Judicial Independence Committee

MANDATE: To monitor developments related to the importance of an independent judiciary; to coordinate, publicize and track the College’s timely response to threats to the judiciary or attacks on judges; to promote the college’s support of fair and impartial courts at the state, province and federal level; and to recommend initiatives, as appropriate, to engage the College and Fellows in educating the public regarding the judiciary’s rule in protecting the rule of law.

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Committee Members

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John Robbins Wester

Chair

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Charlotte, NC

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Kent E. Thomson

Vice Chair

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Toronto, ON

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Pleasant S. Brodnax III

Member

Law Office of Pleasant S. Brodnax, III

Washington, DC

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P. Clarkson Collins, Jr.

Member

Morris James LLP

Wilmington, DE

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Nicholas C. Deets

Member

Hovde Dassow & Deets LLC

Indianapolis, IN

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W. Neil Eggleston

Member

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Washington, DC

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Matthew E. Fishbein

Member

Brooklyn District Attorney's Office

Brooklyn, NY

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Richard A. Frye

Member

Franklin County Common Pleas Court

Columbus, OH

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Nancy Gertner

Member

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

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Mark Holscher

Member

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Los Angeles, CA

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Frank Marrocco

Member

Superior Court of Justice

Toronto, ON

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Roberto Martinez

Member

Colson Hicks Eidson

Coral Gables, FL

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A. Howard Matz

Member

Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg Rhow APC

Los Angeles, CA

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Martha McCarthy

Member

Martha McCarthy & Company

Toronto, ON

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Donna M. Melby

Member

Paul Hastings LLP

Los Angeles, CA

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Virginia C. Nelson

Member

Law Offices of Virginia C. Nelson

Coronado, CA

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Natalie A. Tarantino

Member

Snohomish County Public Defender

Everett, WA

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Kathleen M. Trafford

Member

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Columbus, OH

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T. John Ward

Member

Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC

Longview, TX

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Gregory K. Wells

Member

Shadoan, Michael & Wells, LLP

Rockville, MD

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Jason Rogers Williams

Member

Jason Rogers Williams & Associates

New Orleans, LA

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Blair C. Yorke-Slader, Q.C.

Member

Bennett Jones LLP

Calgary, AB

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Larry H. Krantz

Regent

Krantz & Berman LLP

New York, NY