The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12

October 29, 2013

The Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake present

The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12
How New Waves of Special Interest Spending
Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts



Randall T. Shepard
Former Chief Justice, Indiana Supreme Court

Marsha Ternus
Former Chief Justice, Iowa Supreme Court

Alicia Bannon
Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice

Bert Brandenburg
Executive Director, Justice at Stake

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

National Press Club
First Amendment Lounge
529 14th St NW
Washington, D.C., 20045


Unlimited spending by special-interest groups and political parties in state high court elections soared to unprecedented levels in 2011-2012, making the cycle the costliest for TV spending in judicial election history.

A new report co-authored by the Brennan Center for Justice, Justice at Stake, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics provides a comprehensive analysis of judicial elections during the 2011-2012 election cycle. The study found that hidden spending through Super PACs and other interest groups threatens to undermine confidence in the courts, contributing to a perception that justice is for sale.

Join us for a candid discussion that will take a look at how special interest spending on judicial races poses a grave threat to fair and impartial justice in America.


RSVP by filling out the form below or by clicking here. If you have any additional questions, please contact Brennan Center Events Coordinator, Jafreen Uddin, at or 646.292.8345.



This event is co-sponsored with Justice at Stake
and the Committee for Economic Development.