And they’re off…

The morning session of the American Board of Trial Advocates symposium, Options for an Independent Judiciary, to discuss judicial elections is in full swing, and we’ve got our wi-fi issues squared away.

Everyone has their fingers crossed, hoping for a safe landing for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who is expected to speak at the event after lunch.

“Nothing is more essential to the trial system than an independent judiciary,” said ABOTA Michigan chapter president Loretta M. Ames in her opening remarks. “Confidence in our trial system there has been something of a lament in the state about the appearance of partisan influence of our highest courts.”

ABOTA has asked that there be no discussion about the makeup of the Michigan Supreme Court, judicial philosophies or specific decisions since it would detract from the focus.