Today is Law Day and what better occasion to highlight the serious consequences of an underfunded justice system for our country. “While these are difficult economic times, the failure to fund the justice system is deleterious to American democracy.” Read our full Law Day statement.
Washington, DC (May 1, 2012) – The League of Women Voters today raised serious concerns about the funding crisis that faces our nation’s judicial systems. May 1 is Law Day and what better occasion to highlight the serious consequences of an underfunded justice system for our country.
This past weekend, I visited a League at the far northwestern tip of the United States--only about 50 miles south of Vancouver, Canada--to attend "Access and Justice for All," a three-hour seminar that included a keynote speech, panel discussion, and question-and-answer session to explore diversity and the courts in Washington state.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) made news this week when they announced that they were discontinuing their Public Safety and Elections Task Force. This Task Force was responsible for the promotion of ‘model’ voter identification and stand-your-ground legislation that has recently been in the news.
Professor John Simpkins, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Diversity Initiatives at Charleston School of Law, has agreed to research the state of diversity in South Carolina for our ongoing “Quest for a More Diverse Judiciary” campaign.
The League strives to ensure that government at every level works as effectively and fairly as possible. This involves continual attention to issues of transparency, a strong and diverse judiciary, appropriate government oversight, and funding.