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ASU public affairs school chief draws on lessons learned watching Detroit’s meltdown (access required)

Karen Mossberger is director of the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs.

After witnessing the city of Detroit devolve into a shell of its former self working in a clerical job there, Karen Mossberger was motivated to combat the city’s decline. To help accomplish her goal, she earned a college degree. However, after working in the Motor City, her drive intensified to understand and address on a larger scale the issues plaguing Detroit.

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Project aims to improve courts by making them resemble the community (access required)


During the four decades of merit selection for judges in Arizona’s most populous counties, the number of women and minorities serving in judicial positions has increased gradually. The Arizona Judicial Diversity Project was launched in February to maintain this upward trajectory of increasing diversity, which former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor says results in a better-functioning judiciary.

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