Deborah L. Cook


I am pleased to introduce this Judicial Symposium issue of the Akron Law Review. Having twice been elected to Ohio’s Supreme Court, and also having survived the federal judicial-selection process, my “battle scars” alone might qualify me to comment on the Symposium’s broad topic—judicial selection. But my status as an alumna together with my office’s proximity—almost within wireless range of the law school—probably played a larger role than experience and perspective in securing this assignment. The submissions published here pertain to the foundation of the rule of law—public confidence in courts. Each contributor to the Symposium acknowledges the fundamental ideals of any elective or appointive judicial-selection schema—impartiality, accountability and independence. And all four acknowledge the burdening of these ideals by public perceptions regarding election fundraising, political advertising, campaign activities, political and interest groups’ pervasive roles, and elitism of appointing authorities.

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