Vehicle Safety And Accident Prevention Through Technology

Here at Hastings & Hastings, we have been diligently protecting the rights of accident victim in Arizona for over 35 years. We believe in taking a client-focused approach to personal injury law. This philosophy is what gave birth to out legendary Discount Accident Fee. David Hastings, the founder of Hastings & Hastings believed that accident victims, the individuals who suffered physical, mental, emotional, and financial hardship as a result of an accident, should be entitled to the bulk of any financial settlement. Such settlements cannot turn back time and undo the damage caused by an accident, but they can help accident victims as they move forward in their lives.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of car accidents occur. According to the most recent data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 29,898 fatal accidents occurred in the year 2014, resulting in 32,765 total deaths. As a personal injury law firm, our primary purpose is to defend the rights of accident victims after an accident has occurred. However, we understand that no amount of financial compensation can fully undo the harm caused by an accident. Yes, settlements can help individuals pay medical bills, repairs bills, and even make up for lost wages, but they cannot erase the physical, mental, and emotional damage that has been done. For this reason, we here at Hastings & Hastings are equally committed to accident prevention.

Of course, loyal readers of the Hastings & Hastings Blog know that this is not the first time we have discussed the important topic of accident prevention. In fact, over the last few months it has been one of our favorite topics. If we can help prevent even a single accident from happening, then our efforts have been well worth it. Previous posts have touched in ideas such as promoting accident prevention by learning from statistics, and encouraging accident prevention through driver education and training. Today, we are going to look at the topic of accident prevention through a slightly different lens. Today, we are going to examine the roll of technology in accident prevent. We will look at historic safety technologies which debuted long ago, were incredibly innovative in their time, and have already saved countless lives, we will look at modern safety technologies that are being utilized today, and we will take a peek into the future to see what types of safety technologies may be waiting for us just around the proverbial corner. Without further ado, let’s dive into it!

Historic Safety Improvements

We cannot have a discussion about historic safety improvements without touching on what is arguably the most important vehicle safety feature of all time – the seat belt. The seat belt does have some competition for this top spot, but we will touch on that a bit later.

Seatbelts were invented by George Cayley, and English engineer during the middle of the 19th century. That may cause you to say, “Now wait a second, that is before cars were even invented!” In thinking that, you would be mostly correct. The first vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine was built in 1886 by Francois Isaac de Rivaz. However, most historians point out the year 1886, when Karl Benz created the first gasoline-powered vehicle as the invention of the first automobile.

So, what were seat belts used for, if not as a safety feature in automobiles? The first seat belts were used to secure passengers of wagons, carts, and other animal drawn transportation vehicles. In 1911, one Benjamin Foulois actually invented a specific type of seat belt which was affixed to cavalry saddles. Seat belts would not be heavily used as a safety feature in vehicles for another 30+ year, and it would require a major inciting action – World War II. The military, with the intention of saving lives, incorporated seat belts as a major safety feature in aircrafts, tanks, and other military vehicles.

In the early 1950s, Dr. C. Hunter Shelden invented the first retractable seat belt for the automobile. He also proposed safety ideas such as reinforced rooves, roll bars, recessed steering wheels, door locks, and air bags. Dr. Hunter may have made the single largest contribution to vehicle safety technology. Over the course of the 1950s, more and more vehicle manufacturers began to make safety belts a standard feature. In 1970, Victoria, Australia passed the world’s first seat belt law. These simple, elegant, priceless bands of webbing and polyester have been saving countless lives ever since.

Next, let’s move on to modern safety features.

Modern Safety Features

While the seat bet is widely considered to be the most important safety feature in a car, there are many other important safety features which can help you avoid accidents all together, or protect you should an accident occur. We will go over a few of the most important modern features one-by-one.

Antilock Brakes

Breaking places an immense amount of stress and strain on a car. Before the invention of anti lock brakes, it was common for wheels to lock up when subjected to hard breaking. This would make it impossible to steer and cause drivers to lose control during the moments they needed control the most. Anti lock brakes prevent this from happening by using a sensors placed at each wheel which feed information to a small computer which then regulates the breaking power in each wheel to keep them mobile. This allows drivers to maintain control over the vehicle even sharply applying the breaks.


While antilock brakes are designed to prevent accidents, airbags are designed to keep you safe should an accident occur. Starting in 1998, front airbags became a standard vehicle safety feature. If you experience a collision, crash sensors deploy the airbags and they inflate in a matter of milliseconds – faster than the blink of an eye. Studies show that airbags have saved thousands of lives over the years. However, it is important to note that airbags can actually be dangerous to small children or people who are not wearing seat belts. For this reason, children under the age of 12 should always travel in the back seat.

Crumple Zones

Crumple zones have been one of the most effective safety innovations of the last several decades. Essential, a crumple zone is a section of the car that is designed to be damaged. Specific parts of the car body, in front and in back, are built to crumple and deform in the event of a collision. The helps to absorb some of the energy of the impact.

Safety Features of the Future!!

There is one funny thing about the future. The future is NOW. Some of these incredible safety features are already hitting the market, and others will be prominent in the 2017 models of many cars. Many of these high-tech safety features promise to dramatically reduce the frequency of accidents. Let’s take a look at what is in store.

Emergency Brake Assist

Accidents are accidents. That is to say, they typically happen because someone made a mistake. Perhaps they took their eyes off the road for a split second, or the failed to notice a pedestrian, or someone else cut them off in traffic, whatever the cause, accidents typically happen because of human error. Emergency brake assist help to mitigate human error. This technology can detect if a collision is about to occur, and it can apply the brakes automatically. It can also provide breaking assistance even if the brakes have already been engaged.

Blind-Spot Detection

You can check your rear-view mirror, you can check your side-view mirror, but unless you peak over your shoulder, you won’t be able to tell if someone is in your blind spot. However, checking your blind spot forces you to take your eyes of the road in front of you for a split second. Blind-spot detection technology can warn you, with a flash of light in your mirror, a vibration, or a sounds, when a vehicle is in your blind-spot.

Wake Up Warnings

Studies have shown that driving drowsy is almost as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Often, drivers will fail to realize exactly how exhausted they are. This can cause the effects of drowsy driving to creep up on them. This technology is capable of measuring your body posture and eye activity. If you begin to nod-off, it will send a warning to wake up you. This technology can also send a warning if you begin drifting out of your lane.

These safety features are just a few of the innovative new technologies which have begun debuting in cars over recent year. This is just the beginning of automation. Soon, cars may even be able to drive themselves.

Unfortunately, technology has yet to eliminate accidents all together. If you have been involved in an accident, it is important to explore your legal options. You have rights as an accident victim. Let Hastings & Hastings help you explore those rights. To learn more or to schedule a free legal consultation, call (480)706-1100 or click HERE.

Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor Opens Downtown Phoenix Campus

Hastings & Hastings is widely considered to be a Phoenix institution. Founded in 1981 by David Hastings, who graduated just two hours south of here in Tucson, Arizona, from the University of Arizona James E. Rodgers College of Law, Hastings & Hastings has grown along with the great city of Phoenix. David Hastings founded Hastings & Hastings with one clear mission in mind, to provide the highest quality representation for accident victims at an affordable rate. David Hastings created the Discount Accident Fee because he believed that lawyer’s fees were too high in accident cases. After all, it is the accident victims who have endured the hardship, not the lawyers. It is the accident victims who should walk home with the bulk of any financial settlement.

The city of Phoenix, and Hastings & Hastings have grown together over the year. Phoenix is now the 6th largest city in the nation, and with eleven Valley locations, Hastings & Hastings has grown into one of Phoenix’s largest personal injury law firms. Contributing in large part to the growth of Phoenix, has been the growth and success of Arizona State University. ASU is currently home to over 86,000 students, employees and academic staff of over 3,000 and is considered one of the nation’s top research universities.

Arizona State University is also home to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, which is ranked 25 in the nation. The law school was founded in 1965. At the time it was called the Arizona State University College of Law. In 1969 it was accredited by the American Bar Association. With an outstanding Bar pass rate of 83.7%, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law graduates hundreds top-quality legal professional each and every year. And the future is looking bright for ASU’s law school. On August 15th, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law officially opened its $129 million state-of-the-art Center for law and Society building in vibrant downtown Phoenix.

“This is more than just a move to a new building. It is a major part of our city and state’s future. This move will establish Phoenix and Arizona as the home of a great educational institution and will greatly contribute to the well-being of our fellow citizens,” said Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University.

Today, we are going to take a close look at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the new Arizona Center for Law and Society.

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

As we have just discussed, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is the 25th ranked law school in the United States. They offer a scholastic catalog of over 250 unique courses and allow students to tailor their education to best fit their interested and ambitions. With an excellent student-to-faculty ration, students at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law have easy access to a team of faculty scholars boasting over 300 years of combined experience practicing law.

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law offers the best bar pass rated of any law school in Arizona. It also ranks top 20 in the nation for securing graduates substantive legal jobs within 10 months of graduation. Of the graduating class of 2014, 87 percent had secured employment within 10 months of graduating. At the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, they believe that graduates should be a part of their legal community for law.They encourage this by offering career service at no charge even after graduation, and through continued legal educational programs.

Finally, before we dive into the specifics of the new Arizona Center for Law and Society building, we should touch on Sandra Day O’Connor herself, the namesake of Arizona State University’s prestigious College of Law.

Sandra Day O’Connor was the first women to serve as an associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. She was appointed in 1981 by Ronald Reagan and served until 2006. Before serving on the Supreme Court of the United States, Sandra Day O’Connor was a judge right here in Arizona. She also worked as the assistant Attorney General of Arizona from 1965 to 1969, as a state senator from 1973-1974, and served on the Arizona State Court of Appeals from 1979-1981, when she was nominated by Ronald Reagan. Initially, Sandra Day O’Connor’s voting records closely aligned with the conservative bloc of justices which included Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist. However, her stance shifted and she became a swing vote who could shift between the predominate political blocs on the Supreme Court.

Arizona Center for Law and Society

On August 15, 2016, Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law held the official Grand Opening of the Arizona Center for Law and Society. The building is built as a “state-of-the-art symbol for a new model of legal education.”

Located at 111 E Taylor St., just two miles south of the I 10 freeway, the new home of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is truly a site to behold. The sweeting six-story, 280,000-square foot facility embraces open design in a way that the designers, Thomas Rossant of Ennead Architects in collaboration with Jones Studios, hope will encourage interaction, collaboration, and public involvement. This vision for openness was one supported by Dean Douglas Sylvester. In the center of the building lays a large atrium which is open to the public.

The Grand Opening of the Arizona Center for Law and Society was a day long in coming. The project first began gaining momentum in 2009, as talks of relocating the law school campus took shape. Shortly after, downtown Phoenix was chosen as the destination for the relocations. Law school officials wanted their campus to be located close to the heart of Phoenix, near courtrooms, law firms, and the capital building itself. The hope was that the new campus could positively impact the “physical, educational, social, and economic landscape of the area.” Not only will the campus be home to classes and lectures, but it will also host national conferences and serves as an appellate courtroom.

In December 2012, after a long search for the perfect location, it was announced that the City of Phoenix would provide the land on which the Arizona Center for Law and Society would be built at the cost of $12 million. Two years later, in 2014 the Arizona Board of Regents approved the construction plans and the project began moving forwards. The project was primarily funded through construction bonds with the remaining amount provided through generous alumni gifts, and donations from members of the legal community. Construction of the building went smoothly, and two years later, Arizona State University announced the date of the Grand Opening.

Here at Hastings & Hastings, we are excited to see the impact the Arizona Center for Law and Society will have on downtown Phoenix and the greater Phoenix community as a whole. Young, talented, energetic lawyers are the lifeblood of our profession. We cannot wait to welcome the graduates of the Arizona Center for Law and Society into the profession.

If you have any legal questions, or have been involved in an accident, it is important that you explore your legal rights. At Hastings & Hastings, we offer free, no-obligation legal consultations. One of your experienced personal injury attorneys will sit down with you, advise you, and help you understand your case. For more information, call (480)854-9227 today!

Back To School Safety

All we had to do was blink, and summer was over. It seems as if summer break is getting shorter and shorter every year. In some ways, this is a good thing. It means we have less time to worry about keeping our kids entertained day in and day out. However, the back-to-school season comes with its own unique set of stresses, worries, and concerns. It is ahectic time of year. A time of wild, rushed mornings, breakfasts on-the-go, and grumpy, sleepy, early morning faces. The back-to-school rush is also defined by heavy traffic around the school. Today, we are going to discuss back-to-school safety.

Navigating Congestion

Congestion will be at its heaviest right around theschool. Packs of huge yellow school buses will be chugging their way along the road waiting to dropoff a load of kids. Moms and dads, already late for work will be wheeling too fast into designated drop-off areas. Children from the surrounding neighborhoods will be assembling by foot. And young bicyclists willbe pedaling their way across crosswalks. It is important that everyone slow down, and commit to sharing the road.

Each school has its own procedures for picking up and dropping kids off, make sure to follow these procedures closely. Always drive slowly, with caution. Remember, young pedestrians are small and can often be hard to see. Take your time and look both ways when crossing an intersection. Spend some time speaking with your kids about the dangers of traffic. Make sure they know the importance of looking both ways when crossing the street. If your child rides a bike to school, ensure that she wears a helmet. The majority of major bicycle injuries occur because a child was not wearing a safety helmet. If everyone follows these safety precautions,everyone will get to school, and back home, safely.

Safety Tips for Runners (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Hastings & Hastings blog. Today, we are offering you part two in our series on safety tips for runners. While some of us would do practically everything in our power to avoid running, even accidently, for more than a step or two, there are many people out there who run for exercise, and occasionally even enjoyment. Strange as all the sounds, it is true. And while running is healthy for you, it does come with associated risks. Today, we are going to go over a few more safety tips for runners.

  1. Direction Matters

If you are a city runner, your number one safety concern should be traffic. Cars are bigger than you, they move faster than you, and often, they will have difficulty seeing you. While pedestrians are legally given the right of way, that technicality won’t matter if a car never has the chance to see you. This may sound counter-intuitive, but when running along the road, you should run facing traffic. This will help you see oncoming traffic better, and, more importantly, give traffic a better view of you. Intersections are very dangerous for runners. Accidents commonly occur when cars perform right turns and don’t notice that there is a runner moving alongside them. This safety precaution helps lower the risk of this occurring.

  1. Run During the Day

We have been emphasizing the importance of visibility, and there is no better way to ensure you are clearly visible than by running during the day. There are several benefits to running during the day. First, you will be more visible to traffic. Second, there is less risk of someone approaching you with ill intent. Finally, the odds of you hurting yourself by tripping or falling are lower during the day when the surface you are running on is clearly visible.

Safety Tips for Runners (Part One)

September has finally arrived, which means temperatures should (again, finally) be dropping. Autumn in Phoenix is one of the most pleasant times of the year. It is a time people head back outside. As the brutal heat of the summer abates and a crisp coolness can be felt in the air, people begin craving outdoor activities. For many Arizonians, this is the best time of the year to head out for a walk. We have spent time here on the Hastings & Hastings blog discuss pedestrian safety before, so today we are going to one specific type of pedestrian – runners! To those of you who are fleet of foot, who cherish a morning jog or an evening run, we salute you. We also want you to stay safe.

  1. Buddy Up

As a general recommendation, we suggest everyone run with a buddy. There are several good reasons for this. First, if something does happen, you will have someone with you to help. Running is an intense physical activity. You can take every safety measure in the world, and still end up with a pulled hamstring. What are you going to do if this accident strikes when you are several miles into a run and you are on your own? Suddenly, you are in a very precarious position. If you don’t have a running buddy, at least inform someone when you head out for a running and let them know where you are going.

  1. Carry a Phone

It is a good idea to carry a phone with you even if you have a running buddy. This is so you can quickly summon assistance if something goes wrong. Phones can also keep you from getting lost and provide you with valuable information during your run. Just make sure you don’t drop it!

Safety Tips For Pedestrians/Cyclists And Drivers

As the weather begins to cool down, more and more people will be walking and riding their bikes to work, school, or the local coffee shop. Unfortunately, a large number of pedestrian/bicycle accidents occur due to careless, negligent driving. In order to avoid a personal injury lawsuit being filed against you as a driver, or filing a suit against other drivers, we advise that both drivers and pedestrians/cyclists be mindful of the following safety tips:


As cyclists, it’s sometimes easy to forget some small, but useful information to keep yourself safe. For instance, we advise that if you don’t already have one, put a reflective headlight on your handlebars. If you happen to be riding your bike at night, this will help in letting other drivers on the road recognize that there is a cyclist within their visual vicinity. Likewise, avoid wearing dark, neutral colors once dusk hits. Even with a small headlight, you’ll want to wear a reflective, neon vest in addition to avoiding dark clothing.

Pedestrians and cyclists alike should stay as close to the curb as possible in order to avoid colliding with a nearby vehicle. Not only does this increase your safety, but other drivers’ safety as well. After all, the majority of people on the road have seen runners or cyclists that look as though they are too close to vehicular traffic, which results in cars in the adjacent lane shifting both left and right to avoid a potential crash.


As a driver, there is always the fear that you could hit a pedestrian or cyclist on the road. But just as there are safety tips for them, there are safety tips for you. Even though this might seem like common sense, it’s crucial to be alert and aware of your surroundings. Far too often on regular drives, such as going to and from work, do people become lazy about their driving and ignore what’s around them. On that note, we also suggest that you comply with all posted speed limits. This is especially important when driving through residential neighborhoods where pedestrians and cyclists frequently run and ride.

Finally, always stop at a stoplight or stop sign. It might be tempting to slowly roll through a stop sign in any neighborhood, but not only would you be breaking the law, you could be putting someone’s life in danger.

Steps To Handle A Dog Bite

Having a dog can bring unlimited joy to your life and your family. They make wonderful companions during some of the best and worst times in our lives, and always become a somewhat of an additional sibling in many ways.

However, dogs are animals. They are instinctual, and do not always think before they act – which means that you or anyone else can suffer from a dog bite. Whether or not you have been bitten by your own dog or someone else’s dog, here are some immediate steps to take before you file a personal injury lawsuit caused by a bite:

  • Gather information: Immediately following a dog bite, be sure to find the dog’s owner. It’s important to have all of their contact information on hand, including their name, address, phone number, and insurance information. To help your case, be sure to collect the information from nearby witnesses. However, if the dog’s owner is nowhere to be found, be sure to take a photo of the dog, or document its physical description before you seek medical attention.
  • Photograph the injury: In an effort to help your case, you’ll want to take photographs of your injury. Be sure to do this both before and after the wound has been cleaned/treated, in order to show the full scope of the injury.
  • Find treatment: The severity of dog bites can vary from superficial to deep wounds. However, seeking treatment in any of these cases is of the utmost importance. After you’ve gathered as much information as possible from the dog’s owner, seek immediate medical attention. For superficial bites, it’s best to drive yourself, or have someone drive you to the nearest emergency room. If the bite is deep or if the bite came from a dog without an identifiable owner, call 911. If left unattended, the bite can become infected, resulting in a far more dangerous or even life-threatening situation.
  • File a report: After you’ve been treated by medical professionals, contact your local police station to file a dog bite report. The sooner you file this report, the better chance you have to seek legal assistance and pursue a lawsuit.
  • Contact Hastings & Hastings: Our team of legal experts has dealt with a wide range of dog bite cases. Help yourself and help your case by calling us today.

AZ And National Motorcycle Accident Data

Motorcycles can be a fun, inexpensive way to ride around town. After all, Arizona weather allows for the majority of people to be outside for the bulk of the year, which makes our state one of the most popular for all kinds of motorcycle riders and enthusiasts. However, there are dangers when it comes to entering a vehicle of any kind. As important as it is to freshen up on your motorcycle-road safety tips, it’s equally important to look at accident statistics.

Arizona Data:

In 2015 alone, there were 116,609 reported auto accidents. Of those, 2,911 were motorcycle-related, resulting in 2,497 injuries and 134 deaths. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these motorcycle accidents were due to collisions with other cars on the road during the daytime under normal driving conditions. As much as the Arizona Department of Transportation pushes for safe and friendly road-share amongst motorcycles and cars, not all drivers can be trusted.

The majority of motorcyclists who were in these accidents fell in the 25-34 age range, with riders ages 45-54 following. It was also noted that 1,505 people in motorcycle accidents were wearing protective helmets, while a whopping 685 chose not to.

National Data:

The NHTSA’s (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) National Center for Statistics and Analysis found some interesting numbers at the national level. For instance, in 2013, it was found that nearly 88,000 people had suffered injuries from motorcycle related incidents, while nearly 4,700 people were killed. Unfortunately, motorcycles fatalities have increased by 16% over the course of 11 years.

It was also found that only 60.7% of motorcycle riders in the country were wearing helmets in 2015, while 64.3% were reportedly wearing helmets in 2014.

These statistics can be unnerving for some, seeing that every time you hop on your motorcycle for a ride, you are placing your life in the hands of others on the road. Luckily, studies have shown that wearing a helmet can significantly reduce your chance of suffering from a serious injury. It’s also crucial that any passengers riding along with you wear helmets, as well.

If you are in a motorcycle accident, be sure to call Hastings & Hastings for your professional legal services, today.

Tips For Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit From A Slip Or Fall

Suffering an injury from a slip or fall can be both mentally and physically damaging. Depending on the severity of the accident, you could find yourself out of work, or even with extensive physical impairments. At Hastings & Hastings, we know how serious these types of injuries are, and our team of experts are here to work diligently for you, in order to receive the compensation you deserve. Filing a personal injury lawsuit resulting from a slip or fall can be tricky for most people, therefore, we have provided you with tips and advice on how to handle a slip or fall that you believe needs legal attention:

  • Understand the situation: In order to file a personal injury lawsuit caused by a slip or fall, it’s important to understand who is liable in the situation. If the event happened on property owned by a person or company other than yourself, then that person or company is liable. Likewise, you should file a case if your injury was caused from dangerous conditions – such as a spill or uneven flooring. Additionally, if the situation is one where the property owner has ample knowledge of a potentially dangerous condition and has not addressed the situation, they could be further liable for negligence. However, sometimes this can become easily misconstrued as your own clumsiness. For instance, if there had been a sign warning people of wet surfaces, then the property owner is not at fault, as they adequately warned people of harmful conditions.
  • Things to keep in mind: It’s important for people to remember and document their experience. This also includes documenting their surroundings. For example, if you had slipped and fallen on a wet surface causing you to suffer an injury, it’s crucial that you document the scene as vividly as possible – especially with photos – for evidence to back your claim. This evidence can play a massive role in your case, as it may show that the owner of the property had no warning signs in place that would otherwise prevent an injury.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your slip or fall, do not hesitate to act and call us immediately at (480) 267-9227 or (855) 854-5573.

The Judicial Nomination Commission – You Have a Voice!

What do you, the loyal Hastings & Hastings blog reader, know about the Judicial Nomination Commission and the process of nominating justices to the various Arizona courts? The odds are, you don’t know a lot. And that is normal. But we are here to change that.

For over 30 years, Arizonans have had an influential voice in the selection process of potential justices. That is right, you, the Arizona citizen can have can actually have an impact on selecting the judicial applicants who appear in front of Governor Doug Ducey when it comes time to nominate a new justice.

Before applicants interview with the governor, they must be approved by the Judicial Nominating Commission, which is a nonpartisan commission which investigates and evaluates judicial applicants. The commission is comprised of ten public citizens and five practicing attorneys. The commission is chaired by the sitting Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. In assembling the commission, members are gathered from diverse areas and across a wide range of perspectives, and backgrounds.

Participating as a member of the nomination commission is not the only way that private citizens can have a voice in the judicial nomination process. The Commission on Court Appointments ask for public comment on any and all judicial applicants.

On August 26, the Commission will be reviewing the candidacy of eight applicants for an opening on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Interested parties can view the candidate’s applications here, on the Commissions website.

The public is encouraged to comment on and ask questions of the candidates. The written questions and comments will be reviewed and potentially brought to the candidates during the interview process.

By utilizing this opportunity, anyone, including you, can have a voice in the judicial nomination process.