Series: Conversations With Supreme Court Justices

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In February 2024, the Brennan Center for Justice, State Court Report, and the NYU Law Review hosted a symposium dedicated to state constitutional law. Several state supreme court justices who participated in the program sat down for brief interviews with State Court Report. 

A Conversation with Justice Goodwin H. Liu of the California Supreme Court

Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu was nominated to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown and joined the court in 2011. He was retained by California voters in 2014 and 2022. In his interview, Liu discussed the tangible ways state supreme court decisions affect citizens, the active direct democracy system in California, and the need for greater attention on state courts — including as part of legal education — no matter the political climate. 

Erin Geiger Smith is a writer and editor at the Brennan Center for Justice.

A Conversation with Former Texas Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson 

Wallace B. Jefferson served on the Texas Supreme Court from 2001 to 2013, and was chief justice from 2004 until the end of his tenure. In his interview, Jefferson addressed the under-funding of courts, judicial independence, the need for representation for undocumented people, and more. Jefferson serves on the State Court Report advisory board

Erin Geiger Smith is a writer and editor at the Brennan Center for Justice.

A Conversation with Justice Anita Earls of the North Carolina Supreme Court

Justice Anita Earls was elected to the North Carolina Supreme Court in 2018. She began her eight-year term as an associate justice on the court in 2019. In her interview, Earls addressed the responsibility of state supreme court justices to remedy bias in the legal system, what judicial decision-making should look like in a highly politicized environment, and how voters who are paying increased attention to judicial elections can evaluate the candidates before them.

Douglas Keith is a founding editor of State Court Report and a senior counsel in the Judiciary Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. 


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