The 2016 elections are over. But what did we learn from the results? Over the past 11 months, Life of the Law’s team of reporters, editors and scholars have been taking a hard took at how money and an increase in spending by special interest groups has played a role in the outcome of elections for judges on state supreme courts and how those outcomes may impact our shared access to our state courts, courts that represent fairness under the law and the highest ideals of justice.

We called our five part series A Fair Fight for a Fair Court — and now we’re presenting all five stories with updates in two hour-long special feature episodes on Life of the Law.

In this, the second hour, you’ll hear the three final stories in the series with updates: Recuse Yourself from reporter Chloe PrasinosCourting Voters from reporter Ashley Cleek, and Judges v. Attack Ads from reporter Jess Engebretson.


A Fair Fight for a Fair Court: Election Year Special – Part 2 was reported by Chloe Prasinos, Ashley Cleek, and Jess Engebretson and was edited by Ibby Caputo and Nancy Mullane. We had sound design and production by Shani Aviram and Tony Gannon. Our post production editors are Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle and Rachael Cain. We want to thank members of our Advisory Panel of Scholars and our Advisory Board, Brittny Bottorff, Ellen Horne and Osagie Obasogie for their support. Howard Gelman engineered the series.


This episode of Life of the Law was funded in part by grants from the Open Society Foundations, the Law and Society Association, the Proteus Fund, the Ford Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

A Fair Fight for a Fair Court: Election Year Special – Part 2 was sponsored by WordPress.

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