Faculty James Sample, Associate Professor of Law

Published on November 18, 2010 | by LawNews

Prof. James Sample Discusses Merit-Selection for Montana Judges After Speaking at Judicial Selection Forum

Judges, legal experts propose merit-selection for Montana Judges
By Angela Brandt
Billings Gazette
November 16, 2010


The forum’s keynote speaker James Sample, a professor at Hofstra School of Law, said it has been 25 years since any state has converted to the merit system. Nevada attempted to change and failed just two weeks ago, he said.

“The primary focus needs to be on improving the system we have,” he said.

Sample said enacting change will be a heavy lift. Referendums fail because even those who go to the polls often don’t vote in judicial elections.

“Voters are very reluctant to give up their vote even in elections where they don’t elect to cast that vote,” he said.

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