Reminder & Agendas for Fair Courts Workshop, Strategy Session

WV Citizens for Clean Elections – Leaders
Jun 17, 2018   Donate

Dear Friends, Partners, & Allies,

One final reminder about our fair courts workshop (Monday, June 18) and strategy session (Tuesday, June 19) this week.

On Monday, we’ll be meeting at the Four Points Sheraton in Charleston for a series of discussions and interactive sessions about the state and federal judiciary, the importance of your right to trial by jury, how our courts keep you and your family safe and what you can do to protect the impartiality of the courts and our access to the court system. Two workshops are scheduled The first session will be 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.; the second is 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. There will be an appetizer buffet from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. for participants from both sessions. 

You can still register for your choice of sessions at

On Tuesday, we’ll gather for a Clean Elections Strategy & Messaging Session from 10am – 4pm at the at the Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation, 600 Leon Sullivan Way (1st Floor Conference Room) in Charleston. Wellstone and ReThink Media  will join us to facilitate the discussion and help us develop a strategy to fight back against the special interests trying to take more control over our legislature and Supreme Court, and advance transparency and accountability in West Virginia elections. Lunch will be provided.

Agendas for both days events are outlined below. Looking forward to seeing you!



Julie Archer, Coordinator

Fair Courts 101:“Protecting Our Democracy”

June 18, 2018


Welcome, Introductions & Agenda Review

  • Natalie Thompson – WV Citizens for Clean Elections
  • Carin Schiewe – Wellstone Action

“Inherent and Invaluable:” The Forgotten History of Trial by Jury

  • Beth A. White, West Virginia Association for Justice

Discussion: How the Courts Affect You: Decisions That Made a Difference

  • Introduction – Beth White
  • Facilitator – Carin Schiewe

Know Your Court System: Our State and Federal Courts

  • Overview – Beth White
  • Judicial Selection & Retention – Julie Archer, WV Citizens for Clean Elections

The View from the Bench: A Judicial Perspective on Our Courts

  • The Honorable Tod J. Kaufman, Judge – 13th Circuit Court
  • Q & A

Discussion: What Can We Do to Protect the Independence and Fairness of the Courts?

  • Introduction – Julie Archer & Natalie Thompson
  • How to Talk About the Courts – Nick Lyell & Tyler Creighton, ReThink Media
  • Facilitator – Carin Schiewe

Clean Elections Strategy Session

June 19, 2018 – 10AM – 4PM


10:00 – 10:30 AM – Welcome, Introductions, & Agenda Review

10:30 – 11:00 AM – Background & Accomplishments, Q&A

11:00 AM – Noon – Vision and Goals

  • Given the events and trends we know about at the state level, what’s the best time frame to use when we think about our vision of success?
  • By January 2019, what’s our vision of success?
  • What are some tangible goals we need to achieve to realize the vision of success?

Noon- 12:45 PM – Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 PM – Assessment

  • When we look at the political landscape moving toward January, what are some critical dates/and or time frames coming up?
  • Major campaigns moving forward? Who’s involved?
  • What are the themes and issues in the news?
  • What opportunities, challenges, or threats do they present?
  • When we look at our individual and collective capacity, compared agains the goals we want to achieve, what are our strengths and weaknesses?

1:45 – 2:00 PM – Break

2:00 – 3:30 PM – Strategies & Tactics 

  • Given the opportunities and threats we’ve talked about and factoring in our strengths and areas where we need to grow, what are the strategies and tactics we want to focus in on over the next 6 months to accomplish our goals?

3:30 – 4:00 PM – Actions, Resources, Next Steps

From WV Citizens for Clean Elections

Updated: June 17, 2018 — 3:42 pm

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Julie Archer

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