After 101 years of fighting for fair and
impartial courts across the nation, one of the bastions of that fight has
closed its doors. Friday, Sept. 26, the Board of Directors of the American
Judicature Society (AJS) approved a plan to dissolve the society and wind up
Founded in 1913 and headquartered for many
years in Des Moines, AJS moved to Nashville, Tenn., a couple of years ago.
According to AJS President Tom Leighton, the membership model upon which AJS
was built has become more challenging in the last several years for many
non-profit organizations around the country. At the same time, new non-profit
entities with organizational and financial structures more suited to the times
have joined AJS in its fight for fair and impartial courts. The American
Judicature Society’s Board of Directors decided that rather than operate on a
limited scale, and rather than duplicate the excellent work of other similar
entities, AJS should find new homes for its core functions.
In the coming weeks, AJS will reach out to
these entities in an effort to ensure the continued operation of its Center for
Judicial Ethics and its journal, Judicature,
which serves as a forum regarding all aspects of the administration of justice
and its improvement.
Among the society’s notable accomplishments
are the development of the "Missouri Plan” for judicial selection, the creation
of state judicial conduct commissions and judicial nominating committees and
publication of its award winning peer-reviewed journal, Judicature.
Read President Leighton’s complete comments here.