Bar Associations

American Judicature Society moves to Vanderbilt, is seeking new director


The American Judicature Society has announced it is moving from its home in Iowa to Vanderbilt Law School in Tennessee.

The organization’s executive director, Seth Andersen, will not make the move to Nashville. In a statement accompanying the press release (PDF) about the AJS move, Andersen said he is voluntarily stepping down and that a search for a new director is underway, with applications due by the end of July.

“After nearly 20 years of working to promote the fair and effective administration of justice as a staff member for AJS and the American Bar Association, I am ready for new and different challenges,” said Andersen, who plans to remain in Des Moines.

AJS, a nonpartisan group aimed at improving the administration of justice, turns 100 this year and counts about 6,000 members. It’s been on the Drake University campus since 2003 and was previously affiliated with law schools at Northwestern, the University of Michigan and Loyola University Chicago.

“Vanderbilt Law School faculty produce excellent scholarship in the areas of judicial decision-making and judicial administration that will complement the society’s work on judicial selection and independence, judicial ethics and the American jury system,” Judge Martha Hill Jamison, president-elect of AJS, said in the release.

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