Monday, February 19, 2007

Guest appearance on Forward Forum

Yesterday, I appeared as a guest on Forward Forum with John Quinlan and Laura Gutknecht on Madison's 1670 The Pulse. We discussed how to select the best candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the ethical rules that apply on the campaign trail.

Here are some details from the program's website:

LOCAL ACLU LEADERS SPEAK ON "JUDGING THE JUDGES"
AND OTHER ISSUES SURROUNDING THE ELECTION OF
THE NEXT WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

In our second hour, we'll be interviewing local attorney Erik Guenther, Vice President of the board of the ACLU of Wisconsin. At this Tuesday's (Feb. 20th) primary election, Wisconsin voters will narrow the field from three to two candidates for a vacant seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Given the court's current three conservative and three liberal members, this person could be the swing vote on many important cases, including a likely ruling on the constitutionality and scope of the so-called Marriage Amendment.

While the state Supreme Court rules on dozens of bread and butter issues affecting Wisconsinites each year, the process of selecting the right person for the job remains a mystery to many voters. Some of this is because of restrictions that discourage candidates from commenting on issues that may eventually appear before them. How then, do we decide? Join us for a lively discussion on "Judging the Judges."

Erik Guenther is a criminal defense attorney at the Madison firm of Hurley, Burish, and Stanton. He is a past recipient of the ACLU of Wisconsin's "Volunteer of the Year" Award, as well as a special 2003 community service award from the Racine Journal Times (see http://www.hbslawfirm.com/profile_page.php?id=3 ). Attorney Guenther will be joined by Madison ACLU staff person Stacy Harbraugh, who will also give us an update on recent efforts to strengthen the presence of the ACLU here in Madison. (See http://www.aclu-wi.org/madison/index.shtml .)

You can subscribe to the podcast of the program here: http://podcast.loyalears.com/wtdy.php?task=shows&show_id=56