Judges discuss threats from Trump

This Friday, during the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, a panel featuring two federal judges and three chief justices of state supreme courts, including California’s chief, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, will discuss continuing efforts to undermine public confidence in the judiciary. 

Those efforts include verbal assaults by President Trump, Russian disinformation campaigns, dark-money-funded attack ads, and partisan legislation aimed at reducing the power of judges that is being considered at the state level.

What: Undermining the Courts: The Consequences for American Democracy, a nonpartisan roundtable discussion
When: Friday, August 9, 2019, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 222 Mason Street, Nikko Ballroom I, 3rd Floor

The panelists:

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California Supreme Court

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Ohio Supreme Court

Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, Kansas Supreme Court

Justice Debra Stephens, Washington Supreme Court

Senior U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin (Ret.), Southern District of New York

Judge Robart is the judge who was labeled a “so-called judge” by President Trump in 2017 for blocking one of the president’s proposed travel bans on constitutional grounds.

This nonpartisan event will be moderated by Manny Garcia, Ethics and Standards Editor for USA Today Network.

The program is being presented by the ABA Standing Committee on the American Judicial System and The National Judicial College as part of the committee’s annual symposium on the independence of the judiciary.


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