The Judiciary and the Judiciary

Endorsement: Six for the Superior Court

When I entered private practice in 1991, I had little idea how to manage a law firm. I had been married for 15 years, had had one child and was starting out in my first office to prove “I can do it”. I thought I would be able to do some general trial work and, while the law firm was at the bottom of the firm food chain, I felt that I was not doing much, if anything, that would distinguish it from the others in our building. Then I had an opportunity to learn in a new way. I was asked by a prominent Washington, DC law firm to come and teach several days a week. The job was challenging and rewarding and I learned a great deal about the law and my profession. I have been involved in teaching and mentoring in the law school at George Mason University for 17 years and, through that experience, I have been privileged to learn about the role the judiciary plays in the law and how important judicial independence is to the future of the law.

The Judicial System is one of the few systems which has preserved the American legal system in its original form. The judicial system in America was designed with the goal of encouraging independence, to minimize the influence of politics, to maintain the law’s original intent and to protect the fundamental public rights. The judicial system is designed in the long run to be independent of the government and to be controlled by the people. I have always appreciated the fact that the judiciary is the last line of defense for the American people. The Judiciary needs the judges to be independent from the government, and the Supreme Court is the only court with the right to declare the laws unenforceable. They have been entrusted to protect the people’s right to life, liberty, property, free speech, and other fundamental civil rights. When the court rules, the public will be the ultimate judge. That is democracy at work.

The Court has always been a bastion of justice, which is why we have a tradition of collegiality, transparency, and public access. Because the court is the final authority

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