What We Know About Judicial Elections in Ohio

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) Task Force on Judicial Excellence (TFOJE) held its second public forum on Thursday, February 24, 2011, at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in the Moot Courtroom from 7 to 9 p.m.

The topic of this forum was: "What We Know About Judicial Elections in Ohio – creating a 'baseline' for judicial election processes in Ohio, and especially Cuyahoga County." In addressing this topic, the TFOJE aimed to discuss (a) a brief history of why we elect judges in Ohio; (b) the inherent conflicts in an elective system involving the judiciary; (c) what we know about how people make decisions in judicial elections; and (d) what can be done to help voters to make more informed judgments when voting for judge.

Speakers included Lawrence Baum, Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University, and Michael E. Solimine, the Donald P. Klekamp Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  Professor Baum presented on his empirical studies of how and why voters select candidates in the voting booth. Professor Solomine is the most frequent author of law reviews on Ohio and its election of judges.

The forum was open to the public for comment.

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The CMBA was approved for 2.0 hours of CLE credit from the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on CLE.

Advance registration was not required. There is no charge for the CLE credit.

Read articles by Lawrence Baum (below are links to summaries and the full articles)

Ballot Information and Voting Decisions in Judicial Elections [summary DOC] Ballot Information [full article PDF]
New Style Judicial Campaigns and the Voters Economic Issues and Union Members in Ohio [summary DOC] New Style [full article PDF]
Judicial Elections and Judicial Independence - The Voter's Perspective [summary DOC] Judicial Elections [full article DOC]
Voting in Judicial Elections [summary DOC] Voting in Judicial Elections [full article PDF]
The Impact of High-Visibility Contests for U.S. State Court Judgeships [summary DOC] Impact of High-Visibility Contests [full article PDF]
Choosing Between Judicial Candidates How Voters Explain Their Decisions [summary DOC] Choosing Between Judicial Candidates [full article PDF]

Read articles by Michael Solomine (below are links to summaries and the full articles)

Independence, Accountability, and the Case for Judicial Elections [summary DOC] Independence, Accountability [full article PDF]
Judicial Selection in Ohio [summary DOC] Judicial Selection in Ohio [full article PDF]
False Promise of Judicial Elections in Ohio [summary DOC] False Promise [full article PDF]

Read article by Hon. Joseph D. Russo (below is a link to the full article)

A Legal, Political, And Ethical Analysis Of Judicial Selection In Ohio: A Proposal For Reform [full article PDF]

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