About ten days back, Chris posted a very thoughtful piece (link here) which was inspired by an article in Politico. I read that article and would offer these comments as both a judge and a teacher.
In addition to teaching Trial Advocacy courses, I also helm the Judicial Externship Seminar at DU Law School. Per the ABA, every judicial externship requires an academic component, and that's my task. I try to focus on issues that aren't always talked about in law school and the last class session always focuses on the how judges are selected, and the influence of politics and money on judicial decisions. I tell the students that the class is about the value of an independent judiciary in a free society – and I have them watch Judgment at Nuremberg to see how perverted a justice system can become. Knowing that some students will poo-poo the movie with "it can't happen here," I assign as extra reading articles like the one in Politico, as well as cases like Caperton v. Massey.