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

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Committee Members

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John Robbins Wester


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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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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Nicholas C. Deets


Hovde Dassow & Deets LLC

Indianapolis, IN

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W. Neil Eggleston


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Washington, DC

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Matthew E. Fishbein


Brooklyn, NY

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Richard A. Frye


Franklin County Common Pleas Court

Columbus, OH

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Nancy Gertner


Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

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Mark Holscher


Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Los Angeles, CA

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Frank Marrocco


Superior Court of Justice

Toronto, ON

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Roberto Martinez


Colson Hicks Eidson

Coral Gables, FL

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A. Howard Matz


Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg Rhow APC

Los Angeles, CA

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Martha McCarthy


Martha McCarthy & Company

Toronto, ON

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Donna M. Melby


Paul Hastings LLP

Los Angeles, CA

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Virginia C. Nelson


Law Offices of Virginia C. Nelson

Coronado, CA

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Carolyn S. Ostby


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Natalie A. Tarantino


Snohomish County Public Defender

Everett, WA

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Kathleen M. Trafford


Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Columbus, OH

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T. John Ward


Ward, Smith & Hill, PLLC

Longview, TX

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Gregory K. Wells


Shadoan, Michael & Wells, LLP

Rockville, MD

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Jason Rogers Williams


Orleans Parish District Attorney

New Orleans, LA

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Blair C. Yorke-Slader, Q.C.


Bennett Jones LLP

Calgary, AB

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Larry H. Krantz


Krantz & Berman LLP

New York, NY