Today's confirmation hearing was a historic, if not controversial, one for Hawaii.
Historic, because Katherine Leonard stands to serve as the first woman Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court. Controversial, because Hawaii's advise and consent process injects politics into the appointment process. Visit Legislative Hearings Set for Judicial Nominees to learn more about the process and for access to testimony from the hearing.
Robert Thomas over at inversecondemnation.com hosted a live blog discussion at Live Blog Of Hawaii Senate Judicary Committee Hearing On Confirmation Of Katherine Leonard As Chief Justice (Tuesday August 3, at 9:30 a.m.).
Thank you Robert for inviting me to be a panelist; albeit, I was not able to stay for the entire hearing. Thank you also to my co-panelists who provided terrific insight and commentary.