticized by me in this video focused on Iowa, and in this national article (linked).

Fortunately, a bill to remove this bar favoritism has been introduced in Iowa. The bill would allow democratically elected officials to select members of the judicial nominating commission. Gov. Kim Reynolds supports the bill.

Thoughtful commentary by Vanderbilt Law Professor Brian Fitzpatrick

More on Iowa judicial selection