May 4, 2012
Chief Justice Opens Series on Judicial Independence
The concept of judicial independence involves the separation of the judiciary from the influence of other branches of the government or from private or partisan interests. It is designed to protect the system of justice and the rule of the law and therefore safeguard the public interest and confidence in the courts; but in today’s world it is oftentimes is also linked to protection for the judges.
Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor will kick off a 3.0 CLE on May 30 (1:30pm) at the Columbus Bar on judicial independence and the Constitution and State Statutes, legislative and other threats, and the role of lawyers and bar associations in defending the Courts when under attack.
The Chief Justice will turn the podium over to Judge John A. Connor who will share his personal narrative on being attacked by the media. A panel discussion will follow on topics such as financing judicial races, the role of lawyers and bar associations to defend judicial independence, balancing criticism of the courts with 1st Amendment considerations and political and legislative challenges.
Panel members include Representative Ted Celeste, Michael Close, and law professors Michael Distelhorst and Christopher Fairman. The program was organized by Jeffrey W. Hutson, R. Leland Evans, Charles J. Kettlewell and Thomas R. Sant, and has been submitted for approval of 1.0 hour of ethics, 1.0 professionalism, 0.5 substance abuse and 0.5 general. Register online or call 614/221.4112.