Roger Brown appointed to judicial review committee
Pembroke Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Roger Brown
has been named to the Advisory Committee on Political Conduct of North
Carolina's judges and judicial candidates.
Dr. Brown was appointed
to the 36-member committee by North Carolina's Chief Justice of the
Supreme Court I. Beverly Lake Jr. Chairing the committee is Associate
Supreme Court Justice Robert F. Orr, who was the 2002 Commencement speaker
"This is a
critical issue for the state's judiciary," Dr. Brown said. "New
rules were formulated, and they resulted in some controversy in the
last judicial election."
The North Carolina
Code of Judicial Conduct was revised recently by the state Supreme Court
to allow judges to solicit campaign contributions to run for election.
They were also permitted to speak at political fundraisers, something
they have not been allowed to do in the past.
Critics say the
new rules erode the impartiality of the state's judiciary, especially
if judges are allowed to solicit contributions from attorneys who may
later try cases in their courtrooms.
The Advisory Committee
on Political Conduct will hold its first meeting on February 20 in Raleigh
to discuss the issue.
"I do not support
an elected judiciary, but as long as the State of North Carolina continues
to elect its judges, it is imperative that the rules be clear and consistent,"
Dr. Brown said. "I am pleased and honored to have been appointed
to serve with this distinguished group of individuals."
A political scientist,
who specializes in American government, UNCP's provost is one of only
three people on the advisory committee who are not judges, attorneys
or elected officials. He is the only committee member from Robeson County.
"As one of
only three ordinary citizens on the committee and considering the importance
of this issue to the State of North Carolina, I am duly impressed by
the seriousness of the task that faces us," Dr. Brown said.
There is no deadline
for the advisory Committee's report to Chief Justice Lake. Insiders
have reported to media sources that the rules for judicial conduct will
likely be revised as a result of the committee's review.
A veteran academic
who is active in civic affairs, Dr. Brown joined the UNCP as its chief
academic officer in 2000. He came from UNC Charlotte where he taught
political science and served administratively as senior associate provost.
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