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National Forum On Judicial Accountability
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NFOJA is a legislative
initiative to vest
randomly selected,
trained, and rotating
panels of private
citizens with
responsibility for state
judicial disciplinary
processes.  

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Organizations Associating for the Kind
of Change America Really Needs
OAK is a national
coalition of grassroots
advocates.

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POPULAR  
Power Over Poverty Under Laws of America Restored
POPULAR (formerly POPULAR, Inc.) is a legal
reform organization, focusing on civil and
criminal justice system issues.  
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In The Official End of Judicial Accountability Through Federal Rights Litigation:
Ashcroft v. Iqbal*, NJCDLP co-founder and Board member, Zena Crenshaw-Logal,
describes the impact of a 2009, U.S. Supreme Court decision on lawsuits alleging
judicial collusion to deny equal protection:

    With Iqbal there is not even a theoretical opportunity to establish through
    discovery an otherwise covert judicial conspiracy.  As of Iqbal, a viable
    lawsuit simply cannot begin on that basis.  And those cases dangling
    between covert and overt judicial conspiracies to deny equal protection mark
    for many if not most attorneys the gravesite of their careers.  'The punishment
    imposed for impugning judicial reputation has often been severe, with
    suspension from the practice of law not uncommon and, in at least one state,
    mandatory.'

The case she references is
Ashcroft v. Iqbal**.  It has been described as a tool for
promptly clearing highly subjective, contentious, arguably anti-establishment claims
from court dockets.  One author writes, “(d)etermining who is allowed to invoke the
machinery of the civil justice system, and under what circumstances they may do so,
lies at the core of how a system of law defines itself.”
***

So, for now, NJCDLP limits its activities to overseeing three (3) projects, showcased
and accessible on the right of this screen.  They are National Forum On Judicial
Accountability (NFOJA); OAK (Organizations Associating for the Kind of Change
America Really Needs); and POPULAR (Power Over Poverty Under Laws of America
Restored).

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* 35:1 Am. J. Trial Advoc. (forthcoming), presently available at http://works.bepress.com/zena_crenshaw-logal/1/
** 129 S.Ct. 1937 (2009).
***Rachlinski, Jeffrey J.  “Iqbal and the Role of the Courts: Why Heightened Pleading—Why Now?”,
114
Penn St. Law Review 1247 (Spring 2010)
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