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.

President Rodney Acker on the College's Support of Judicial Independence

Recent Public Statements from the College

Guidelines for Issuing Public Statements

The Judicial Independence Committee has published a set of guidelines to follow when issuing a statement on behalf of the College condemning personal attacks on judges or justices. Those guidelines can be found by clicking the document link below.

Supporting Judicial Independence

In 2006, the College issued a White Paper titled, "Judicial Independence: A Cornerstone of Democracy Which Must Be Defended," which described the historical framework for the principle of judicial independence in this country and addressed the role of the College when threats to judicial independence manifest themselves.

In 2019, the Task Force on Judicial Independence issued a sequel to that paper titled, "The Need to Promote and Defend Fair and Impartial Courts," which further summarized the increasing threats to judicial independence.

Both papers can be accessed using the document links below.

Fair and Impartial Courts - NAWJ Public Education Collaboration

Our Fair and Impartial Courts public education collaboration with the National Association of Women Judges is up and running. If you are not logged in, you will need to log in at the top of this page to access all the information you need to get involved in this critically important project.

Committee Members

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Matthew E. Fishbein


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Larry H. Krantz

Vice Chair

Krantz & Berman LLP

New York, NY

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L. Randall Bishop


L. Randall Bishop, AAL

Kalispell, MT

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Charles P. Boring


Robbins Alloy Belinfante Littlefield LLC

Atlanta, GA

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Daniel T. Brier


Myers Brier & Kelly, LLP

Scranton, PA

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Pleasant S. Brodnax III


Law Office of Pleasant S. Brodnax, III

Washington, DC

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P. Clarkson Collins, Jr.


Morris James LLP

Wilmington, DE

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W. Neil Eggleston


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Washington, DC

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Nancy Gertner


Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

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Susan M. Holden


Sieben Carey, P.A.

Minneapolis, MN

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Mark Holscher


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Los Angeles, CA

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David R. Johnson


Burns White, LLC

Pittsburgh, PA

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Frank Marrocco


Stockwoods LLP

Toronto, ON

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Roberto Martinez


Colson Hicks Eidson

Coral Gables, FL

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A. Howard Matz


Bird Marella Rhow Lincenberg Drooks & Nessim LLP

Los Angeles, CA

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Martha McCarthy


McCarthy Hansen & Company LLP

Toronto, ON

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Joseph S. Miller


Starnes Davis Florie LLP

Birmingham, AL

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Carolyn S. Ostby


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Natalie A. Tarantino


Snohomish County Public Defender

Everett, WA

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William W. Taylor III


Zuckerman Spaeder LLP

Washington, DC

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Kent E. Thomson


Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Toronto, ON

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Kathleen M. Trafford


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William A. Waddell, Jr.


Friday Eldredge & Clark LLP

Little Rock, AR

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T. John Ward


Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC

Longview, TX

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Mary Virginia York


Holland & Hart LLP

Boise, ID

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Blair C. Yorke-Slader, K.C.


Bennett Jones LLP

Calgary, AB

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John Robbins Wester

Immediate Past Chair

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Charlotte, NC

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Catherine M. Recker


Welsh & Recker, P.C.

Philadelphia, PA