Zachary Reger

Volume 89.1
The Power of Attorneys: Addressing the Equal Protection Challenge to Merit-Based Judicial Selection
Zachary Reger
B.J. & B.A. 2017, University of Missouri; J.D. Candidate 2022, The University of Chicago Law School.

Many thanks to the staffers and editors of the University of Chicago Law Review for their helpful comments on this piece.

This Comment responds to the equal protection challenge to merit selection. It argues that merit selection is constitutional by way of multiple exceptions, both recognized and implicit, to the “one person, one vote” principle. And though critics of merit selection often couch their arguments in prodemocratic terms, this Comment argues that merit selection—like the “one person, one vote” principle—promotes rather than thwarts the will of the people.