Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
July 29, 2011
I have a lot of respect for PMC’s tireless work on reforming the judicial selection process in Pennsylvania. PMC has an exceptionally dedicated staff, and they work very hard to ensure that not partisan politics but candidate’s qualifications guide who is entrusted with serving on the bench. One can especially appreciate how important PMC’s advocacy of merit selection is in light of a recent Supreme Court decision in Caperton v. Massey that stressed that judicial election campaign contributions can create appearance of partiality – “a serious risk of actual bias.” PMC’s work on improving the judicial discipline system, on eliminating bias from the court system, on educating the public about using Pennsylvania courts, and on the jury system is equally important.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
While serving as a Legal Intern at PMC, I worked on Navigating – or Getting through – the Court System (a guide for court users) and researched legal issues pertaining to merit selection and judicial recusal.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would increase PMC's funding.
Volunteer & I was a Legal Intern at PMC.