Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Judicial Selection Revisited

The current hue and cry is for a review of our judicial system, its independence and its efficiency. The first thing that comes to mind among the majority of my colleagues is that we need to institute a "merit" system for the appointment of judges. I totally disagree. I think appointment of judges is just another avenue for perpetuating political favoritism.
The traditional method was to permit the election of judges and give the public some input into the judicial system. However, when politics squirmed itself inside the system , judicial "elections" became tainted, partisan and in some cases, political scandals. The usual knee-jerk reaction is for "well-meaning" groups to dump the system and set up a new format for appointing judges.
What happened to our focus on "we the people" or public participation or democratic involvement? If the current system is not working because of corrupt politicians, why penalize the public? If anything, we need even stronger public participation. The public needs to have an open conversation about the dynamics of judicial selection to create the fair and honest system it was intended to be. If the various interest groups (both lay and legal) get what they want, the power and control will remain driven by special interests.
Think about this: you either take responsibility to create the kind of judicial system that works for all of us, or sit back and watch others give you the kind of judicial system that works for them.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Video Interview On Public Outreach

Judge Eileen Nadelson of NYC speaks about an innovative program that will serve to resolve problems before they end up in court. During this interview on June 29th, 2006, the Judge discussed areas where the government and communities could be MORE EMPOWERED to resolve critical issues today through conversations and alternative actions.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Judge Nadelson Profile

Judge Nadelson brings a varied background to her judicial position. She began her career as an educator before entering the commercial world and operating her own business. Following a clerkship with the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Investor Protection and Securities Divisions, she entered the private practice of law. Her focus was on corporate and commercial matters, representing both entrepreneurs and consumers. For nearly two years during her legal career, she developed and oversaw the curricula and course studies for New York University’s Law and Taxation Division. Judge Nadelson also actively participated as an arbitrator at the State Courts and American Arbitration Association and provided services to the Federal Court Pro Se Office. She is admitted to practice in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the esteemed justices of the United States Supreme Court.

Ms. Nadelson holds a B.A. degree in Economics/Political Science. While working full time, she attended law school and was elected to Law Review, serving as a senior editor.

Judge Nadelson is a former president of the New York City League of Women Voters, and was elected to the New York City Civil Court in 2001. Shortly after her induction, Judge Nadelson began an outreach to the public and legal community by providing seminars on the subjects of Contracts and Civil Court Practice. She also speaks at public forums on topics such as Small Claims and Court Procedures, Handling Consumer/Merchant Disputes, and Avoiding Scams. Since February, 2006, she has been presiding as a judge in Criminal Court, Kings County. Judge Nadelson’s accomplishments are recognized and listed in a number of prestigious registries including, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who Worldwide.

Nadelson On Education

Judge Eileen Nadelson of New York comments on the new reality in the United States today. Her declaration is an urgent call to action to empower people with education.

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