Liberty, Judicial Independence, and Judicial Power


This conference explored the tensions of the American judicial systems at both national and state levels as they arose from the competing needs to constrain power and yet exercised independent legal judgment.


Conference Readings

Thorpe, Francis Newton, eds. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic Laws of the States, Territories, and Colonies Now or Heretofore Forming the United States of America, Volumes I-VII. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1909.

Beard, Charles and Birl Schultz, eds. Documents on the State-wide Initiative, Referendum and Recall. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1912.

Berkson, Larry C., et al. “Judicial Selection in the United States: A Special Report.” American Judicature Society. (February 12, 2014).

Bork, Robert H. A Time to Speak: Selected Writings and Arguments. Wilmington, Delaware: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008.

Brutus. “Brutus, no. 15, 20 March 1788.” Liberty Fund, Inc. and the University of Chicago. (February 3, 2014).

Bryce, Viscount James. The American Commonwealth. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1995.

Dimino, Michael R., Sr. “Accountability before the Fact.” Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy Volume 22, no. 2 (2008): 451-472.

Ellis, Richard E. The Jeffersonian Crisis: Courts and Politics in the Young Republic. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1971.

Farber, Daniel A., and Suzanna Sherry. Judgment Calls: Principle and Politics in Constitutional Law. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Geyh, Charles Gardner. “Why Judicial Elections Stink.” Ohio State Law Journal 64, no. 43 (2003): 43-79.

Graglia, Lino, “Constitutional Law without the Constitution: The Supreme Court’s Remaking of America” In A Country I Do Not Recognize: The Legal Assault on American Values, edited by Robert H. Bork, 47–55. Stanford, California: Hoover Institution Press, 2005.

Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist: The Gideon Edition. Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2001.

Kramer, Larry D. The People Themselves: Popular Constitutionalism and Judicial Review. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Leshy, John D. The Arizona State Constitution: A Reference Guide. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1993.

Reid, John Phillip. Legislating the Courts: Judicial Dependence in Early National New Hampshire. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2008.

Sample, James. “The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2000-2009.” Brennan Center for Justice. (February 12, 2014).

Shugerman, Jed Handelsman. The People’s Courts: Pursuing Judicial Independence in America. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Taft, William Howard. Popular Government: Its Essence, Its Permanence and Its Perils. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1913.

Tarr, G. Alan. without fear or favor: Judicial Independence and Judicial Accountability in the States. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012.

Wilcox, Delos Franklin. Government by All the People. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1912.

Wilson, James. “Government Lectures on Law, 1791.” Liberty Fund, Inc. and the University of Chicago. (February 3, 2014).