FLORENCE – The League of Women Voters of the Florence Area and Francis Marion University’s Robert E. McNair Center for Government and History, will sponsor the forum “Judicial Independence: How We Select Our Judges.”
It will be held on Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. in FMU’s Chapman Auditorium. A reception will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Lee Nursing Building.
The forum is part of a national program of the League of Women Voters that will examine the following:
- What is our current system of judicial selection and retention?
- Does this system promote a judiciary that is independent, impartial and accountable?
- Do our judges reflect the diversity of our state’s population and regions? Does it matter?
- Is there a healthy balance of power between our judicial system and other branches of South Carolina government?
Panelists include T. Alissa Warters, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and geography at FMU, and co-director of The McNair Center; Constance A. Anastopoulo, assistant professor of law at the Charleston School of Law; Terry Wooten, U.S. District Judge (South Carolina); and S.C. Rep. Terry Alexander – District 59 (Florence and Marion counties).
Warters will describe the current system of judicial selection and retention and its history as well as serving as the moderator for the panel. Anastopoulo will discuss the ramifications of the current system for judicial independence and diversity. Wooten will discuss the federal system of judicial selection, and Alexander will give the legislative perspective of the current system of judicial selection in South Carolina.