Article Published by Pete Shepherd in Oregon Law Review

The framers of Oregon’s constitution decided that our judges would be elected in direct popular elections. One hundred fifty-two years and many failed attempts to reverse that decision later, we’re still electing them. Why did the framers choose to elect instead of appoint judges? What light does a sesquicentennial perspective on history of judicial elections in Oregon shed on improvements that should be made in the election of judges? These are the key questions Pete Shepherd addresses in One Hundred Fifty Years of Electing Judges in Oregon: Will There be Fifty More?, an article published this month by the Oregon Law Review.