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Judicial Independence Symposium (2022 Association Annual Meeting CLE)

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The 2022 NCBA Annual Meeting occurs just before the final week of the current term of the U.S. Supreme Court. At the beginning of this U.S. Supreme Court term, the Gallup poll on approval of the U.S. Supreme Court hit an all-time low of 40% (the annual poll began in 2000). During the final week of this U.S. Supreme Court term, opinions will likely be issued impacting Roe v. Wade, the 2nd Amendment and several other areas that are frequently in the public eye.

In North Carolina, judicial decisions are now frequently reported on with a description of the political affiliation of the judges/justices writing the decisions/opinions, following North Carolina's return to partisan elections for all judicial elections in 2018. This year also happens to be an election year for many judicial seats, including two seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court.

A goal of the symposium is to better understand the public's perception of the judiciary, our legal system and concepts related to judicial independence. Another goal is to present viewpoints from engaged participants regarding the current state of our judiciary and legal system, and to provide an exploration of options for our state with regards to methods of judicial appointment/elections. To envision what may be possible tomorrow, requires a better understanding of today.


  • Current Views of the Judiciary and Judicial Independence in North Carolina
  • Current and Potential Methods of Judicial Selection
  • Discussion of Judicial Independence in North Carolina

In-Person Live
Friday, June 24, 2022
8:55 AM–2:15 PM

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Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem


  • Former Justice Robert H. "Bob" Edmunds Jr., Fox Rothschild LLP, Greensboro
  • Representative Joe John, North Carolina General Assembly, Raleigh
  • Former Representative Richard B. "Rick" Glazier
  • Former Representative Paul B. "Skip" Stam Jr., Stam Law Firm PLLC, Apex
  • J. Michael Bitzer, Catawba College, Salisbury
  • Loretta M. Boniti, Spectrum News, Raleigh (Moderator)
  • Tim R. Boyum, Spectrum News, Raleigh (Moderator)
  • Christopher A. Cooper, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee
  • Jeanette Doran, North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law, Raleigh
  • James C. Drennan, University of North Carolina School of Government, Chapel Hill
  • Mitch Kokai, John Locke Foundation, Raleigh
  • Joe Stewart, Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Cary (Moderator)

North Carolina Bar Association

  • Jason M. Hensley, North Carolina Bar Association, Cary (Planner)

North Carolina: 3.00 MCLE Hours

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