TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jan 13, 2014

A new campaign to educate voters about the judicial system, the importance of fair and impartial judicial elections and how to evaluate judicial candidates launches Wednesday with a live webcast and video presentation by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The leaders of the Tennessee coordinating committee encourage as many as possible to be “present” for the launch scheduled for 11 a.m. Central time, noon Eastern time. The effort, "Informed Voters -- Fair Judges," is a project of the National Association of Women Judges in partnership with the League of Women Voters. In Tennessee, one of eight pilot sites for the project, the effort is being implemented by a coordinating committee chaired by Brentwood lawyer Rebecca Blair. TBA President Cindy Wyrick and Suzanne Keith with the Tennessee Association for Justice are serving as honorary co-chairs.

For Tennessee voters, the project website includes nonpartisan information about the judicial system, qualities to look for in a good judge, a list of judges who will be on the ballot this year and a link to request a speaker on the issue. For lawyers, the website provides resources for making the case for a fair and impartial legal system and provides links to watch the campaign launch webcast and share the project on social media. Lawyers are encouraged to “like” the project’s Facebook page and follow the campaign on Twitter. TBA President Wyrick notes that now, more than ever, it is critical to increase awareness across the state regarding the importance of electing fair and impartial judges. She encourages lawyers to join Wednesday’s webcast, and invite colleagues to do so as well. Watch the launch video here. To get involved in the project, visit the Informed Voters website.