Partisan Politics and the Selection of Judges: A Toxic Mix

Famed economist and author, Dr.John R. Lott, Jr., will address how the politicization of the judicial selection process has been extremely detrimental to our courts and our society. A free copy of Dr. Lott's new book will be offered to anyone who RSVPs before October 10.

John R. Lott, Jr. is the president of the newly formed Crime Prevention ResearchCenter and an economist who has held research and/or teaching positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Stanford, UCLA, Wharton, and Rice, and was the chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989.  He has published over 100 articles in academic journals.  He also is the author of eight books of which his newest is "Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges off the Bench."  His past books have included three editions of “More Guns, Less Crime” and “Freedomnomics.” Opinion pieces by Lott have appeared in such places as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. He has appeared on such television programs as the ABC and NBC National Evening News broadcasts, Fox News, PBS's The NewsHour, and the Today Show.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1984.

Please join the Orange County Federalist Society on Thursday, October 10, 2013 for a presentation of many of the topics covered in his new book, "Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Judges off the Bench."  A free copy of Dr. Lott's book will be offered to anyone who RSVPs before October 10.

When: Thursday, October 10, 2013. 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)

Where: 1st Floor Conference Room, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614. Parking validated-please bring your parking ticket to the lunch for validation.

Cost: $35 for lunch ($30 for members and $20 for law students) and 1 hour of MCLE credit. (The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE).

RSVP and Pay: To RSVP and pay by credit card in advance, click the Buy Now button on the right. To pay by cash, check, or credit card at the door, please send an RSVP to Carol Matheis, at and make checks payable to "The Federalist Society.

1 comment:

docspond said...

Chief Justice Joseph Story was the Federalist favorite Democratic-Republican. In fact his son-in-law Daniel Webster was the Whig Party candidate against Andrew Jackson. Also his brother-in-law was Stephen White who was head of the Whig Party. These are some of the citizens from Salem's past.

Now Salem, Ma has a long standing tradition with the Federalist Party. Samuel McIntire even invented an architectural style for them, mainly to have tunnels connect to their homes through the basement fireplace arches. These tunnels helped them resist Thomas Jefferson's custom duties. Also only 8 years after the war with England they will adopt the colors of the Tory Party, white and black, as their own to adorn their chimneys. Salem can even claim home to Timothy Pickering who wrote the Alien Sedition Act in which recent times we seen resurface under the Patriot Act and Homeland Security. In fact the old Colonial Hill Fort was rebuilt by Ralph Waldo Emerson's maternal grand uncle and rededicated to Pickering. Following this endeavor a series of tunnels will be made throughout town to connect to those chimneys using the arches Emerson used in the reconstruction of the fort to help Salem Federalist avoid Thomas Jefferson's custom duties.

Now Superior Court Justice Joseph Story and Stephen White's homes were connected to these tunnels and was involved in the famous murder trial of Joseph White in 1830 that Daniel Webster prosecuted.

For more on the Federalist in the richest seaport in the country at the time read Salem Secret Underground:The History of the Tunnels in the City