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52 U. Louisville L. Rev. 379 (2014)
Judicial Selection Question: Why is it Time for Preemptive Reform of Kentucky's Judicial Selection Method?
Benjamin R. Hardy*
Abstract

"I worry that the idea of having your day in court, of having the merits of your case decided without passion or prejudice, is being eroded by threats to judicial independence, and the independence of the judicial branch has a very long history in our country." - Sandra Day O'Connor

The methods employed in selecting judges are, or should be, a topic of utmost importance throughout the United States of America today. Certainly, “[t]he question of how we choose our judges, whom we entrust to uphold and interpret our laws, speaks to foundational principles of our judiciary and, indeed, our nation.” However, although judicial selection is commonly believed to speak to the foundational principles of our judiciary and nation, it remains “a question that our states have been unable to answer with a unified voice.” Nonetheless, the intriguing discussion regarding how best to select state judiciaries has been revitalized in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in recent years; the reform effort is being resurrected by several lawyer-members of the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) and state legislators.

* J.D. Candidate, May 2014, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville; B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science, May 2011, Western Kentucky University. I would like to thank my family and friends for their continued guidance and support throughout the adventure that is life. I am especially grateful to my wife and best friend, Molly Hardy, for her love and support. I would like to thank Eddie O’Brien for his guidance in showing me the Law Review ropes. I would also like to express my appreciation to Professor Les Abramson and Professor Kurt Metzmeier for their advice and guidance to not only myself, but also to Volume 52.