November 6, 2017
National Lawyer Convening: The State of the Judiciary in 2017 and How to Join the Bench
Jeff MandellStafford Rosenbaum LLP
Hon. Lynn S. AdelmanUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Hon. Mary Jane TheisIllinois Supreme Court
Hon. Nancy JosephUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Hon. Pedro ColónMilwaukee County Circuit Court
This panel explores how the fundamental purpose of an independent judiciary has been undercut by recent statements and actions made by the current administration. Issues explored include whether there is a difference in how judges are perceived by the public when they issue their opinions and how lawyers can respond to attacks on the integrity of the judiciary, as an institution and on individual judges. The decision-making process, timing, and other important factors when considering the pathway to the bench is discussed from a variety of perspectives.